Amsterdam entertainment

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…
Top Choice Cinema in Southern Canal Ring

Pathé Tuschinskitheater

This fantastical cinema, with a facade that's a prime example of the Amsterdam School of architecture, is worth visiting for its sumptuous art-deco interior alone. The grote zaal (main auditorium) is the most stunni…
Performing Arts in Jordaan & the West

Theater Amsterdam

Surrounded by the construction of docklands-turned-neighbourhood Houthavens, this gleaming theatre has a glass facade providing views over the IJ. Its 15,000-sq-metre auditorium means it can accommodate huge sets fo…
Concert Venue in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands

Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

A dramatic glass-and-steel box on the IJ waterfront, this multidisciplinary performing-arts venue has a state-of-the-art main hall with flexible stage layout and great acoustics. Its jazz stage, Bimhuis, is more int…
Classical Music in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands


The Muziektheater is home to the Netherlands Opera and the National Ballet, with some spectacular performances. Big-name performers and international dance troupes also take the stage here. Free classical concerts (…
Live Music in Medieval Centre & Red Light District


Always full, always changing, this venue with a capacity of just 350 people is one of the friendliest places in town, with a diverse crowd. Music (sometimes live, sometimes courtesy of a DJ) can be funk, roots, drum…
Jazz in Nieuwmarkt, Plantage & the Eastern Islands


On the IJ riverbank, Bimhuis is the Netherlands' most important jazz venue, and hosts over 300 concerts a year. Its stylish digs at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ draw international jazz greats.
Performing Arts in Southern Canal Ring

Koninklijk Theater Carré

The Carré family started their career with a horse act at the annual fair, progressing to this circus theatre in 1887. The classical facade is richly decorated with faces of jesters, dancers and theatre folk. It hos…
Live Performance in Amsterdam Noord


In what was the former Shell workers' canteen for 70 years from 1941, the nifty Tolhuistuin arts centre hosts African dance troupes, grime DJs and much more on its garden stage under twinkling lights, and also house…
Theatre in Southern Canal Ring


When this theatre with the grand balcony arcade was completed in 1894, public criticism of the design was so fierce that the exterior decorations were never completed; architect Jan Springer was so upset, he retired…