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Top Choice Museum in Southern Canal Ring

Hermitage Amsterdam

There have long been links between Russia and the Netherlands – Tsar Peter the Great learned shipbuilding here in 1697 – hence this branch of St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum. Blockbuster temporary exhibitions…
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…
Top Choice Museum in Southern Canal Ring

Museum Willet-Holthuysen

This exquisite canal house was built in 1687 for Amsterdam mayor Jacob Hop, then remodelled in 1739. It's named after Louisa Willet-Holthuysen, who inherited the house from her coal-and-glass-merchant father and liv…
Top Choice Dutch in Southern Canal Ring

Van Dobben

Open since the 1940s, Van Dobben has a cool diner feel, with white tiles and siren-red walls. Traditional meaty Dutch fare is its forte: low-priced, finely sliced roast-beef sandwiches with mustard are an old-fashio…
Top Choice Museum in Southern Canal Ring

Museum Van Loon

An insight into life at the top of the pile in the 19th century, Museum Van Loon is an opulent 1672 residence that was first home to painter Ferdinand Bol and later to the wealthy Van Loon family. Important painting…
Top Choice Gallery in Southern Canal Ring

Foam

From the outside it looks like a grand canal house, but this is the city's most important photography gallery. Its simple, spacious galleries, some with skylights or large windows for natural light, host four major …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Southern Canal Ring

Door 74

You'll need to leave a voice message or, better yet, send a text for a reservation to gain entry to this speakeasy behind an unmarked door. Some of Amsterdam's most amazing cocktails are served in a classy, dark-tim…
Top Choice Cafe in Southern Canal Ring

Buffet van Odette

Chow down at Odette's, a white-tiled cafe with an enchanting canal-side spot, where delicious dishes are made with great ingredients and a dash of creativity. Try the splendid platter of cured meats and dips, or mai…
Top Choice Music in Southern Canal Ring

Concerto

This rambling shop is muso heaven, with a fabulous selection of new and secondhand vinyl and CDs encompassing every imaginable genre, from rockabilly to classical and beyond. It's good value and has listening facili…
Top Choice Stationery in Southern Canal Ring

Vlieger

Love stationery and paper? Make a beeline for Vlieger. Since 1869, this two-storey shop has been supplying it all: Egyptian papyrus, beautiful handmade papers from Asia and Central America, papers inlaid with flower…