Rooftop bars in Amsterdam
Once you’ve seen all the street-level sights, it’s time to view the city from a different vantage point. The best rooftop bars in Amsterdam offer captivating panoramas of the sprawling streets and canals below, letting guests enjoy the unique Amsterdam skyline of modern and medieval marvels—as well as a cocktail, of course.
Guests can stay all day and night at Canvas, and there’s always something to do. The rooftop terrace is located on the seventh floor of the Volkshotel building—once home to the Volkskrant newspaper—and offers a 360-degree view over the Amstel River and the city centre. During the week, Canvas serves lunch and dinner, and not just little nibbles—the kitchen impresses with daring dishes. On weekend nights, Canvas transforms: Club Canvas opens on Fridays and Saturdays until 04:00, serving not only drinks but a guaranteed good time.
Located at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, SkyLounge has one of the most coveted locations in Amsterdam for a rooftop bar: just next to Central Station, with the city at its feet. The views are certainly breathtaking—especially at sunset—but the food, offered as lunch or small bites, may prove too distracting. SkyLounge raises the bar for rooftop terraces with its glamorous menu of dishes such as Japanese wagyu steak and cocktails such as the sweet Pearbullion, made with white chocolate syrup, pear and spiced rum.
See Amsterdam from 85 metres high at Floor17, the rooftop terrace of the Ramada Apollo hotel. A restaurant offering breakfast, lunch—serving up standard bar fare such as a bacon cheeseburger—and dinner by day, Floor17 turns into a rooftop paradise by night. The bar begins slinging cocktails such as the Plum Bubble or the Bunny Ranch as soon as the sun sets (and often before). During the summer, Floor17’s Rooftop Movie Nights programme kicks into gear, where guests cosy up with drinks, snacks and their favourite movie buddy to watch a film on the big screen.
Fly way over the treetops at NEST, a rooftop terrace celebrating the greenery of Amsterdam with its border of flowers and green plants. Only open when the sun is shining, NEST offers a place to wine, dine and spend more than a couple hours. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menu comprises healthy eats such as beetroot hummus sandwiches and salads; the drinks menu features local beer, wine and plenty of liquor—including The Hangover, NEST’s version of a Blood Mary, best drunk with breakfast.
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On the sixth floor of the five-star W Amsterdam hotel is the W Lounge, serving as both the lobby for hotel guests and a cocktail bar with 360-degree views of Dam Square. The W Lounge’s design is just as stunning as its views, with over 5km of copper pipes adorning the ceilings and walls to echo the space’s past life as the Royal Dutch Post building. Take a seat as a VIP guest and sample cocktails from the ever-changing and extensive menu crafted by expert mixologists.
Immerse yourself in a piece of Amsterdam history while enjoying the city skyline at REM Eiland. The former broadcast tower, which was founded in 1964 off the coast of Noordwijk, was relocated to the Houthavens and reopened as a restaurant and bar in 2011. Sitting high above the water, the restaurant is not just a rooftop but an entire platform offering 360-degree views of the city. Book a private event in Studio REM, the former broadcast room, or watch the kitchen prepare your meals from the private Captain’s Table.
At A’DAM Tower, it’s all about the view. The 80-metre-high tower, located across the River IJ and next to the EYE Film Museum, boasts numerous spectacular spots to admire all of Amsterdam. MA’DAM is the tower’s swanky sky bar—sharing space with the LOOKOUT observation deck—that opens for lunch and dinner with dishes such as the Black Angus burger. After 21:00 (and closing only ‘late’), M’ADAM turns down the lights, turns up the music and starts serving inventive cocktails and small bites for the party-loving crowd.
After filling your with mind with some science, fill your belly with a delicious sandwich, coffee or a snack at Restaurant DAK—served with a view. Located on the roof of the NEMO Science Museum, the restaurant offers an unobstructed panorama of Amsterdam and a perfect place to relax with the kids after a few hours touring the museum. The rooftop lunch spot is also open for reservations for larger groups, along with a lunch package for adults and children.
Socialise with friends or network with business associates at Restaurant Bureau, a rooftop ‘park’ located on the fifth floor of B. Amsterdam—and with its abundance of potted plants and ivy-covered trellises, it truly is a park. Open from Mondays to Fridays to the public for lunch and dinner (weekends are reserved for private events), the restaurant serves a unique menu that changes every two months, featuring creative ingredients such as sea lavender and wood sorrel.
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International visitors to the city as well as locals can revel in luxury at the stylish Twenty Third Bar, the Champagne and cocktail bar of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Serving not only cocktails and a wide variety of wine, beer and liquor, the bar also offers a selection of small bites from the kitchen of the adjoining two-Michelin-star restaurant Ciel Bleu, making a visit to the rooftop bar a true indulgence.
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Ready to head back down to earth? Try one of Amsterdam’s best terrace bars for an up-close view of the city.