Entertainment

Top Choice Classical Music in Vondelpark and the South

Concertgebouw

Bernard Haitink, former conductor of the venerable Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, once remarked that the world-famous hall – built in 1888 with near-perfect acoustics – was the orchestra's best instrument. Free half…
Cinema in Southern Canal Ring

Pathé Tuschinskitheater

Amsterdam's most famous cinema is worth visiting for its sumptuous art-deco/Amsterdam School interior alone. The grote zaal (main auditorium) is the most stunning and generally screens blockbusters; the smaller thea…
Theatre in Western Canal Ring

Felix Meritis

Amsterdam's centre for arts, culture and science puts on innovative modern theatre, music and dance, as well as talks on politics, diversity, art, technology and literature. Its adjoining cafe is exceptional for cof…
Football in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

Amsterdam ArenA

Amsterdam ArenA is a high-tech complex with a retractable roof and seating for 52,000 spectators. Four-times European champion Ajax, the Netherlands' most famous football team, play here. Football games usually take…
Performing Arts in Southern Canal Ring

Koninklijk Theater Carré

This esteemed theatre was built in 1887 by the Carré family, who'd started their career with a horse act at the annual fair. The classical facade is richly decorated with faces of jesters, dancers and theatre folk. …
Theatre in Southern Canal Ring

Stadsschouwburg

In 1894, when this theatre with the grand balcony arcade was completed, public criticism was so fierce that funds for the exterior decorations never materialised. Architect Jan Springer couldn't handle this and prom…
Live Music in Vondelpark and the South

OT301

Graffiti-covered ex-squat OT301, in the former Netherlands Film Academy, hosts an eclectic roster of bands and DJs. There are two bars as well as the friendly vegan restaurant De Peper, serving cheap, organic, vegan…
Comedy in Jordaan & the West

Boom Chicago

Boom Chicago stages seriously funny improv-style comedy shows in English. They make fun of Dutch culture, American culture and everything that gets in the crosshairs. They take place Wednesday through Sunday in the …
Concert Venue in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

Behind this multidisciplinary performing-arts venue's hi-tech exterior, the dramatically lit main hall has a flexible stage layout and great acoustics. Its jazz stage, Bimhuis, is more intimate. Under-30s can get €1…
Cinema in Oosterpark & East of the Amstel

Studio K

Sporting two cinemas, a club, a stage for bands and theatre, an eclectic restaurant (serving sandwiches for lunch, and vegetarian-friendly, international-flavoured dishes for dinner) and a huge terrace, the student-…