Blijburg aan Zee
Amsterdam’s main city beach is located to the east of the city, on the man-made island of IJburg. Head here on sunny days to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the bohemian beach bar vibes. In the evening there’s live music and DJs to be enjoyed while you cosy up around a campfire. Blijburg aan Zee, Amsterdam Oost
Just a short ferry hop over the IJ from Amsterdam Central station, this hip waterfront bar boasts its own urban beach where locals and in-the-know visitors flock in summer months to enjoy great food, DJs and a vibrant atmosphere by day and night. Kick back on giant bean bags with a beer in hand, and take in the views of Amsterdam across the water. Pllek, Amsterdam Noord
South of the city centre, StrandZuid (South Beach) is a chic inland beach complex surrounding a lake. There’s a stylish restaurant, large beer deck with ping pong table, and a sandy party beach with plenty of sunbathing spots connected by a series of boardwalks. StrandZuid, Amsterdam Zuid
If you’re looking for a truly urban beach, then head to this hip post-industrial hotspot in Amsterdam East. There’s a selection of indoor and outdoor bars and a large sandy beach by the water strewn with junkyard art and quirky seating areas, presided over by reminders of the area’s industrial past. Amsterdam Roest, Amsterdam Oost
Het Stenen Hoofd
Offering an unusual little oasis of greenery and sand between Amsterdam’s Westerdok and Central Station, Het Stenen Hoofd is not so much an urban beach as a pier jutting out into the IJ and covered in sand and grass. It regularly plays host to a variety of cultural events, the most famous of which being the Pluk de Nacht open-air film series. Het Stenen Hoofd, Amsterdam West
This urban beach offers food, drinks, cultural events and plenty of outdoor fun in Amsterdam’s Houthavens. With a playground and children’s yoga glasses, Dok is supremely family-friendly and a great place to take the little ones to for a day in the sunshine. Dok, Amsterdam West
Sloterplas Swimming Beach (Zwemstrand Sloterplas)
This swimming lake in Amsterdam Nieuw-West is one of the neighbourhood's best summer hotspots. The family-friendly urban beach boasts picnic tables, a wide-open space and a nifty beach shop where you can rent beach chairs, volleyball gear, mobile showers and other handy equipment. And with Grand Cafe Sloterplas right around the corner and the recent addition of a food truck, Sloterplas Swimming Beach is a great day out – or dagje uit, as the Dutch would say – for the whole family.
This is a round-up of urban beaches in Amsterdam, but there are plenty more beaches to discover if you make a short trip to the coast. For more information, check out our guide to Amsterdam Beach.