As much as we love the charm of Amsterdam’s ‘brown’ cafés, sometimes dark wood and smoke-stained walls don’t quite cut it. As temperatures rise, we welcome you to the 7 best rooftop bars in Amsterdam for a cocktail, jaw-dropping views and maybe even a swim. There’s no better way to discover a city than from the sky.
The 7 Best Rooftop Bars in Amsterdam
Oosterdok 4, Amsterdam
Take in the panoramic views over the city and waterway ‘t IJ at Sky Lounge, an award-winning hotel bar on the 11th floor of the Hilton DoubleTree near Central Station. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and be surprised by the creative menu: from International to Dutch treats, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In the evening, DJs shift the mood and Sky Lounge transforms into an energetic nightclub, a great introduction to Amsterdam nightlife.
Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam
In its previous life, Canvas at the Volkshotel was a lunchroom for the employees of Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. In recent years, however, the establishment has been converted into an outstanding place, off the beaten path, where Amsterdammers meet, drink and party. The views from the rooftop terrace are striking. Enjoy storytelling and live music while bobbing around in one of the rooftop hot tubs or in a sauna overlooking the city from the 8th floor.
Staalmeesterslaan 410, Amsterdam
Crowning the 18-storey Ramada Apollo Amsterdam hotel, at 85 metres, Floor 17 is the highest rooftop terrace in the city. While a bit out of the centre, it offers the most breathtaking view of the capital. Floor 17 is above all a great place to discover “new style Dutch Cuisine” and a relaxed hotspot where you can hang out after a warm day in the city.
Overhoeksplein 1, Amsterdam
The old Shell Tower has recently been transformed into the most creative hub of Amsterdam. The 22-storey skyscraper is now a 24-hour hotspot that notably hosts a luxury boutique hotel, a revolving restaurant and a panoramic bar. As the evening progresses, the buzz grows and a glamorous crowd hangs out in the highest 360-degree club in Amsterdam.
Johan Huizingalaan 763, Amsterdam
On top of the 5th floor of B.Amsterdam – one of the largest start-up incubators in the world – Bureau’s rooftop park is known as one of the most popular rooftop bars in the city. A garden also provides fresh vegetables for the exciting restaurant. The green place offers the ideal location for a meet-up or a quick coffee, healthy lunch or extensive dinner in the sun.
Twenty Third Bar
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, Amsterdam
This small, romantic and contemporary five-star champagne and cocktail bar on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura boasts some truly magnificent views over Amsterdam. Delicacies on the menu of Twenty Three, such as caviar and oysters, are prepared by the chefs of adjoining Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu Restaurant. Sip on fruit-filled, Instagram-worthy cocktails, have a taste of the signature tapas ‘Open Macaroon’ with goose liver and mango, and strike a pose with the city as a fairy-tale background.
Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam
It may lack the height of some of the other rooftop bars, but this sky lounge on top of the W hotel is definitely one of the coolest. Guests are blown away by its incredible 360-degree views over Dam Square, the Royal Palace and Amsterdam’s inner city. It is understandably popular with cocktail connoisseurs who want to admire the sunset while sipping a tasty drink in the pool. The bar also hosts DJ performances and remains a popular after-work hangout among Amsterdammers.
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