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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…
Top Choice Live Music in The Hague

Paard van Troje

This emporium has an eclectic program of live music – from classical concerts to metal, blues, roots, reggae and soul – as well as Dutch spoken-word poetry, and club nights, such as hip hop and dance. Check the onli…
Cinema in Rotterdam

KINO

Since the ribbon was cut in 1909, this legendary Rotterdam cinema has had bit-part roles as a music venue, a theatre and even as a hospital. Renovated in 2016, when it reopened as KINO, it now houses four cinemas, a…
Live Music in Rotterdam

Annabel

Hosting bands from all genres, Annabel is a choice mid-sized live music venue that also hosts regular dance nights. Club Transport, which is located directly underneath, is reputed to have the best sound system in t…
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…