Best outdoor dining in Amsterdam
Enjoy the ultimate alfresco dining and bar experiences at these top outdoor dining spaces in Amsterdam. From rooftop bars to bustling outdoor terraces, these are some of the best places in Amsterdam to discover this spring and summer
Located in the centre of Amsterdam, SkyLounge is the perfect place to view the city’s main cultural attractions from above. The award-winning rooftop lounge bar offers panoramic views of the Dutch capital and is the perfect retreat from city life. Guests can enjoy a superb range of cocktails and delicious lunch and dinner menus. For those wanting to dance the night away, the SkyLounge regularly hosts top DJs, turning the space into an exclusive lounge club.
SkyLounge, Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam +31 (0)20 530 0875
Amsterdam’s vibrant and lively Reguliersdwarsstraat is renowned for attracting Amsterdam’s stylish crowd. With its chic interior, Lion Noir is one of the street’s most sought-after destinations and is a cosy place to stop for cocktails or dinner. It is also home to a beautiful garden terrace – the perfect place to escape from the city’s bustling streets. Enjoy a lavish dinner or evening cocktails while you soak up the truly striking surroundings.
Lion Noir, Reguliersdwarsstraat 28, 1017 BM Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 627 6603
Waterkant is the ultimate place to soak up summer rays. Inspired by Paramaribo, the capital city of Suriname, Waterkant feels a million miles from Amsterdam’s bustling centre. The menu offers top finger-food options, such as nachos, spring rolls, pepper buns and chicken wings, while larger dishes are also impressive and ideal for hungry visitors. With good food, excellent drinks and a large terrace, Waterkant offers a winning combination for warm summer days and nights.
Waterkant, Marnixstraat 246, 1016 TL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 737 1126
Mossel & Gin
Located in the trendy Westergasfabriek area, Mossel & Gin is the perfect place to enjoy fresh seafood in the sun. The popular hangout has garnered much attention thanks to its winning combination of mussels, gin and a relaxed ambience. Its cool, laid-back aesthetic and lovely outdoor terrace make it the ideal destination for a meal with friends on a warm summer’s evening. The menu caters for large groups and features sharing options such as grilled, stuffed squid, garlic prawns and oysters.
Mossel & Gin, Gosschalklaan 12, 1014 DC Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 486 5869
Venture slightly out of Amsterdam’s city centre and you will find plenty of hidden gems, such as Hannekes Boom which is located just five minutes from Amsterdam’s central station. Built from and decorated with salvaged and recycled materials, the funky bar is a popular summer hotspot thanks to its waterside location and relaxed rustic interior. Its huge terrace is the ideal place to soak up some sun while you enjoy a few drinks and watch the boats go by. With a dinner menu of fresh fish, meat and vegetarian options, this is a wonderful place to come with friends.
Hannekes Boom, Dijksgracht 4, 1019 BS Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 419 9820
Located on the seventh floor of the trendy Volkshotel, Canvas is a cool rooftop bar, restaurant and club. It is open all day, and offers everything from breakfast to dinner, with stunning views of south Amsterdam. The popular rooftop venue was once the headquarters of Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant and it pays tribute to this creative aesthetic with interior details including magnified newspaper cutouts.
Canvas, Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 261 2110
Those looking for al fresco drinks and dining in the de Pijp area should make a beeline for Pilsvogel. Located on the corner of Gerard Douplein, one of Amsterdam’s busiest streets, the café is the ultimate place to people watch in the summer months. The outside terrace is ideal for soaking up some sun over a glass or two of wine and those feeling hungry can order a selection of delicious dishes.
Pilsvogel, Gerard Douplein 14, 1072 VE Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 664 6483