Nestled away in the Nine Streets area of Amsterdam, the prettiest part of the city if you ask me, is Pluk Amsterdam. I’ve mentioned this place before in my favourite cafes, but it’s a lot more than just coffee and cake.
It’s a full mix of every girls dream on a sunny morning actually, fresh fruit for juices or smoothies spilling out of baskets by the window, hot coffee, healthy options and not so healthy options stacked high on the counter.
Shelves along the side wall hold big glass jars of mini Dutch stroopwafels and marshmallows, but the full scope of the treasures on offer start to mingle their way in amongst the cafe treats.
Cute little notebooks with pink flamingos and pineapples, obviously I bought both. The little black book Amsterdam guide, obviously I bought this too – however it’s in Dutch which is really bloody annoying. I was too eager to throw my money at them that I picked up the wrong language. If you speak or understand Dutch and would like it let me know!
Pastel coloured mugs with gold handles, tea towels, phone cases and candles that smell of coffee are just a selection of the treasures you’ll actually find in Pluk once you get to the back of the rustic little cafe.
Food first though, and I ordered an acai bowl. No I’m not some sort of ‘look at me I’m a healthy no sugar no gluten fat free taste free’ basic bitch, not that there’s anything wrong with that, I actually got a taste for acai bowls a couple of summers ago but it’s a bloody nightmare to buy the stuff at home so I get it when it’s on a menu.
Anyway, heading up the little attic steps the cafe seating area is in the loft, cosy in winter yet airy and bright in summer, crammed full of little tables. It’s not table service you wait for your order at the counter then take it up, and when you’re finished you leave your dishes in the bucket by the stairs.
The antique glass cabinets that decorate the place hold more clues of what else you can buy in the shop, and mixed with free wifi, really delicious fresh food and the general buzz of being lost in the middle of the nine streets you could easily pass hours in that little cafe loft.
There’s more to be found in the basement, and there’s also a small little terrace out the back too. I was lucky to get a seat midweek and mid morning, but I’ve tried to get in at weekends in the past too and it’s been too busy.
From what I’ve experienced it’s actually mainly locals who visit, there were a fair few sat with their laptops out and plugged in looking like they were basically making it their office for the day. I love cafes like that.
Sadly I couldn’t sit and sample the different cakes and bakes all day so got on my merry way, but if you’re ever in Amsterdam hunt out this little gem of a place and enjoy.
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