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5. T’ Blauwe Teehuis
Location: Vondel Park
This is a place that truly exemplifies the diversity and history of Amsterdam. It was opened in the 1930s and quickly became an Amsterdam institution. It played the role of ‘post-office’ during the squatting riots in Vondel Park during the 70s and has emanated hippie-like vibes ever since. Head here for a beer or tea and enjoy the wide open terrace area, in the beautiful lush surroundings of Vondel Park. It’s so pleasant that it sits pleasantly at #5.
4. Strand West
Location: Stavangerweg 900
This permanent city beach is located in Westerpark with panoramic views of the IJmeer. There is a café/restaurant, which serves delicious food to compliment its tranquil atmosphere. This terrace is a perfect way to relax in the sun and enjoy the cool breeze coming across the water. The restaurant of Strand West is open all year, and on Sundays you get treated to DJs and bands. There are also BBQ facilities! Best reached by bike, we rate this terrace very highly! #4!
3. Café de Jaren
Location: Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20
By the banks of the mighty river Amstel sits another fantastic place – Café de Jaren. Famous for its cocktails and varying mix of clientele, De Jaren attracts everyone from shoppers to students, especially when the sun is out and shining. Its terrace is pretty close to the perfect place to go and sink a couple in the sun. Pretty close…at # 3
2. Café t’ Smalle
Location: Egelantiersgracht 12
In the Jordaan, Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighbourhood, sits one of Amsterdam’s most pleasant terraces. It belongs to Café ‘t Smalle, a wonderful and local brown-bar located in a former gin distillery, which was called Hoppe. This place originally opened in 1780 and was one of Amsterdam’s most famous gin producers. In 1978 the current café opened and has been a regular Amsterdam establishment since. While it is worth checking out the original aspects of the old distillery, it is terrace that we’re interested in here. This one is on a deck, over a canal, highly popular, and in a beautiful location. It is often touted as Amsterdam’s best terrace. For us, it makes #2
Location: Marnixstraat 164 – 166
In Soundgarden you’ll find one of Amsterdam’s best grunge bars. However, out the back, by a beautiful canal with a west-facing view, is one of those local secrets – a terrace that gets the sun until nearly the very last minute of the day! They have a great beer selection and their relaxed crowd gives the Soundgarden an excellent atmosphere to simply wile away the summer hours. It’s so excellent, that we rate it THE BEST TERRACE IN AMSTERDAM!
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