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Noord-Holland, encompassing the city of Amsterdam and its surrounding areas, offers an amazing array of bars. Looking for a place to have a nice dinner, savor delicious drinks, or simply unwind after a day of exploring? Use the Nova Circle app to find the best bars, restaurants, and hidden gems, recommended by your friends and likeminded people. Download our app to find that special place – just for you.
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Amsterdam: the heart of Noord-Holland

In Amsterdam, you will find a wide variety of bars, from trendy cocktail bars to cozy pubs. For a truly local experience, stop by one of the many bars where you can taste traditional Dutch bites alongside your drink.

Beyond Amsterdam

Outside of Amsterdam, Noord-Holland has plenty of bars and restaurants worth visiting. In the town of Haarlem, you will find bars like Café Briljant, known for its extensive beer selection and friendly staff.

For a unique experience, visit In den Swarten Hondt, a historic bar where you can enjoy delicious drinks in a centuries-old setting.

In Alkmaar, De Boom offers a selection of local beers and is located right by the canal, providing a scenic spot to enjoy your drink. The town is also famous for its cheese market, making it a great place to taste local delicacies.

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Popular bars and restaurants

Café de Jaren is located in the heart of Amsterdam and offers a full bar and a diverse menu, making it an excellent spot for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The decor is modern and airy, with large windows offering beautiful views of the city.

Hannekes Boom in Amsterdam Noord is a favorite among locals. It is the perfect place to enjoy a drink while listening to live music. The bar’s outdoor seating area is especially popular during the warmer months.

For a more upscale experience, choose SkyLounge Amsterdam. This bar is renowned for its amazing cocktails and panoramic views of the city.

Café 't Smalle is a traditional Dutch bar housed in a historic building. Here you will find a cozy atmosphere and a wide selection of local beers and wines. It is a perfect stop for those wanting to experience the charm of old Amsterdam.

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Restaurants with bars

Many bars in Noord-Holland also double as excellent restaurants. Whether you're looking for a place to have breakfast, a nice dinner, or just to enjoy a few drinks with friends, you will find plenty of options. The menus often feature a mix of traditional Dutch dishes and international cuisine.

Shopping and stopping by

While exploring Noord-Holland, you will also encounter numerous shops and markets. Make a stop at a local cheese shop to taste some of the region’s best products or visit a wine house to sample Dutch wines.

Many bars and restaurants in the area collaborate with local producers, so you are always guaranteed fresh and high-quality ingredients.

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Celebrations and special occasions

December is a particularly magical time to visit Noord-Holland. Many towns and cities host Christmas markets where you can shop for unique gifts, enjoy seasonal treats, and soak in the cheerful holiday spirit. Bars often host themed nights and offer special menus, making it a great time to explore the local nightlife.

Additionally, some bars and restaurants collaborate with local artisans to provide pop-up shops, allowing visitors to combine their dining experience with some holiday shopping. 
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Noord-Holland offers countless opportunities to enjoy good food, great drinks, and amazing company. Whether you are in Amsterdam or exploring the surrounding areas, you will find a bar or restaurant that meets your needs. For the best recommendations and to connect with people who share your interests, download the Nova Circle app. Discover the hidden gems and popular hotspots, and make your visit to Noord-Holland an unforgettable experience.
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The number one rated bar in Amsterdam is often cited as Hannekes Boom, known for its lively outdoor terrace and picturesque canal-side setting. It is a favorite for both locals and tourists, particularly in the summer months​​.

A brown café is a traditional Dutch pub characterized by its dark wooden interiors, cozy atmosphere, and often, a history stretching back centuries. These establishments are known for their friendly ambiance, serving a range of local beers and traditional Dutch snacks.

The most famous Dutch drink is Jenever, a juniper-flavored liquor that is the precursor to gin. It is often enjoyed straight or in cocktails and is a staple of Dutch drinking culture.