Amsterdam Region: South
Amsterdam Zuid – From A to Z
Amsterdam South brings you the world—the old, the new, museums, shopping, parks, and restaurants. Here’s your A to Z :-)
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A tour of the Amsterdam Arena is worth a visit even if you’re not attending a game or rock concert. Take the 75-minute guided tour, including an up-close-and-personal visit to the Ajax team’s own museum.
With no real address for a dock, you will find Boaty Rent-a-Boat very close to Hotel Okura. The electrically-run boats are very easy to steer. Enjoy your personal tour of the canals and the Amstel river.
CT Coffee and Coconuts
Coffee and Coconuts?! An interesting combination, but it seems to work! The surf and sand feel of this De Pijp eatery is likely a legacy of the Netherlands-Indonesian connection. The C&C is located inside the old, “unbeachy” Ceintuur Theatre that dates back to the 1920’s. If you’re feeling brave, try the Chilaquiles Mexican breakfast.
You won’t need to dig deep underground to find the Diamond Museum. It’s in the Museum Square – close to the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum. Learn all there is to know about diamonds—both real and fake.
If you came to Amsterdam to escape the daily grind, you’ll find two locations in Amsterdam South for breaking free. Smash the codes in the Escape Game at the Rijksmuseum, and if you do manage to escape, try your hand at solving the riddles about the Secret Escape Room in the Olympic Stadium.
Felice Home of Brands
Everything you see in the Felice Home of Brands is for sale, including the floor! Fitting the trendy feel of the De Pijp neighbourhood, it offers world-renowned brand names in clothing and interior design.
One of the benefits of enjoying a Dutch poffertje or an Italian ciabatta at the Groot Melkhuis, is its location. Situated in the centre of the beautiful Vondelpark that graces the Oud-Zuid district, the Milk House also welcomes children, as evidenced by its outdoor playground.
If you’re feeling somewhat thirsty, try the Heineken Experience on Stadhouderskade 78, in the Oude Pijp. Make sure that you stay alert for this interesting tour that brings the history of Heineken Beer to life.
I Cycle Holland
If you can’t beat them (and why would you want to, anyway?), join the local Amsterdammers in their pervasive bike-riding. To tour Amsterdam locally, or go further afield, rent a bike from I Cycle Holland. You can pick up all your cycling gear from Vlietstraat 126 in ZuidAmsterdam, or I Cycle will deliver it to your hotel or location of your choice.
Jac. P. Thijssepark
The Jac. P. Thijssepark is looked after by man, but represents nature at its best. This is a park that you visit for peace and quiet, and to appreciate the birds and the vegetation.
Popular with local residents, this well-known bar in the Oude-Pijp neighbourhood offers a varied menu, including finger food to blend with your draft beer. If you become a little sentimental before leaving, simply purchase a Kingfisher Café t-shirt.
Little Collins De Pijp
You would not expect to go “down under” at Eerste Sweelinkstraat in the De Pijp neighbourhood, but if you are familiar with the eateries on Little Collins Street in Melbourne, you will feel comfortable at the Little Collins in Amsterdam. A White Label coffee or an “Original” Bloody Mary will inspire a trip to Melbourne!
MiniGolf Amstel Park
Not only is the Mini Golf in Amstel Park suitable for families, it is also just the thing for a romantic excursion for two. The surrounding nature is beautiful, so even if miniature golf is not for you, you can enjoy the park, or opt for a “real” 18-hole putting golf course.
A number of Nannybag locations in Zuid Amsterdam are available for storing your luggage before you get settled, or while you enjoy last-minute touring before your flight.
The 1928 Summer Olympics were held at the Olympic Stadium of Amsterdam. Take the one-hour tour of the site, or book a specially adapted tour designed to hold the interest of the little ones. Best of all, if you enjoy track and field, join the free Friday night run!
The lobbyless Park Hotel in Amsterdam South, near the Museumplein, is a place to rest your weary travelling legs. Enter the hotel through its “Living Room”, relax on the comfortable couches, admire the art gallery, and peruse the books in the guest library.
There are Q-Park locations all over Amsterdam, including Amsterdam Zuid. The Q-Park lot in the Museumplein is close to the many must-see attractions in the area.
Experiencing music at the Royal Concertgebouw in Oud-Zuid Amsterdam is a must! Concerts are held frequently, even on Sunday mornings. Take a tour before the concert, and learn about the remarkable acoustics.
Are you a collector of art and antiques? Then you’ll need to add a week to your stay in Amsterdam just to engage in shopping therapy in the Spiegelkwartier. The neighbourhood was inspired by the many art museums nearby, particularly the Rijksmuseum.
Tea in the City
On Beethovenstraat 23 in Oud-Zuid Amsterdam, prepare to discover 80 types of tea when you enter Tea in the City. A great place for gifts, the shop sells loose-leaf tea in cute canisters. You’ll also find the decorative tea-pots hard to resist. Head on up the stairs to the Tea Room for some tea tasting and baked goodies, including scones!
Uipkes Wood Flooring
Not far from the Museum Square, newcomers will be amazed at the large selection of excellent flooring options at Uipkes Wood Flooring. Visitors to Amsterdam may also benefit from the willingly-given advice of the proprietors.
Van Gogh Museum
You surely cannot visit Amsterdam without viewing the masterpieces at the Van Gogh Museum, located in the Museum Square. Aside from the special exhibits, don’t miss Van Gogh’s iconic works, the Potato Eaters, the Sunflowers, and Self-Portrait as a Painter.
Wake Me Up When I’m Famous Bench
This is purely a photo op. Or just lie down and sleep, although you may have difficulty doing that in the busy De Pijp neighbourhood. To help you find the bench, it is right outside the Oeuf. Eggs, anyone?
So we cheated. Jux ends in an X. But we can be excused for telling you about this shop on Ceintuurbaan 252, in the De Pijp district. Studio Jux prides itself on what it calls its “guilt-free” merchandise. Jux is well worth a visit, for quality clothing and home products.
Based in Hotel Okura, the Yamazato Restaurant, on Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, offers genuine Kaiseki dishes. One thing is certain – you won’t be hungry after the numerous courses you’ll be served.
You wouldn’t think it when you look at this beautiful, historic building from the outside, but its interior sports a swimming pool. The Zuiderbad was built in 1912 strictly to provide a home for recreational swimming in summer and winter. And it is still serving its purpose today.