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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
“An amazing Natural Zoo is waiting for you at 9 minutes walking as you step out the Tram 19 to Alexanderplein.”
516 locals recommend
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.”
258 locals recommend
Plaza
“Waterlooplein has a market every day with used bikes, clothing (new and used), tchotchkes.”
145 locals recommend
Theatre
“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.”
95 locals recommend
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 :)”
150 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beautiful space with excellent interior. A good reason to jump on the tram or bike for a little expedition to a different area of the city.”
129 locals recommend
Plaza
“A market where you can find art, second-hand stuff, and clothes. Open Monday-Saturday from around 9-16h.”
97 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
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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.”
117 locals recommend
Bar
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“Lunches, dinners & snacks in a lively cafe-bar close to the Skinny Bridge, plus event hosting. ”
83 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum), part of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, is dedicated to Jewish history, culture and religion, in the Netherlands and worldwide.”
72 locals recommend
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). ”
37 locals recommend
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.”
51 locals recommend
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. ”
56 locals recommend
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. ”
303 locals recommend
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. ”
62 locals recommend
Museum
“Learn about the Dutch resistance in World War II. You'll see, hear and read fascinating stories about the exceptional as well as the everyday. Both interactive and non-interactive exhibitions.”
42 locals recommend