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Cafes and terraces in Amsterdam

What makes Amsterdam such an attractive city is the way it combines a 17th-century atmosphere with the mentality of a world city. The city boasts the greatest density of museums in the world, and has a host of memorable cultural activities to offer, such as a canal boat trip. Next to the many sights worth seeing, Amsterdam is home to a large variety of restaurants, cafes and terraces that will gladly welcome you for a tasty snack and a refreshing drink!

  • Discover the pleasant, trendy and famous cafes and terraces of Amsterdam.
  • Visit the cafe Kapitein Zeppos, hidden away in a concealed alley in the city centre.
  • Bar 5&33 and the terrace of Hanneke’s Boom are favourites among young, trendy Amsterdammers.

5x cafes in Amsterdam

1. Café van Puffelen An absolute hotspot in the heart of Amsterdam, located in a monumental canal-side building, where you can enjoy a flavoursome bite and a drink in a convivial atmosphere. Address: Prinsengracht 375-377

2. De 2 zwaantjes Along the picturesque Prinsengracht canal in the heart of the city’s centre lies this typically Amsterdam pub. It grew to fame because of the many singers who performed there, and even today, one can hear the typically Dutch genre of the levenslied (‘song of life’) sung there daily. Address: Prinsengracht 114

3. Kapitein Zeppos In a beautiful concealed alley close to the Rokin lies this unique cafe. It has a pleasant, student-influenced atmosphere, and hosts live music every Sunday afternoon. It’s also a great spot for to have a bite to eat! Address: Gebed zonder end 5  

4. 5&33 This luxury and hip hotel bar is one of Amsterdam’s new meeting places for a tasty bite and a drink. DJs perform here regularly, so it’s a great spot for a night on the town! Address: Martelaarsgracht 5

5. Café Americain On Leidseplein square, in the heart of the city, you will find this classic grand café dating back to 1902. Take a seat on the ground floor for a good cup of coffee or a great glass of wine in an atmosphere of style. Address: Leidsekade 97

4x terraces in Amsterdam

1. IJ-kantine Grab a ferry behind Central Station to the NDSM terrain, and laze away the time on the spacious, modern and child-friendly terrace of the IJ-kantine with a view over the water. Address: Mt. Ondinaweg 15

2. De Jaren Gaze across the waters in comfort at the many boats passing by: Café de Jaren offers a terrace with good food, drink and a great view. Address: Doelenstraat 20

3. 't Loosje On one of Amsterdam’s handsomest squares, Nieuwmarkt, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice of great terraces. Have a seat at ‘t Loosje, order one of its many specialty beers, and enjoy the view of the Weigh House. Address: Nieuwmarkt 32

4. Hanneke’s Boom When the sun starts shining, Hanneke’s Boom is the place to be for the trendy people of Amsterdam. And that makes nothing but sense, because it is one of the very best places available to enjoy good weather and good food and drink. If the tables are all occupied, no problem – just have a seat on the canal’s edge! Address: Dijksgracht 4

All terraces near you

There are so many cafés and terraces in Amsterdam that we cannot possibly mention them all. The IAmsterdam.com site offers a comprehensive overview of the best places to enjoy a drink.

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