the most fun terraces for this summer. can you check them all?
You can set the clock on it that when the sun shines in Amsterdam, all the terraces are full. Cause it’s not that often that the sun shines here and when it does, we want to enjoy every bit of it. When the weather’s nice I make sure to plan as much meetings outside of the office and on the terrace. My favourite drink for during the day has consistently been BOS ice rooibos. A drink I got familiar with in Soutg Africa where it’s being produced biologically and on a small scale. We like! Just the packaging of Bos makes us happy and that’s why for today here are the nicest terraces of Amsterdam. And not an neverending list, but just one great terrace in every area.
13 x fun outdoor seating in every amsterdam neighbourhood
The best terrace in the East of Amsterdam (city center side): Roest
A terrace on stones, big picknick tables in the sand and the wharf from where you can jump into the water. Yes, that is what has to make Roest the best terrace of the East of Amsterdam. Over here there’s always something happening and every moment of the day there’s a relaxed vibe. Our favourite combo for on the terrace? A BOS Ice rooibois apple + the flammkuchen with bacon and gruyère.
Discover all the ins and outs of Roest here >>
The best terrace of the Jordaan / Nine Streets: Ree7
We love Ree7! Because in here everything looks joyful: the beautiful coffee counter, the flowers, the tasty dishes, the cups of coffee. A visit to Ree7 is a treat either way. Is the sun shining? Of course you’ll have a seat on their small, but very nice terrace.
Discover all about Ree7 here >>
The best terrace of Westerpark: WestergasTerras
On the terrain of the Westergas you’ll find so many beautiful spot, but there can only be one winner. And the price for best terrace then has to go to the WestergasTerras! Not only does this terrace looks great – with the big parasols, trees and beanbangs – but it’s a great spot at the water. Nipping your icecold icetea you’ll forget for a minute that you’re in Amsterdam!
Read all about the WestergasTerras here >>
The best terrace of the West of Amsterdam: De Hallen
It has to be admitted, even we discovered the terrace of De Hallen later on. Because well, there’s so much to do in De Hallen itself that you’re easily tempted to stay at the bar. But go quickly, off to the terrace at the side of the Bellamyplein! The stairs, the lovely fences, the lighting… It’s one of our favourite spots whenever we have to plan a meeting outside the office.
Read about why you’d want to go to De Hallen here >>
The best terrace in the New-West of Amsterdam: Lola Luid
Lola Luid is what you’d call a creative breeding ground. And we love those! In this old school building you’ll find a lunchfroom, a bicycleshop but also a pop-up mall with design, fashion and vintage stores. And the lovely terrace. Good news: at first Lola Luid was going to have to leave this building, for now they can stay. Yay!
Get to know Lola Luid here >>
The best terrace of the North of Amsterdam: Fashion & Tea
All the elements for a nice terrace are present at Fashion & Tea at the Van Der Pekstraat in the North of Amsterdam: design tables alternated with secondhand chairs, pillows, awnings and a nice view. And of course, apple pie! Delicious next to your ice tea is what we’re thinking ;-)
Fashion & Tea, Van der Pekstraat 40HS, fashionandtea.nl
Het gezelligste terras van Amsterdam Zuid: George WPA
Een klassieker in Amsterdam Zuid. En wie hier net als ik wel eens komt weet hoe heerlijk je hier in de zon zit op het terras bij George WPA! Op dit terras is het bijna altijd druk met mensen uit de buurt en mensen kijken kun je er als de beste. Trust us!
George WPA, Willemsparkweg 74, Cafegeorge.nl
The best terrace in the Pijp: Frnzy
You can have a French-Vietnamese breakfast and lunch at Frnzy in the Pijp. A great lunch spot where you can find the classic croque madame, but also Vietnamese springrolls on the menu. But also waffles and acai bowls, mmm! Best of both worlds… that always makes us happy!
Check all the ins and outs on Frnzy here >>
The best terrace of the centre of Amsterdam: Quartier Putain
Another one of those enjoyable spots for people-watching in Amsterdam is at Quartier Putain located at the Wallen. While enjoying a good cup of coffee – made for you by experienced baristas – of a nice icetea you can spend hours here while watching the passersby!
Read all about Quartier Putain here >>
The best terrace of Bos and Lommer: Bos & Lobster / Samen
When we were on our quest to find the best terrace in Bos and Lommer we encountered a problem. Because over here we have two favourites instead of one and we didn’t manage to pick just one. And so Bos & Lobster and Samen are sharing the number one place. Why? Because at both places you can have a great meal and a great terrace!
Discover more nice addresses in Bos and Lommer here >>
or go out of amsterdam for a change
And finally: it could be that when the weather’s nice you’ll want to get out of the city, enjoy a trip to the sea or something completely different. That’s why here are some of our favourite summer addresses outside of Amsterdam!
En dan tot slot: het zou zomaar kunnen dat je bij mooi weer de stad uit wilt, lekker naar zee of eens iets heel anders. Daarom ook buiten Amsterdam een aantal van onze favoriete zomerse terrassen!
The best terrace of Zandvoort: Rapa Nui
Oh my, Rapa Nui has such a lovely beach pavillion. During the summer days you’ll enjoy the sunset here, with funky music, an icetea and of course a good glass of wine!
Rapa Nui, Boulevard Barnaart 27, www.rapanui.nl
The best terrace of Bloemendaal: Republiek
This has been a favourite in our office for years, the Republiek in Bloemendaal. The Eastern interior of this beach pavillion will set you in the holidaymood for sure!
Republiek Bloemendaal, Zeeweg 94, www.republiekbloemendaal.nl
The best terrace of Haarlem: Veerkwartier
We don’t come to Haarlem very often, but when we do… We most happily pay a visit to the Veerkwartier. A great spot situated by the water where there’s always a relaxed atmosphere!
Veerkwartier, A. Hofmanweg 62, www.hetveerkwartier.nl
What’s your favourite terrace in Amsterdam? Let us know in a comment!
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.
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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