Hannekes Boom – one of the few spots in Amsterdam that resembles something like a beer garden. Well, what’s the difference between a terrace and a beer garden? I guess it’s beer tables and wooden benches rather than chairs and round tables. An overall nice concept in a perfect location. The tree (of Hanneke – Hannekes Boom) is in fact not the only one and after a day of shopping, or spent at the library (fantastic place with very nice view as well) next door, it’s a good spot to calm down and relax outside.
There are tables on both sides, and a relaxing area in front, so chances are you may catch a sunny spot.
For worse weather conditions you’ll be fine inside, next to the giant wood stove. No “sitting on top of the bay” but still a nice view outside of the old Amsterdam harbor, a hot chocolate replacing summertimes’ cold beer, still staring at the sea – well, the old harbor then. Boats are eventually docking at Hannekes Boom, and there is enough beautiful scenery (and people) around to make you feel like you’re at the right place…
Hannekes Boom has a menu of organic food, live music about two times a week (check the agenda on their website), that outdoor feeling around that wooden cabin that Hannekes Boom actually is – and all that so close to the overcrowded Damrak and central station. If only those tourists knew – but luckily they don’t.