Ah, another sweet Friday has arrived, and I am guessing that we are all looking forward to a long holiday weekend. And as I told you last week, upcoming Monday, we get to enjoy the beautiful terraces of Amsterdam again. The weather still hasn’t let us down at all, quite the opposite really, and the prospects are looking really good. So today, I’d like to share my favourite seven terraces, where I’ve spent quite some sunny days. Additionally, you can directly guess what my week planning looks like as from Monday. 😉
Let’s get to it, dear folks.
1. Café De Jonge Wees and Proeflokaal A. van Wees
Okay, so, technically, these are two different places. However, as they are “sister” places, from the same brand and only the setting is slightly different, I thought there’d be no harm in not choosing either of the two. ‘Cause both of A. Van Wees’ locations, the tasting room and the relatively new brown café, just have the most authentic and genuine feel to it. It’s what the Dutch would call very “gezellige” spots to hang around for a little longer than you might have anticipated up front. And most importantly now, the sun sticks around for quite long at both locations!
When the sun is out, everybody tends to long for some relaxing near the water. And I really can’t blame them. Luckily, my dear Amsterdam has many of such lovely hangouts near the water. One of my very favourite places near the waterside is Waterkant. Blame it on the groovy music, the great food and bites or the overall cheerful atmosphere. Do note, even though the location might be a hidden gem, many of my fellow Amsterdammers have fallen for this place, too. So, be sure to make a reservation if you’d like to have a full meal but get up early “in line” if you’d like to claim your spot on their waterside terrace.
3. Cafe ’t Smalle
Café ‘t Smalle is one of the reasons why I adore my neighbourood this much. It just feels to me like time stops whenever I walk into this place. This café has been around for a long time and is quite typical in some ways, as for example, the brown-ish interior represents the typical Dutch brown café. The people are genuinely interested and helpful, the terrace on the water is just such a gorgeous spot to enjoy a beer and there is no music on that might distract you from enjoying the moment, the only thing you’ll hear is the buzz of the conversations around you. Café ‘t Small is the perfect place to rewind.
4. Café Thijssen
From one example why I adore my neighbourhood this much to another. Café Thijssen is a definition amongst many locals. It’s a no-nonsense place on the beautiful canal called “Brouwersgracht”. At this place, you can enjoy a great variety of beers, coffees and the basic but oh so delicious bites as “bitterballen”, “nacho’s” and “kaasstengels”, which they almost nailed to perfection.
“Brandstof” is the Dutch word for fuel, which is actually what spending the day on a terrace should do: refuel your energy and happiness. I’d describe this place as just very cozy and the location, on the corner of the Marnixstraat and Rozengracht is oh so tempting to me, as it is just a very short walk from my place.
6. Kanarie Club
Kanarie Club is a personal favourite for many reasons. The events they host, the very convenient workplaces, the interior (got to adore the poolbar) and not to forget, the great food and delicious bites. This place is definitely my cup of tea. And as we are heading towards another few sunny days, the terrace at the Kanarie Club is a place where you will most definitely find me enjoying all finer things in life.
7. Winkel 43
Winkel 43 is an apple-pie definition. It is hands down the best apple-pie in town but it is also located on the very beautiful square, called the “Noordermarkt”. One of the reasons why I love to enjoy some time with loved ones on this terrace, is that their terrace is always accompanied by the sun and the hustle and bustle of the Jordaan makes for a great surrounding. They also serve other food and their menu changes often, so if you are not really a sweet tooth, this place is still very much recommended. Personally, I also enjoy spending time on their terrace on the market days (Saturday and Monday). There’s loads to see, taste, enjoy and celebrate at Winkel 43.
If you’re just like me, daydreaming about (some of) these places, do visit their website and check whether a reservation is needed in advance.
So, if you’re looking for me upcoming week, you can most probably find me at one of these seven places every single day.
Have a great one and cheers!