This week we will post a series about Netherland.  Last year, our contributor, Aldy went on a business trip to Netherland for two weeks and visited a few of non-touristy yet amazing places there.  This is his story. 

Plekk is named one of the best terraces in Amsterdam to soak up the summer sun according to the Hello Amsterdam Magazine in May/June 2015.  I am told that the place is a host to the largest disco at night. It was full when I got there, both inside and on the terrace outside. The view is great – to the IJ River. I was lucky to get the empty space on the very bank of the river (I could dip my feet into the river if I want to); it was a small pier to park your boat – that is if you come to the place with your own boat. When I was there, there was one group of four came on a small boat– and when they were leaving one of the guys fell into the river (I felt sorry but I couldn’t help to laugh).

Well, for common people like me, Plekk is reachable by taking a ferry ride from the Amsterdam Centraal (for free!). When you debark from the ferry ride at the pier, there were few cute-ish small cafes and ice cream shops. The whole place is actually a former shipping wharf area in north-west Amsterdam, but now the place is used as a space for lots of creative/artsy events. I must say that the ambiance is very interesting, with large space and some container-houses. The giant old former shipbuilding factory is now the place for the largest flea market in Europe, IJ Hallen. Although it was not open when I was there, it is still a cool place, you could see some of the items left displayed on the inside.