Het Terras, Hotel De L'Europe, 2-14 Nieuwe Doelenstraat, Amsterdam 1012. +31 20 5311 777. Mon to Fri 6pm -11pm. Sat and Sun 12 Noon-11pm. Weather permitting. . A spectacular al fresco setting atop a charming open-air patio offers breathtaking views of Amsterdam's famous canals. Each Thursday to Sunday the hotel's acclaimed pianist entertains diners. email
Moevenpick Hotel, 11 Piet Heinkade, Amsterdam 1019. +31 20 519 1200. In a central location alongside the 'IJ' river at the Amsterdam harbour. Weather permitting the outdoor terrace is open with river views.
The Ciel Bleu Restaurant, 23rd floor, Hotel Okura Amsterdam, 333 Ferdinand Bolstraat, Amsterdam 1072. +31 20 678 7450. Daily from 6.30pm. Lunch by special request only. Closed for three weeks over the summer. A bit dressy. $$$. +31 20 678 7111.
23rd Bar, 23rd floor, 333 Ferdinand Bolstraat, LH Amsterdam 1072. +31 20 678 7111 Twenty Third Bar is open Sun to Thurs 6pm-1am. Fri and Sat 6pm-2am.
Club 11, 11th floor, Stedelijk Museum, 3-5 Oosterdokskade, Amsterdam. +31 20 625 5999. High atop the temporary HQ of the museum in the edgy eastern docklands. The museum cafe by day but Thurs thru Sat you can drink, dance, and admire the panoramic view of all Amsterdam and the IJ river / port from 10pm until 5am from this 11th-floor vantage point. Near Central station.
Cafe blue°, 3rd floor, Kalvertoren Shopping Centre, 457 Singel, Amsterdam 1012. +31 20 427 3901. Located in a special glass construction built at the top of the centre in central Amsterdam near Muntplein. You can reach the cafe from inside the shopping centre by either lift or stairs. It has a very good 360° panoramic view of central Amsterdam. Open daily from 10am (Mon 11am, Sun 12 Noon) until 6pm (Thurs is late night to 9pm). It is accessible from 3 different entry points: Kalverstraat, Singel or Heiligeweg. Trams stop nearby: trams 1, 2 and 5 (stop Koningsplein) and trams 4, 9, 16, 24 and 25 (stop Muntplein). email
Pastini, 29 Leidsegracht, Amsterdam 1017. +31 20 622 1701. Open from 6pm except Sundays. email
Restaurant Breitner, 212 Amstel, Amsterdam 1017. +31 20 627 7879. Stands next to the Amstel, with a great view over the Magere Brug. email
Strandzuid, 22 Europaplein, Between Amsterdam RAI and the Beatrixpark, Amsterdam 1078. +31 20 544 5970. Email
Wereldbol, 59 Piraeusplein, Amsterdam 1019. +31 20 362 8725. pr
Pier 10, 10 Steiger, Amsterdam 1011. +31 20 427 2310. A nice restaurant situated near the central station and close to the Het IJ—a lake in Amsterdam. email
De Pannenkoekenboot, Ms. van Riemsdijkweg Wharf, Amsterdam-North. +31 20 636 8817. The pancake boat brings together two Dutch essentials: water/boats and pancakes! The boat has a beautiful interior for enjoying the Amsterdam Harbor and Dutch pancakes.
Onassis, 40 Westerdoksdijk, Amsterdam 1013. +31 20 330 0456. Onassis is a red-hot, upscale restaurant and bar. A shipping factory once, it is now transformed into an urban hangout that somewhat resembles a luxury liner. Italian cuisine is prepared in a see through kitchen where chefs sweat it out to present near-perfect entrees and desserts. The deck area is a nice place to converse, while watching barges go by. Sun - Thurs 12 Noon - 1am. Fri, Sat 12 Noon - 3am. emailLuwte (De) (The Lee), 26 Leliegracht, Amsterdam 1015. +31 20 625 8548. De Luwte is located along the Canal Belt in Amsterdam. This restaurant is truly beautiful with its wall to wall murals, art deco lamps, drapes, wall hangings, ceiling mirrors painted with flowers, and an elegant atmosphere. Try and get a window seat so you can dine while you enjoy the view of the water flowing in the canal. email
La Place, 143 Oosterdokskade, Amsterdam 1011. +31 20 523 0900. Cafeteria-style. Whether alone or with company, the view of the canal and its surroundings is enough to keep you cheery. La Place, top of Public Library with best views.
Inez IPSC, 2 Amstel, Amsterdam 1017. +31 20 639 2899. The spectacular view overlooking Munt leads artists, designers and diners alike to find inspiration here. Daily 7pm-11.30pm.
Hard Rock Cafe, Max Euweplein 57-61, 1017 MA Amsterdam. +31 20 523 7625 Three levels of breathtaking views of the waterways just add to the charm of this example of a world famous chain of cafes. Sun to Thurs 11.30am-12 midnight (kitchen closes at 11.30pm). Fri & Sat 11.30am-1am (kitchen closes at 12.30am). MAP
Restaurant de Kas, email
De Herengracht, 435 Herengracht, Amsterdam 1017. +31 20 616 2482. De Herengracht is a beautiful restaurant by the canal, pleasing to the senses in every way. email
Blok 4, 500 Ijburglaan, Amsterdam 1087. +31 20 495 4777. Blok4 is an absolute must! The view from their outdoor seating area will make you think you've left Amsterdam for the Dutch countryside. Email
Amstel Bar, InterContinental Amstel, 1 Professor Tulpplein, Amsterdam 1018. +31 20 622 6060. A beautiful lounge terrace wall of windows overlooks the Amstel river with its sail boats, water taxis and row boats. email
La Rive Restaurant, InterContinental Amstel, 1 Professor Tulpplein, Amsterdam 1018. +31 20 622 6060. Contemporary French Mediterranean cuisine on riverside. Glorious river views.
Café de Sluyswacht, 1 Jodenbreestraat, Amsterdam 1011. +31 20 625 7611. email
Aran Pub, Modern Irish Flair
Café de Sluyswacht,
Herrie Herrie, Means "Chaos"
La Terrasse, By The Riverside
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