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Rooftop Bars Amsterdam

2024 update
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Country Netherlands
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Best time to visit May - September
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Rooftop Bar Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Rooftop Guide

Updated:January 17, 2024

The canals and tulips in all honour, they do look even better from the best Amsterdam rooftop bars. Find the perfect spot to wine & dine with a view, with this ultimate guide to the best rooftop terraces in Amsterdam. Packed with all info you need about each rooftop Amsterdam: maps, opening hours, dress code, pictures and much more.

Since long famous for its vibrant nightlife, recent years has also seen a boom in Amsterdam rooftop bars. Happy times! Just scroll down and find the Amsterdam rooftop bar best suited for you.

The list

16 best rooftop bars in Amsterdam

Rooftop bar Amsterdam LuminAir


$$$$ | 11th floor | Amsterdam Central Station
  • Highlights
  • Modern
  • Panoramic views
  • High vibe

LuminAir is a high vibe elevated sky bar and terrace, curated to enlighten. A place to escape from the hustle of the world below. Perched on top of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station, the rooftop bar offers less is more mixology that exudes refined classicism, a vibrant and upbeat soundtrack, and panoramic views over Amsterdam. Click here for reservations.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam SONORA Bar


$$$$ | 24th floor | Scheldebuurt
  • Highlights
  • Fun escape
  • Breathtaking views
  • Unique cocktails

From the 24th floor of nhow Amsterdam Rai, SONORA Bar invites to an enchanting setting where stories and myths come alive. Inspired by old Latin America, this golden oasis offers an extensive selection of unique cocktails filled with stories of heroes, adventures, and magic, as well as breathtaking views over Amsterdam. Named after the Spanish word for 'sound', Sonora is open nightly for lively rhythms, fun vibes and innovative drinks with a view.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Fitz’s on the Roof

Fitz’s on the Roof

$$$$ | 5th floor | Amsterdam-Oost
  • Highlights
  • Elegant & cosy
  • Oosterpark views
  • Upscale cocktails

The intimate and luxurious Fitz's Bar serves drinks with a story in an atmosphere reminiscent of the roaring 20’s. The interior lounge is available year-round, but when the weather allows, the team of Fitz’s Bar moves up to Fitz’s on the Roof, inviting to breezy drinks with a view, and an elevated Amsterdam experience hard to beat. Overlooking Oosterpark, here you can treat yourself to classy, show-stopping and upscale signature cocktails, paired with a fine array of tasty and high-end bites.


10 Spectacular Rooftop Bars in Amsterdam

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Blue Amsterdam in Amsterdam

Blue Amsterdam

$$$ | 3rd floor | Amsterdam City Centre
  • Highlights
  • 360° view
  • Rooftop café & restaurant
  • Daytime

Located in the top of a futuristic glass tower in the Kalverpassage shopping centre, Blue Amsterdam invites to a comfy and informal experience, with an amazing 360° view over the city. Covering two floors, the modern rooftop is all interior, but there are floor-to-ceiling windows all around, creating an open, bright and airy feel. Open seven days a week for coffee, breakfast, lunch, early dinner, cakes, local beers, wines and cocktails, this is an elevated daytime hot-spot to escape the buzz of central Amsterdam, all year round.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Mondi SkyBar in Amsterdam

Mondi SkyBar

$$$ | 9th floor | Schiphol Airport
  • Highlights
  • Great cocktails
  • Airport & city views
  • Live entertainment

Located in Badhoevedorp, between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam, Mondi SkyBar offers an elevated experience, perfect for mixing socializing, creative cocktails and live music. Laid-back yet sophisticated in atmosphere, the rooftop is mainly an indoor lounge, but it also holds a lovely outdoor rooftop terrace. The obvious spot for a great start or finish of an Amsterdam visit, with creative and well-made signature cocktails, international dishes and live music.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Floor 17 in Amsterdam

Floor 17

$$$$ | 17-19th floor | Amsterdam-West
  • Highlights
  • Panoramic views
  • Rooftop bar & restaurant
  • Fine drinks

Perched on top of Leonardo Hotel Amsterdam, located right by the Rembrandt Park, this all year rooftop bar, sky bar and restaurant is the place for both sunny cocktails with a view in summer and for rooftop curling with a view in winter. 85 meters up in the air, the Floor 17 terrace comes with panoramic views over Amsterdam and a modern lounge-style decor. The rooftop menu includes creative signature cocktails, as well as locally inspired European-style dishes and tasty bites to share.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam GAPP in Amsterdam


$$$ | 8th floor | Amsterdam-Oost
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop beergarden
  • Fantastic views
  • Friendly & relaxing

Dakterras GAPP is a lush rooftop beergarden, located on top of the Hotel Casa Amsterdam. A rooftop oasis, surrounded with both flowers and a panoramic view over the city skyline. Very open-air, the spacious terrace is perfect for both sunny and sunset drinks, but also only open when the weather allows. The rooftop bar menu includes and extensive selection of beers (many of them local), as well as food served as breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner.

