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Bar Basquiat restaurant terrace
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Best terraces in Amsterdam Oost

The bar scene in Oost changes so rapidly, with new sun-soaked terraces and riverside hangouts popping up almost on a weekly basis. Whether you’re looking for a rooftop garden or sweeping views of the water, this run down of the best outdoor food and drink spots has got you covered.

Bar Botanique

Bar Botanique café-restaurant exterior
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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

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Located in a former pumping station in Flevopark, the tranquil terrace of this genever distillery is almost entirely surrounded by water. Soak up the beautiful views over the lake as you sip on the best jenevers and liqueurs from the tasting room.

’t Nieuwe Diep | Flevopark 13

Vergulden Eenhoorn

Vergulden Eenhoorn jeu de boules
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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 accurate French word for it).

Vergulden Eenhoorn | Ringdijk 58

De Biertuin

De Biertuin people sitting on the terrace
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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

De Ysbreeker

Cafe De Ysbreeker on the Weesperzijde
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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

Louie Louie

Louie Louie café-restaurant interior and terrace
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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 Wereldmuseum Amsterdam building over the road.

Louie Louie | Linnaeustraat 11

Brouwerij ’t IJ

Brouwerij 't IJ brewery windmill and beer garden
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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

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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 shared platters, classic Dutch bar snacks, main courses, and desserts.

Poesiat & Kater | Polderweg 648

Bar Basquiat

Bar Basquiat terrace on Javastraat
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Bar Basquiat has a long pavement terrace in the heart of the lively, multicultural Indische Buurt. With a 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 in the evening with sparkly lights.
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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


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Every neighbourhood has a spot that everyone considers the spot. In the east of Amsterdam, that place was long considered the Badhuis, a former bathhouse on the Javaplein that functioned as a place for the predominantly working-class locals to wash, meet and get together. Now, it's an all-day café and brasserie with one of the city's chief sunspots. Head here in the golden hours or any time in the afternoon when the sun cuts through the snaking Javastraat and hits the Javaplein in full light – perfect when enjoying one of Badhuis' custom beers.

Badhuis | Javaplein 21