De Brabantse aap Looking for a calm and relaxing place to enjoy a good beer? De Brabantse aap is definitely a great choice. Try one the Witte Antonia, Blonde Barbier or De Manke Monnik, all brewed at De Bekeerde Suster. The little terrace and the friendliness of the staff contribute making this place one of the best in that area of Spui square!
Spui 30 1012 XA, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 11-01 Fri-Sat 11-02
Hoppe This traditional brown bar is the perfect place if you want to feel like a local. Step inside to experience the traditional atmosphere or hang outside with a beer in your hands! Try the specialty of the house, the cask-aged Genever, and get a portion of Bitterballen! !
Spui 18-20 1012 XA, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 08-01 Fri-Sat 08-02
Café ‘t Spui-tje A Great variety of rum, cognac and whisky, as well as a large selection of beers, attract in this old-fashioned bar people of very age! Let you be tempted by their appetizer plates!
Spui 318-IV 1012 VX, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 16-01 Fri-Sat 16-02
Café Gollem Without any doubt one of the best beer bar in Amsterdam, Café Gollem enriches an area already vibrant and full of venues! The selection of local and foreign beer is astonishing, and it includes the illustrious Westvleteren, considered by many the best beer in the world!
Raamsteeg 4 1012 VZ, Amsterdam – Mon-Fri 16-01 Sat-Sun 16-02
Belgisch Bierproflokaal de Zotte Typical Belgian beer bar: large selection of beers, friendly staff, and great atmosphere!
Raamstraat 29 1016 XL, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 16-01 Fri-Sat 16-03
BeerTemple BeerTemple is an excellent option if while walking around Dam Square you are itching for a good craft beer! Their large selection mainly consists of American brews, but you can also find beers from many international micro-breweries, including Scandinavians!
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250 1012 RR, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 16-01 Fri-Sat 16-03
Café Brecht It’s so hard to find a cozier place than this Berlin-style living room café! Perfect for a coffee or a tea, as well as for a good German beer, in this café they also serve delicious food, such as cakes, Piadina (highly recommended) and small bites. If you are looking for a relaxing place you can’t really miss Café Brecht!
Weteringschans 157 1017 SE, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 12-01 Fri-Sat 12-03
Café Schuim The interior design of Café Schuim definitely contributes to its groovy atmosphere. With its big tables, sofas, and a great terrace, this very spacious bar is a great hangout place, both in the afternoon and at night! Their tasty burgers are highly appreciated!
Spuistraat 189 1012 VN, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 12-01 Fri-Sat 12-03
Stach Tasty sandwiches, buttery croissants, but also quiches and salads…everything is so delicious at Stach! Located few hundreds meters from the Rijksmuseum, this little corner shop offers a great variety of food and drinks to take away. Get all you need and set up a chilling picnic at Museumplein!
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 52 1017 DG, Amsterdam – Mon-Sat 8.30-22 Sun 09-21
Cannibale Royale Authentic meat lover’s paradise, Cannibale Royale does not simply serve high-quality burgers, steaks, and ribs. They do so even after midnight! Alongside the food, in this place you can get delicious cocktails and a wide range of special beers. The great ambience and the kindness of the staff make Cannibal Royale one of our favorite places to have a good dinner in the city!
Handboogstraat 17-A, 1012 XM, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 18-04 (kitchen 18-02) Fri-Sat 18-04 (kitchen 03)
Bar Bukowski Located at a corner of Osterpark, Bar Bukowski is a refined venue where to enjoy a Sunday brunch or a chilling night out with friends! The quality of the food is amazing as well as the drink selection, which includes many local beers. The cocktails are also terrific!
Oosterpark 10 1092 AE, Amsterdam – Mon-Thu 08-01 Fri-Sat 09-03 Sun 09-01
Struik Chilling out at Struik is a must, especially in those beautiful sunny days! Their brunch and burgers are quite famous among the people of Jordaan neighborhood, one of the most authentic areas of Amsterdam!
