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Top Choice Classical Music in Vondelpark & the Old 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…
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…
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…
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 & South Amsterdam

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-…
Live Music in Vondelpark & the Old South

OCCII

Former squat OCCII maintains a thriving alternative scene, and books underground bands, many from Amsterdam. Vegan fare is served at its Eetcafé MKZ, a collectively run, no-frills restaurant. Call between 2.30pm and…
Live Music in Southern Canal Ring

Sugar Factory

The vibe at this self-described ‘cutting-edge multidisciplinary night theatre’ is always welcoming and creative. It’s definitely not your average club – most nights start with music, cinema, dance or a spoken-word p…
Live Music in Southern Canal Ring

Paradiso

This historic club in a gorgeous old church opened in 1968 as 'Cosmic Relaxation Center Paradiso'. Midweek club nights have low cover charges; the Small Hall upstairs is an intimate venue for up-and-coming bands. Th…
Theatre in Medieval Centre & Red Light District

Frascati

This experimental theatre is a draw for young Dutch directors, choreographers and producers. Expect multicultural dance and music performances, as well as hip hop, rap and breakdancing. Check the website for upcomin…