Rooftop bar W Amsterdam

W Lounge at W Amsterdam

$$$$ | 6th floor | Central/Binnenstad
  • Highlights
  • Stylish
  • Mixology
  • Rooftop pool

W Lounge is a Luxurious and trendy rooftop bar in central Amsterdam. Up here you get a really cool view over Amsterdam and its rooftops, along with close-ups of the Royal Palace. The stylish interior glass lounge is complemented with cool terrace balconies equipped with both long rows of lounge chair seatings and a beautiful rooftop pool. Always a chic cocktail bar for everyone looking to try the latest mixology cocktails and nibble on tasty bar bites, but also known for hosting great events, including DJ sessions, Social Sunday's, pool parties and rooftop yoga.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Canvas


$$$ | 7th floor | Amsterdam-Oost
  • Highlights
  • Grand views
  • Vibrant
  • Rooftop cinema

Perched on top of the Volkshotel in Amsterdam East, Canvas rooftop bar and restaurant offers food, drinks and grand views from early morning to late at night. Set seven floors above street level, here you can indulge in panoramic views over the Amstel River and the city center, as well as beers, refreshing cocktails and a large rooftop food menu. Pretty much always vibrant in atmosphere, the rooftop turns extra hot during weekend nights when Club Canvas opens up for good times and DJs.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam REM in Amsterdam


$$$ | 3rd floor | Nieuwe Houthaven
  • Highlights
  • Unique
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Panoramic views

Covering three floors of an 80-foot platform placed on poles in the water of the Nieuwe Houthaven in Amsterdam, REM Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop offers a unique and elevated experience. Mixing a stylish interior restaurant and bar with a helipad outdoor terrace, surrounded with amazing views over the water and the Amsterdam skyline, here you can indulge in gastronomical fine dining with a playful twist, as well as a various array of seasonal cocktails and lots of beers.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Bar Bistro Bureau in Amsterdam

Bar Bistro Bureau

$$$ | 5th floor | Amsterdam Nieuw-West
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop park
  • Ever-changing menu
  • Weekdays

Bar Bistro Bureau is a stylish indoor / outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar, occupying the former installation room on the 5th floor of B. Amsterdam. Somewhat a hidden gem, up here you find both a spacious and modern indoor dining room, as well as a lovely rooftop park, equipped with lots of greenery, natural details and grand views. Open for lunch, dinner and drinks on weekdays, the rooftop menu is both unique, creative and ever-changing.

Rooftop bar Zoku Amsterdam

Zoku Amsterdam

$$$ | 6th floor | Weesperbuurt en Plantage
  • Highlights
  • Rooftop restaurant & bar
  • Lush terraces
  • Social & buzzing

On top of the trendy and social apartment hotel Zoku Amsterdam you find a large and happening selection of rooftop spaces, open to all and mixing cozy indoor spots with lush terraces. The Kindred Spirits rooftop bar, open from dusk till dawn, is the place to go for an energizing coffee, a beer, a delicious G&T or just a break. For a more filling experience, the Living Kitchen rooftop restaurant serves worldly, simple and honest dishes as breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The healthy food includes fresh, local herbs from the rooftop garden, served with a slice of amazing views over the Amsterdam rooftops.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam A’DAM LOOKOUT


$$$$ | 21st floor | Overhoeks/Amsterdam-Noord
  • Highlights
  • Revolving restaurant
  • Observation deck & rooftop bar
  • Europe’s highest swing

A’DAM LOOKOUT is mainly known as an observation deck, but it is actually so much more. Covering the 19th, 20th and 21st floor, 100 meter above ground, this is the place for breathtaking panoramic views over Amsterdam, but also for drinks, food, vibes and daredevil swings. A ticket to the 360º Sky Deck will give you access to the outdoor rooftop bar, where you can enjoy the views with some snacks and drinks. On the floor below you also find Madam Amsterdam, a dazzling panorama restaurant and Amsterdam’s highest skybar.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam On the Roof in Amsterdam

On the Roof

$$$ | 5th floor | Amsterdam-Noord
  • Highlights
  • Concert venue
  • Summer
  • Panoramic views

