City beaches you need to visit in the Netherlands
You don’t always have to travel to the coast to enjoy a fun and relaxing day at the beach, as the following city beaches prove with ease:
Pllek – Amsterdam
Boasting an idyllic view of the IJ river and a creative, industrial décor, Pllek is the place in Amsterdam to catch some Dutch summer sun (Yes…it really does exist, Dutch summer sun). Especially if you prefer an environmentally friendly lifestyle, as Pllek offers a menu featuring organic produce. Roughly 75 percent of the menu is vegetarian as well.
Besides a lovely sandy beach to relax on, Pllek also offers live music, yoga lessons, art exhibitions, workshops, mini-festivals and (international) film evenings.
Stadsstrand de Oerkap – Haarlem
Whilst this city beach in Haarlem is not the biggest on the list, it makes up for its lack of space with cool beach vibes and a restaurant with a simple, yet tasty menu. You can enjoy delicious sandwiches until 5pm. After 5pm, De Oerkap serves a variety of homemade pizzas. To wash these down, the restaurant offers refreshing beers from Haarlem’s own Jopen brewery and lovely wines from Grape District.
Be sure to check Oerkap’s calendar, since they also host live theatre and music evenings.
Zandfoort aan de Eem – Amersfoort
Enjoy a relaxing holiday atmosphere in the middle of Amersfoort at city beach Zandfoort aan de Eem. Located near the train station, Zandfoort aan de Eem is easily accessible and offers, besides a nice sandy beach, a restaurant which serves dishes from all over the world.
Zandfoort often hosts parties, festivals and other fun activities, including a language café where you can get together with other people to learn a new language whilst having a drink or two. What better way to finally learn Dutch, than in a relaxed, beach-y atmosphere?
Strand Oog in Al (Soia) – Utrecht
At the edge of the city of Utrecht, you can find a little piece of (summer) heaven in Strand Oog in Al, or Soia. It’s the perfect place to lounge around, enjoying the captivating view of the canal, whilst sipping on a beverage of your choice. You can have lunch and dinner at the restaurant, and it’s even possible to make use of the barbecue (reservation required) to achieve that perfect summer feeling.
Do you practice yoga? How about doing some yoga whilst taking in the aforementioned awesome views Soia offers? This charming city beach offers yoga lessons every Saturday and Sunday! Besides yoga, you can also enjoy open-air film nights, beach club parties and music festivals at Strand Oog in Al.
Stadsstrand Zwolle – Zwolle
From May until October, a part of the Rodetorenplein in Zwolle is transformed into a real city beach with white sand, palm trees, lounge chairs, and, of course, a beach club. The beach club at Stadsstrand Zwolle features a hip, industrial décor, whilst still being “lekker gezellig”. Even when the Dutch weather isn’t cooperating, you can enjoy yourself at the beach club, which also offers an indoor dining area.
Need to work off some of the delicious food you had at the club? No worries! Stadsstrand Zwolle offers a wide range of activities, such as canoeing, yoga, meditation and beach volleyball.
Stadsstrand Groningen – Groningen
The city beach in Groningen was opened in 2016 for a large health convention in the city. Initially, it was meant to be a temporary attraction; however, it was such a success that the municipality decided that the beach was there to stay!
Excellent decision, because Stadsstrand Groningen is the perfect place to take a refreshing dip in clean, natural water, if and when the Dutch sun finally decides to come out and play. What’s more, Stadsstrand Groningen features a bar where you can savour fresh smoothies, ice cream and other beach-worthy snacks.
Oh, and the views are out of this world, since DOT, the quirky UFO-shaped film and theatre hall, is right next to the beach.
Stadsstrand De Kade – Alkmaar
Ibiza or Stadsstrand De Kade in Alkmaar? This city beach gives off the chill beach vibes of the party island, whilst being in the city centre of Alkmaar. Not an easy feat to accomplish!
Is all that lounging on the homemade funky furniture making you hungry? The restaurant at Stadsstrand De Kade offers an all-day breakfast (YES), lunch, dinner and “borrel” snacks, vegetarian and gluten-free options included. You can even Bring Your Own meat / veggies to put on the barbecue! Nom nom nom!
Have you visited any of these city beaches? Feel we left a good one off the list? Let us know, leave a comment! Oh, and be sure to check out these other gorgeous beaches in the Netherlands!