Our favourites: sunny terraces in Amsterdam

August, 19th 2022

Are you visiting Amsterdam, and are you blessed with a sunny day? Lucky you.

Our favourites: sunny terraces in Amsterdam

Are you visiting Amsterdam, and are you blessed with a sunny day? Lucky you. All you need now is the best summer hotspots in town to enjoy the lovely sunbeams! So grab your sunglasses; we’ve gathered the best sunny outdoor bars in Amsterdam with a terrace!


Outdoor bars for sunny days in Amsterdam

Discover all the great terraces in Amsterdam; from hidden forest gems to vibrant hangouts and beach-chic waterside cafés. Ready to soak up some sun? These spots are our top picks:



We'll start straight away with our favourite spot: Vessel! This vibrant hangout is the perfect spot to enjoy delicious bites, amazing dishes and cappuccinos (or a glass of rosé) – all day long. Vessel has a spacious sun-drenched terrace, and because it’s next to the IJ (hello beautiful sunset), you can take a refreshing plunge in the water too! So don't forget to bring your sunglasses, sunscreen and your swimsuit. Hurry, book your spot here.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Revaleiland 500.

Distillery 't Nieuwe Diep

A true hidden gem in Amsterdam-Oost: distillery 't Nieuwe Diep, located in a renovated pumping station in Flevopark. They serve ice-cold beers, wines, typical Dutch snacks (cheese, ham, you name it) and lots of different jenevers. Gaze over the water while sipping apple jenever made with home-grown fruit. Is it getting too hot? Cool off in the shade; there are picnic tables under the trees. It’s worth the trip. Promised.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Flevopark 13a.


Dignita Hoftuin

Dignita Hoftuin: a green oasis in the middle of the busy centre of Amsterdam. At Dignita Hoftuin you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee with cake and drinks. Be quick, or reserve a spot during the week.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Nieuwe Herengracht 18a.


Poesiat & Kater

Craving for craft beer? Go to Poesiat & Kater; a beer brewery in Amsterdam-Oost with a spacious terrace. Worth mentioning: the brewing process takes place right in front of you, and the beer goes straight into the bar's tap tanks. Cheers!

Save it in your (Google) maps: Polderweg 648.



As soon as the temperature rises, many locals can be found at the Waterkant. This Surinamese eatery is located in the middle of the city. It can be pretty crowded on summer days, and for a good reason: there's an open, waterside terrace which enjoys full sunshine – making it a popular spot in the summer.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Marnixstraat 246.

Strand Zuid

Strand Zuid – ‘South Beach’ - is located in the middle of Beatrix Park in Amsterdam. It’s a water-side bar-slash-restaurant with a shady and sunny outside terrace with views of the pond and Beatrix Park. Relax, wiggle your toes in the sand, and enjoy a well-deserved refreshing drink. Go for a walk in Beatrix Park before heading off to your next adventure.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Europaplein 22.


Vergulden Eenhoorn

Located on the Ringdijk in Amsterdam-Oost, the Vergulden Eenhoorn is a great spot to catch some sun. It used to be a city farm, and that’s still very much what the vibe is like. The Vergulden Eenhoorn is more than 300 years old and has a large picnic garden where you can enjoy local food in an oasis of tranquillity. Listen to the chirping birds or play some ‘jeu de boules’.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Ringdijk 58.


Neef van Fred

This quirky canal-side spot is in the middle of Amsterdam Oud-West: De Baarsjes. Neef van Fred - meaning Fred’s cousin – is a cafe where you can sit directly along the Admiralengracht. There’s a great selection of local beers to try before tucking into some dinner in the sunshine, choosing from the all-day bistro menu.

Save it in your (Google) maps: Jan Evertsenstraat 41HS.


Sunny terraces in Amsterdam

Tried them all? How about: De Biertuin (located in Amsterdam-Oost and Amsterdam-West); Louie Louie, Plantage, Karavaan, Café Zurich and Meneer Nieges.