I didn’t drink beer until I arrived in Amsterdam. This was the first brewery that I tried and Brouwerij’t IJ Zatte remains my favourite craft beer.
With a fantastic collection of beers and a wonderful terrace, this place should be on your must-visit list in Amsterdam.
Located on the top floor of the Hilton hotel next to cental station, the Skylounge is a hip and trendy place full of expats and tourists.
It gets really busy on the weekends and service can be slow. I recommend coming here just to experience the beautiful panoramic views of the Amsterdam skyline or for an afternoon drink on the terrace.
This old newspaper building located in Amsterdam Oost was closed for most of last year for extensive renovations. The newly re-opened Volkshotel with the top floor Canvas bar, has the best 360 views of the city. The bar is a restaurant during the day and clubbing hot spot at night. Start your night out with drinks here and then extend the party to my favourite club Trouw just down the street.
With summer temperatures beginning to blaze in Amsterdam, Roest is one of the best places to cool off. This alternative, hipster bar and cultural space has an amazing terrace which boasts a city beach perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sun.
This bar is located on the Oostenburgereiland very clsoe to central station on the eastern part of the city. It used to house the historic cold gas building but in recent years has been transformed into a cultural space and has become a creative haven for artists, film, theatre and musicians.
The Roest warehouse has hosted some amazing electronic music parties and vintage markets.
Cafe Edel is famous for their Edelweiss parties, where young professionals gather for after work drinks. Its such a popular event and it gets so crowded that the queue usually extends out onto the street.
Cafe Edel is located at a meeting point of 3 canals and the fantastic wrap around terrace ensures you always have sunshine at anytime of the day.
I can definately recommend the Gin & Tonic cocktail ( Hendricks gin with Fevertree tonic and cucumber)
Inside, you can fall in love with the 50’s inspired vintage decor. The restaurant also serves a varied and delicious menu.
This awesome bar is hidden away next to central station. I first went there in the summer of 2011 and when i went back recently, i found it is still a hidden spot for locals to chill out and enjoy good weather. It gets really crowded in the summer and service is slow but it doesn’t matter because the roof deck gives you a beautiful panoramic view of the water and eastern side of Amsterdam.
This restaurant is perhaps the best terrace to visit during sunny days. Located in Westerpark, it forms part of the historic Westergas buildings which used to be an industrial gas complex in the 19th century. The complex closed in 1967 due to pollution but found a new lease on life in the 90’s when it was cleaned up and used as a space for cultural activities. Now the complex includes many different spaces such as Westerunie, MC Theatre, North Sea Jazz club, The Ketelhuis cinema, Pacific Parc and the Bakkers Winkel.
What makes Westergasterras my favourite terrace is the feeling of being outdoors and in nature. There are beautiful green plants and a small lake attracting different birdlife. Relaxing on a bean bag on the spacious wooden deck, its difficult to imagine you are in a crowded Amsterdam. I can recommend the craft beers from Browerij T’Ij and a plate of bitterballen.
During colder weather, it is possible to sit inside. The restaurant has a very light and spacious design with floor to ceiling glass windows. During the weekends they also host amazing parties.