There’s no denying it: Amsterdam knows a thing or two about making the most of the summer months. The whole city sheds its layers at the first hint a sunshine and sets up camp in the ‘Dam’s pristine parks, terraces and waterways. There’s no better time to embrace the Dutch way of life. Bike or boat? Whichever takes your fancy, spend sun-kissed days exploring under your own steam. From the Nine Streets’ swish boutiques to the hippest watering hole, here’s our guide to a perfect day in Amsterdam.

A perfect summer's day

  • Bloemenmarkt

    Singel, 1012 WP

    The world’s only floating flower market lines one side of the scenic Singel canal, in the city’s historic heart. Take time to smell the fresh flowers and stock up on bulbs – especially the Netherlands’ renowned tulips – and seeds to take home. Many of the vendors also sell other souvenirs, and, in winter, holiday decorations.

  • Pluk

    Reestraat 19, 1016 DM

    Plucky by name and by nature, this lofty café makes an enticing pit stop during a shopping spree in the Nine Streets neighbourhood. Downstairs, farm-fresh fruit and veg for the virtuous sit alongside a sinful spread of brownies, tarts and other frosted cakes. Sip on an iced coffee while you browse the in-house collection of illustrated totes, delicate jewellery and embroidered espadrilles.

  • Catwalk Junkie

    Prinsengracht 419, 1016 HM

    With its neon lights, powder-pink walls and oversized plants, this boutique on the Prinsengracht canal ticks all the millennial boxes. The brand’s designer – an Amsterdam local – keeps her finger on the street-style pulse. Stop by for slogan tees, keep-forever basics and eye-catching swimwear.

  • WestergasTerras

    Klönneplein 6, 1014 DD

    On the grounds of a former gasworks, this multi-purpose venue is all about its Westerpark views. You’ll find beanbags scattered on the sprawling terrace and lake-straddling deck – the setting for many a pop-up event and dance-off in the summer. Feeling peckish? Snack on pulled pork tortillas, mango-flecked salad or a colourful poke bowl.

  • Hannekes Boom

    Dijksgracht 4, 1019BS

    You’d be hard pressed to find anyone not at Hannekes Boom on a sizzling summer day. With a laid-back picnic vibe, live music and tasty Dutch snacks, this boho waterside hangout is the perfect place to catch some rays and watch the boats go by.

    Needless to say, with no neighbours to fret about the noise, the party here goes with a swing until way past sunset. Plus, you can try out a wide selection of local beers from the likes of Two Chefs and Oedipus breweries.

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