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Hip hangouts high above Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for breaking the mould, and the city’s approach to cooling off in the summer months is no different. Where most cities stick with rooftop bars, and maybe an exclusive terrace pool, A’dam thinks bigger. Here, splash through fountains atop a museum, ride a swing 22 storeys above the canals, and lunch on veggies grown on the roof garden itself.

Families and kids hanging out on the roof terraces at Nemo

Best for: Getting wet, wet, wet

Up on the roof at NEMO

Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX, Website

Atop Renzo Piano’s ship-like science museum, the huge rooftop piazza is a family-friendly suntrap, complete with a café and several fountains to splash in. 

Ppeople eating and drinking on the rooftop at Canvas

Best for: Club kids

Canvas at the Volkshotel

Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR, Website

This former newspaper building has been reborn as a hip hotel. Canvas takes in a club and glass-walled restaurant, while the rooftop hot tubs and sauna are open on Sundays.

People on a swing high over the city

Best for: Swingers

The Lookout at A’DAM

Overhoeksplein 5, 1031 KS, Website

The crowning glory of the 22-storey A’DAM Tower is Europe’s loftiest swing, set on its observation deck – note that you need tickets for both. 

The rooftop pool at W

Best for: A quick dip

W Amsterdam

Spuistraat 175, 1012 VN, Website

The W’s pool is the place to make a splash in your ritziest swimwear – at least until the city’s long-awaited Soho House opens in July. 

The rooftop garden at Zoku

Best for: Leafy lunches


Weesperstraat 105, 1018 VN, Website

The rooftop garden at this hip live/work hive isn’t merely ornamental; its produce often features in the delicious lunches served to laptop-toting members and drop-ins. 

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Image credits: © Martijn Kort; © Martijn Kort; © NEMO Science Museum; © Raymond van Mil; © W Amsterdam; © Zoku; © Marcus Koppen; © Getty