When summer arrives in Amsterdam and you’re tired of wandering along the canals and strolling in and around Amsterdam museums, it’s best to find a nice terrace to hangout for a couple of hours, to spend the afternoon on a terrace in the sunshine, chilling, drinking. A friendly and sunny place, just enjoy summertime in Amsterdam.
Listed below are bars and restaurants that are great summertime hangouts, but are generally not well known among tourists. And in general tourist guides don’t mention them!
Some places have live music to accompany that glass of chilled white wine, others teach you a few yoga poses in between while others entertain you with theater or just serve you a plate of beautiful biological food.
Enjoy the list of best terraces of Amsterdam and get ready for the summer!
Every year, more restaurants, bars, terraces and festivals are added to the large space of the former NDSM shipyard. Last year newcomer Pllek was an immediate success. Young and hip Amsterdam felt right at home at this strangely warming sea containers. The location of Pllek couldn’t be more perfect. The NDSM terrain has that fashionable industrial feel and is just a (free) 10-minute boat ride away. You can spend hours at Pllek, soaking up the sun from a relaxing chair at the water side terrace, enjoying the wonderful view on the IJ water, occasionally glancing over the creative crowd. There’s free WiFi and even working spaces for the flexible freelancers. Every week Pllek tries to attract and entertain their crowd with events such as yoga classes, tai chi, live music on Sunday afternoon and art exhibitions. Friday night a DJ hits the decks during the Dine&Dance nights. Pllek’s kitchen is open from 12 to 21.00. Bar is open till 1 am on weekdays. How to get there: take the ferry (10 minutes) from behind Central Station.
Mini-festivals @ DOK2013
DOK2013 is a restaurant with lots of extras. First of all: the place is located in the industrial harbour area of Amsterdam. Doesn’t sound very romantic, but the large space along the IJ water is used as a terrace and has a stunning view, but is closed in the weekend. How to get there: by bike or car only.
Rainairai @ Westergasfabriek
Rainairai is located at the Amsterdam Westergasfabriek area, but it’s rather far away from all the other bars and restaurants so it’s easy to miss. And it doesn’t deserve to be missed! The restaurant has a wonderful terrace that’s sunny in the morning and early afternoon. It’s large, but still quiet. Rainairai serves tasty Algerian food, which means lot of curry like spices and a large choice for vegetarians. You can choose to go nomadic all the way and eat from low tables while seated on cushions and rugs on the floor. In the evening, the fires outside are lit and you can really feel like you’re in some dessert in North Africa (close you eyes for this trick). Rainairai has another restaurant on Prinsengracht, in the Jordaan area. Here they let you lie on a roof along the canal while you eat or just enjoy a drink. Rainairai is open every day from 12.00 except on Mondays. How to get there: Bus 21, tram 10 both Van Hallstraat or walking.
De Cantina @ Het Rijk van de Keizer
If you really want to leave the hectic city life and enjoy an afternoon in the Dutch meadows, The Rijk van de Keizer might be just your place to be. The Rijk van Keizeris a catering company with a wonderful location for weddings and meetings, but you easily spend a day hanging around the garden and the Dutch cows grazing. Chill out in a hammock, read a mag at the reading table or catch up with your friends online with free wifi. Eats and drinks come from De Cantina, where they prepare you breakfast, lunch and dinner with ingredients that come straight from their own vegetable garden. How does that sound? Het Rijk van de Keizer/ Cantina is open every day. How to get there: by bike, about 20 minutes from Sloterdijk station. Or bus 21, check their website for more information.
Roest @ Oostenburg
One article on What’s up with Amsterdam already mentions Roest, the bar located on one of the islands of Amsterdam that was used for industrial shipyards, steamboat harbor and steam engine factory. Since then, the club and relaxing hangout has developed into a real hot spot Every week, new events are added, from yoga sessions, acoustic musical performances, vintage market, massive dance parties and more recently, theater. Thanks to their imaginative owners, there’s always something special going on at Roest. And the place does well without the organised entertainment. The waterside terrace, the relaxing crowd, the sandy beach and children’s playground alone make you feel happy in the sunshine. Amsterdam Roest is open every day. How to get there: Tram 10 or 26. Bus 43.
Hannekes Boom’s terrace is one of the best of Amsterdam. If the roof terrace and spacious outside terrace seats are all taken, just sit on the dock of the bay and dangle your feet towards the water while you watch the boats go by. Hannekes Boom is open every day from 11.00 to 1 am and till 3 am during weekends. How to get there: 10 minutes walk from Central Station. Follow direction of the East Architecture Walk.