We’ve compiled the best of the best in Amsterdam - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Bimhuis


    The best-known jazz place in town occupies the utterly awesome Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ. Everyone from fans of the old legends to those of the...Read More

  • 2. De Nieuwe Anita


    The quirky Nieuwe Anita, darling of the alternative crowd, is home to screenings of cult classics, spoken-word nights, and live gigs put on by underground...Read More

  • 3. Jazz Cafe Alto


    Hear top-notch local ensembles in the jam-packed and ultraintimate environment of one of Amsterdam's oldest jazz joints. Along with live jazz every night, a little...Read More

  • 4. Melkweg


    In a former dairy factory—hence the name, "Milky Way"—is one of Amsterdam's foremost entertainment venues, attracting over 540,000 visitors a year. Here, you'll find a...Read More

  • 5. Paradiso


    This former church—vaulted ceilings and stained glass still intact—has become the country's most famous "pop temple," an epic venue for legendary musicians, new bands, and...Read More

  • 6. Cafe Casablanca

    Red Light District

    On the edge of the Red Light District sits this neighborhood institution, which dates back to the 1940s. For better or worse, cracks have started...Read More

  • 7. Cotton Club


    Fans of more traditional jazz should check out this legendary venue, named for Surinamese trumpet player Teddy Cotton, who started the place in the 1940s....Read More

  • 8. Maloe Melo


    Open seven days a week, this dive bar is the place to be for rock, blues, and live music with a local vibe. Occasionally, local...Read More

  • 9. Melkweg


    The legendary "Milk Way" features live performances, DJs, and club nights covering everything from hip-hop to punk to world music. A former milk factory, this...Read More

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  • 10. OCCII

    Museum District

    The former squat (in what was once a horse-drawn tram depot) and cultural center, just beyond the gates of the Vondelpark's western exit, has stayed...Read More

  • 11. OT301


    This legalized squat in the former film academy offers fun alternative nights with live bands and DJs. The eclectic music ranges from hard core to...Read More

  • 12. Cafe Pakhuis Wilhelmina


    This former warehouse is the scene of fun musical events like "zap nights," when local artists perform, and Hard Rock Karaoke, where you can unleash...Read More

  • 13. North Sea Jazz Club

    Live Music

    Finally Amsterdam has an American-style jazz club where you can wine and dine while enjoying live jazz. The diverse program features big names...Read More

  • 14. Sugar Factory


    Self-styled as a "night theater," the Factory takes Amsterdam clubbing into the 21st century and beyond. An average evening may involve DJs, as well as...Read More

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