Sip a cold beer or a hot tea while dining in a lovely garden courtyard at one of our favorite garden cafes in Amsterdam!
BEST GARDEN CAFES IN AMSTERDAM
Dining while being surrounded by leafy plants and blooming flowers is one of the most romantic things I can think of. If you love that too, check out some of these beautiful spots.
Lion Noir is tucked in among the many bars on the Reguliersdwarsstraat. The interior of the historic building has been transformed by Thijs Murre and Casper Reinders, creating a cozy bar and restaurant with touches of the unusual. The interior design is fascinating, full of taxidermy creatures and skeletons, but the lovely back garden is the perfect place for lunch or drinks on a nice day.
Reguliersdwarsstraat 28, Amsterdam
The secret garden cafe nestled in the hoftuin is the place to go for brunch or lunch. The food is absolutely delicious. Hidden behind the Hermitage, Dignita is located in the inner garden of the Protestantse Diaconie. It’s especially gorgeous in the spring when the tulips are in bloom.
Nieuwe Herengracht 18, Amsterdam
BUURTBOERDERIJ ONS GENOEGEN
Buurtboerderij “Ons Genoegen” is a wonderful place to get away from it all. Just behind Westerpark, this cafe is located in an old farmhouse from 1880, surrounded by gardens and fields. Check out the Ouessant sheep and the secondhand shop.
Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen
Spaarndammerdijk 319, Amsterdam
‘T BLAUWE THEEHUIS
Surrounded by a huge garden also known as the Vondelpark, Blauwe Theehuis is an eye-catching 1930s Modernist building where you can relax with a beer or wine and a casual snack all day!
Vondelpark 5, Amsterdam
KOFFIESCHENKERIJ DE OUDE KERK
Hidden away in plain sight in the heart of one of Amsterdam’s busiest areas is a secret garden and a lovely lunchroom and coffee shop. The sacristy of the Oude Kerk has been transformed into a cafe with a beautiful little garden. Come sit among the trees and flowers, have a coffee and slice of cake and watch the tourists go by.
Koffieschenkerij de Oude Kerk
Oudekerksplein 7, Amsterdam
You may have passed the little Bilderdijkpark many times without noticing a cafe sheltered under the trees. Sit under the green leaves and enjoy a few drinks and snacks or go for dinner. The Mexican fusion menu is mouthwatering. I recommend trying the nachos!
Bilderdijkpark 1A, Amsterdam
THUIS AAN DE AMSTEL
This former engineer’s house of the Zuidergasfabriek has been transformed into a beautiful cafe. The building is lovely with antique and upcycled furnishings and changing art exhibitions. Sit in the large garden along the Amstel and enjoy a drink, meal or snacks. It’s a great stop when you are cycling back from Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.
Thuis aan de Amstel
Korte Ouderkerkerdijk 45, Amsterdam
A chilled out place on the south side of Vondelpark, De Vondeltuin at first glance sort of looks like a biergarten. The cafe is a cool place to spend the afternoon under the trees with a few drinks and some hearty food if you forgot to bring your picnic stuff. Don’t miss the free events in the Vondelpark Openluchttheater too.
Vondelpark 7, Amsterdam
De Oranjerie is a centuries-old monument building turned cafe, nestled in the Hortus Botanicus gardens. It was built in 1875 as a lecture hall and the name refers to its use as a place to shelter citrus plants in the wintertime. Visitors to the botanical gardens can enjoy a drink or meal here surrounded by exotic plants. In the summer there are often special concerts.
Hortus De Oranjerie
Plantage Middenlaan 2, Amsterdam
One of my favorite secret escapes is the Noorderparkbar. This small bar is located in Noorderpark as the name implies, and is only open in the spring and summer. The bar is constructed of materials found on Marktplaats or donated. But the designers had flair and this little place is charming and cute. Take a seat under the trees on a warm day and enjoy a cold beer.
Floraparkweg 1, Amsterdam-Noord
DE VERGULDEN EENHOORN
A 17th century farmhouse in Oost has been converted into a restaurant and cozy café. Come enjoy tasty food in their peaceful garden or in the beautiful remodeled barn. It’s the perfect place for a secret rendezvous among the leafy greenery.
De Vergulden Eenhoorn
Ringdijk 58, Amsterdam
Restaurant Merkelbach is located in the 18th century coach house of Huize Frankendael. The chef of Merkelbach is a proponent of the Slow Food movement. Dishes are made from authentic, sustainably produced, regional and seasonal products. The interior of the restaurant is lovely but we love the tables outside in the back. Drink or dine while looking out over the English style gardens. And afterward go for a stroll in Frankendael park, one of the prettiest parks in Amsterdam.
Middenweg 72, Amsterdam
The plants are still growing at new beer cafe BRET but when they get bigger, dining at this beer garden will be a leafy experience indoors and out. Trees and vines have been planted all around the outside of the structure and inside as well. Complete with local craft beers, a biergarten, roof terrace, sustainable menu and all kinds of cool events, BRET is a place not to miss. This is a great stop on a walk or cycle ride along Het Brettenpad.
Orlyplein 76, Amsterdam
Want to get away from the madness in the center of Amsterdam after just a few minutes on the ferry? Head to the quiet oasis at the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam Noord. This laid back venue has a big garden surrounded by trees where you can have a beer and relax. Be sure to check out THT Restaurant for some tasty eats too.
Tolhuisweg 3, Amsterdam
MOSSEL & GIN
Not exactly hidden in a garden. Mossel & Gin is located in Westerpark. They have a lovely terrace that is ideal for summer evenings. Try some of their seafood dishes, mostly mussels prepared all kinds of ways. Wash them down with a gin and tonic.
Mossel & Gin
Gosschalklaan 12, Westerpark
A few other places that should be on your leafy list:
- Brouwerij Troost: the Westerpark location isn’t surrounded by leaves, but you can enjoy the park
- Westerwijnfabriek: just across the way you’ll find this charming wine bar
- Vondelpark3: located in a historic building, this has a huge terrace in Vondelpark
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