Café de Ceuvel
Located in an idyllic part of the Amsterdam Noord district, Café de Ceuvel is a charming place to while away a summer’s day. The urban space is dedicated to being as green as possible, using organic, sustainable and local suppliers and produce wherever possible. Located by the waterside wharf terrace, the café is a great place to relax, enjoy delicious food and listen to music. Those who fancy cooling off can also have a quick swim.
Café de Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 4, 1032 KB Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 229 6210
Having a canalside drink is a great summer pastime in Amsterdam. For an outside bar with a twist, head down to Amsterdam Roest, one of the city’s coolest urban beaches. Located in the Amsterdam Oost neighbourhood, the converted industrial space is one of the best places to visit in the summer. The popular beach attraction features picnic benches, a café, bar and packed line-up of top events and activities. Grab a drink and find a spot on the beach to sink your toes in the sand.
Amsterdam Roest, Jacob Bonitusplaats 1, 1018 LL Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 308 0283
Vondelpark is arguably Amsterdam’s most famous park and this summer it turns into one of the best cultural hotspots. From June to September the park hosts a wide variety of performances, from dance to live music, kids shows and classical music, all at the Vondelpark Openluchttheatre (open-air theatre). Tickets are free and it’s a great place to soak up some culture in the sun.
Vondelpark Openluchttheatre, Vondelpark 5-A, 1071 AA Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 428 3360
Pluk de Nacht
What could be better than watching independent art-house films under the stars on a balmy evening? Pluk de Nacht is Amsterdam’s annual open-air film festival, presenting a strong line-up of unreleased independent films, documentaries, animations and shorts. Located in a beautiful old harbour in the centre of the city, it’s a great place to discover a new area while making the most of the free screenings. Buy a beer, reserve a deckchair and join fellow film enthusiasts for a top evening of entertainment.
Pluk de Nacht, Stenen Hoofd, Westerdoksdijk 705C, 1013 BX Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 3722 7031
13-15 July: Trek Food Truck Festival
Street food and music are a winning combination in the summer and Trek Food Truck Festival mixes the two to bring you one of the coolest events in Amsterdam this summer. The three-day event will see a wide range of mobile trucks providing guests with some of the best street food, from sushi to burgers and vegan dishes. Wash your meal down with some drinks at the special beer bus or cocktail bar before you sit back, relax and enjoy some top musical talent. With music and dancing going on into the evening each day, this is definitely one for the diary.
Trek Food Truck Festival, Amsterlpark, Janszoon Ernstraat 1, 1082 LT Amsterdam