Amsterdam’s 6 best terraces near the water

In a city like Amsterdam, it is important to find places to cool down on a warm summer day. What is a better way of cooling down than drinking a refreshing drink by the water? To help you pick a terrace, we have gathered this summer’s six best Amsterdam terraces near the water.

Hanneke’s Boom

Located at the Oosterdoksdoorgang, Hanneke’s Boom is a perfect spot for a summer day if you want to relax near the water and not look for anything too fancy. Sit down with a cold beer on one of the long picnic tables under the trees or pick a spot near the edge of the water. The bar is made of second-hand items, which makes it a unique place with a relaxed atmosphere.

Where: Dijksgracht 4, Amsterdam

Meneer Nieges

Another hotspot from the same team as Hannekes Boom is Meneer Nieges: a new waterside hotspot which opened in 2016. Located on the IJ River, this quirky restaurant serves delicious bites from their Burgundian cuisine. With a big terrace by the water, it almost feels as if you are not in Amsterdam anymore.

Where: Westerdoksdijk 40H, Amsterdam


Looking for an urban beach in Amsterdam? On the other side of the IJ River, located in Amsterdam Noord, you can find restaurant PLLEK. This beach bar with an industrial feeling gives you a wonderful panoramic view over the water. Both the drink and food menu have a high variety while making use of organic products only.

Where: TT Neveritaweg 59, Amsterdam

Café De Jaren

This café is the oldest hotspot on this list, as it opened its doors in 1990. Situated in the heart of Amsterdam, it is a great meeting point for both people from Amsterdam as visitors. Café de Jaren is known for its grand terrace, offering one of the best views of the Amstel River.

Where: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam

REM Eiland

This platform in the IJ River is located 22 meters above the water. REM Eiland once was the first commercial broadcast station in the Netherlands. The station has been transformed into a restaurant, which offers culinary delights. REM Eiland is a perfect location for a unique dining experience.

Where: Haparandadam 45, Amsterdam

Pulitzer’s Bar

The terrace of the Pulitzer’s Bar, part of Pulitzer Amsterdam, opened in June 2017. This summer Pulitzer’s Bar will bring South-America right to the heart of Amsterdam with the introduction of the Paloma – the summer cocktail of Amsterdam. Enjoy long summer evenings with views over the canals and the taste of tequila, lime, and grapefruit.

Where: Keizersgracht 234, Amsterdam