The Best Waterside Wedding Restaurants on Amsterdam’s Canal Belt

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Waterside wedding restaurants have increased in volume since Amsterdam’s grachtengordel canal belt was placed on the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE listing. After tying the knot on a canal boat you leave as newlyweds ready to continue the celebrations at a sensational eating establishment of your dreams.

And whether you are a foreign national, expat, Dutch citizen or resident, you’ll be over the moon. Not only, will you be in seventh heaven exploring the breathtaking scenery, your guests are impressed with your choice of venue. The ambience of your waterfront spot adds a wow factor to your nuptials.

Equally important, as a first or second time boater where do you find the perfect spot? Well, before you jump on the boat at the shore and call ship ahoy, to get married in the Netherlands, you need to meet four criteria.

1. Firstly, you have to be 18 years or older.

2. Secondly, you don’t hold a marriage license. Or have a registered partnership with someone else.

3. And you may not be directly related to each other. Brothers and sisters cannot marry or (grand)parent/(grand)child.

4. Lastly, one of you must be Dutch or officially living in the Netherlands.


Waterside wedding  restaurants

But, don’t let me rock your boat. Get yourself to your local town hall and obtain your legal paperwork before hosting your celebrations. And no need to worry about the planning of your waterside wedding. I’ve done all the hard work for you! So, see below links to canal side hotel venues. Bon voyage…

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Hotel Prinsengracht waterside venue

This is one of the best waterside wedding restaurants in Amsterdam: The sensational canal district has been on Unesco’s World Heritage List since August 2010. Internationally recognised as part of the historic inner city’s special character, Hotel Prinsengracht is right in the middle and ready to help you plan a special wedding!”

Pulitzer Amsterdam | Prins van oranje age

In fact, during the Dutch Golden Ages, the canal houses of Amsterdam have been the sublime setting for events, weddings and parties. Moreover, Pulitzer hotel spans over two canals, the Prinsengracht and Keizergracht and keeps this tradition alive by providing the perfect location for your celebrations. In addition you can take a private tour on their classic salon boat dating back to 1909.”

Waterside wedding restaurants hotel near canal belt amsterdam Pulitzer

Pulitzer hotel comprises of twenty-five historical canal-side houses dating back to the seventeenth and eighteenth century.

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The Dylan | Keizersgracht

So, after you’ve explored the canal belt nestled in the heart of the “9-streets” area is the Dylan Hotel. Actually, it is situated on the prestigious “Keizersgracht” , this sensational waterside wedding spot takes great pride in offering genuine and a truly personalised feel. Above all, the bespoke service and restaurant offers individual solutions for your unique event.” Source:

Hotel Estheréa| Singel Gracht

And there’s more…imagine hosting your waterside wedding at a truly authentic Amsterdam location. Well, the hotel Estheréa is the place to be. Additonally, the seventeenth-century building along Amsterdam’s oldest canal: the Singel has a beautiful ambiance. So,  plan an unforgettable reception at a historic spot. Source:

bride and groom getting on boatPhoto by Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana | waterside restaurant

Third to last, located on the river of Amsterdam “langs de ij-oevers” is Room Mate Aitana. A fantastic boutique hotel with a luxury lounge bar and marina. The perfect place to transform your waterside wedding. Basically, each marriage celebration is unique, and a tailor-made event completes your memorable day.” Source:

Waterside wedding restaurants boat in harbour of Amsterdam

Room mate aitana hotel – Amsterdam | Gracia Aguirregomezcorta Public Relations

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Waldorf Astoria waterside wedding Herengracht

Distinguished restaurants and lounges at the Waldorf Astoria are renowned for their elegance. Found within the golden bend “gouden bocht” this vibrant Amsterdam wedding restaurant, offers delicious mouthwatering menus. Furthermore, leaving your guests with an impression to remember, it’s a great hotel with jetty and personalized service.

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Waldorf Astoria Hotel – Herengracht Amsterdam

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Sir Adam Hotel | Waterside River IJ wedding

Finally, don’t let me take the wind out of your sails, Sir Adam has got you covered. Not to mention the sensational views of Amsterdam and abundant natural light. In fact, you can celebrate your waterside wedding in pure Dutch style. Another boutique hotel situated on “de ij-oevers” designed for those seeking authentic wedding experience at a riverside location.

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About Clover Jean: I'm a Londoner based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Being a specialist celebrant | marriage officiant | wedding ceremonies MC with a gospel & soul choir is rewarding work. So, my guilty pleasures are fine dining, travel hotspots and on-line retail therapy. What's yours? Get in touch, via Instagram #cloverjeanamsterdam or Facebook. LIKE, SHARE, SPREAD THE LOVE & see you soon!

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