sail, float and drink at the best terraces to anchor in amsterdam
The sun starts to shine and that only means one thing: we’re all heading to the best terraces in Amsterdam. The happy few among us can jump in their boat and float on the canals for hours. Time flies with a glass of wine, or better, a bottle of wine and some snacks! But, it’s also nice to make a stop every now and then and if you do, it comes in handy to keep this list in mind. These are 20 x the best terraces to anchor in Amsterdam! :-) We say: boat, float and drinks on repeat!
20 x the best terraces to anchor in Amsterdam
Brouwerij het IJ: If you want to spend your sunny afternoon filled with Dutch traditions, then Brouwerij het IJ is your place to be. Here you can taste one of their own brewed beers while enjoying the view of the old wind mill. Plus, the vibe among sailors is great here. Just hop on the boats of the others and you’ll get here!
Edel: This is the ideal place for lunch, dinner or to have a drink with your love or friends! Edel is established in The Sieraad, a gorgeous national monument. You would just come here for the vintage furniture and cosy seats! Anchor your boat and enjoy the best steak tartare in Amsterdam!
Hotel de Goudfazant: This nice spot in North stands for ‘what you see is what you get’. No fuss, just no nonsense food! This is the ideal place for a cosy evening with friends, family or your love. But don’t forget to make a reservation :-) No matter how big this industrial building is, it’s always full house!
The Amstel Hotel: by boat to this beautiful hotel, can it be any more romantic? The Amstelhotel always looks so beautiful. Their terrace is a perfect stop for your break. Sip some fine wine and enjoy the wonderful view from the terrace!
Roest: This is one of our favourite hangout spots in East! It’s so lovely over here, with your feet in the sand and close to the water. The nice relaxed and laid back vibe is just another plus! Hungry or thirsty? This is the right place! Is the beach too crowded? Staying on your boat here is fun as well!
Waterkant: Of course Waterkant can not be missed in this list! This sure is the place to be at during a cosy summer evening with friends. On sunny days the whole quay is filled with boats. No wonder, because the Suriname beers and the food are delicious! :-)
IJ-kantine: Away from the canals, crossing the IJ, you’ll find the IJ-kantine up in North. A spot where you can stay all day. In the morning for breakfast, later on the day for a craft made lunch or dinner! But honestly, you just want to be here for the cosy terrace with the view over the Amsterdam harbor. :-) Tip: this place is nearby Pllek where you can also go for your boat break!
Hesp: A good old lowspot is Hesp! And it cannot be missed in this list, because with a terrace along the Weesperzijde it’s a very handy anchor place for your boat. Choose one of the 20 beers from the tap and plump down on the terrace. You’ll have the sun in your face and a beautiful view over the Amstel.
‘t Smalle: In the heart of the Jordaan you’ll find ‘t Smalle. Another spot you cannot miss if you consider yourself a true sailor ;-) If you haven’t been here yet, you will eventually. Because at some point, everybody will get at ‘t Smalle.
Meneer Nieges: This spot along the water is also a perfect to place to stop at, and enjoy some of the finest drinks and snacks. Nice for dinner, but also a fun place if you want to have drinks!
Hannekes Boom: With the first sunbeams we all start dreaming about a visit to this nice spot! It’s definitely one of our favourites! Look for a place at one of the picknick tables or just relax on the edge of the quay and enjoy your day!
Loetje: Getting hungry and in for a good piece of meat? Anchor at Loetje aan het IJ! You not only have to cross the wonderful IJ for this, you also get some of the best steaks of Amsterdam. And everything tastes even better thanks to the wonderful view! :-)
Van Mechelen: This hotspot at the Sloterkade is perfect for each hour of the day. From your first coffee till your last drink, they’re always ready for you. Be aware: the snacks look so tempting, you will not be able to resist them. And you shouldn’t! They’re too delicious!
Weesper: Did you spend your Friday afternoon on a boat and you’re totally in the mood for a drink? Weesper is the ideal destination. Just as Hesp and Girassol located on the Weesperzijde.
Hangar: From Spring, it’s possible to anchor here! Hangar has a huge terrace with a beautiful view over the IJ. This place is a mix of the industrial feeling of North and the warmth of South-European dishes. Hangar is the place to go on a sunny day!
Café Lennep: Because of the beautiful courtyard, this is the ultimate hotspot for a romantic date. We would love if our boyfriends would take us here by boat. Thanks to the view over the water and the luscious menu, the night can not go wrong! Singles, no worries, this is also the ideal place for you! :-)
Café de Jaren: For years café De Jaren is one of the favourite spots among boaters and floaters. Not just to anchor there and have some drinks at the terrace. But also because the chance is big that you’ll cross this during your sailing trip ;-)
Which spot is your favourite?
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>
Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Anne de Buck
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