Make a splash: Dive into Amsterdam’s beach bars

The beach is calling…in Amsterdam!

Summer in Amsterdam is truly one of a kind. Stead past the canals, put your foot on the pedals and steer yourself to go where the Dammers like to chill and unwind in the sun. Forget the pumping parties the Dutch are known for, take a step back from the traditional brown bars and sip up at one of Amsterdam’s beach bars.


Roest is like a jigsaw piece from Berlin that fits in perfectly along the shores of Amsterdam’s East. Housed in a former cold gas building, it is the kitsch industrial setting to catch a glimpse local Dam life away from the tourist circus in the city centre.

This multi-purpose venue has all the goods –  live music, beachside themed parties, bar, café and al fresco terrace options. As Roest is a great supporter of the local arts scene, it even features industrial shed showcasing unconventional art exhibitions. Combined with its retro furniture and quirky décor in its industrial exterior, it is the ultimate laid back beachside hipster haven in Amsterdam.

Outside, you can choose to kick back on a hammock, sun lounges or sit amongst its brown bar picnic tables with affordable snacks and boutique drinks.

Roest, Jacob Bontiusplaats 1018 LL, Amsterdam 


It’s time to hop, skip and jump from the South to the North Amsterdam. Pllek is set in a former shipping yard surrounded by industrial factories. Paying homage to its past, this funky North beachside institution is housed in colourful old shipping containers and characterised with old maritime and recycled objects. Pllek oozes relaxed vibes all around with its colourful décor and mixed seating under its high ceiling-industrial setting.

Choose to munch on its locally sourced and prepared eats or savour its boutique beer while enjoying the spectacular panoramic views of Old Amsterdam.

Pllek, TT Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB, Amsterdam

Café De Ceuvel

Continue on with your adventure of the North of Amsterdam to reach Café De Ceuvel. This ultra sustainable oasis built in a former shipping yard and is made from old houseboats and recycled materials. Most impressive is its reuse of 80-year old bollards from the harbour of Amsterdam and an old beach pavilion from the Netherlands most famous beachside resort, Scheveningen making this place that extra bit special.

This colourful cafe also features a rooftop Greenhouse and a hydroponic growing system powered by sustainable technologies to produce its own vegetables. Impressively, it is also home to the world’s first Biogas Boat, the ultimate sustainable kitchen which turns green waste into methane gas.

Its outdoor seating looks beyond to a floating island decked with chilled out areas, jetties and industrial sights.

Café De Ceuvel, Korte Papaverweg 2 t/m 6 1032 KB, Amsterdam 

Noorderlicht Café

Welcome to Noorderlicht Café, Amsterdam’s quirky oasis in the North. Made from upcycled materials, it is a local favourite for its bountiful of eating spots both in and out.

Come to dine on impressive and inexpensive Dutch cuisine, including gourmet open sandwiches while looking out to the Amstel River in an industrial chic setting.

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