The South 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 Zuidas, 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. Are you visiting several museums? Consider buying a Museumjaarkaart for €50, valid for a whole year for most museums in the whole country.
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.
Rijksmuseum, Jan Luijkenstraat 1, ☎ +31 20 674 70 47, . 9AM-6PM. 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 €14.00 for adults, under 18 free, no discounts for students. In the garden is a small temporary exhibition on the renovation plans.€14.00.
Stedelijk Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 13, ☎ +31 20 573 29 11, . The Amsterdam municipal museum of modern art. Tues-Sun: 10AM-6PM, Thurs: 10AM-10PM, Mon: closed. € 15 (7,50 reduced).
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 € 5, 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.€15.
Amsterdamse Bos. The largest park that is relatively close to the city centre is officially located in Amstelveen.
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.
Sarphatipark. Situated in De Pijp, this is a place where people sunbathe and have picnics in the summer.
Vondelpark, . The only large park that is close to the Old Centre, 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.
In the South, only the Molen van Sloten 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.
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.
Strand Zuid, (Tram Europaplein or Metro RAI).
The Heineken Experience (former Heineken Brewery), Stadhouderskade 78, . M-Su 11:00-19:00, last entry 17:30. Do not expect a beer museum, but rather to be flooded with Heineken advertisements.
House of Bols, Paulus Potterstraat 14, . Cocktail en Genever Experience from the Dutch brand Bols.
Rialto Cinema, Ceintuurbaan 338. For all arthouse cinema freaks. All films are shown in their original language with Dutch subtitles. They have late night and classic showings too. Just a short walk from the Albert Cuyp-Market/Heineken Brouwery, in a nice non-touristy neighbourhood.
Concertgebouw, 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 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.
Dosa, Overtoom 146 (Vondelpark), ☎ +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!
Q's Café, Ruysdaelkade (De Pijp, opposite the flower boat), . Q's is worth a visit with its pleasant canal setting just around the corner from the Albert Cuyp Market. It does a wide variety of sandwiches (hot and cold) at extremely reasonable prices, as well as pancakes, soups and all day cooked breakfast. It also stocks a really good beer from the south of Holland and is the only place in the city that serves it. Definitely at least worth one of their excellent coffees which come in a variety of flavours.
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.
OCCII, Amstelveenseweg 134 (Tram Amstelveenseweg). A rock venue for cutting edge music (punk, noise, riot grrrl, etc).
Due to the area being cheaper than the center, the South has become the most popular location for budget and mid-range hotels.
Flying Pig Uptown, Vossiusstraat 46, ☎ +31 20 400-4187, . A bit loud and boisterous for travelers looking to relax but perfect for those looking to meet people from all over the world and get the true "Amsterdam Experience".dorms €16, room €33.
Hotel ABBA, Overtoom 118-122 (Vondelpark, Tram: Overtoom or Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat), ☎ +31 20 618 3058, . Cheap but clean hotel, close to the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum.
Stayokay Vondelpark, Zandpad 5 (Tram Stadhouderskade), ☎ +31 20 589 8996 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +31 20 589 8955), . checkin: early check-in begins at 7:30AM, rooms available at 2PM; checkout: 10:30AM. Fairly large youth hostel, very clean and professional, operated by the Dutch affiliate of Hostelling International. Next to the pleasant Vondelpark, puts you on the southern side of downtown and just a few blocks from the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum. The breakfast is filling and has a social atmosphere. This location is popular with school groups. Bring a padlock for your locker, or purchase one at the desk.Dorms €17+, privates €50+.
Van Ostade Bicycle Hotel, Van Ostadestraat 123 (Tram Tweede van der Helststraat), ☎ +31 20 679 3452 (email@example.com), . A walk or short tram ride from the centre 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.Doubles €50-85, doubles ensuite €80-120..
Hotel Seasons, Stadhouderskade 135, ☎ +31 20 675 05 53, . checkin: 14.00; checkout: 11.00. The hotel offers the latest requirements of 3 star hotel. All the floors are reachable by elevator. All rooms have their own private bathrooms.
