Canvas is a rooftop café-restaurant and club on the 7th floor of the newly opened Volkshotel located just south-east of central Amsterdam.
The outdoor panorama terrace at Canvas offers fine sweeping views of Amsterdam.
The building was opened originally in 1965 as the head office of newspaper Volkskrant, a left-leaning Dutch broadsheet. The top floor was used as a canteen and meeting spot for journalists. In 2007 the newspaper moved to other premises and the building, which had become rather run-down was taken over as a work hub for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
The top floor canteen was converted into Canvas op de 7e, which became a popular rooftop cafe-club in Amsterdam. In 2013 the building was subsequently closed and a major renovation project began. At the end of June 2014 the building reopened as the 172 room, 3-star Volkshotel which includes a fully refurbished Canvas.
Food at Canvas is of a good eetcafé standard serving veggie/meat and fish dishes - the lunch menu from 1100 consists of a small range of sandwiches (€5); the dinner menu has starters (6-10) and mains (12-16). The bar offers an extensive drinks list from wines to cocktails.
Every Friday and Saturday night after 2200 Canvas becomes a club with dance floor and guest DJ.
The outside roof terrace is north facing towards the city centre with views also available to the west and east - with a sharp eye you can spot many of Amsterdam's main sights. It's a relaxed place to come for a drink/bite to eat and if you visit in the evening you could watch the sunset (Amsterdam weather permitting!).
The view towards the west:
The view looking north:
Canvas Essential Info
Opening Times: Open daily 0700-2200. Club Canvas open 2200-0400 Fri and Sat.
Getting There: Canvas is on the 7th floor (lift accessible) of the Volkshotel at Wibautstraat 150, in the south-east of Amsterdam. It is 5-10 minutes walk north of Amstel station. You can also get here by tram 3, metro lines 51/53/54 (stop:Wibautstraat, exit: "Gijsbrecht van Aemstelstraat") and night bus 355 (Central Station to Bijlmermeer).
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op de 7e (Canvas on the 7th), Wibautstraat 150, Amsterdam