Best terraces in Amsterdam West
Amsterdam West wouldn’t be so hip and happening without its abundance of cafés and bars with great outdoor spaces. From the sprawling garden terraces at Westerpark to some incredible canalside seating in Oud-West and local hotspots in Nieuw-West, this handy guide will help you pick the perfect summer spot.
With seats right up the water’s edge, the terrace at Baro is the crème de la crème of outdoor drinking locations in Amsterdam. The café is housed in a magnificent 1920s Amsterdam School building that was formerly a jewellery school. Along with spectacular views over the canal you can enjoy a tempting taco menu along with tequila cocktails from the bar.
Away from the more obviously fashionable hangouts in Bos en Lommer, Terrasmus is a low-key wooden chalet under the trees in Erasmuspark with a great terrace for late afternoon drinks, coffee and craft beers. The café attracts a wide range of customers and runs lots of lively, off-beat events for the local community.
This multicultural theatre and performance venue has a sprawling terrace perfectly positioned on one of the sunniest corners in Bos en Lommer. Enjoy the stand-out Turkish brunch at weekends, grab a hearty meal before catching a show or simply share a few drinks amongst friends on a warm evening.
This charming bistro restaurant commands some of the finest outdoor space in Oud-West. Tuck into some great food or just have drinks on the large informal terrace where hip locals mingle with in-the-know visitors. It’s just outside the hugely successful De Hallen, a converted tram depot now occupied by design boutiques, an art house cinema and an indoor food hall.
Combining spectacular views of the Sloterplas and a trendy beach pavilion vibe, the lakeside terrace at Hotel Buiten is a fantastic place to while away some hours on a warm evening. When you’re feeling hungry, the kitchen prides itself on sourcing ethical, seasonal ingredients with a fantastic menu of burgers, snacks, sandwiches and sharing dishes.
Dousing this slightly grey corner of Sloterdijk with a much-needed splash of colour and fun, BRET is a beer bar and restaurant with a spectacular garden terrace. Everything about the venue promotes sustainability and innovation, from the hops grown on site to the structure made from shipping containers. Oh, and they also host some magical club nights, so keep an eye on the music agenda.
This complex of 19th century industrial buildings in the middle of Westerpark was formerly a gas factory. Now, Westergasterrein has been converted into a buzzing cultural hub boasting some of the finest outdoors seating in Amsterdam. Decked out with comfy bean bags, the spacious terrace at Westergasterras is a great place for a drink with views of the imposing gasometer and a pretty water garden. Nearby, head over to the leafy gardens at Mossel & Gin for sophisticated seafood dishes plus a connoisseur’s selection of gins served in king-size glasses. At Pacific, you can expect reggae vibes and a chilled atmosphere with a dancefloor on weekends and sometimes live music outside. Or, head over to TonTon Club West for arcade games and retro vibes - a first date that is guaranteed to be fun.
Various Locations // Westergasterrein, Westerpark
Tucked away in a quiet residential enclave and surrounded by some iconic Amsterdam School architecture, Cafe Cook is a bit of a hidden gem in De Baarsjes. The terrace is dotted with tables that spill out onto the square and catch the light until late in the afternoon. There’s a relaxed, homely atmosphere but a surprisingly stylish menu for lunch and dinner.
Known locally as ‘Jan Eef’, Jan Evertsenstraat is the place to go for bar hopping and boasts some of the best canalside seating in the city. De Neef van Fred (formerly Radijs) is one of the few spots in the area where you can sit directly on the Admiralengracht as well as being a great place for brunch or an after-work catch up. Just up the road, the terrace at Biertuin West spreads across the bustling Mercatorplein serving up a colossal selection of draught and bottled brews from their beer bible menu. Whilst Bar Baarsch has a cosy outdoor seating area that’s perfect for people watching.
Various Locations | Jan Evertsenstraat, De Baarsjes