1.4 miles / 2.3 kilometres
Called the ‘Western Islands’ district, this area is made up of three islands of land joined by little bridges. Some parts are very quaint, whereas other stretches face dramatic vistas of modern dockland development, mostly business and residential. All in all, this area is pleasantly secluded, being a kind of cul-de-sac, and on a nice warm day you'll feel the benefit of being surrounded by water.
Bickerseiland, Prinseneiland, and Realeneiland Walk (follow link to see in Google maps)
You can snoop around here to your heart's content but this is one possible route with an extra loop if you're feeling energetic. Previously home to boat builders, you can still see some wharfs and shipyards. There is a kind of bohemian atmosphere here and the public waterside gardens are often full of ‘arty’ outdoor furniture and other constructions. There are lots of benches everywhere for people to sit, drink, eat, read by the water but the road-surfaces are often cobbled so leave those high heels back under the bed!
From the Haarlemmerstraat near Prinsengracht, take the Korte Prinsengracht and continue for about 50M under the railway bridge to emerge in this tranquil western harbour area.
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open during the day from 8.30 a.m. (not sure about evenings).
They come across as being very welcoming and have tables outside so it looks fine for a coffee (and loo stop) or a drink.
open every day from 15.00
Lovely pub, both inside or outside and it's great for a drink or an evening meal. The little square it's situated in is a lovely place to sit of an evening, away from the hustle and bustle but with its own buzz.
open daily from 16.00 (kitchen opens at 17.30)
Nice situation on the water in a very characteristic building. Haven't tried the food but I will. They have a few tables outside so if you want to drink out of doors, be on time.