Romantic Date Night ideas in Amsterdam
So you are with your loved one in Amsterdam for the weekend and you are looking for something romantic and unique for your date night in Amsterdam, where can you go? Perhaps you didn’t know that in Amsterdam, as the sun sets and the lights come on, twinkling on the shimmering canals, the city truly comes alive. A magical landscape of romance, culture and enjoyment, there are so many amazing locations and activities to delight in with your loved one. Here is a little inspiration.
See Amsterdam from the Sky on your date night
If you are looking to create an atmospheric and special night for your loved one, why not see the city with a birds-eye view? Amsterdam has several rooftop bars, restaurants and even a club for you to enjoy together.
Light Up the Sky
A gorgeous rooftop bar and restaurant in central Amsterdam is Skylounge Amsterdam. Close to the central station. It has a roof to ceiling windows and a sun terrace to relish the views over the water and the lights on St Nicholas Church. A date that promises to be full of love, with flavours of history, beautiful architecture and light.
See the city with locals
An amazing and inspiring place to visit in the eastern part of Amsterdam, Canvas is a must for those looking for a romantic evening together away from tourists. In this building is a rooftop terrace and restaurant, a hotel, it has events, exhibitions, yoga, hot tubs, movie and club nights. An amazing way for lovers to discover the local Amsterdam together.
Soak in the Sights
Get cosy together in the middle of the city at the glamourous W Lounge rooftop bar, with a pool. Inside a luxury hotel with lovely intimate areas to cuddle up after your romantic swim and savour your Amsterdam night.
Daring to Soar
For those couples looking for a little daring adventure on their date, why not visit the Adam Lookout? The highest of the picks boasting a 360-degree view AND “over the edge” Europe’s highest swing, you can see the city and each other in a totally new way. Afterwards, or for those enjoying more stability underfoot, the spectacular Moon, a slowly revolving = restaurant with 360-degree panoramic views, this will be a magical night in your romantic getaway.
Romantic Canal Tour Amsterdam
Picture this, you are floating down the canals at night, snuggled up with your loved one. All you can hear are the sounds of the water and all around are lights on the bridges and the majestic 17th-century buildings. As you pass under the Seven Bridges, you look into each other’s eyes and fall in love a little more.
Here at Romantic Tour Amsterdam, We offer both group tours in the evening and private tours, especially for those looking to share a gentle, intimate journey. Perhaps you feel inspired to propose in this way? I would love to guide you through this process with our team, we, with couples, create a wonderful marriage proposal just for them on the magnificent canals of Amsterdam.
Visit a Theatre in Amsterdam
The theatre is a place full of magic, you enter and merge into another world, leaving ordinary reality behind, discovering new things about yourself and as a couple perhaps along the way. My background is in theatre and it is a place I always felt inspired by and I would love to share this inspiration with you.
Art Deco Wonder
A dazzling Art Deco movie theatre, Tuschinki Movie Theatre is a must for a romantic date night. If you make a reservation you can even sit together in a ‘love seat’. A chair built for two, with no armrests, perfect to cuddle up and be transported.
For those of you who are lovers of ballet and opera, this is an opportunity to see performances in one of the biggest stages in the country. I performed there as a dancer and I recommend this for if you are looking for something purely romantic on your night in Amsterdam. Check out the programme here National Ballet and Opera.
Passion of Arts
An inspirational venue for theatre and dance, the Amsterdam International Theatre hosts from large performances to the very intimate. A great place to be and enjoy your passion for the performing arts and the romance of the location.
Sounds of Love
Would you like to be inspired with your partner listening to the best classical music Amsterdam has to offer on your date night? The Concert Hall is the main classical music theatre in the city and has many different performances running at any one time. It is famous for its beautiful acoustics
Take an Evening Stroll
As I’ve said, Amsterdam nights are quite breathtaking. Why don’t you take a stroll hand in hand through the stunning and atmospheric streets of the Grachtengordel ‘canal belt’. Created originally in medieval times this is a subtle and intimate landscape. With the lights over the canal bridges in the evenings and the open curtains and lit up rooms of people’s homes, you are given an up-close and personal snapshot of the locals and life in this beautiful city.
