The ultimate guide of pet-friendly places in Amsterdam
Although the Netherlands are perhaps most famous for being incredibly cyclist-friendly, it is less known they are almost just as pet friendly. In fact it is the only country in the world that has a political party aimed at improving animal wellbeing, who actually have seats in parliament. The positive attitude towards pets sometimes goes as far as pets being welcomed, whereas small children are less accepted!
Many restaurants are pet-friendly, often allowing diners to bring their leashed pet with them to outdoor dining areas. Pet hotels are common, and many shops allow dogs inside. If you were wondering what to do with your four legged BFF in Amsterdam here are a few of our pet-friendly favourites divided into 4 categories.
For those travelling with dogs, let your furry friend have a blast in one of Amsterdam’s many public parks.
“Pet hotels are common, and many shops allow dogs inside”
Vondelpark, the largest and best-known park in Amsterdam is located in the center of the city with most of the tourist sites at walking distance. An open air theater, a rose garden, playgrounds, lots of ponds and a cafe where you can grab some lunch, make it a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with your dog.
Oosterpark is another pet-friendly public park on the east side of Amsterdam. It’s divided into 2 areas: a children’s zone that is dog-free and one where dogs are welcome.This green space is filled with ponds and streams, features an interesting sculpture garden and plenty of walking paths. Considered Amsterdam’s most multicultural park, it draws a diverse local crowd and hosts a variety of festivals throughout the summer. Your pet will love it.
Another park with losloopgebieden (leashless areas) is Westerpark. There you can find the Westergasterrein buildings that were once part of the old gas company and have now been refurbished as restaurants, cafes, theaters, festival venues and offices. Westerpark consists of jogging and cycling paths, places to BBQ and even fountains for the dogs to splash in!
Flevopark is a dog-friendly park on the eastern side of Amsterdam in the Indische Buurt neighborhood and it even has a swimming area for dogs in the summer! Just outside the park you’ll find the Jewish Cemetery with graves dating back to 1614. The park leads out onto a canal, and is even home to a distillery with outdoor tables.
Cafes and restaurants
Some of our favourite dog-friendly cafes are: Coffee Room, Coffee Bru, Courtyard by Marriott Amsterdam Arena Atlas, Café de Spuyt, and Cafe de Eland. Located in various parts of the city, you should be able to find a place for you and your pet no matter where you are situated.
As for restaurants, Bagels and Beans is a low-key breakfast and lunch spot, serving the best bagels in Amsterdam. There are more than 20 locations, but we recommend the Museum District one due to its cosy back patio.
DroversDog, an Australian-style breakfast and brunch place is located on 3 different places in Amsterdam, but we recommend the one in Wibautstraat (Amsterdam East).
Another one worth recommending is Vondelpark3, located in Vondelpark. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a drink with a menu full of delicious foods and scenic views of the park. Your pet is welcome to join you at one of their outdoor tables after the walk in the park.
The Neighbour’s Magnolia Hotel is probably the most dog-friendly hotel in the city. In addition to offering bedding and bowls, the hotel dog, Bleecker, is on hand, to show your dog the ropes.
Another pet- friendly hotel is Kimpton De Witt. Located just outside Amsterdam’s city centre it offers cozy pet beds, water bowls and treats, you name it! They have pampering VIPs (your Very Important Pets) covered.
As for getting around, dogs are allowed to travel for free on all public transport, except for trains where a small dog surcharge applies.
The best way to explore Amsterdam’s many canals (that are a UNESCO world heritage site) is through a boat tour. One of the few dog-friendly cruises in Amsterdam is Rederij Paping– and it costs around 70 EUR for an hour on the water.