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Best things to do in Amsterdam-Centrum

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Aquarium
“The oldest animal zoo in the Netherlands. Perfect place to have a fun day (with our without kids!)”
799local recommendations
Other Great Outdoors
“Hermitage Amsterdam is the only satelite museum of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, showcasing its vast collectins and spectacularly located on the banks of the Amstel river.”
281local recommendations
Plaza
“Waterlooplein has a market every day with used bikes, clothing (new and used), tchotchkes.”
146local recommendations
Lake
“If it's the weather is nice, enjoy a morning or an afternoon in this beautiful garden. You can learn about plants and green life :)”
154local recommendations
Theater
“Carré is closely connected to the family Carré. This family group gave their first performances by the end of the 18th century and in 1863 they came to the Netherlands for the first time. In 1866 Oscar Carré finally got permission to build his first stone theatre, and on 3 December 1887 this building was officially opened. It was immediately a big success. At first Carré was only used during the winter, the winter circus of Oscar Carré then performed but during the rest of the year this group travelled and the theatre was empty. However, in 1893 the theatre was rented during the summer, which meant that there were performances during the entire year. Carré turned form a circus into a variété theatre (Dutch version of a Music Hall). After the dead of Oscar Carré in 1911 the theatre had a bad period. No profits were made even though several directors tried new things. Max Gabriël rebuilt the theatre, but this didn't work so he left only a year later. Boekholt brought a new program and new sorts of amusements, but this didn't work either. A business company whom brought back the circus entertainment went bankrupt. Finally (in 1924) two gentlemen named Benjamin and Content were able to make a profit with Carré. After Benjamin and Content, Alex Wunnink became the director. He was successful and brought many new shows, as well as a big profit.”
98local recommendations
Plaza
“A market where you can find art, second-hand stuff, and clothes. Open Monday-Saturday from around 9-16h.”
98local recommendations
Indie Movie Theater
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“A small cinema not part of the big chains with a nice feel factor and a nice bar. Frequented by students.”
117local recommendations
Restaurant
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“Behind De Plantage / next to Artis, there are communal tables that make the perfect city picnic spot. Bring your own wine or take out drinks from De Plantage restaurant. With flamingos and a splash kids fountain, it is a perfect spot for families.”
126local recommendations
Bar
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“Lunches, dinners & snacks in a lively cafe-bar close to the Skinny Bridge, plus event hosting. ”
87local recommendations
History Museum
“The Jewish Historical Museum is a beautiful, high-profile museum that occupies four monumental synagogue buildings in the middle of the Jewish Cultural Quarter. It provides a unique picture of past and present Dutch Jewish life in all its facets. The museum has an extensive collection of items ranging from paintings to films, and from utensils to 3D presentations. At any one time there are also two temporary exhibitions on display.”
81local recommendations
Plaza
“Artis is our ZOO. It's a great place to wander around and in summer they organise all kinds of events during the evenings (ZOOmer). ”
49local recommendations
Opera House
“Seeing an opera or a ballet in Amsterdam is—in a word—magical. Housed in the canal-side Stopera building, which is also home to Amsterdam’s City Hall, the Dutch National Opera and Ballet took on its current name in early 2014 to reflect the official partnership of the Dutch National Ballet, The Amsterdam Music Theatre, and De Nederlandse Opera (also renamed to the Dutch National Opera). In 2016, the Dutch National Opera and the Dutch National Ballet will share the stage for the first time in a production of Hector Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette, directed by Sasha Waltz. The rest of the programming for 2016 and 2017 looks just as wonderful.”
51local recommendations
Office
“Amsterdam is world famous for a lot of reasons. Of course there is the famous “red light district” and on every corner a coffee shop were you can smoke grass. Also the architecture of the city is world famous. The canals are lovely to take, so you can explore the city from a different perspective than “just” walking around. If you’re interested in history, a visit to Anna Frank house is recommended. Also “Het Rijksmusea” is world famous of it’s art collection. Visiting Amsterdam is going to another world. Highly recommended. ”
303local recommendations
Pizza Place
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“Best pizza in our neighbourhood! Try the pizza of the day. They have a nice terrace in front of the restaurant. ”
57local recommendations
Plaza
“This is the place to go to rent bikes for your stay. The easiest and most convenient way of getting around Amsterdam is definitely by bike!”
35local recommendations
Hotel
“The most famous high end hotel of Amsterdam; a classis. Enjoy lunch or drinks and check out the 16th century architecture, ambiance and great view of the Amstel canal. ”
62local recommendations