Cafés and terraces in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam is a metropolis with a cosy village feeling. Here you will find historic buildings side-by-side with architectural trendsetters, old masters rubbing shoulders with new art styles, and old cafés sidling up to modern, trendy clubs. So there is plenty of choice if you want to have a drink and a bite to eat after a day strolling around the city. We have selected a few convivial cafés and terraces for you so you won’t have to waste time searching.

Cafés

De 2 zwaantjes (Prinsengracht 114): Famous, typically Amsterdam café where they still sing the ‘levenslied’ (song of life, traditionally Dutch music) daily.

Eylders (Korte Leidsedwarsstraat): Traditional Amsterdam café on the Leidseplein with old-fashioned, excellent service.                      

Zeppos (Gebed zonder end 5): Beautifully located café with live music on Sundays.                          

Gollem (Overtoom 160-162): Wonderful café boasting what may be the biggest collection of specialty beers in Amsterdam.

De Koningshut (Spuistraat): Cosy, typically Dutch café near the lively Spui. A mixture of locals and tourists drop by for a specialty beer or a glass of good wine. Order an excellent Irish coffee late at night – the bartender will be happy to prepare it for you!                        

Americain (Leidsekade 97): Enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine in an enchanting Art Deco setting.

MOMO (Hobbemastraat 1): A trendy bar and lounge for the ‘it crowd’. The place to go if you want to ‘people watch’ with a great cocktail and tasty Asian snacks.

Suzy Wong (Korte Leidsedwarsstraat 45): Attractive cocktail lounge styled in the manner of the Moulin Rouge. The interior is a modern mix of American, Asian and French elements and the cocktails are stylish and flavourful.

Chocolate Bar (1e van der Helststraat 62a): Hip bar with a sixties/seventies interior. Listen to the hippest DJs while enjoying a drink and a bite.

Terraces

Vertigo (Vondelpark 3): Beautiful terrace where food and drinks are served. Located in the wonderful Vondelpark.                                   

Amstelhaven (Mauritskade 1): The biggest floating terrace in Amsterdam located right on the canal.           

IJ-kantine (Mt Ondinaweg 15): A modern, child-friendly terrace near the NDSM harbour in the northern part of Amsterdam.              

't Loosje (Nieuwmarkt 34): Located on the monumental Nieuwmarkt square with views of De Waag, the old weighing house.                     

De Jaren (Doelenstraat 20): Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat in a lovely location by the water.                        

De Ysbreker (Weesperzijde 23): For breakfast, lunch, dinner or just a nice cocktail or beer early in the evening. Ysbreker’s terrace boasts lovely views of the Amstel river.

Please contact the local tourist (VVV) office for more information on any of the addresses listed above. You could also ask a local resident for tips about where to go in Amsterdam. He or she will probably be able to enlighten you as well.