The 5 best places to dine on the water in Amsterdam
1) Vuurtoren Eiland
Dining in a nature reserve on Vuurtoren Eiland became an instant hit when it was launched in 2013. You reach the island by boat and have dinner in a glass greenhouse while watching the sun set. The first restaurant burnt down, but now they’re back, bigger and stronger, with a summer and winter restaurant, and plans so guests can stay the night. Reserve well ahead.
The waterfront patio of this bar-restaurant is one of the most scenic locations in the Baarsjes district. This monumental building was constructed in the 1920s in ‘Amsterdamse School’ style. Daalder-chef Dennis Huwaë’s creations earned him a Michelin star in 2021, but the restaurant prides itself on its easy-going atmosphere. The popular afternoon drinks party Edelwise takes place every last Friday of the month.
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3) Pont 13
A 1920s ferryboat converted into a restaurant outside of the city centre in a quiet harbour area with nice views. The old, authentic setting makes for a romantic night out. It’s also a popular wedding venue. Especially when sunny, it’s best to book ahead, to avoid being disappointed after a long trip.
4) GS Brunch Boat
If you’re looking for a real treat, consider embarking on GS brunch boat. Every Saturday and Sunday, it leaves from Westermarkt for a tour of the canals. Meanwhile, you get to choose from delicious cocktails (a mimosa or a bloody Mary), scrumptious steak and eggs or French toast, and finish it off with coffee and a brownie. The best way to start your weekend!
REM-Eiland is an artificial island that was built in the 1960s in the North Sea to broadcast (illegal) commercial TV programmes. The pirate island was used for less than a year, but was later converted into a governmental measuring station. The island was eventually demolished and reassembled in Amsterdam’s harbour in 2006. It offers spectacular views and some fine dining as well.
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