Amsterdam Sights

Café van Zuylen

plenty of outdoor seating on the oldest and widest bridge of Amsterdam

Café van Zuylen near Dam Square has one of the best terraces of Amsterdam, located on the 39m wide Torensluis bridge from 1648. The space underneath the bridge used to be a prison in former days.

Café van Zuylen's large terrace on the prison's bridge across the Singel

Bridge terrace

Though Van Zuylen is essentially a brown café and eetcafé, its main asset is its large waterside terrace on a wide bridge across the medieval Singel, next to the Multatuli statue.

Slow and bad service

The service by bar personnel - usually students of the nearby language faculty of the University of Amsterdam that do a little moonlighting - is really slow, as in so many popular places in Amsterdam.

Top location

Don't go for the service but for the beautiful location and terrace. Van Zuylen is situated at an old 14th-century defensive canal of Amsterdam where an old stone bridge crosses the canal. It is close to the bustling Dam Square but it feels like you're sitting on a quiet place away from the tourist crowds.

How to get there?

By tram: 1, 2, 5 or 14 stop Dam
By car: nearest car park De Bijenkorf

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Café van Zuylen

Torensteeg 4-8
Amsterdam   (Canal Belt)
+31 20 6391055

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Opening hours

Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Mon 10:00 - 01:00
Tue 10:00 - 01:00
Wed 10:00 - 01:00
Thu 10:00 - 01:00
Fri 10:00 - 03:00
Sat 10:00 - 03:00


apple tart at Café van Zuylen

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