Best 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. Pair a cocktail with a panorama at one of the city's best rooftop bars. As scenic spots to eat, drink and socialise, these roof terraces offer the best views of the Amsterdam and a cosmopolitan experience unlike any other.
After filling your mind with 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.
GAPP at Hotel Casa
There's a great roof terrace garden on the 8th floor of Hotel Casa overlooking one of the most picturesque parts of Amsterdam Oost. While away a few hours with the sound of the birds and the views on a balmy summer evening. The menu offers honest, natural food, delicious drinks and more than 30 local craft beers.
Malabar at Hotel Jakarta
Sip cocktails and enjoy the view at Skybar Malabar. Located on two floors at Hotel Jakarta, Malabar has a distinctly jungle feel and offers a spectacular view across the IJ river. This bar takes mixology up a notch by serving its delicious cocktails in distinctive glasses. From fiery concoctions to old classics, why not try a Dutch Puzzle or some Vampire Fizz to spice things up a bit?
On the sixth floor of the five-star W Amsterdam Hotel you'll find W Lounge, serving as both the lobby for hotel guests and a cocktail bar with 360-degree views of the city right by 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.
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, the kitchen serves up daring lunch and dinner dishes as well as little nibbles. On weekend nights, Canvas transforms into a club serving not only drinks, but a guaranteed good time.
See Amsterdam from 85 metres high at Floor17, the rooftop terrace of the Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam Rembrandtpark. The restaurant offers 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.
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 like the sweet Pearbullion, made with white chocolate syrup, pear and spiced rum.
Zoku’s suites merge work and play offering professionals all the comforts of home when on business trips. Located on the sixth floor, this friendly outfit has rethought the hotel concept providing fresh bright rooms, a greenhouse, and public spaces that encourage mingling that are more like living rooms. And then there’s that urban view!
Twenty Third Bar
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.
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.
Bar Bistro Bureau
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 for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves a unique menu that changes every two months, featuring creative ingredients such as sea lavender and wood sorrel.