Best terraces in Amsterdam Noord
With its vast, open spaces, repurposed industrial architecture and a tempting selection of waterside bars and restaurants, it's little wonder that the locals flock to Amsterdam Noord and NDSM when the sun shines. Thanks to their south-facing position, many of the terraces here enjoy full sunshine until late into the evening, and there's no better place to kick back with a beer and watch the sunset over the water.
Discover Noord's most stunning wharfside terrace at Lagerwal, where scenic cityscapes of the passing boats are paired with local beers on tap, pitcher cocktails, great food and music. In collaboration with the neighbouring restaurant, Helling7, most dishes are prepared on an open fire. Both locations offer one of the most romantic perspectives over the river, complete with industrial vibes typical of Amsterdam Noord.
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 dip in the river.
A brasserie, brown café and restaurant in one; Polly Goudvisch is the perfect pitstop for anyone hopping off the Buiksloterweg ferry. There's also a beautiful sun-soaked terrace where you can observe the passing throng. Enjoy cosy beers at the bar or a long dinner in the evening; everything is possible.
Café ‘t Sluisje
Fishermen and shipbuilders once built their homes along the scenic Niewendammerdijk in Noord and most likely frequented Cafe ‘t Sluisje - a 100-year-old brown café overlooking the harbour. Sit down for 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 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.
Planted in the middle of the NDSM Wharf in a 100-year-old shipbuilding hangar, IJver is a multifunctional space with sprawling indoor and outdoor terraces that catch the sun late into the afternoon. Enjoy a thirst-quenching drink from the 34 beer taps and pick your favourite bites from the seasonal menu. The kitchen is open from breakfast to late-night snacks.
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.
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 is closed for renovation until 2023
For over the decade, the reputation of this funky craft brewery has been going from strength to strength to the point where now you’ll find their beers now sold across the city. However a visit to their taproom in Amsterdam Noord is well worth the trip, and on a sunny day the vibrant terrace will be packed with beer-lovers in their element. Sample a flight of experimental creations such as the Thai Thai Tripel flavoured with East Asian aromatics or the Mannenliefde Saison made with lemongrass and Szechuan pepper.
Taverno Willi Becher
Hidden inside an old warehouse dating back to 1930, this beer garden and restaurant never disappoints on a sunny afternoon. In the restaurant, cooking is done on an open fire (all dishes are made in a wood oven, barbecue or kebab skewer), with seasonal products and vegetables playing the leading role. At weekends, enjoy DJs and live music.