Rooftop bars Amsterdam

Complete guide to the 9 best rooftop bars in Amsterdam [2020 update]

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Made by the world's leading experts on rooftop bars

Last updated: May 5th, 2020

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: 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.

Or use the Amsterdam rooftop map in the top right corner.

Area:Schiphol Airport
Rooftop bar Amsterdam SkyBar 747
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SkyBar 747

$$$ Schipholweg 275
  • Highlights
  • 9th floor
  • Great cocktails
  • Airport & city views
  • Daily 'Social Hour'

Located in Badhoevedorp, between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam, SkyBar 747 is a stylish cocktail bar offering panoramic views over both the city and the airport. Here you can enjoy creative and well-made signature cocktails, taking inspiration from the close-by airport, along with a curated selection of wines, beers and some nice bar bites. Laid-back yet sophisticated in atmosphere, SkyBar 747 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.

Area:Amsterdam Central Station
Rooftop bar Amsterdam SkyLounge
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SkyLounge Amsterdam

$$$$ DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Highlights
  • 11th floor
  • 365 days a year
  • Panoramic views
  • Night time DJs

Top spot among the rooftop bars in Amsterdam, where tourists and locals alike meet up to sip cocktails and enjoy the stunning panoramic views. A true skyline bar on top of the Double Tree by Hilton, located right by the Amsterdam Central Station. Both inside lounge and outdoor terrace, SkyLounge is open 365 days of the year and offers lunch, evening bites and dishes from an all day menu, along with fine signature cocktails and other drinks. Relaxing during day, vibrant club-lounge at night.

Area:Amsterdam-West
Rooftop bar Amsterdam Floor 17
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Floor 17

$$$$ 410 Staalmeesterslaan
  • Highlights
  • 17th floor
  • Panoramic views
  • Ice-rink & curling
  • Fine drinks

Perched on top of the hotel Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, 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 hockey and 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. Great spot for sunny cocktails in summer, while in winter the sun loungers are replaced with a rooftop ice hockey rink and several curling arenas.

Area:Amsterdam-Oost
Rooftop bar Amsterdam GAPP
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GAPP

$$$ Eerste Ringdijkstraat 4
  • Highlights
  • 8th floor
  • 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.

Area:Amsterdam Nieuw-West
Rooftop bar Amsterdam Restaurant Bureau
5

Restaurant Bureau

$$$ Johan Huizingalaan 763A
  • Highlights
  • 5th floor
  • Rooftop park
  • Ever-changing menu
  • Weekdays

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 ell 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.

Area:Central / Binnenstad
Rooftop bar W Amsterdam
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W Lounge at W Amsterdam

$$$$ Spuistraat 175
  • Highlights
  • 6th floor
  • Rooftop pool
  • Modern
  • Central

Luxurious and trendy rooftop bar located 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 indoor 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.

Area:Amsterdam-Oost
Rooftop bar Amsterdam Canvas
7

Canvas

$$$ Wibautstraat 150
  • Highlights
  • 7th floor
  • Grand views
  • Vibrant
  • Lunch / Dinner / Weekend fun

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.

Area:Amsterdam-Centrum
Rooftop bar Amsterdam Up on the roof at NEMO
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Up on the roof at NEMO

$$$ Oosterdok 2
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • 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 also means a regular schedule of events, like rooftop cinema.

Area:Overhoeks / Amsterdam-Noord
Rooftop bar Amsterdam A’DAM LOOKOUT
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A’DAM LOOKOUT

$$$$ Overhoeksplein 5
  • Highlights
  • 21st floor
  • 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. Set 21 floors up (or 100 meter above ground), this is the place for breathtaking panoramic views over Amsterdam, but also for drinks, food and daredevil swings. A ticket to the 360º Sky Deck will also give you access to the outdoor rooftop bar, where you can enjoy the views with some snacks and drinks. On the floors below you also find the indoor restaurants Madam and Moon.

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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.