On the top of the Nieuwendammer Harbour in North Amsterdam, at the lock, you will find Café ‘t Sluisje. It has been there for over a century, and has been a vital part of the community. So much so, that the neighbours have recently bought it. “It is the most beautiful location, not just in the north, but in all of Amsterdam,” says Maaike van Zomeren, who runs this authentic brown café. A while ago, the building came up for sale and more than 80 residents raised the money to secure a loan and purchase ‘t Sluisje – they were afraid of it being converted to a house.

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