Summer in the city, why we love Amsterdam

It’s no secret that we are crazy in love with Amsterdam. Even though we travel around the world and have seen so many amazing places, it’s such a good feeling to fly back to Amsterdam, the city we call our home. Like most cities, Amsterdam is at it’s best during summer. There are ton’s of events, places to sit outside and summer festivals. In collaboration with www.weekendesk.nl we have lined up a few reasons why Amsterdam is our favorite city in..well, the world!

Those Canals..
Yep, that’s Amsterdam’s little Venice. There’s nothing like it and during summer you can’t miss out on the many boats floating around the canals of our city. It’s very common for a group of friends to hire a boat where everybody brings wine, snacks and music to enjoy the day until the sun goes down. At night you can enjoy the canals as most of them are lit up by romantic lights.

It’s Foodie Heaven
New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London you name it, we’ve all been there but Amsterdam seriously has some of the best food divided over different area’s. Because it’s so multicultural, you can literally find all sorts of cuisines here. From Asian, Moroccan, Italian, French to Tapas or Vegan. It’s here. If there is a new food hype, you can probably find it here in Amsterdam. Some of our favorite restaurants are BAK, Cottoncake, A-Fusion and Bo Nam.

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On Friday nights you can find us at Bo Nam!

Green, Greener, Greenest
Because Amsterdam is so wide and open, we have a lot of space for green. Meaning, we have a park in almost every part of the city. If you live in West you have Westerpark, If you live in East, you have Oosterpark, if you live in South, you have Amstelpark and the center has the famous Vondelpark of course. We haven’t even mentioned the large Amsterdamse Bos which is more of a forest! Check out our green urban route in Amsterdam.

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In the forest of Amsterdam

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. ― John Green

Terraces Everywhere!
Unlike a city like New York, we have a lot of space in between the buildings and houses. Therefore many restaurant and bar owners have a licence to serve drinks and food outside. This is what makes Amsterdam extra special. If the sun shines, everyone is outside. Check out the best terraces in Amsterdam West and Amsterdam East or look a little higher and find out where the best rooftop terraces are.

Restaurant Bureau rooftop

It’s Close to the Beach
If it’s more than 25 degrees outside and you’re in need of a sea breeze to cool you off, you can drive to the beach within 25 minutes. You have many options to choose from but we love Wijk aan Zee, Zandvoort and if you want to stay really close, you can visit Blijburg beach which is actually IN Amsterdam!

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At Timboektoe Beachclub, Wijk aan Zee

We have some of the best Museums in the world
This is actually a fact. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world with more than 2.000.000 visits. Besides that we have the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk for modern art, FOAM for photography and of course the famous Anne Frank house. Nemo is a science museum for kids and Amsterdam hosts many exhibitions throughout the year at various locations.

Summer Festivals
If you like summer festivals, Amsterdam is perfect for you! Our city hosts a stagering 300(!) festivals per year so you can only imagine how many there are during the summer. From dance festivals to foodtrucks, kids or festivals for the LGBT community, it’s all here!

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Amsterdam has so many festivals to choose from

Amsterdam is very diverse, also when it comes to it’s people. Most people who live here, weren’t born or raised here but pretty much consider themselves as an Amsterdam citizen. Why? Because they are proud to live in Amsterdam. And yes, we are guilty as charged, because we are “imported” as well. Almost 10 years ago! We can’t imagine leaving this beautiful city just yet..

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Want to find out more about Amsterdam and what’s new? Check our Amsterdam Guide!

 

13 X Best Terraces in Amsterdam East

Last month we published the 13 x best terraces of Amsterdam West but it wouldn’t be fair to leave Amsterdam East behind! Get your sunglasses out, put some sunscreen on because here are our favorite terraces in Amsterdam East!

Club Koffie
It’s not a very large terrace but it’s the ambiance that counts here. Young, old, you will find all ages here. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and good coffee, obviously. www.clubkoffie.com

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Source: Club Koffie

Le Pain Quotidien
Tipped by fellow hotspot lover @mytravelboektje, this place serves delicious sandwiches on quality bread. Now is the perfect time to order one of those tasty lunch meals. www.lepainquotidien.nl

De Vergulde Eenhoorn
The perfect place for chilling on the grass, play games and drink beer while your kids are running around. It’s near the Amstel station but tucked away so it feels like you’re on a farm. www.verguldeneenhoorn.nl

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Het Badhuis
When I lived in Amsterdam East, I used to chill here with my friends for hours. The building dates back from the 1940’s and was used for washing up. In the 70’s it started become a meeting place for people from the neighborhood and that hasn’t changed until this day. It’s right at the end of the Javastraat and great for people watching! www.badhuis-javaplein.nl

Volkshotel
The place to be if you are a freelancer. You can work here for hours while enjoying the rooftop terrace. At 5pm (or 4pm if you deserve it), close your laptop and enjoy the sunlight on the rooftop where you can also enjoy bathing sessions with music (in a jacuzzi) once a month. www.volkshotel.nl

Roest
It’s a club, a restaurant, a place for markets and creative people. But the outside area is what it is all about during the summer months. A place for children to play in the sand and for parents to relax while listing to jazzy tunes. The food is pretty good too and we like the coffee here! Facebook.

