I’m on cloud nine these days. Why? Cause summer is in town! And the forecast tells me that summer is not going anywhere anytime soon. So, it’s time to go outside and explore the city. And trust me when I say, Amsterdam has so many hidden gems to discover. As the weekend is almost here, I am already daydreaming about hanging out by the water with some great company. One of my favourite hangouts of mine to do so is Hannekes Boom. It’s the perfect place to soak up all the sunrays while enjoying a nice beer or some tasty food.
Hannekes Boom is a bar and restaurant located in the city centre, just a five-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station and the Public Library and across from NEMO. And if you’re lucky enough to explore Amsterdam on a boat, you also have the opportunity to moor your boat at Hannekes Boom and relax for a bit.
Hannekes Boom is inspired by the history of the location. In 1662, one of the guard posts that monitored ship traffic into Amsterdam was located here. The café is entirely built from second hand and recycled materials. It creates a very easy-going, funky and artistic vibe that almost reminds you of a beach bar.
Outside, there are many large picnic tables overlooking the water where you can enjoy a beer, some bites but they also offer some great lunch and dinner options. Their dinner menu changes every week but always includes some awesome comfort food and also some healthy options for the health freaks among us. Personally, you can wake me up for their falafel flatbread with tahini. But if you’re more up for a quick bite, you can always rely on some small bites such as the traditional Dutch ‘bitterballen’.
Hanneke’s Boom regularly also organizes very cool events like live music performances for instance. You can find all upcoming events on their Facebook page! And don’t worry, when summer will be over, you can still hang out at Hannekes Boom. The comfy chairs in their inside area will be waiting for you along with the crackling fireplace.
I must admit, I do have a major crush on the waterside view and I just love the great atmosphere. And the new menu sounds very tempting as well.. All by all, more than enough reasons to pay Hannekes boom a visit this weekend. See y’all there?
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