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Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is among the world's finest art museums, packing works by local heroes Rembrandt, Vermeer and Van Gogh as well as 7500 other masterpieces over 1.5km of galleries. To avoid the biggest crowds, come be…
Top Choice Park in Vondelpark & the South

Vondelpark

A private park for the wealthy until 1953, Vondelpark now occupies a special place in Amsterdam's heart. It's a magical escape, but also supplies a busy social scene, encompassing cycle ways, pristine lawns, ponds w…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Van Gogh Museum

It's a moving experience to visit this museum, which traces Van Gogh's life and development via the world's largest collection of his work, both familiar paintings and wonderful little-known pieces. It's fascinating…
Top Choice Food Hall in Vondelpark & the South

Foodhallen

This glorious international food hall in soaring ex-tram sheds has food stands surrounding an airy open-plan eating area. Some are offshoots of popular Amsterdam eateries and breweries. Look out for Viet View Vietna…
Top Choice Classical Music in Vondelpark & the South

Concertgebouw

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 Cultural Centre in Vondelpark & the South

De Hallen

These red-brick 1902-built tram sheds were formerly used as a squat before being turned into this breathtaking sky-lit space. De Hallen was stunningly converted in 2014 to create a cultural complex incorporating a f…
Top Choice Park in Vondelpark & the South

Amsterdamse Bos

Amsterdam's forest is a vast swathe (roughly 1000 hectares) of almost countryside, 20 minutes by bike south of Vondelpark. It was planted in 1934 in order to provide employment during the Great Depression. Its lakes…
Top Choice Museum in Vondelpark & the South

Stedelijk Museum

This fabulous museum houses the collection amassed by postwar curator Willem Sandberg. Displays rotate but you'll see an amazing selection featuring works by Picasso, Matisse, Mondrian, Van Gogh, Rothko, De Kooning,…
Top Choice Coffee in Vondelpark & the South

Lot Sixty One

Look downstairs to the open cellar to see (and better still, smell) fresh coffee beans being roasted at this streetwise spot. Beans are sourced from individual ecofriendly farms; varieties include chocolate-orange F…
Top Choice International in Vondelpark & the South

Rijks

In a beautiful space with huge windows and high ceilings, part of the Rijksmuseum, Rijks was awarded a Michelin star in 2016. Chef Joris Bijdendijk uses locally sourced ingredients, adheres to Slow Food ethics and d…