A little bad weather is no reason to miss out on outdoor sundowner in Amsterdam. From covered patios, decks, gardens and terraces, this guide umbrellas some of the best bars and restaurants where you can sit outside come rain or shine.
Oversized square umbrellas provide protection from the elements at this atmospheric South American-inspired all-day cafe in Amsterdam Oost. The terrace is right across from the Tropenmuseum and a great spot to snag a picnic table, kick back and sip a Dutch & Stormy (Union Spice & Sea Salt rum, ginger beer, lime, Angostura bitters) while you stay dry and toasty.
Louie Louie | Linnaeusstraat 11, Amsterdam
A Surinamese bar set on the Singelgracht, Waterkrant is a summertime favourite that’s just as delightful in the cooler months. It boasts a dangerous drinks menu that includes beer and cocktails by the pitcher. Luckily, the hearty food will fortify you, with stick-to-your-bones dishes like banana deep friend in parbo beer batter and served with peanut sauce.
Waterkant | Marnixstraat 246, Amsterdam
Set in buzzy NDSM Wharf, this industrial-chic restaurant has two terraces: a hybrid 100-square-metre indoor/outdoor warehouse terrace with towering 20-metre high ceilings and a partially covered 250-square-meter outdoor terrace, making it a truly weather-proof option for an al fresco tipple. There are 18 beers on tap and their robust ale offering even makes its way into the food menu — try the poussin stewed in Weizenbeer.
IJver | ijveramsterdam.nl | Scheepsbouwkade 72, Amsterdam
There’s a cluster of delightful cafés in Nieuwmarkt square that all have enough coverage to get you through a classic Amsterdam cloudburst relatively drip-free. Café Fonteyn is a favourite among the lot for its warm atmosphere, heated terrace and simple brown-bar menu focussing on beers and bites. Order a IJwit van Brouwerij ’t IJ and a plate of bitterballen and soak in the Dutch vibes.
Café Fonteyn | cafefonteyn.nl | Nieuwmarkt 13-15, Amsterdam
Nestled under a Dutch sawmill that was built in 1672, Jonge Dikkert is an Amstelveen all-star. They have a spacious outdoor dining area under a covered gazebo, so you won’t get wet if it starts to pour. The menu highlights seasonal ingredients in global cuisine. Get started with the Greveling oysters, plucked right from Lake Grevelingen and served with white asparagus, white grape, fermented garlic and hazelnut.
Jonge Dikkert | jongedikkert.nl | Amsterdamseweg 104a, Amstelveen
A long awning shelters a big chunk of the giant terrace at WestergasTerras. On drizzly days, head here to listen to the rain splash into the water outfront as you take in the view of the former gasworks. Filling fare including pancakes, burgers and sandwiches, will provide plenty of fuel to charge up your exploration of Westergas and the surrounding Westerpark.
WestergasTerras | Klonneplein 4-6, Amsterdam
So now that you’re covered for rainy-day drinks, where should you head when the sun is shining? Follow this local’s guide to warm-weather watering holes.