Rozengracht 160 1016 NJ, Amsterdam – Mon-Thu 17-01 Fri-Sat 15-03 Sun 15-01
Café De Tuin This little brown café is another Jordaan residents’ favorite venue, and it shouldn’t be surprising seeing it always crowded in the weekend! Good music and friendly staff, local beers and tasty food, everything contributes making Café de Tuin so attractive!
Tweede Tuindwarsstraat 13 1015 RX, Amsterdam – Mon-Thu 10-01 Fri-Sat 10-03 Sun 11-01
Bierfabriek Bierfabriek is a unique concept which makes of a modern brewery a hang out bar and restaurant. The combination of their delicious BBQ chicken and craft beers (Puur, Rosso and Nero) is simply divine! Feeling just a little bit peckish? Try some of their appetizers and finger food! In a sunny day try to get a place in the terrace, and if you come with a larger group book one of their Tap Tables!
Rokin 75 1012 KL, Amsterdam – Mon-Thu 15-01 Fri 15-02 Sat 13-02 Sun 13-24
Proflokaal de Prael Hidden in a little alley near the Red Light District there is Proflokaal de Prael, an extraordinary brewery where to taste many different craft beers, all named after a Dutch singers/musicians. A spacious, stylish location with confortable sofas and wooden table, perfect for hanging out with friends, even in a big group! The staff is extremely friendly, and it is worth to mention that the bar hires people that have been unemployed for long time and different reasons (often due to mental illness). One more reason to fully support Proflokaal de Prael!
Oudezijds Armsteeg 26 1012 GP, Amsterdam – Tue-Wed 12-24 Thu-Sat 12-01 Sun 12-23
Brouwerij ‘t IJ This authentic beer lovers paradise is located in the eastern part of Amsterdam center, behind Artis Zoo and just next to De Gooyer windmill, not only one of the few remaining in the city, but also the tallest wooden windmill in the Netherlands. In Breuwerij ‘t IJ you will find a large variety of beers, all brewed in the traditional manner, unpasteurized and unfiltered, able to satisfy every specific taste! The wide terrace, with its big wooden table, contributes to the friendly and convivial atmosphere that characterizes this place, making it one of our Amsterdam favorite spot!
Funenkade 7 1018 AL, Amsterdam – Mon-Sun 12-20
Hannekes Boom The several bridges you have to cross to get there definitely worth it! Located on the water, just behind NEMO (not the fish), come to lie on the beer garden, deep your feet in the water, sunbath on the roof deck or relax in the inside. The Hippie vibe when sun shines or the cozy fireplace during winter makes it the perfect place to have a beer and a tasty burger all year around. Hannekes Boom is all about atmosphere and we love it!
Dijksgracht 4 1019 BS, Amsterdam – Sun-Thu 10-01 Fri-Sat 10-03
Pacific Parc Pacific Parc is one of those places that simply have everything! They define themselves as rock’n’roll bar and dance bistro, truth is you can go there whenever you like: for a coffee in the morning, to have a sandwich for lunch, a beer in the afternoon, or to party till late! On sunny days they have the biggest terrace on Westerpark, on more reason not to miss it!
Polonceau-kade 23 1014 DA, Amsterdam – Mon-Wed 11-01 Thu-Sat 11-03 Sun 11-23
Amsterdam Roest Away from the usual areas of town where tourists wander, Amsterdam Roest (Rust in Dutch) is an urban beach/bar/hippies hangout, a city oasis full of creative vibes! Perfect on summer as well as on winter, this spot is a real hidden treasure! Great to chill during a sunny day, get some testy food, have a calm drink with friends and party at night on weekends! The warehouses next door host plenty of events, including lazy movie nights, creative markets and dance festivals!