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Source: Roest

The Ysbreeker
I’ve sat here several times in the past and even though this spot is anything but new, it still attracts a good growd. You will find a lot of locals or people on their way from work who stop over to meet a friend and have a drink. Thank to the Lonely Planet, you can also find the occasional tourist. It’s situated next to the water, which gives it a nice touch. www.deysbreeker.nl

Amstel Boathouse
Not very central but you could call this one a hidden gem or sure! The Amstel Boathouse is perfect for those who love good food and good wine. The building is also in use for hosting events and business purposes and you can expect that the age group is around 30+. (yep, that’s meee) www.amstelboathouse.nl

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Source: Amstel Boathouse

Girassol
Travel to Portugal but stay in Amsterdam? You can do it here at Portuguese restaurant and bar Girassol. At the Amstel with a great view and the sun in your face. Now that I mentioned it, I should go here more often! www.girassol.nl

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Nest
Also situated near Amstel Station, this is a wonderful rooftop for after work drinks with your friends. No need to dress up, because casual chill is the dresscode. Just enjoy the sunshine and good conversation. They are only open if it’s dry so check the weather forecast before you head over! www.hotelcasa.nl

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Source: Nest

Bar Louie Louie
A great lunch spot near Oosterpark! Large wooden benches behind glass that keeps the wind away so you can stay warm. When it get’s really hot, they open the windows which gives it a great open feel. You will spot me here soon! www.louielouie.nl

‘t Oostpoortje
I discovered this spot when I walked by on my way to an appointment so I’ve never actually sat down here, but it certainly looked inviting! This terrace is overlooking a canal with flowers and trees on the other side and I could sit here all day. Will you join me? Facebook

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Source: ‘t Oostpoortje

De Biertuin
It means the beer garden and yes, there is beer, but this sunny spot offers a lot more than that! They serve organic farm chicken, salads and bites. www.debiertuin.nl

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Enjoy the East side this summer!

Love,

Elke

The Best Terraces and Rooftops in East London

Outdoor drinking spots where you can actually catch some sunshine are rare in London. But when you know your way around you’ll find some hidden treasures all around the city. East London has a couple of the best outdoor vibes for the weekend, enjoy the sunshine, creative vibes and this list of the best terraces and rooftops in East London.

People’s park tavern
360 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7BT
In Victoria park lies my absolute favourite beer garden: the people’s park tavern. It’s so much more than just a garden, situated in the beautiful park. The tavern hosts mini golf for the kids, has an amazing BBQ going on, and on the weekends it’s the best place to enjoy some live music and chat with some locals. Oh. And did I mention it’s HUGE?

 

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Isn’t it huge?

Pub on the Park
19 Martello St, London E8 3PE
London Fields just off Broadway market is one of the few parks where you can actually have a BBQ in London. You’ll find loads of twenty-somethings and thirty-somethings chilling with their mates on a sunny day here. The Pub on the Park with their big terrace overlooking the park is the perfect spot to enjoy the weekend and get a bit of colour.

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Boundary rooftop
2-4 Boundary St, London E2 7DD
In the centre of Shoreditch, east London, you’ll find my fave street; Redchurch street. This street has a great selection of shops, street art, cool cafe’s and the hidden rooftop bar at Boundary where you can enjoy the sun all the way until it goes down.

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Boundary Rooftop. Source

The Aviary
10th Floor Montcalm Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1DX
This cool new hotspot just off Liverpool street station just opened it’s doors a couple of months ago. The decor has the ultimate Instagram factor, the view is stunning and the roof terrace brings you back to a beach bar vibe with a sophisticated style. There’s an outside bar and the sofa’s and chairs are so comfy that you never want to go home…

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Stunning views at The Aviary

Netil 360
1 Westgate St, London E8 3RL
Cool workspace, cafe, restaurant, outside movie theater… Netil360 has the whole package of the East London creative scene. They spent months revamping the rooftop bar and on the 1st of April doors opened again, check it out because it was definitely worth waiting for and belongs to the one of the best terraces and rooftops in East London.

The Best Terraces and Rooftops in East London

Colombia road on Sunday
Ezra St, Bethnal Green, London E2 7RH
Not necessary a terrace, but Colombia road should be on this list. There’s a sunny little square on Ezra street, just off the flower market. Pop into the royal oak for a cold one and just chill on the street listening to some live bossa nova by street musicians to complete your perfect Sunday.

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The real East London vibe at Colombia Road

Love,

Jantine

*Jantine is a hip hop & cheese enthusiast and a city girl with a love for everything local. After having explored everything there is in Amsterdam while living there, London became her new playground. Her best days are spent exploring the city off the grid, into neighborhoods where you can eat, drink, dance and chat with locals and become one yourself. She will write for Wander-Lust on a monthly basis where she will tip you about the places to be in London!