Museum Quarter

Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, an ensemble of culture & art

  • The Museum Quarter or Museum District is one of the best locations in Amsterdam: right next to the city centre, but outside of it, an oasis of calmness in the middle of the lively Amsterdam. Presiding the Museum Quarter there is Museumplein (the Museum Square), which hosts three of the most important museums of the capital: The Rijksmuseum (Imperial Museum in English), or Dutch National Museum, where you can see Dutch masterpieces by Johannes Vermeer, Fran Hals or Rembrandt; the Van Gogh Museum, which host the largest collection of works by the ear-less artist in the world; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam’s museum of modern and contemporary art. In Museumplein, you will also find the Royal Concertgebouw, considered one of the best concert halls in the planet thanks to its acoustics.
  • If you stay in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter, you will be in a privileged location in the city, right at the beginning of the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid (Amsterdam South). On one hand, you will be surrounded by peace, since it is an upper-middle class family neighbourhood, and you will enjoy the quietness during the night. But, right after exiting the district, north of the canal that passes right in front of the Rijksmuseum, you will find Leidseplein, the heart of the city at night, which is full of bars, pubs, clubs and entertainment options. There, you will be able to mingle with the locals, which are both Dutch and expats: Amsterdam is one of the most international cities in the world.
  • The main attractions of the Museum Quarter are, of course, the museums, which count with great shops as well. You will be able to buy prints, stationery, tote bags and wonderful souvenirs. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most famous attractions of Amsterdam, so you can buy gifts for your loved ones there – they will love them!
    If you’re in the mood for some regular shopping, just go up Leidseplein and take Leidsestraat: it is full of fashion stores and it finishes in Singel, where the flower market starts. As you can see, there are tons of options!
    Besides, if you go from the Museum Quarter to the east, south of the canal before the Rijksmuseum, you will soon be in the neighbourhood of De Pijp, which hosts every day the wonderful Albert Cuyp Market, right before arriving to Sarphatipark. It is a vintage market where you will be able to find vintage clothing, antiques, and many more interesting stuff.
  • Amsterdam isn’t too big of a city: it has the perfect size for you to walk and see completely. But if you don’t feel like walking, know that the transportation preferred by the locals is the bike: The streets of Amsterdam seem to have been built especially for bikes, and they sure have been remodelled and acclimatised to move on two wheels. However, it can be overwhelming to try to cycle in such a busy city: lots of people, lots of bikes, and also, cars and trams! But if you decided to stay in one of our apartments in the Museum Quarter, you will be in a privileged area to practise with your bike a little bit. The Museum Quarter has a big, open square, where the museums are, and it is a residential area, so you can practise safely before cycling into the city centre. Besides, Vondelpark is right next to it, so you will be able to practise there as well. You will see how after a few minutes you feel confident enough to cycle everywhere in the city. There are many bike rentals everywhere in town, and they usually have deals for several days so you can get a cheaper price.
  • In the area of the Museum Quarter, the main tourist attractions are, of course, the museums. In Museumplein there are three of the most wonderful museums in the city of Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Right at the Museum Square, you will find the ‘iamsterdam’ sign – a picture there is almost mandatory for your photo album!
    But if you’re not in the mood for art, there are more options: One comes, yet again, in the form of a Museum, but a very different one: The Heineken Museum! There, you will be able to see how Heineken beer is done, and also try some yourself. If you want to be outside, you can take your bike, or rent one if you haven’t yet, and see the beautiful Vondelpark. You wont’ regret it!
  • Time for lunch or dinner? Near Museum Quarter you will find lots of interesting restaurants, such as the Café Loetje, where you will be able to try traditional Dutch cuisine, or the Café Binen Buiten. If you’re not in the mood for anything fancy, around Leidseplein you will find many restaurants with tourist menu deals, which are cheap and fairly good for the price and the area.
    But do you know what the best option for lunch is if your headquarters is in one of GowithOh’s apartments in the Museum Quarter? A sandwich in Vondelpark! The park is massive, and has lots of wonderfully relaxing corners where to enjoy your food, especially if you’re travelling with your family. In fact, when the weather’s good, the park is full of locals who have picnics there as often as they can.
  • If you stay in Museum Quarter, you will be in one of the best places in the city to go out – even though the whole city is one giant entertainment unit with plenty of options at night! But, besides, you will be just a few steps from Leidseplein, the main area for going out. If you feel like dancing, you will be very close to some of the best clubs of the city of Amsterdam, like Paradiso, located right next to Leidseplein and Vondelpark. Paradiso is in a reconverted building from the 19th century that used to be a church, and nowadays works as a club and a concert venue. Other great clubs in the area of Leidseplein are Melkweg or Studio80. Amsterdam usually has a great concert agenda, so check what’s going on in venues such as Melweg or Paradiso, because there may be a few great concerts while you’re in town!
    After spending your day cycling around Amsterdam and the Museum Quarter, you may be in the mood to have a quiet drink. Also in the streets around Leidseplein, you will find The Waterhole, a bar with live music where you can also eat, dance and play pool; and also a little gem, the jazz place Café Alto, where you can enjoy live jazz in a cosy and super nice atmosphere for just a little fee.
 

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