This is how you’ll summer in Amsterdam

“The rooftop terraces, hidden gardens and water adventures you require.”


Not your particular summer destination but with its sun-loving locals, flocking to the terraces together with the first sunbeams, we are definitely ready to fill up a nice and sunny weekend full of adventures.

The City’s Gin-tonics of the moment: are sipped on the lovely terrace of Morgan & Mees where the fashionable crowd chills out on lazy Sunday afternoons.

This summer, everyone will spend their morning: drinking coffee on the rooftops Amsterdam’s East-side has to offer. The rooftop of Restaurant Canvas on top of the golden oldie ‘Volkshotel’ to the newly opened rooftop ‘Nest’ at Hotel Casa.

Speaking of Amsterdam East: ‘Thuis aan de Amstel’ is a homely place we love, situated on the banks of the Amstel river with a huge garden. A little further down the street, the newest addition to the George restaurant family will open soon it’s doors: George Marina. Accessible by boat, fresh seafood and wine. What not to love?

Float that boat: Enjoying the canals from the water and fancy a shared boat ride? Skip the touristy big boats and join a boat tour with ‘Rederij Friendship’. Trendy boats, drinks on board and a fun guide who shares the city’s secrets.  

If you need a pool: Join the international crowd at Amsterdam’s only rooftop swimming pool at the W hotel. Beautiful views on the Royal palace will make this truly a memorable work out. (The pool can only be used by W guests)

If you like to dine in hidden gardens: Restaurant Lion Noir is still the way to go. We can’t think of any other restaurant in Amsterdam with such a beautiful, secluded, leafy garden.

For some open air theatre and music: Head to the Vondelpark, Amsterdam’s version of Central Park, where each weekend you can find live performances of musicians, dance and festivals. Entry is free, unfortunately their website is in Dutch but their agenda is pretty straight forward.