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Best terraces for people watching

Admit it…you like to look at other people too, and secretly judge them on their clothes, hair, glasses, shoes or anything else that catches your attention. But that’s okay, cause they probably do the same thing to you (start to worry if people around you keep on bursting out in laughter or look at you in a disgusting way)! Everybody does it, and with Amsterdam being a cultural melting pot of all different sorts of people, the only question remaining is what spot to pick for people watching.

Eetcafé Molenpad – A typical Dutch café. Located on the Prinsengracht close to the Leidseplein, this one is for watching people in tour boats looking back at you, because you’re on the nice canal-side terrace with a beer.

Café De Waard – Next to Boom Chicago, right in the middle of the terrace madness on Leidseplein, this place is perfect to soak up the masses of people that crowd the surrounding cafés, or watch the ever present street artists do their thing.


Café De Pilsvogel
– In the heart of Amsterdam’s chill neighborhood ‘De Pijp’, this is the best place to laze the afternoon away, while checking out both the locals and tourists that flock to the famous ‘Albert Cuyp’ market. Their terrace is heated, so even in winter a good spot to chill.


Vertigo Café
– The Vondelpark is THE place to be in summer and when it comes to people watching, you won’t find a more colourful crowd anywhere else, and this cafe is in a perfect spot on the edge of it. If you prefer lazing in the grass over the terrace, they even offer a picknick basket stuffed with food and drinks!

The Three Sisters – Rembrandt square is a prime spot for people watching, and all the cafes lining the square seemed to have designed their terrace for that purpose alone, as many chairs are lined up row by row facing the street!  The Three Sisters is no exception and with its large terrace, it’s the best place to be on Rembrandt square.

Café Cuba – Right on the sunny Nieuwmarkt, this bar offers great Mojitos (with fresh mint) and it is a perfect spot for people watching (tourists and locals). Only drawback is that it can get very crowded, but it always works out; people seem to leave just when you need a seat!