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Waterkant: On the Waterfront in Amsterdam's Oud West Spanbroek  The Netherlands

Waterkant: On the Waterfront in Amsterdam's Oud West

When the trio behind such successful Amsterdam venues as Maxwell, Henry's Bar, Bukowski, Beer Garden and Café Kuijper considered the dilapidated night shelter behind the city's QPark on Marnixstraat, they had a vision. Reflecting on Amsterdam's colonial past, they saw a Suriname-inspired, canal-side café where customers could gaze at passing boats and the Nassaukade street scene over casual fare, traditional Parbo beer and local craft brews.

In August 2014, the vision became reality at Waterkant, a waterfront café behind the twin towers of the parking garage. Seemingly overnight, locals flocked to the new hotspot, lured by its laid-back vibe, spacious terrace and a menu featuring peanut soup, curried duck spring rolls, fried dumplings, roti roll, Jamaican Jerk ribs and other Surinamese specialties alongside gin cocktails spiked with ginger, watermelon, basil or lemon. Its popularity continues, even in winter, when the outside terrace is screened from the elements by plastic siding.