Amsterdam Sights

Amsterdam's Best Panaroma Cafés

bars and restaurants with the best panoramic city views

Amsterdam Public Library's rooftop terrace on a 5 minutes walk from Centraal Station

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (OBA)

From a viewing outdoor terrace of La Place Restaurant on the 7th floor of Europe's largest public library OBA you have a magnificent view of the whole of Amsterdam - probably the best panorama of the city.

⟩ Oosterdokskade 143 (IJ Waterfront) | open 7 days a week from 10:00 to 22:00

Blue Amsterdam

Dining and wining in café-restaurant Blue Amsterdam in the Kalvertoren shopping centre with a spectacular 360 degree panorama view of central Amsterdam. From the 3rd floor of a futuristic glass tower in the middle of the city centre a lot of Amsterdam's highlights can be seen: Rijksmuseum, Munttoren, Zuiderkerk, Westerkerk, Carré theatre, Central Station, Royal Palace and the Flower Market.

⟩ Singel 457 (Centrum) | opening hours

NEMO panorama terrace

The top of the NEMO building is 22m above sea level and can be reached by climbing up the 120 steps. The roof terrace is freely accessible. At the very top you will find the NEMO's roof café which serves basic drinks and snacks. During the summer the terrace has a "city beach" with comfortable deck chairs to sit on, a large chess set, and a water feature for small kids. From the roof you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Oosterdok (Eastern Dock) with early 20th century museum boats, the National Maritime Museum and East Indiaman Amsterdam, Montelbaanstoren (old city tower), Central Station and the beautiful Saint Nicholas Church.

⟩ Oosterdok 2 (IJ Waterfront) | open tue-sun from 10:00 to 17:30

Canvas Amsterdam

Canvas is a rooftop café-restaurant and club on the 7th floor of the 3-star Volkshotel, located in the former head office of newspaper Volkskrant. The top floor was used as a canteen and meeting spot for journalists.
Every Friday and Saturday night after 22:00 Canvas becomes a club with dance floor and guest DJ. From the outside roof terrace you can spot many of Amsterdam's main sights.

⟩ Wibautstraat 150 (Oost) | open 7 days a week from 7:00 to 01:00

Ciel Bleu

Ciel Bleu is an International cuisine restaurant located on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura with a breathtaking view of Amsterdam. It has 2 Michelin stars. Hotel Okura is located on the southern side of Amsterdam's city centre in the charming neighborhood De Pijp, between the Albert Cuyp Market and RAI trade fair and congress centre.

⟩ Ferdinand Bolstraat 333 (De Pijp) | open mon-sat from 18:30 to 22:30

SkyLounge Amsterdam

From SkyLounge Amsterdam , DoubleTree by Hilton's hotel bar on the 11th floor, you can discover the historic city and IJ Waterfront from great height. It has a roof-top lounge bar and is located near Centraal Station. Each night DJs and cocktail shakers turn SkyLounge Amsterdam into a hip lounge club.

⟩ Oosterdoksstraat 4 | open sun-thu from 11:00 to 01:00; fri-sat from 11:00 to 03:00

Things to do with kids

Climb the towers of Amsterdam's churches

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