Its history is a little murky, but legend has it that Hanneke’s Tree has been rooted on the Ij River, sheltering Amsterdam from intruders, since 1662. Its latest reincarnation is Hanneke’s Boom, an uber-relaxed gastrobar/beer garden/live music and dance venue in the city's newly revitalized dock area near Central Station. In addition to drinks and light fare, the casual bar/restaurant offers stunning views of NEMO (the interactive children’s museum that resembles a green whale) and Amsterdam’s skyline.
Pull up a bar stool, grab a terrace bench or plunk yourself down on the dock, where you can dangle your toes in the river while watching small boats bob past. Order drinks, snacks, lunch or dinner from a seasonal menu featuring organic ingredients in favorites like nachos, sandwiches, burgers and fries. Whatever you do, raise a glass and offer a toast to one of the best terrace views in Amsterdam―a great place to relax and chill with friends.