Sunniest Terraces in Amsterdam


If you know the Dutch, you know that when the sun is out, we all run to the nearest terrace to soak up that sunshine. Sounds familiar? There are tons of amazing options, therefore, we have selected 15 of the sunniest terraces in Amsterdam for you.


Find the Sunniest terraces in Amsterdam

By all means, Amsterdam is divided into different regions and it’s almost impossible to add everything on this list (do let us know if you miss a favourite). We already created a list for Amsterdam West, and Amsterdam East when it comes to the best terraces in Amsterdam. This article is focused on the most sunny terraces in Amsterdam, because that is what Dutch people love most. Drinks, bites, conversation and sunshine, while watching people pass by. Let’s get to it!

Libertine, Noordermarkt 4

This is where all the pretty people sit, apparently. When we walked by at least! Anyhow, it’s the place to be, and available seats are rare. Make a reservation if you want to enjoy this sunny terrace in Amsterdam, next to the canals and bridges.

Badhuis Oedipus , Javaplein 21

Named after the beer brand, this sunny terrace in Amsterdam is actually one of the oldest locations in Amsterdam East. Het Badhuis dates back from the 1900’s, and now functions as the home of culture and live radio. Find music, fresh beers, and a seasonal, organic menu.


Brand new, and located in the Northern part of Amsterdam. During spring & Summer they host weekly BBQ’s, Thirsty Thursdays + DJ’s, and a Sunday bottomless brunch. 

Westergasterras, Westerpark

Luckily, there is enough space here to be able to work with the new rules. You will find this extremely large terrace that is partly covered and there is an open lounge area where you want to sit for days, looking over the water. They have just restyled so have a look! 

Best terraces Amsterdam West

Westergas terras

Café Bouwman, Utrechtsestraat 102

This is what the Dutch call “gezellig”. There is never a dull moment at this sunny terrace in Amsterdam because its overlooking the intersection in the Utrechtsestraat. Food and drinks are lowkey and also very Dutch. Think burgers, fries, fried everything, and a big beer selection.

Café Bouwman, Amsterdam terrace

Café Bouwman

Plantage Terras, Artis

Although there can be quite some shade because of the massive tree, this terrace in Amsterdam is large and always has some sunshine to catch. This way it’s a wonderful spot, also with kids and to combine with Artis Zoo.

Plantage Terras, Artis Amsterdam

Plantage Terras

Bar Lempicka, Sarphatistraat 23

This Polish inspired bar has a massive outside terrace alongside the Amstel. Check out people and boats all day, but it’s also the perfect bar to combine with a visit to the museum or theatre since Lempicka is located nearby those.

Karavaan, Kwakersplein 2H

Karavaan is big enough to offer 30 tables to its guests. They have a great outside terrace in Amsterdam West, which is great for people watching too! To see more and find out what they serve, check this article

NEL, Amstelveld 12

They call themselves the prettiest terrace in Amsterdam, and they may be just right. Go check it for yourself, and let us know!


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Cafe Sarphaat, Ceintuurbaan 157

This no nonsense café/restaurant is the sunniest terrace on the Ceintuurbaan in Amsterdam De Pijp, and a favourite by the locals.

De Biertuin, Multiply locations

Fun with friends and multiple locations in the city of Amsterdam. Find the sunniest terraces at the Linnaeusstraat and Jan Evertsenstraat.

Bar Kantoor, Westerpark

With the Westerpark surrounding Bar Kantoor, you can always find the sunshine here. Come here from about 11AM and feel the sunshine until the end of the day.

Bar Kantoor - Sunniest terraces Amsterdam

Bar Kantoor, Westerpark

Bar Brandstof, Marnixstraat 357

If you want to enjoy the good looking people of Amsterdam, you should go here for a beer. For the girls; there is a fire station next door for cute firemen-watching!

Café Zurich

Probably one of my favourite terraces in Amsterdam West! It’s large and wide with many seats available. The service is good and the drinks are cold. Just what you need when the sun is out. They also offer take away drinks and sandwiches at the moment!

Rooftops in Amsterdam

There is no question that city rooftops are by far the sunniest terraces in Amsterdam. Because of this fact, we dedicated a separate article about the best rooftops in Amsterdam, check them below and we hope you catch some sun at these sunny terraces in Amsterdam! 

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