15 x Best Terraces In Amsterdam West

The sun is out and people can not wait to sit outside with a glass of wine. With the Dutch government announcing that restaurants and café’s are allowed to re-open on June 1st, things are looking up!

Before Corona happened, people ran out of their offices when the clock hits five, trying to find the best spots to enjoy the last sun-rays of the day. With new strict rules, (reservation only, maximum of 30 people and keeping a distance of 1,5 meters) people are booking their first terrace experience like crazy. So where exactly are those places? Well, as Amsterdam West is my hood, I did a little research and came to the conclusion that these are the best places where you can enjoy the sunlight until it goes down.

Hotel Buiten

Hotel Buiten is not just any hotspot, it’s a creative hub, build from raw and used materials, designed by Lenka Dittrichova. It stared with a few neighbours a few years ago, that wanted to do something with lost space full of weeds and grass. After a temporary set up, they managed to get more people involved and eventually 180 people and businesses helped fund the project. This resulted in a wonderful spot to relax in the sunshine whilst enjoying organic lunch and drinks.

Hotel Buiten

De school

Too cool for school? Well, not this one! Not far from Yumler, you will find this hotspot. Besides being an awesome nightclub with some of the biggest underground DJ’s, it’s also the house of a wonderful restaurant, cafe and gym with a large terrace! www.deschoolamsterdam.nl

Bar Kosta

If you live in Amsterdam, and you’ve been around the Overtoom, you must have seen the large terrace on the corner of Surinameplein. It used to be Café Ter Brugge, but it has completely changed it’s look, menu and name. Bar Kosta is just in time for the sunny weather this weekend! For all the pics and the menu details click here.

Bar Kosta Amsterdam
Plenty of space at Bar Kosta

Cafe 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! Read more about Zurich here.

Cafe Zurich terrace Amsterdam
Part of Zurich’s large terrace Source

Frits

Across Zurich you will find bar Frits on the same square they call “Mecatorplein”. They serve a large range of beers so it’s always buzzing until the sun goes down and that’s when people go inside the bar. www.frits-amsterdam.nl

Bureau

This one opened a few years ago, and you must know, this is rooftop heaven. You must visit Bureau if you haven’t been! Enjoy the garden, chickens and sunshine. It’s probably one of our favourite terraces in Amsterdam West. For more pictures and impressions, check our article.


Sunset at Bureau

Oslo Beers

Good news because Oslo Beers is open again and right in time for summer! They coped with a big fire 15 months ago but managed to build a brand new and better Oslo which resulted in a wonderful Oslo Beers 3.0. There is a nice outside seating space outside next to the bridge of Surinameplein with sunshine up until about 3pm. On the menu there are speciality beers and simple but tasty breakfast and lunch. www.oslobeers.nl

Oslo beers Amsterdam West

Corner Bakery

They won’t be able to accommodate 30 tables outside, but they can surely make it work. A bit tucked away in between the World Fashion Center and an apartment complex, but it’s the perfect terrace for after work drinks or your afternoon coffee in the sun. The corner Bakery can be quite busy during the weekends so be early if you want to enjoy brunch in the sunshine. More info about this Instagrammable spot here.


The Corner Bakery West

De Bakkerswinkel

Great coffee, and tasty scones! We love this place right at the entrance of Westerpark. Oh, and the outside area at the back of the Bakkerswinkel is pretty good too. Nothing fancy but great for friends and people with babies. www.debakkerswinkel.nl

Mossel & Gin

Oysters and Gin are a great combination and you can get the best over at Mossel & Gin. Drink cocktails and eat until the sun goes down. Right on the Westergas area, this cozy terrace is great for catching up with friends! www.mosselengin.nl

mossel en Gin Amsterdam
Mossel & Gin Source

Westergasterras

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!  www.westergasterras.nl

Best terraces Amsterdam West

Bar kantoor

The building dates back from 1885, and was used as an office and assistant engineer’s house of the original Westergasfabriek. As an ode to the former destination and to keep its authenticity,  they named the location “Bar Kantoor” – meaning Office in Dutch. Every detail in Bar Kantoor has been carefully thought of. The menu, the accessories and the cool ceiling painting. (check it out!) When I entered, they were still painting and working on the outside terrace.  About that terrace..it’s located at the perfect spot and with Pacific and Westergasterras always full, this new terrace, that has space for 150 people, is more than welcome! More info about Bar kantoor here.

Conscious Hotel Westerpark

Cedars

Not many people have heard of this restaurant because it’s situated below the A10 highway and the road that leads to Hoofddorpplein. It has some of the best outside seating in Amsterdam West, believe me. It’s overlooking the water and you can order some tasty Lebanese bites. Service can be a bit slow but if you don’t mind that, you will love it! www.cedars.nl

Cedars Amsterdam
The hidden spot, Cedars. Source

Karavaan

Relatively new, 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

Outside Terrace Karavaan

Brandstof

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 (read: cute firemen watching all day!) www.bar-brandstof.nl

Cafe Brandstof Amsterdam terrace

Plenty of choice we think! Enjoy the sun y’all!

Love,

Wander-Lust

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3 Comments
  • Soenr
    Posted at 14:23h, 04 april Beantwoorden

    Well, i think Zoku should have made it to the list as well

    • Wander-lust
      Posted at 14:41h, 04 april Beantwoorden

      It would have if it was in Amsterdam West 😉 (Zoku is in Amsterdam East)

  • Liam Izzy
    Posted at 01:55h, 05 april Beantwoorden

    In my seven years in Amsterdam, I recently discovered one the most exciting terraces in Amsterdam west, Piet de Guyter has a lot to offer!

    Of course it has sun but more, food, art, culture. Food is well prepared and in my opinion, a lot of unique traditional dishes are coming out of the kitchen like chilli con Carne broodje with curry sauce to a seafood bouillabaisse. The atmosphere is retro hip chick and off the beatn’ track! Further, currently they have a wonderful photography installation as well.

    Furthermore, there is a Viscafe across the street which offers the best fish and chips and seafood sides at a price value which is easily affordable for both budgeteers and those that want to splurge on the fruits and pearls of the north sea. It reminds me of the best fish and chips in Vishoek, Kaapse Stad, I have enjoyed the echoes and parallels between worlds.

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