Top Choice Classical Music in Vondelpark & the South


The Concert Hall was built in 1888 by AL van Gendt, who managed to engineer its near-perfect acoustics. Bernard Haitink, former conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, remarked that the world-famous hall was…
Live Music in Vondelpark & the South


Street art–slathered ex-squat OT301, in the former Netherlands Film Academy, hosts an eclectic roster of bands, DJs, yoga and performances. There are two bars, as well as the friendly vegan restaurant De Peper (call…
Live Performance in Vondelpark & the South


An alternative surprise lying beneath the 1e Constantjin Huygensstraat bridge: the Vondelbunker. This hidden-away space is a fallout shelter dating from 1947, which became Amsterdam's first youth centre in 1968 and …
Theatre in Vondelpark & the South


The Vondelpark's marvellous open-air theatre hosts free concerts in summer, with a laid-back, festival feel, as you might expect from Amsterdam's hippiest park. The program includes world music, dance, theatre and m…
Cinema in Vondelpark & the South


Art-house films and new mainstream releases run in both Dutch and English at this cinema inside De Hallen. In the polished-concrete foyer, check out the vintage film-making equipment as well as the retro caravan sel…
Live Music in Vondelpark & the South


Once a squat, OCCII maintains its alternative credentials, and this is a spot to get into the local scene and see underground Amsterdam bands. Vegan fare is served at its Eetcafé MKZ, a collectively run, no-frills r…
Concert Venue in Vondelpark & the South


A unique performance space for organ music, with four big organs in a lovely restored church on the edge of the Vondelpark. More than 100 events take place each year, including concerts of classical, jazz and improv…
Theatre in Vondelpark & the South

Amsterdamse Bos Theatre

This large, open-air amphitheatre stages plays from Shakespeare to The Gruffalo in Dutch, as well as regular gigs. It's close to Schipol airport, and so actors pause for planes passing overhead.