Spanjer + van Twist

Amsterdam-Jordaan

4.2 / 5

May 11, 2018

This place sports what has to be one of the cutest terraces in Amsterdam. Spanjer + van Twist is gloriously situated in a prime spot near the Anne Frank House,on the corner of the Prinsengracht one of Amsterdam's most prestigious canals.

This place sports what has to be one of the cutest terraces in Amsterdam. Spanjer + van Twist is gloriously situated in a prime spot near the Anne Frank House,on the corner of the Prinsengracht one of Amsterdam’s most prestigious canals. And yet it’s not a tourist trap, nor is it stuffy or pretentious. Spread over two floors, overlooking the canal, this is a quintessentially Amsterdam-style café, a light airy space with a mezzanine serving up a simple array of tasty beers, wines and bar bites from morning well into the night. The famous terrace is the main draw here, located across the street from the café itself and stretching right up to the water, which makes it ideal for people watching and a popular stop-off for boat-owning Amsterdam types to moor up for an afternoon drink. The mid week set dinner is a particular bargain and the place has a relaxed, laidback atmosphere particularly on warm days when the terrace comes into its own. Order a glass of something chilled, grab a table by the water’s edge and watch the world go by.