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The best waterside venues in Amsterdam

Global Blue guides you through the best waterside locations in Amsterdam. Whether you are looking for a romantic waterside restaurant, cool urban beach or a safe place to swim in the Dutch capital, our guide is sure to impress

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

Amsterdam is a city built around the water, so it is not hard to see why plenty of the city’s hotspots embrace this as a key feature. In the winter, canalside restaurants are full of people looking to enjoy the charming network of waterways while in the summer many visitors and locals alike venture further afield in search of the perfect secluded sunny spot. Many of Amsterdam’s docks have now been transformed into some of the city’s coolest nightspots, with open-air terraces, bars and cultural programmes giving new life to these industrial areas. For some of Amsterdam’s coolest urban beaches, look out for Amsterdam Roest and Standzuid, while Hannekes Boom and Waterkant, with their outdoor terraces and colourful bars, are the go-to places for escaping the busy city centre.



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