Part of the HoogtIJ, and elevated event venue in Amsterdam-Noord, On the Roof offers live music and magical moments every summer. With a spectacular setting, intimate atmosphere and prime views over the water and city, here you can enjoy the colorful, diverse music scene of Amsterdam and special guests from abroad every year between June and September. Before or after any concert, make sure to enjoy a drink at the spacious rooftop terrace, and mix the music experience with a fantastic sunset experience.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam DeDAKKAS in Amsterdam


$$$ | 5th floor | Harlem
  • Highlights
  • Greenhouse
  • Harlem views
  • Urban

Found on top of the parking garage De Kamp in the center of Haarlem, about a 30 minutes drive from central Amsterdam, DeDAKKAS is an urban and modern rooftop restaurant and bar. Mixing a spacious and wooden decked outdoor terrace with a charming interior greenhouse, here you are surrounded by lush plants and greenery, as well as fantastic views over Harlem. The rooftop menu changes with the seasons, and here you find fresh, healthy and contemprary dishes, as well as natural wine and a wide selection of cocktails.

Rooftop bar Amsterdam Up on the roof at NEMO

Up on the roof at NEMO

$$$ | 4th floor | Amsterdam-Centrum
  • Highlights
  • Highest city square
  • Year-round
  • Free for all

The NEMO Science Museum does not only offer interesting fun for the whole family, its rooftop is also home to the highest city square in the Netherlands. Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the spacious terrace includes an outdoor exhibition called Energetica, a restaurant and some smashing views over the Oosterdok and Amsterdam's historical center. Free and open to all daily and year-round, summer evenings usually also means a regular schedule of events, like rooftop cinema.

Hans Ebenman
Hans Ebenman

Hans has visited over 500 rooftop bars, 200 rooftop pools and 300 rooftop restaurants since 2015. This vast experience has made Hans a true rooftop expert, and one of the most knowledgeable in the field. Today, numerous of travel magazines, bloggers and media websites contact Hans to get his expertise on rooftops.

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City info

Rooftop bar Amsterdam

Rooftop-grade: 7/10

Prime season: May-Sep

Residents: 800 000

Climate: tempered humid

Amsterdam is quite low built, so while there are not that many sky-high rooftop bars in the city, recent years has seen a boom in lovley rooftop terraces in Amsterdam.

In the latest poll of the "Cost of Living Surveys” list of the world's most expensive cities, Amsterdam ended up in 25th place. So expect to spend a little money while you enjoy food and drinks at one of the sky bars here.

The view spots in the city are quite spread out geographically.

Visiting rooftops in Amsterdam, is the perfect way to get a good overview of the city and feel the tranquility reside at higher altitudes.

About Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the Netherlands' largest city with about 800 000 inhabitants. Approximately 50% of the city's population is of foreign origin. The city has over 50 museums and is known for its canals and many cyclists. Amsterdam is also considered as one of the world's most liberal cities where sex, drugs, prostitution and gay culture is very common.

Food, drink and party on rooftop bars in Amsterdam

Amsterdam and the Netherlands is not particularly known for neither good food nor drinks. Chips, mayo and other various unhealthy stuff tend to be the pick when it comes to food. When it comes to beverages, its beer and drinks that dominates at the roof terraces here. Despite the rather non-existent food and beverage culture in Amsterdam, the city is one of the most party-friendly in Europe. Much thanks to that Amsterdam is one of the world's most liberal cities - both in terms of drugs, sex and prostitution.

Alltitude and views from the rooftop bars in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a very low-built city, so even though the rooftop bars are often not sky-high, they are high enough to create a stunning view over Amsterdam and its surroundings. The view you get from the rooftop bars in Amsterdam is usually the city's rooftops and over the canals.

Other attractions in Amsterdam

Amsterdam have a lot of attractions for tourists. Primarily a plethora of lots of different museums. Foremost is the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, Museum Amstelkring, National Maritime Museum, the Rijksmuseum and The tropical museum that is the most visited. In addition to the city's museums, it is the Red Light District area where many people go. Mainly the younger crowd who likes to party. Red Light District is very liberal in terms of sex, the purchase of sex, drugs, etc. For those who want to take it easy, there are very nice trips you can take around the Amsterdam canals.

Flights and hotels in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is located quite close to the city center, making it very easy to get to and from the airport for anyone traveling here. Many flights go through Amsterdam. So if you only have a few hours here, it is perfect to visit any of the rooftop bars in Amsterdam. Given the city's popularity among tourists, there are lots of good hotels. Some which have amazing rooftops to hang out on.