Canvas is a rooftop café-restaurant and club on the 7th floor of the 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.
In summer 2014 the building reopened as the 172 room, 3-star Volkshotel which includes a fully refurbished Canvas. [Book the Volkshotel here]
Food at Canvas is of a good eetcafé standard serving veggie/meat and fish dishes – the lunch menu from 1200-1600 consists of a small range of sandwiches, burgers and salads; the dinner menu has a variety of main courses. The bar offers an extensive drinks list from wines to cocktails.
A buffet breakfast (€14.50) is also available daily at Canvas.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays night after 2000 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.
Klein Canvas is a private meeting/function room area (84 m²) on the 7th floor with panoramic views and private terrace. It is available for hire for events up to 80 people.
Canvas is 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!)
Canvas Essential Info
|Canvas is open daily, 1200-0100 (Sun-Thu) and 1200-0300 (Fri-Sat).
Breakfast is served 0700-1030 (Mon-Fri) and 0800-1130 (Sat-Sun).
|Canvas is on the 7th floor (lift accessible) of the Volkshotel at Wibautstraat in the south-east of Amsterdam. It is 5-10 minutes walk north of Amsterdam Amstel station. You can also get here by metro lines 51/53/54 (stop: Wibautstraat, exit: Graaf Florisstraat).
Canvas, Volkshotel, Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 261 2110
Last updated 23 January 2024. This article was first published in 2011 and has been regularly updated.
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