Hotel Linda, Stadhouderskade 131, ☎ +31 20 673 87 39, . Hotel Linda is a newly renovated hotel in the centre of Amsterdam. The hotel offers 42 rooms with private facilities.
Hotel Flipper, Borssenburgstraat 5, ☎ +31 20 676 19 32, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Hotel Flipper Amsterdam is very attractive with its peaceful location in a quiet residential area in the southern part of Amsterdam.
Hotel City Garden, P.C. Hooftstraat 162, ☎ +31 20 672 79 19, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. The hotel has 70 rooms with stylish interior and a beautiful view.
Borgmann Villa Hotel, Koningslaan 48, ☎ +31 20 673 52 52, . An old brick villa with large windows, 15 rooms. Wi fi access.Double room from €99, parking in front €12 per day..
citizenM (Amsterdam City), Prinses Irenestraat 30, ☎ +31 20 408 04 98, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Second property by citizenM hotels, opened in 2009. Located on Beethovenstraat in Oud-Zuid. Rooms include free WiFi and movies, a rainshower, and an XL kingsize bed with luxury linens.From €69 - €120.
Gresham Memphis Hotel, De Lairessestraat 87, ☎ +31 20 673 31 41, . Singles from €70 and doubles from €90.
Park Plaza Vondelpark Amsterdam, Koninginneweg 34-36, ☎ +31 20 664 61 11 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +31 20 573 7130), . Ideally situated right by the Vondelpark, museum district within walking distance. Close to Amsterdam's famous upscale shopping street, PC Hooftstraat and the business district Zuidas and the RAI Congress Centre.Free Wi-Fi in public areas. from €69-€120.
Roemer Hotel, Vondelstraat 28, ☎ +31 20 612 01 20. Trendy boutique hotel, housed in a converted from an 18th-century town house adjacent to central Leidseplein Square.Doubles from €129.
The Poet Hotel Amsterdam (Boutique Hotel Amsterdam), Jan Luijkenstraat 44, 1071 CR Amsterdam (central Amsterdam hotel, near museum district), ☎ +31 (0)20 662 05 26, . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. A new Boutique Hotel in Amsterdam city centre, just around the corner from Museumplein, the Rijksmuseum, Concertgebouw and the famous shopping area around P.C. Hoofstraat.from €69. (52.360139,4.881899)
Bilderberg Garden Hotel, Dijsselhofplantsoen 7, ☎ +31 20 - 570 56 00 (email@example.com, fax: +31 20 - 570 56 54), . Five star hotel just off the Apollolaan and only a short walk to the city centre.
Hilton Amsterdam, Apollolaan 138, ☎ +31 20 710 60 00, . Site of John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's bed-in. Located in an upscale, older neighbourhood outside of the city centre (Oud-Zuid) but close to the Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark. Nationally famous for being the site where Dutch artist Herman Brood commited suicide by jumping from the roof.From €249.
Hotel Okura, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, ☎ +31 20 671 23 44, . Five star Japanese-owned and operated hotel with an excellent range of Japanese food, clothing, and book shops in the basement, and wireless internet in the lobby, bar, and conference rooms. The only drawback is that it's relatively distant from the central station (15 minutes by tram), but worth considering if work is paying and you don't mind taking cabs. €275.
Park Hotel Amsterdam, Stadhouderskade 25, ☎ +31 20 671 12 22, . Bang in the middle of Amsterdam between Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum and P.C. Hooftstraat. Four star hotel spread over several historical buildings. Parking. Very friendly staff.From €149.
Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport, Melbournestraat 1, ☎ +31 20 6580 580 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +31 20 6580 585), . The hotel has 19 meeting rooms as well as 6 business suites. The hotel provides free shuttle service from and to the airport as well as free wi-fi in public areas.From €79.
Conservatorium Hotel, Van Baerlestraat 27, ☎ +31 20 570 00 00, . Located in the heart of Amsterdam is the brand new five-star hotel and Amsterdam's best kept secret up to date. The Conservatorium offers 129 luxurious guest suites spread throughout 8 floors. Opening soon...