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The best places in the sun: top-10 terraces in Amsterdam

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Yes, spring is here! The shift from winter to spring is probably our favourite moment in Amsterdam. After a long and cold winter, it’s always beautiful to see how a few rays of sunshine can change everyone’s mood. This moment is celebrated best at one of Amsterdam’s beautiful terraces. As better weather is approaching, we’ve listed the best terraces in Amsterdam. The best way to kick-off spring!

PS. Prefer rooftops? We’ve also listed the 5 best rooftop hotspots in Amsterdam.

MR PORTER

A rooftop terrace in the heart of Amsterdam with a unique view of Dam Square and the Royal Palace. The perfect spot for international allure for good food and delicious cocktails. We highly recommend the MR PORTER Mai Tai cocktail, which is served similar to a tropical palm beach. Perfect daydream material.

Spuistraat 175 | website

Mr. Porter Amsterdam terrassen

ARC.

A newbie in the list of terraces in Amsterdam since this terrace is part of the recently opened restaurant ARC. By Lute in the historic Amsterdam city archive. From the terrace, you’ve got an amazing view of the city’s monumental tree, which tells a unique history of Amsterdam and has been located in the garden for over 100 years.

Amsteldijk 67 | website

Arc. terrassen amsterdam

IZAKAYA

IZAKAYA is a well-known name in the culinary hotspot scene of Amsterdam. National and international celebrities such as Doutzen Kroes, Rihanna and Drake have been spotted here. Located in the heart of the trendy neighbourhood De Pijp, this terrace is the perfect place for the culinary sun-lover. Here you can enjoy the sun all day while enjoying extravagant Japanese dishes. And don’t forget about the drinks because IZAKAYA offers a wide range of house-infused tonics, which are all served with Japanese Shochu as a base.

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6 | website

Izakaya terrassen amsterdam

MOER

If you prefer to switch a spot in the busy Vondelpark for a more comfortable position, you can find comfy chairs just around the corner at MOER. The terrace covers a lot of space located along glass walls, which integrates the terrace with the restaurant inside. Also good to know; every second Sunday of the month you can enjoy live jazz music and oysters for 1 euro during the ‘Oysters & Bubbles‘ event.

Amstelveenseweg 7 | website

Moer amsterdam

Mama Makan

The terrace of Mama Makan is literally a hidden gem in Amsterdam-East. If you walk past the bar outside you can find – in line with Mama Makan’s interior – the ultimate green oasis of peace. Forget about time and enjoy botanical cocktails while chef and Mama Rosmina spoil you with traditional Indonesian dishes.

Spinozastraat 61 | website

Mama Makan terrassen amsterdam

Kanarie Club

Good thing the soft spring weather is only just arriving and the boiling summer and Indian Summers are still on the rise. This summer the terrace of Kanarie Club is a must! At this summer hotspot, the lazy summer days start early when breakfast is served and stay all day until drinks are served. Perfect for extra long summer days.

Bellamyplein 51 | website

Kanarie Club

Strandzuid

Amsterdam’s city beach Strandzuid comes with relaxed beach club vibes and offers the ideal spot for drinks on the terrace. This unique beach spot in busy Amsterdam kicks-off from the start of May with endless beach days in the city and functions as the perfect spot to end the summer days with your feet in the sand and a good meal. Read more about our experiences on the blog.

Europaplein 22 | website

Strand Zuid

Jackson Dubois

Planning on spending your summer nights in town? The best way to start your evening has got to be at Jackson Dubois. Thanks to its spacious terrace on the Spui and location, you won’t have to go far to go out after a couple of summer drinks.

Spui 10 | website

Jackson Dubois

Tolhuistuin

If the sun is shining, you might as well take the ferry to Amsterdam-Noord. The ride will only take you 1,5 minutes and brings you straight to one of the most fun and recently renovated spaces in Amsterdam; the IJ-boulevard. Here you can find the EYE film museum and cinema, and Europe’s highest swing on top of the A’dam tower. But the best part? The huge terrace of the restaurant Tolhuistuin. Also worth a visit without some sun, just to watch the boats go by and admire Amsterdam’s skyline. You can read more about our experiences on the blog.

IJpromenade 2 | website

Tolhuistuin

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De Plantage

Located right next to Amsterdam’s Zoo Artis, you can literally hear the exotic birds chirping and kids playing on the terrace of restaurant De Plantage. For an extensive meal, you can sit outside the restaurant and for a quick drink join the park-like chairs outside. Summer nights look just perfect here. You can read more about our experiences on the blog.

Plantage Kerklaan 36 | website

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