|A’dam Canal Café Craze|
|Jun 06, 2010 at 02:41 PM|
Amsterdam's famous network of canals is in full gear any given month of the year. Houseboats of all shapes and sizes occupy the waterways year round, ice skaters take over during the wintertime, and tour boats make way during the warmer seasons. But springtime is when canal life in Amsterdam really thrives. You have the choice of canalside cafés, cafés with a view, floating terraces and floating restaurants. For satisfying my canal craving, these are my top spots - take your pick.
Café Tabac lies in the artsy Jordaan neighborhood at the corner of Prinsengracht and Brouwersgracht, which is said to be the prettiest corner of the entire city. Now during Amsterdam's terrace season, you'll find young locals lounging on the outdoor couches and benches along the canals. There are even cushions on the roof above the kitchen! Make sure to check out this cool hangout - the view from above is worth it.
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For those who have a fear of water, but still appreciate the calming view, Eetcafé 't Lieverdje is my recommendation. Located right around the corner from Spui Square, this cozy café with oma's homemade apple pie and international money running up the walls and along the tables provides a clear view of the Singel through vintage glass windows. Sit inside to escape the unpredictable Dutch weather or relax outside facing the canal. Either way, you won't have to worry about falling in!
Another option is to sit right on the water - literally. Amstelhaven's floating terrace is one of the biggest in all of Amsterdam. Dock your boat and sip drinks on the open deck or come late and enjoy music ranging from 80's to R&B to electro. And every last Sunday night of the month is AmstelhavenLive where the best cover bands of the Netherlands perform. Lounge, dine and dance at Amstelhaven!
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How does a Russian merchant ship with four trendy levels sound? It's only a replica, but it's as good as the real thing. The lower level, the ‘orlop deck,' is the mod restaurant area. The shiny disco ball and signature cruise ship windows create a comfortable atmosphere to let loose and go dancing. The ‘conservatory' level is great for a romantic dinner with a French, Mediterranean or Middle Eastern twist. Enjoy a drink in the nature-themed café and lounge out on the open-air sun deck. Step onto the Odessa and escape to a different country for just one night.
A little about the writer, Eleni:
A print journalist, blogger and teacher who has moved to Leiden from New York, following her boyfriend.
Eleni is a teaching assistant and writes travel articles for sites such as Momondo.com while taking extensive Dutch courses. She is absolutely in love with traveling, and for the next three years we get to have her here in the Netherlands.
You can read her travel articles on her blog: for the Love of Europe and New York
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