My 10 Best Terraces in Haarlem for the summer

In the Netherlands, people are so anxious to sunbath that when the sun is showing up you can find everywhere in the streets improvised terraces in front of the doors. This is the Dutch way! In the Netherlands, let's be really clear, sun is a scarce resource! So, when the sun is up, everybody is out!

If you do not want to build up a terrace on your front door, you will just go out to look for a nice place where to enjoy the sun and have a drink or a bite.

These are my favourite 10 places in my lovely (lovely when is is sunny!) Haarlem!

1. Zuidam: This is just the best terrace to go in the evening as it is the one in Haarlem where you have longer sun! This is a tip coming from a haarlemmeer. This is a perfect scenery with the Adriaan windmill behind, the Spaarne river in front of you where you can just watch the boats passing by. And I have to say that I love to go for a nice diner with Aix rosé wine and good friends.

2. Jopen Kerk:  This is one of my favorite spot during the whole year, and the new square just gets alive now with the restaurants around. It is just really nice to seat on the terrace and enjoy a Jopen beer!

3. Stadstrand de Oerkap V.O.F: This is the coolest place in town, or how to bring the beach in the city! This a kind funnier and funky version of our Paris Plage!

4. Vijfhoek Café: This one of my favorite spot and so close from home than it is like my terrace,... all the neighborhood is there is just like being at home with lots of friends! I really love the atmosphere!

5. Café Studio: This is my best place on the Grote Markt, besides the Fortuyn, because it has also longer sun than the rest of the terraces!

6. Spaarne 66: another great and cool spot along the Spaarne river with nice food!

7. Stempels: The best thing from Stempels is the huge terrace where you will easily find a spot for you when everywhere around is packed! The problem is that waiters are not enough efficient,... but you can´t have everything!

8. Het wapen van Bloemendal: this is a great option for a iced cold beer after work. The terrace is small but the beer is just perfect!

9. Het Kantoor: I love the fact to be in the middle of the shopping street, seated in the sun enjoying some good beer or wine and nice tapas.

10. In Den Swarten hondt: What I love from this place, is the location - on the Spaarne - and the tables are settled till the border of the river. This is just great to seat here and relax after a hard day watching the boats,...

So enjoy the summer, enjoy the beautiful Haarlem and see you for a toast on one of these terraces! If it is sunny, I will probably be there! And if you know another great place around, pleaaaaaaaaaaaassssse share it with us! 

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