Enjoy a drink while looking out over an amazing view of Amsterdam’s skyline? Yes please! Here are our favorite rooftop and sky bars in Amsterdam.
THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS IN AMSTERDAM
The DoubleTree SkyLounge is not your typical generic hotel bar as it happens to have one of the very best views in all of Amsterdam. Ride the elevator to the 11th floor and take in the panoramic views over the city and the IJ from either indoors or out.
The SkyLounge serves beer, wine, cocktails and other drinks as well as food ranging from small bites to full meals. You can get everything from “American” ice cream to caviar and oysters. The bar is open from 11am to after midnight, come check out the amazing views day or night. READ MORE>>
W Hotel Lounge
The newest rooftop lounge in Amsterdam can be found right in the city center near Dam Square. It may not be the highest but it is definitely one of the coolest, with great views and the super modern vibe that the W Hotel is known for. Check out the swimming pool on one of the outdoor decks! Sip some fancy cocktails indoors or out, and maybe head to Mr Porter for dinner before or after. READ MORE>>
Twenty Third Bar
The Twenty Third Bar is the highest and probably swankiest skybar in Amsterdam. Located on the 23rd floor of the hotel, the views are spectacular. Sip on champagne or a cocktail and nibble on oysters or other delicacies from the Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant next door. Guests of the Okura Hotel as well as local visitors are all welcome at this elegant skybar on the south side of the city. READ MORE>>
In its previous life, Canvas was the lunchroom for workers at De Volkskrant newspaper. The building is now the übercool Volkshotel and the rooftop lunchroom became a bar, restaurant and nightclub. Canvas regularly hosts DJs and other events so be sure to check out their website for the latest news. You’ll see they also have a rooftop sauna and hot tubs for guests only. The views from the rooftop terrace are amazing, and the perfect place for lunch, dinner or drinks on a nice day. READ MORE>>>
Have a drink 22 meters above the IJ in an old pirate television tower with views of Amsterdam from Zuid to Noord. We love watching the darkening skies and twinkling lights at night from all sides of the restaurant. In addition to their amazing views, REM Eiland offers delicious food and drinks. Come for lunch, borrel or dinner. Head out to the Houthavens on the west side of the city to find this unique spot. READ MORE>>
If you want to drink with a view, hotel bars are the thing, especially in Amsterdam where there are not a lot of tall buildings in the historic city center. The Ramada Apollo hotel welcomes you to visit Floor 17, their rooftop terrace bar with excellent views of the city.
If lovely views and drinks are not enough to lure you out near Rembrandtpark, Floor 17 hosts Rooftop Movie Nights during the summertime! Come watch a film under the stars with a cocktail in hand! Bring a warm sweater or a blanket as it can get sometimes a little chilly. READ MORE>>
Check out stunning views of Amsterdam for free by climbing the stairs to the top of Science Center NEMO. If your short climb made you hungry or thirsty, pop into the rooftop cafe and grab a bite to eat. Just look at those beautiful views.
NEMO architect Renzo Piano envisioned a rooftop city plaza when he designed the building. The NEMO cafe and terrace stay open until 19:00 in the summer months. READ MORE>>
Located right in the center of the city but out of sight is Blue, a cafe located on top of the Kalvertoren Shopping Center. Stop in for brunch, lunch, drinks and snacks and take in the 360 degree views of the city. Enter through the shopping center and take the escalators and elevators up to the top.
Blue is only open until 18:30 most days (until 21:00 on Thursdays) but stop by for an early beverage or watch the sunset in the chilly winter months. READ MORE>>
Good news! We hear there are soon to be more rooftop restaurants and sky bars in Amsterdam soon! Renovations are underway at Toren and other spots around the city. Stay tuned – sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media, we’ll tell you all about them.
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