The spacious terrace of this tropical themed bar is ideally located at a sunny spot near the Dappermarkt and Oosterpark. With options for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the wonderfully extensive menu means you could easily spend the whole day there.
Bar Botanique // Eerste van Swindenstraat 581
Distillery Nieuwe Diep
Located in a former pumping station in Flevopark, the tranquil terrace of this genever distillery is almost completely surrounded by water. Soak up the beautiful views over the lake as you sip on the best genevers and liqueurs from the tasting room.
’t Nieuwe Diep // Flevopark 13
On a sunny day, the Vergulden Eenhoorn is an oasis of peace and calm in the middle of the city, where you can savour drinks and dishes made using locally-sourced ingredients. The terrace of this 300-year-old farmhouse is surrounded by a leafy picnic garden with its very own boulodrome (pitch where you play boules - and yes that is the real French word for it).
Vergulden Eenhoorn // Ringdijk 58
Canvas is located on the roof of the Volkshotel, a former office building where the national newspaper de Volkskrant once rolled off the press. With panoramic city views and fantastic cocktails, the terrace has to be one of the best places to hang out in Amsterdam. When it gets late, clubbers can move downstairs to Club Canvas to check out the DJs.
Canvas op de 7e // Wibautstraat 150
The clue is in the name at De Biertuin (the beer garden) where the enclosed roadside terrace has tables outside all year round. It’s a top spot for friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere, pub-style food and of course a large selection of great beers.
De Biertuin // Linnaeusstraat 29
Time to take a rest from all that boating? De Ysbreeker is an Amsterdam classic on the quiet side of the river where you can pop in for a drink or dine at the brasserie-style restaurant. The terrace offers sweeping views of the water and houseboats, under the dappled shade of an avenue of trees.
De Ysbreeker // Weesperzijde 23
This riverside bar boasts one of the largest terraces built over the water in the city. After cruising the canals in the sun, moor your boat directly at Amstelhaven for a quick bite to eat - burgers and sandwiches, salads and soups are all on the changing menu - although, with such a lively atmosphere and music, you may decide to stay for quite a few hours.
Amstelhaven// Mauritskade 1
Named after the 1960s hit by The Kingsmen, Louie Louie is a great all-day hangout, for breakfast (including churros) coffee, lunch, drinks, or dinner, with a Latin American-inspired menu. This hotspot has a big sunny terrace with a view of the grand Tropenmuseum building over the road.
Louie Louie // Linnaeustraat 11
Brouwerij ’t IJ
Brouwerij ’t IJ was an independent local microbrewery long before anyone dreamed up the modern terminology. The brewery bar is housed in a former bath house next door to a proper Dutch windmill. There’s a large enclosed terrace with rows of picnic tables, which stays busy in all weathers. You can arrive by boat and moor on the quay, and also take a tour of the brewery. It’s a great spot to enjoy some of Amsterdam’s finest craft beers, and at a better price than you’ll find them elsewhere.
Brouwerij 't IJ // Funenkade 7
Poesiat & Kater
Poesiat & Kater's craft beers have reached iconic status in Amsterdam, and the spacious terrace outside this historic building is the perfect spot to enjoy them. With everything on the menu designed around the art of brewing, there's an extensive selection of sharing platters, classic Dutch bar snacks, main courses and desserts.
Poesiat & Kater // Polderweg 648
Bar Basquiat has a long pavement terrace in the heart of the lively, multicultural Indische Buurt. With design inspired by the work of US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the bar has a New York flavour and playful graphic features. There’s a varied menu at lunchtime, plus street food and fancy cocktails in the evening.
Bar Basquiat // Javastraat 88-90
Cafe Restaurant de Plantage
Café Restaurant De Plantage is housed in one of the elegant buildings of Artis Zoo, though you don’t have to visit the zoo to enjoy the leafy, park-like atmosphere. The café itself gives an inside-outside feeling, and the terrace spills out onto an open square with pretty lights in the trees after dark. There’s a varied, modern lunch and dinner menu, and a good wine list.
De Plantage // Plantage Kerklaan 36