Among the many bars and restaurants navigating these turbulent times are impact enterprises, which create positive change through business. The easiest way to show your support is to ‘buy social’ and contribute to a fairer, more sustainable world.
Ready to soak up the sunshine and fresh air while doing good? Amsterdam Impact has compiled a guide to the summer terraces on its conscious shopping routes page. As the venues adhere to government measures and physical distancing guidelines, reserve in advance to save your sunny spot.
In Amsterdam Oost
Dignita Hoftuin’s quaint garden, nestled behind Hermitage Amsterdam, is known for exceptional coffee and delicious brunch classics with a twist. Dignita’s motto, ‘eat well, do good’, is reflected in its sourcing of mainly local and organic ingredients and in its collaboration with Not for Sale, which provides certified training programs to victims of human trafficking.
In Amsterdam West
Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen is a neighbourhood farm situated in an idyllic and quiet corner of Westerpark. Its old farmhouse, which is blessed with gorgeous gardens and terraces, doubles as a volunteer-run centre that provides work experience for people with a distance to the labour market. Order your drinks, pancakes, soups or sandwiches (all at bargain prices) from the bar.
In Amsterdam Nieuw-West
De Akermolen, a former windmill in a countryside-like setting, is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam’s city centre. The teahouse and its kitchen are staffed by people with learning disabilities. Take a seat on the waterside terrace for coffee and cake, high tea, a tasty lunch, a beer or a glass of wine.
Hotel Buiten is not a hotel but a café-restaurant on the urban beach of the Sloterplas lake. Its stylish pavilion is built from recycled materials and enveloped by roomy terraces. Tuck in dishes ranging from meat and veggie burgers to risotto and scallops. The kitchen uses mainly local, seasonal ingredients sourced from suppliers that employ people disadvantaged in the labour market.
In Amsterdam Noord
Café de Ceuvel is part of a city playground for innovation and creativity that wants to make sustainability accessible and fun. The bohemian riverside café fully embodies the area’s green ethos by creating its own sodas from organic syrups, cultivating its own veggies in a community garden, and serving yummy bitterballen from oyster mushrooms that grow on coffee grounds.
De VerbroederIJ blends a city beach and pavilion with fruit and veg gardens, a vibrant restaurant and a wide range of events, such as a regular neighbourhood dinner. The eponymous foundation aims to bring together residents from Amsterdam Noord and create more meaning and connection, especially in these difficult times.
In Amsterdam Zuidoost
A Beautiful Mess, a restaurant located in the laundry room of the former Bilmerbajes prison, has launched the Bajes Beach Club together with the Refugee Company, which provides apprenticeship programs to newcomers with a refugee background. Enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine and refreshing drinks with your feet in the sand, bring the little ones along for arts, crafts and sports, and unwind with beach yoga and DJ sessions.
Kleiburg Brewery tasting rooms is the tasting room and restaurant of Kleiburg, De Bijlmer’s very own abbey brewery. Take a seat on the spacious, sunny terrace and sample local beers alongside dishes that range from fish and chips to Moroccan tagine.