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The South of Amsterdam includes a number of interesting neighborhoods, such as the Museum Quarter, home to some of the best museums in the world; De Pijp, a typical Dutch working class area with a lively street market; the South Axis, Amsterdam’s central business district with plenty of modern architecture; the Rivierenbuurt, a middle-class area composed of Amsterdam School-style buildings; and Buitenveldert, a leafy middle-class district. The South is a vast district and just viewing a map of all the tram lines that go through it can make you dazzle. But it’s not that complicated if you know the few lines that are interesting for visitors. From Central Station, the fastest tram to the Museum Quarter (and the Vondelpark) is line 5, get out at either Hobbemastraat, Van Baerlestraat or Museum Square (Museumplein). For De Pijp, take either tram line 16 or 24 (stops: Stadhouderskade and Albert Cuypmarkt). After a while they will also reach the Museum Square, but they are noticeably slower.



The Museum Quarter boasts some of the best museums of the world, notably the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum. A trip to Amsterdam is not complete if you haven’t been to at least one of these museums. Diamond Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 8
Opposite the Van Gogh Museum
+31 20 305 53 00‎
This brand new exhibition about the history of diamond trade in Amsterdam.

Vondelpark 3
Inside Vondelpark
+31 20 589 14 00
A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of contemporary and historical films. Multiple screenings daily. The Filmmuseum is in the Vondelpark, between park entrances Roemer Visscherstraat and Vondelstraat. Despite the name the “Filmmuseum” this is not a museum, rather just an alternative cinema funded by the government.

Jan Luijkenstraat 1
+31 20 674 70 47
The largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands: works by Vermeer, Rembrandt, and other Dutch masters. The museum is being completely renovated, but the major masterpieces are still on show. This makes it easy to catch the highlights, but it also means that it gets packed, and the line just to get in can be lengthy. Admission €12.50 for adults, under 18 free, no discounts for students. In the garden is a small temporary exhibition on the renovation plans.

Stedelijk Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 13
+31 20 573 29 11‎
The Amsterdam municipal museum of modern art. The museum is under construction, the re-opening date is unknown, but they do have some projects throughout the city http://www.stedelijkindestad.nl/pages/index_en.

Van Gogh Museum
Paulus Potterstraat 7
+31 20 570 52 00‎
10AM-6PM (till 10PM on Fri)
This museum is dedicated to Vincent van Gogh, a late 19th century Dutch painter. The museum is extremely popular so expect to wait in line to get in. In the museum are many, but not all, of Van Gogh’s works. The museum contains some famous painting like Sunflowers and Potato Eaters, but lack other such as Starry Night. Also, there are selected works of Monet exhibited there. Consider the audio tour at only € 4,00, in the language of your choice, will give you a much better understanding of Van Gogh’s life and his paintings. Entry is €14 for adults, neither student nor group rates. Open late on Fridays.


Museum Square Museumplein

Not exactly a park, but a large grassed open space. Around its edges are the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Concertgebouw, and the temporarily closed Stedelijk Museum. At a sunny summer day, many locals chill at the grass lawn on top of the Albert Heijn supermarket.

Situated in De Pijp, this is a place where people sunbathe and have picnics in the summer.


The only large park that is close to the Amsterdam/Old Center|Old Center, and definitely the most popular one among visitors. Especially in the summer it’s lively and crowded, many locals sit on the grass and enjoy a cold beer. It’s a lovely place to just hang out, sit in the sun and meet the locals.

Amsterdamse Bos

The largest park that is relatively close to the city center is officially located in Amstelveen.


In the South, only the Molen van Sloten https://www.molenvansloten.nl is open for visitors. The Molen van Sloten at Akersluis 10, about 10 minutes walk from the terminus of tram line 2, open daily from 10:00AM to 4PM. Other windmills:

De Jonge Dikkert

Officially in Amstelveen (corner of Molenweg and Amsterdamseweg) is now a restaurant.

Riekermolen (1636) – on the bank of the Amstel river at Kalfjeslaan.


Concertgebouwplein 6
Tram: Museum Square
0900 671 83 45 (Dutch phones only)
Famous for its orchestra and its acoustics (among the top ten in the world), this is the world’s most frequently visited concert hall. Classical music is the main fare, but they also bring other kinds of music on stage. They have a free “lunch concert” Wednesdays from 12:30PM to 1PM. In the same building is the “Kleine Zaal” or “Small Hall” for more intimate performances, often top-notch also. The building is near the major three museums on the Museum Square.


The population of the South is a mixed bag and that becomes most apparent when you’re going shopping. Most visitors to the area at least head out for the Albert Cuyp Markt, a typical street market that is iconic for the “De Pijp” area and its lower-class inhabitants. It is touted as the largest and busiest street market in Europe. There is something for everyone here, whether you’re looking for delicious Dutch treats, clothes or second-hand cameras. There’s also a wide array of stores that cater for the city’s Surinamese, Antillean, Turkish and Moroccan inhabitants, giving the market and neighbourhood a strong multicultural feel. The other end is the P.C. Hooftstraat, the wealthiest street of the country where Dutch celebrities from the Amsterdam/Grachtengordel|Grachtengordel go to find a new pair of designer shoes. Better bring a filled wallet if you’re planning on buying something here.


De Pijp is an excellent area for getting ethnic food that belongs to former Dutch colonies, such as Indonesian or Surinamese cuisine. Koreans have congregated in the area known as Buitenveldert, so that’s an excellent location for Korean cuisine.


De Orient
Van Baerlestraat 21
Museum Quarter
Daily 5PM-11PM
Small restaurant serving authentic Indonesian cuisine.

Overtoom 146
+31 20 6164 838
They specialise in traditional Southern Indian cuisine, especially the eponymous ‘Dosa’ (a rice and lentil pancake with a variety of fillings). The food is outstanding and well worth hunting out. The dosas are exceptional and a treat worthy of a visit by themselves.

En Route
Hobbemakade 63
Museum Quarter
+31 20 6711 263
En Route offers the French cuisine for very reasonable prices (€22,50 for three courses). The chef changes his surprisingly good and creative dishes every week. Just opened, still fresh and comfortable!

Sari Citra
Ferdinand Bolstraat 52
De Pijp
+31 20 675 41 02
Located just off the far end of the De Pijp neighborhood’s famous the Albert Cuyp Market, Sari Citra is one of the most delicious and most affordable Indonesian restaurants in town. Be sure to try several of the selections as the friendly staff builds a plate for you. Don’t show up right at 5PM unless you feel like waiting in line behind a lot of hungry locals just getting off work. Open during the week from 2PM-9PM, and from 3PM-9PM on weekends.



Hotel ABBA
Overtoom 118-122
Vondelpark, Tram: Overtoom or Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat
+31 20 618 3058
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Cheap but clean hotel, close to the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum.

Van Ostade Bicycle Hotel
Van Ostadestraat 123
De Pijp, Tram: Tweede van der Helststraat
+31 20 679 3452
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Doubles €50-85, doubles en suite €80-120.”>A walk or short tram ride from the center of the action, yet far enough away to feel safe. Surrounded by fantastic architecture with reasonable rates, even on peak. Rooms from single to quadruple and optional en suite. Comes with free coffee, breakfast and wireless internet access. Great for students.

Apartment Rental

Schinkelkade 30
+31 20 470 57 05
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CityMundo is an agency licensed by the local municipality to offer Amsterdam accommodation for short-term rental and takes reservations from 3 to 21 nights.

Duplex Apartment

1e Jan vd Heijdenstraat
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