Czaar Peterstraat 213 (Jacob Bontiusplaats) 1018 PL, Amsterdam – Wed 16-24 Thu 16-01 Fri 16-03 Sat 11-03 Sun 11-24
Canvas op de 7e Located in Amsterdam East, Canvas op de 7e is a restaurant, club and exhibition place, based on the 7th floor of the new Volkshotel. Much appreciated for lunch and dinner, after 11pm the place turn into a club characterized by a mixed crowd, a raw interior and underground vibes! What makes this place special however, is its rooftop terrace, offering a stunning view on the city especially at sunset!
Wibaustraat 150 1091 GR, Amsterdam – Mon-Thu 11-01 Fri 11-03 Sat 12-03 Sun 12-01
NDSM-werf (Neveritaweg) Take the ferry behind Centraal Station, and sail towards a side of Amsterdam you would never expect to find! Previously the largest shipyard in the city, NDSM-werf is now a creative hotspot, a city-sponsored art community as well as an entertainment venue! Abandoned boats, rusted trams by the water, amazing graffiti. No surprise why NDSM-werf has become the center for underground culture, hosting events such as the Over het IJ Festival, Valtifest and NDSM Vrijhaven!
Tt. Neveritaweg 61 1033 WB, Amsterdam – If you plan to go there check also the descriptions of Pllek and Noorderlicht right under here.
Pllek Built with recycled industrial materials, Pllek is a creative hangout offering morning yoga, healthy lunch and dinner, cultural events and an amazing city beach! Weather for a sunbathing or to have some drinks with friends, there’s always a good reason to visit this venue, always packed with nice people and chilling vibes!
Tt. Neveritaweg 59 1033 WB, Amsterdam – Mon-Sun 9.30-24
Noorderlicht It’s all about the atmosphere at Noordelicht café and restaurant! Located on a grassy hill, and characterized by a hangar shape, transparent, greenhouse-like architecture, Noordelicht is becoming one of the Amsterdam locals’ favorite locations! Two spacious internal floors, an astonishing outdoor terrace, local food and drinks, creative vibes, live DJs and bonfires at night! What else do you need?!
As for NDSM-werf and Pllek, the easiest way to get there is the free ferry n°52 (Centraal Station-NDSM).
Tt. Neveritaweg 33 1033 WB, Amsterdam – Mon-Sun 11- 01 (kitchen closes at 22)
VLLA Located in Amsterdam’s district of Nieuw-West, VLLA is a bar, club and live concert venue where local artists get together to showcase their skills! This authentic creative space every Friday host various Amsterdam based DJ’s while Thursday and Saturday you can run into a live show, a jazz concert or a dinner with live performances!
Willem Roelofsstraat 9 1062 JX, Amsterdam – check their agenda for opening hours
Escape Located on the animated Rembrandtplein, Escape is one of the Amsterdam’s largest and most popular nightclubs. Every weekend – form Thursday to Sunday – the best local DJs hit the decks of this club, covering all styles of dance music such as house, electro and techno! Very often Escape also invites world-class DJs to set the crowd on fire!
Rembrandtplein 11 1017 CT, Amsterdam – Thu 23-04 Fri-Sat 23-05 Sun 23-04
Melkweg Formerly a milking factory, Melkweg is one of the most known music venues in Amsterdam! Located just next to Leidsplein, this large concert hall is composed by five different rooms, where different kind of events featuring international DJs and popular singers are regularly organized! In the back of the venue there’s the Melkweg Café, hosting exhibitions and installations, and on top of the building there’s an attic-housed cinema!
Lijbaansgracht 234 A 1017 PH, Amsterdam – check their agenda for opening hours
NeighbourFood Market Held in the Westergas terrain, NeighbourFood Market is where everyone who loves traditionally made delicious food meet! Eco farmers, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers, and many more get together every 3rd Sunday of the month in this relaxed and stylish urban environment. An excellent place to chill sitting in a long table filled with good people!
Westergasfbriek, Polonceaukade 27 1014 DA, Amsterdam – every 3rd Sunday of the month 11-18
King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) Held on 27th of April 2015, King’s Day festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam’s open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year! Check out the full list of parties and festivals within the city and don’t miss the celebration of King’s Night (26th of April).