The Best Waterside Wedding Restaurants on Amsterdam’s Canal Belt

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Waterside wedding restaurants have grown in popularity since Amsterdam’s grachtengordel canal belt was added to the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE listing. After tying the knot on a boat you leave as newlyweds ready to continue the celebrations at an 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 with 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.

But, where do you find the right place? 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. You have to be 18 years or older.

2. 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.


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…

Waterside wedding  restaurants | on – near Amsterdam’s canal belt

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Hotel Prinsengracht Amsterdam

Firstly, this is one of the best waterside wedding restaurants in Amsterdam: The 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 | Prinsengracht

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

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The Dylan | Keizersgracht

This recommended hotel located in the heart of the “9-streets” area is the Dylan. Actually, it is situated on the prestigious “Keizersgracht” canal, this waterside wedding spot takes great pride in offering genuine and a truly personalised feel. Above all, the bespoke service is 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:

Waterside wedding  restaurants bride and groom getting on boatPhoto by Andaz Hotel Amsterdam

Room Mate Aitana | langs de ij-oevers

Third to last, located on the river of Amsterdam “langs de ij-oevers” is Room Mate Aitana. A boutique hotel with a 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:

Waldorf Astoria | Herengracht

The distinguished restaurants and lounges at the Waldorf Astoria are renowned for their elegance. Found within the halls of this Amsterdam wedding venue, the professionally-designed menus are mouthwatering, Furthermore, they leave your guests with an impression to remember. And located on the Herengracht. it’s a great hotel with jetty, and personalized service.

Waterside wedding  restaurants Le Waldorf Astoria est un hôtel 5 étoiles

image Marie Thérèse Hébert & Jean Robert Thibault

Sir Adam Hotel | River IJ – Amsterdam

Finally, don’t let me take the wind out of your sails, Sir Adam has got you covered. With views of Amsterdam and abundant natural light, 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.


Waterside wedding  restaurants groom embracing brideimage Antonia 

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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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