The best terraces by the water

Sun and water – two things that pretty much every Dutch national loves. So café terraces fill up quickly as soon as the sun peeps through the clouds. Especially terraces with a water view. The water cools the air a little, the mood is just a touch more relaxed and the boats sail on by while you enjoy your drink and a tasty bite… It’s the ultimate holiday feeling in the big city.

  • Cool down on a terrace by the water on a summer day!
  • The 10 best terraces by the water in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht.

The 10 best terraces by the water

1. Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, Amsterdam

This is a lovely spacious plank terrace with a relaxing informal atmosphere. From free-thinking students to celebrities, everyone enjoys the beautiful view of the busy IJ river here.

Address: Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam

2. Café de Jaren, Amsterdam

Right in the centre near the wonderful Rembrandtplein square you will find café de Jaren. Take a seat right by the canal and enjoy the view, the excellent food and a lovely drink.

Address: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22, Amsterdam

Hotel tip: Book a room at the nearby NH Doelen hotel to spend the night in style in the city centre!

3. Nemo Roof Terrace, Amsterdam

This great terrace is located on the roof of the Nemo technology museum with its unique architecture. It is diagonally oriented, seems more like a beach club than a terrace and offers a unique view of the city and surrounding water. Added advantage: your kids will have a great time in the ‘Splashing Water Wonder’, a water playground.

Address: Oosterdok 2, Amsterdam

4. Zouthaven, Amsterdam

Gorgeous restaurant with a unique view where seafood features high on the menu. It is a little more chic but offers the best possible view of the Amsterdam waters.

Address: Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam

5. Noorderlicht, Amsterdam

Take the ferry from Amsterdam Central Station and cross the water to Amsterdam’s creative hotspot: the NDSM area. The excellent terrace at Noorderlicht makes for the perfect day out for those of an artistic bent.

Address:  NDSM Plein 102, Amsterdam

6. De tuin van de vier windstreken, Rotterdam

This wonderful terrace is located on the Kralingse Plas lake and offers a lovely view of Rotterdam’s skylines. It is one of the most popular places in Rotterdam.

Address: Plaszoom 354, Rotterdam

7. Hotel New York , Rotterdam

The former head office of the Holland-America line is now a beautiful hotel. It boasts a wonderful terrace with an amazing view of the Nieuwe Maas river. Hail a water taxi to go to your next destination!

Address: Koninginnehoofd 1 Wilhelminapier, Rotterdam

Hotel tip: Book an overnight stay at Hotel New York and enjoy its excellent breakfast before heading out. 

8. SS Rotterdam

This terrace on a former cruise ship offers a beautiful view of the Maas river and Rotterdam’s skyline. It boasts a shallow pool to cool your feet and keep your children busy while you enjoy your drink!

Address: 3e Katendrechtsehoofd 25, Rotterdam

Hotel tip: Spend the night on this cruise ship. An authentic ship’s cabin is available from €75 per night.

9. Wijnlokaal Aal, Utrecht

Wijnlokaal Aal can be found on Oudegracht in one of its many wharf cellars. Settle down on the terrace and order some excellent wine and snacks while enjoying the unique view of the Oudegracht.

Address: Oudegracht 159D

10. Café Servaas, Maastricht

This terrace boasts a wonderful view of the Maas river, a perfect place to while the time away in summer. Enjoy a delicious cocktail or opt for the excellent lunch or dinner menu.

Address: Corversplein 10, Maastricht