Favourite Amsterdam hangout spots

Introducing our favourite places to eat, drink, relax and dance in the city! Scroll away.

1. Oost

Roest

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A bar (and a lounge/club after dark) in a former steel factory building in northeast Amsterdam. There is a very post-industrial feel to it. Everyone and their mother is welcome at Roest:  you’ll find a combination hipsters, hippies, well-to-dos and families all relaxing together on Roest’s artificial beach. After the sun goes down, the music is turned up, people head inside the warehouse, and the rest is history!

The Brouwerij ‘t Ij

The Brouwerij ‘t Ij

 or the IJ brewery, is probably the most famous local brewer in town! They have been brewing organic craft beers since 1985, and now sell a standard collection of beer as well as seasonal labels. The brewery itself stands adjacent to the iconic Gooyer Windmill and has a large outdoor patio for their thirsty customers.  Beers are very affordable, at around 2.60 euro per glass.  We recommending trying the Zatte beer first… Proost!

Canvas op de 7d

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Located on the 7th floor of an old newspaper building, you will have great views over the entire city with Canvas’ spectacular rooftop terrace. By day, Canvas operates as a café/restaurant, with a delicious and affordable menu. By night, the place morphs into a bar/club, selling delicious cocktails and pumping out fine tunes.  Since Canvas is not in the city centre, it’s feels like authentic Amsterdam with hardly any tourists.

2. Noord

Café Pllek

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Hop on the ferry behind Centraal Station to NDSM and you will find Pllek; an assemblage of recycled shipping containers resting on the north bank of the IJ. This post-industrial bar & restaurant might look a bit dodgy from the outside, but once you step inside you will fall in love with the raw but classy feel of the place.  In a way,  Pllek perfectly encapsulates modern Amsterdam’s style.  It’s best to visit Pllek on a sunny day, as they’ve got a pebbled beach on the water with beautiful views of Amsterdam.

3. West

Pacific Park

A ‘rock and roll bar and dance bistro’ located at the edge of Westerpark in a former coal processing plant.  Pacific Park is ideal if you’d like to see your dinner turn into a dance session.  On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at around 23:00, dining tables are pushed aside to create a dance floor and either live or electronic music is played. Pacific Park is also a great place during the summer, as it has the largest terrace in Westerpark.

Café Edel

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A cute, organic restaurant located in het Baarsjes neighborhood in the West.  It has some of the freshest food out of any restaurant in Amsterdam: they change their menu each month according to what’s in season and what is available (and close by).  With a very warm, vintage interior bound to make anyone feel right at home, Café Edel is great for a cozy lunch, dinner, and/or drinks.

4. Centrum

Café Brecht

cafe brecht

An East-Berlin styled café in De Pijp neighborhood, covered with comfortable, velvet couches, strange paintings on the walls and ornate lamps. The café serves lunch, snacks or pieces of pie along with an array of different types of drinks. It is a very popular place, so it may be difficult to find a seat straight away, but do have patience! Once you sit down, you’ll be so comfortable you’ll never want to leave. 

Café de Tuin

A charming brown café and a great spot to people watching in the heart of the Jordaan district. Their sandwiches are to die for, so we recommend going there for lunch.

Paradiso

An iconic club & music venue in Amsterdam, located inside an old church close to Leidseplein. Having been open since 1968, they hosts a world famous rock, folk, soul, country, reggae, blues, and electronic dance music. Check out their schedule online to see if anything is to your liking.

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Article written by Eliza Shaw from Flipit.