Pluk is one of those places which draws you in off the street. A place so photogenic it will send the most expert of Instagrammers into a tizzy. It looks good from every angle, with huge windows allowing lots of light in, bright white walls, vases spilling with beautiful flowers, and huge crates and baskets laden with fruit and vegetables. It’s feminine and pretty, and makes you want to recreate the whole place at home. It is exactly my kind of place, and possibly – dare I say it – one of my favourite cafes in Amsterdam.
So what is it? It’s the place to come for a healthy brunch, but it’s also ideal for a take away sandwich, salad, coffee or juice (they have so many options). Having been going through a health craze for close to two years, I’ve visited as many healthy cafes and restaurants in London as possible, and have always thought Amsterdam was fairly disappointing on that front. But slowly but surely the health craze has reached Amsterdam, which is now reflected in the cafes, juice bars and restaurants which have opened in the past few year or two. I love places like Lavinia’s, Dr Blend, Vinnie’s Deli and now Pluk.
Pluk seems to have really nailed it though. With seating upstairs on the mezzanine level overlooking the cafe, you can easily spend your whole morning here, watching people come in and out. Have an energy booster shot to start, and work your way though salmon salads, cold-pressed juices and delicious coffees.
It also sells pottery and trinkets, reminding me a little of Anthropologie. And apart from that, it is in the heart of the ‘Nine Streets’, Amsterdam’s cutest little streets crossing the main ‘royal’ canals in the centre of town. These streets are perfect for a weekend stroll, with so many great shops and other cafes and bars. Pluk’s sister property Ree7, is a few doors down and looks just as inviting, with perhaps a slightly trendier, more masculine feel to it. It’s another one of Amsterdam’s most popular brunch hangouts though, and is most definitely next on my list.
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