Summer vibes at these city beaches in Amsterdam
YES, the sun is shining and the temperature is finally over 20 degrees. We had to wait a while, but the sun is really here and it will stay for some time. Do you want to walk with your bare feet in the sand, but are you not in the mood to drive all the way to Bloemendaal, Zandvoort or Wijk aan Zee? No worries, there are plenty of city beaches in Amsterdam, where it’s also great to relax!
Check out our favorites city beaches in Amsterdam and gather your friends for a lovely day at the beach!
Roest: In Amsterdam East you should go to creative hotspots Roest. You will find i surrounded by old warehouses and factories. Gives Roest a cool rough atmosphere! And the vibe here is always relaxed and laid back. Here you sit down with a beer in your hand on a large wooden picnic table and with your feet in the sand.
Pllek: Here you have lunch while sitting at one of the colored picnic tables. Swim in the IJ, sunbathing is also allowed and listen to live music on the weekends. And don’t you think that taking the ferry to Amsterdam North already feels like a short holiday?
Blijburg: For a day at the beach you go to Blijburg. Escape the city, enjoy the sun, take a swim and just relax. Blijburg is more. Here they have several art- and culturele project and some cool beach parties!
Strandzuid: Strandzuid has an amazing concept this summer: a city beaches combined with a German beer garden! So this is gonna be thé place to drink delicious (special) beers, to relax, have a snack or play a game of ping pong. And all of this while sitting at the water or on the city beach.
Dok: A great hangout at the Houthavens. The fact that DOK is situated nearby the city center, will not affect the true beach-vibe you get over here! The view on the water and the sand will help you relax totally.
Sloterplas: Do you want to feel like you’re enjoying the sun on the other side of the Netherlands? At Sloterplas you can lie on the beach and take a swim. Volleyball, football, enjoy a good lunch, a day at Sloterplas is a real day out. Ps: they also have festivals and performances here!
Gaasperplas: On the south side of the Gaasperpark you can find a lovely sandy beach. Do you want to end your day with a barbecue? It’s possible with the Gaasperplas, YES! By the way, it’s the perfect beach for a day of fun with the kids.
Hotel Buiten: This summer Hotel Buiten opens a city beach in Amsterdam West. Okay, no sand, but plenty of water. Enjoy the never ending summer evenings with a special beer and your best friends, watch the sunset and your evening can’t go wrong.
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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
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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.
Let’s get social
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