Waterkant

Tucked under a multi-storey car park on the outer edge of the Jordaan, this tropical little waterside shack has one of the best terraces in Amsterdam, as well as great beers from local Amsterdam breweries, yummy Surinamese food and fun party vibes late into the evening. The huge terrace is partly covered by the car…

Sunday Market

Taking place at Westergasfabriek on the first Sunday of the month, the Sunday Market is a monthly gathering of Amsterdam’s finest makers, artists, caterers and designers. More than just a market, the event features delicious food stalls, bars, live music and more, and is a wonderful place to mooch around and enjoy some tasty treats….

Edel

Housed in a magnificent 1920s building called Het Sieraad on the border of Oud-West and De Baarsjes, Edel is a charming restaurant bar with a beautiful wraparound terrace and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. We used to live just around the corner so would come here a lot – especially on sunny days when the terrace…

Cafe Marcella

This is truly my happy place. Never am I more content than when I am snuggled under a blanket and a heater outside Cafe Marcella, sheltered from the wind, covered from the rain and drinking a nice Affligem beer.  Located on Amstelveld – one of the prettiest little squares in Amsterdam – Cafe Marcella is…

Bloemenbar

Open until 5am at weekends (4am during the week), this lively bar from the same team behind Hannekes Boom guarantees a brilliant night out with excellent DJs and a fun, friendly crowd. Decorated with floral wallpaper and chintzy furniture, it’s a great spot for late night drinks and a bit of a boogie. Bloemenbar’s sister…

Vondeltuin

Located at the southern tip of Vondelpark, this gorgeous garden bar is a magical summertime hangout and one of our favourite places to go with friends on a sunny afternoon or balmy evening. Choose from a range of quirky seating areas amongst fairy lit trees, and enjoy some yummy food (I’d recommend the flammkucken!) and…

Jo Sushi

Tucked down a quiet Jordaan street, this tiny sushi bar seats just five people along the window. We went here recently on a date night and had such a great time working our way through the sushi menu with a couple of cans of Asahi beer in hand. Excellent, well priced sushi, friendly service and…

Toki

A lovely little daytime hangout (they close at 6pm) on a quiet Haarlemmerbuurt side street, Toki is the place to go for long leisurely coffee breaks. Simply furnished, serving quality produce from around the world with a smile, Toki’s motto is ‘Go slow’. So pop in, slow down, and recharge with some great coffee (or…

Tripel

No two ways about it – Tripel will get you drunk. Located by a canal on the edge of the Jordaan, this huge Belgian beer cafe serves 200 delicious Belgian beers, and will make you feel very naughty indeed. It’s open until 4am to give you time to get through all of those beers, so…

Mediamatic Eten

Yeah! This place is great – and a bit of a hidden gem. In fact, I sort of don’t want to tell you about it… but I’m gonna. Located on the waterfront next to Hannekes Boom (make your way through the urban garden to get there), Mediamatic Eten is the restaurant of the forward thinking…

Cafe Papeneiland

Before we moved to Amsterdam and we’d come here as weekend visitors, Papeneiland was our favourite bar. Like moths to a flame we were drawn to its twinkling fairy lights, its crooked charm and its cosy, centuries old interior. Now we live three minutes away, we love it just as much – and we’ll often…

Mossel & Gin

If the thought of a gin menu makes you weak at the knees, then you’ll love this seafood restaurant at Westergasfabriek. Serving mainly (you guessed it) mussels and gin, Mossel & Gin is a great little spot in an old industrial building with a delightful sun trap courtyard to boot. Choose from four varieties of…