If May were a person it would be a twenty year old with wild hair, freckles and a big smile. Stunning, without trying too hard. Just like May. You see, even if there was absolutely nothing to do in Amsterdam this month, you’d still have a great time, just strolling around town. And since strolling can be tiresome, we selected a couple of places with great outdoor seating. Because that is the only thing that May requires; a spot in the sun and a cold drink in your hand.
A great, spacious spot on the outskirts of the Westerpark, amids the green, overlooking some water and the impressive Westergasfabriek. The wooden deck has a slight colonial feel and the small lined up tables allow you to overhear your neighbor’s conversations. There is no surrounding traffic which makes it a favorite for families. Of course the staff gets busy on a warm day, but the Affligem is cold and the bitterballs are hot, so what’s to complain.
A treasured classic in Noord, with a view on the IJ that is quite unparalleled. There is a lot of place outside, and if the weather allows it they show films on a big screen on Tuesday evenings. Unlike a lot of terraces, this is one you actually want to go to for the food. The menu is all about creatively prepared vegetables, and there are some good vegan options too.
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A charming little wine bar on a corner, slightly hidden in the lovely Pijp. It has just the right mix of energy: in the middle of town, but away from traffic fumes. Instead, you may choose to accompanie your vins naturel with some great cheese.
Located right in the middle of town, it is known for legendary friday afternoon drinks. As such it attracts a rather young crowd. If there is no place to sit, locals get comfy near the canal with dangling legs, enjoying Suriname food and beers. Don’t expect service, but soak up the buzz.
A large terrace, big wooden tables, the shade of tall Parisian-looking trees; and all of this right on the Amstel where rowing boats silently cut through the water as soon as the weather allows it. This place opens early so it’s a great spot for an early cup of coffee. If it gets busy, continue down the water richting Amstelstation where you may find an equally nice spot at cafe Hesp.