Pllek is very dear to me – mainly because there’s nothing I love more than re-purposed shipping containers.
Seriously. That probably sounds weird. But for me, it’s right up there with adorable puppies and vegan cheesecake. I nerd out as soon as I see one, shed a tear of joy, take pictures – all the typical eco-conscious-sustainability-geek reactions.
If you follow me on Instagram then you know this to be true. And if you caught me riding bikes around Amsterdam’s NDSM neighborhood, you witnessed me completely freak once we entered Pllek.
About the NDSM
The NDSM area was formerly a shipyard that went bust back in the 80s, and has since turned into an industrial-style cultural haven, attracting artists and creatives for its lower cost and unconventional work and living spaces.
Old shipyard and warehouse exteriors are now covered with extravagant murals and graffiti art; inside the concrete walls house artist studios, vintage markets and event spaces. Oh – and re-purposed shipping containers are everywhere.
How to get there: Take the free ferry (and bring your bike aboard!) from Amsterdam’s Central Station over to NDSM – a quick, beautiful and oh so necessary 8-minute commute to this unique part of town.
We found Pllek while searching for vegetarian-friendly places to eat in NDSM. But it was so much more than that. Pllek is a culmination of the entire NDSM experience; an environmentally-friendly concept consisting of old, reworked materials, heavy cultural influence and unbelievably creative design.
So what does it mean? The name “Pllek”, as our server told us, means “the place, the spot”. It’s the hub of all things happening, and it surely lives up to its name. Now let’s show you a closer look so you can (hopefully) understand my obsession.
A Look Inside (And Outside) of Pllek
The entrance is through a narrow hallway (surprise: it’s a shipping container) that leads you into a wide open indoor space framed with more stacked shipping containers.
Inside the two-level indoor space are plenty of tables for dining, couches for lounging and enjoying a nice cocktail, a gorgeous bar along the back wall, and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling. Local art is hanging for decoration. And the best part of the interior is it’s open lookout to the patio, lounge area and waterfront.
Pllek’s food menu is 75% vegetarian, 25% of which is also vegan. Everything they offer on the menu is organic whenever possible. And to stay true to their stylish resourcefulness, the menus are made out of old record covers.
Inside faces out to the incredible waterfront patio and beachfront. This huge outdoor space is made complete with more tables, lounge chairs, two-person swings, and tons of sandy beach. You can also BYO beach towel and swimsuit for those warm summer months.
The best part about Pllek is that any given day of the week there’s a special event: beachfront yoga, live performers, dancers and DJs, outdoor movies, and an event space next door that’s also available for rent. There is never a dull moment, rain or shine. Pllek is without a doubt one of those must-visit places when touring Amsterdam, as well as the entire NDSM wharf.
We hope you visit Pllek during your next Amsterdam vacation! For now, you can follow them on Instagram for upcoming events and lots more photos. Be sure to let us know if you make a visit and how you liked it!