With an orange, cuboid shape and glass-walled terrace right on the ship channel, this laid-back cafe-restaurant was something of an alternative hangout but it has now been discovered for the incredible views of passing motor boats and the PTA cruise ship terminal on the south shore of the IJ. Those bustling views and a children’s menu should also keep kids happy. Summer days see a vast range of broodje (tasty open sandwiches) and lots of foragings from the Mediterranean buffet being consumed on the terrace; expect to share long trestle tables. The a la carte dinner always includes an off-beat vegetarian option such as cannelloni stuffed with feta and almond, plus seasonal fish and meat dishes of the day. Be warned—Wilhelmina-Dok does not accept cash, so be sure to have a debit or credit card with you.
- Sasha Heseltine