Undoubtedly one of the most popular terrace bars in Amsterdam, this large hangar-style restaurant boasts an enviable city beach with a covetable view of the IJ. On sultry summer evenings, relax here, sheltered from the wind, with your feet in the sand and a chilled drink in your hand. You can also grab a spot next to the big campfire that regularly burns into the night - and if the flames get too warm, why not be brazen and take a skinny-dip.
Pllek, T.T. Neveritaweg 59
Café ‘t Sluisje
A little bit further up the beach is the cute Café ‘t Sluisje: an old brown café that dates back more than 100 years. Sit down to a wonderfully simple lunch or dinner, with a stunning view from the Nieuwendammerhaven. The terrace is situated so that the sun hits it at every hour of the day.
Café 't Sluisje, Nieuwendammerdijk 297
This summer, venture out and enjoy a new terrace on the waterfront at Restaurant Hangar. As the name suggests, this establishment is built in an old iron hangar, and has a gigantic outdoor area covering around 1,000 m2. The menu offers up dishes like flank steak with homemade chips and risotto with chanterelle mushrooms.
Hangar, Aambeeldstraat 36
Café de Ceuvel
Everything about Café de Ceuvel is special and sustainable: from the hammocks on the veranda, to the seats on the boat deck. Not only is De Ceuvel’s kitchen organic, but its kitchen waste is composted to create a mix which is used as fertiliser for fruit trees on the property. And as a final touch, the building itself is constructed out of multiple old houseboats.
Café de Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 4
Rolling Rock Kitchen
Rolling Rock & Kitchen brings together an explosion of food, drinks, music and art. Oh, and one of the most spacious terraces in Amsterdam on which you can enjoy finger food, a full course meal or just delicious drinks all while enjoying the view from the IJ and a lively atmosphere.
Rolling Rock Kitchen, Distelweg 113
Take in the sweeping views of the IJ River as you relax, glass of wine in hand, at the IJ-Kantine brasserie overlooking the NDSM harbour. The idyllic spot serves breakfast, gourmet lunch and dinner, along with an impressive selection of cocktails and bar snacks.
IJ-Kantine, NDSM-kade 5
What used to be the old cafeteria of Shell has been transformed into one of Amsterdam Noord’s hippest neighbourhood terraces. The menu is comprised of small dishes that are meant for sharing, which is a nearly stress-free way of enjoying the slow process of culinary discovery – if you don’t fancy it, let someone else polish it off. For those who are simply travelling through on their way to a concert or festival, it is the perfect place to prepare yourself for the night ahead.
Tolhuistuin, IJpromenade 2
The first thing you must know about Stork, is that its existence hinges on fresh fruit de mer. The south-facing terrace was founded on an old industrial warehouse, and therefore has an abundance of pleasantly positioned dining tables. In the summer season, it provides guests with a picturesque view of the IJ with the ships sailing to-and-fro.
Stork, Gedempte Hamerkanaal t.o. 96
Café and restaurant De Pont has not one, but two waterside terraces that are drenched with sun (a tip: choose the balcony terrace for a superior view of the IJ). The kitchen prepares organic, sustainable and seasonal dishes, available for all three meals of the day. Just hop off the ferry, and claim your table, quick, before someone else does.
De Pont, Buiksloterweg 3-5
The Noorderlicht café is certainly a jewel to be discovered on the NDSM wharf. Don’t worry about ripening on the vine like a cherry tomato in this greenhouse, just find your place on the grassy terrace outside and you won’t sweat a thing. On the weekends join in on their free cultural events, which also make good use of the outdoor space.
Noorderlicht, tt. Neveritaweg 33