Located nearby Amsterdam Public Library, and across from NEMO science museum, this fun café boasts fantastic views of the water. Inspired by the original structure that stood on the site in 1662 – a guard post to monitor ship traffic into the city – the salvage-chic spot is the ultimate arty, laid-back hideaway. Other boons? A huge terrace with picnic tables, and a crackling fire for winter months. Check their Facebook for details of the regular live music nights.