Some might say laughter is the way to your heart and laughing together, listening to funny stories creates a wonderful light-hearted joy in your romantic weekend together. Here are some fantastic venues where you can giggle all your way to fond memories of your time in Amsterdam.
Laughter is the Food of the Heart
Comedy Cafe is a venue with international shows four nights a week, check out the link for more information on who is performing. You can also enjoy food and cocktails there too and if you go there, say hello to my friend Arthur if he is performing that night. They have English speaking performances almost every night.
A homegrown comedy collective, Comedy Embassy features comedians from all over the world and in several locations around the city. Some of the local comedians are also tour guides by day, including my friend Tim, one of the creators of the group. Perfect for a playful date night.
Not only a comedy venue, but Mezrab is also an amazing location for storytelling, dance and music events. A little out of the centre of the city, but if you are looking for a memorable evening filled with laughter, story and romance that is a hub for locals, look no further.
As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love – play on”. Music goes hand in hand with romance and live music especially so. If the venue is picturesque and enchanting, or intimate then you are sure to have a night full of beauty and memories. I’ve selected for you three possibilities that offer something unique and special for couples.
A magical live music venue Hidden Concert in a Houseboat created, curated and performed by my friend Dean. With a maximum of 35 guests and which you can reach with a ferry from the central train station. It is set into on a houseboat, you can spend a romantic evening listening to amazing musicians local and international, gazing into each other’s eyes, transported into the gorgeous sounds.
Sofar Sounds create secret live music gatherings all over the world. They bring international musicians into intimate locations in Amsterdam and they aim to bring people together to hear the very best new music. Perfect for those looking for well-known artists playing for smaller audiences or to find new undiscovered talent to inspire you on your weekend getaway.
HeartFire Concerts promote concerts that inspire and uplift the heart. With musicians performing from all over the world with a focus on love and upliftment in stunning venues around Amsterdam.
Amsterdam offers a delicious array of cocktail bars around the city. With dreamy and glamorous buildings and decor, you can soak in the Amsterdam nightlife with a cocktail or two on your date.
Colour and Cocktails
The Bluespoon restaurant and bar, situated in the Andaz Hotel is a delightful and quirky spot, serving award-winning cocktails.
A place for lovers
This is a great place, Labyrinth is loved by locals. I know the owners and they are so passionate about what they do. Inspired by Afro Caribbean flavours, the cocktails are created in house and also has food and poetry evenings. It is close to the Vondelpark and it is a must when visiting Amsterdam for a romantic getaway, a real gem.
Hotel 27 is an inspiring and glamorous location with gorgeous decoration, furniture and design. A new hotel on the Dam Square, the very centre of the city, with lovely cocktails and a date night to remember.
Small and Perfect
A must for couples, the Jordaan is the most well-known area of the city, with bars, shops and restaurants, this bar is one of the most beautiful, Cafe-T-Smalle is a delightful cafe next to the canal, a place to watch the world go by with your loved one.
Discover the Red Light District
Not the most romantic date tip, but if you are intrigued by the famous red-light district and have a leaning to spice up your relationship some of the women are open to couples if you go to them. Also, there is the famous Casa Rosso, an erotic theatre that has been running live sex shows for 50 years.
There is an abundance of amazing art and culture in Amsterdam and it has the most amount of museums per capita than any other city. Many of them are open in the evenings and might be just the thing for your special date.
Dance together at Vincent Van Gogh on Friday evenings, with DJ’s, creative talents and the art of this extraordinary artist.
Both the Stedeljk Contemporary Art Museum, Amsterdam’s hub of contemporary art and the EYE film museum and cinema are open until 10 pm. Wonderful for couples who like to take a late evening stroll around the artworks, or to see an arthouse film.
Nighttime walk at the zoo
If you are an animal lover and can picture yourself walking together on a summer’s evening with your loved one, then you will be happy to know that the Amsterdam Zoo is open on Saturday evenings until 10.
These are some of my tips for romantic ideas for a date night or evening in Amsterdam. I hope they are helpful to you and they enhanced your stay in this most romantic city. I hope too through these tips that your time together has been enriched by my local knowledge and passion for romance and Amsterdam. Do let me know what you think.
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With love from Amsterdam