Amsterdam’s canals and cobbled streets are enchanting in winter and the city is a hub of activity in the summer. Its proximity to the water makes it a top summer destination, with visitors and locals alike making full use of the many canals, urban beaches and secret swimming spots. Amsterdam’s top restaurants and bars have also taken advantage of its waterside location and offer some of the Dutch capital’s best al fresco dining – ideal for sampling the city’s gourmet culinary scene on sunny summer days. Those looking to enjoy the warm evenings will be pleased to find plenty of rooftop bars offering the perfect sundowners. Here we guide you through the best summer hotspots in Amsterdam to visit in 2017, from top urban beaches to the coolest bars and new restaurants.