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Best terraces in Amsterdam Zuid

Spend an afternoon in the sunshine on the terraces of Amsterdam Zuid. This exclusive area is home to the famous Vondelpark, trendy De Pijp and dozens of tree-lined streets, creating the ideal spot for a relaxing al fresco meal or cocktails.


The terrace of Strandzuid
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While the city centre boasts most of the historic canals, Amsterdam Zuid has its own share of waterside terraces, including Strandzuid, a place where guests can visit the beach while staying in the city. The restaurant’s menu has plenty of fish, meat and vegetarian options, and for a summertime flavour boost, many dishes are prepared on the traditional charcoal grill. Strandzuid is located just a short walk away from the gorgeous floral gardens of Beatrixpark and the RAI Amsterdam Conference Centre.

Strandzuid | Europaplein 22, Zuid

Gent aan de Schinkel

Gent aan de Schinkel terrace
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Gent aan de Schinkel is a tremendous little Belgian-style café behind the Vondelpark. Enjoy views of the water while boats pass by on the Schinkel River. The selection of beers and informal atmosphere makes for a great afternoon by the water.

Gent aan de Schinkel | Theophile de Bockstraat 1, Oud-Zuid


Café Schinkelhaven terrace with people
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Just up the road, Schinkelhaven is a cosy neighbourhood joint - the perfect spot to read the morning paper with a coffee or have an after work borrel. The large streetside terrace is shaded by umbrellas and it comes alive in the late afternoon.

Schinkelhaven | Amstelveenseweg 126, Oud-Zuid


Vondeltuin people on the terrace
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At the southernmost tip of the Vondelpark, you will find the idyllic Vondeltuin. Here, you can enjoy the greenery, a relaxed atmosphere and tasty snacks and drinks surrounded by the sound of bird songs. There’s an excellent park for the kids to play in whilst parents natter away on the garden terrace.

Vondeltuin | Vondelpark 7, Oud-Zuid

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'T Blauwe Theehuis exterior and terrace
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In the middle of the famed Vondelpark, you’ll find the (perhaps equally famous) Blauwe Theehuis. Built in 1937 and now featuring over 700 outdoor seats, this café, whose building has been likened to a spaceship, has one of the largest terraces in Europe. Enjoy the singing birds, fresh air and soothing sights, along with a sandwich, snacks and a drink to top it all off.

’t Blauwe Theehuis | Vondelpark 5, Oud-Zuid


Carter Bar & Kitchen has a comfortable outdoor space on the Valeriusstraat in Zuid, within walking distance from both Vondelpark and Museumplein. Enjoy modern French bistro dishes in the chic and sophisticated interiors or delicious cocktails on the sun-drenched terrace.

Carter Bar & Kitchen | Valeriusstraat 85, Oud-Zuid

George WPA

Interieur van de Franse brasserie George WPA.
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Feel like a real Parisian at this stylish brasserie located just a few minutes from Vondelpark. Guests can sit in the sun almost all day long on the large, crisp white terrace and enjoy a club sandwich, one of their wafer-thin pizzas or quintessentially French dishes such as confit duck. Finish off your meal with a classic martini, served the way you like it.

George WPA | Willemsparkweg 74, Oud-Zuid


The great terrace of Café Wildschut @ Roelof Hartplein in Amsterdam-Zuid. This photo can be used for all types of content about Café Wildschut.
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With its iconic 1920s architecture, Wildschut is one of Amsterdam’s most well-known and oldest grand cafes. The large terrace is particularly recognisable and offers a great place to people-watch while soaking up some rays. Tuck into international dishes from the varied menu.

Wildschut | Roelof Hartplein 1-3, De Pijp


Exterior of Tolbar and Cinetol terrace on Tolstraat in De Pijp
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This cafe bar is a bit of a hidden gem in De Pijp. Tolbar is part of Cinetol, a creative space and venue for art and culture, so there’s always something more to enjoy than just the food, drinks and a sunny spot on the terrace. Enjoy a sandwich for lunch, socialise with friends during the evening, or chow down on hearty comfort foods for dinner.

Tolbar | Tolstraat 182, De Pijp