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16 X theaters in Amsterdam you want to visit (more often) this year

2 January 2024
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Every year I resolve to go to a beautiful theatre in Amsterdam more often! To really keep track this year of which theatres can be found in Amsterdam and which shows are on, I have compiled this overview for you. Because going to a theatre performance for an evening out is truly a night out! Incredibly relaxing and enjoyable, especially if you have a bite to eat beforehand. At these theatres, stories come to life, or you can listen to the most exquisite live concerts. In a world city like Amsterdam, there are, of course, plenty of theatres to be found. That’s why this overview of 16 of the best theatres in Amsterdam is here, so you know where to go for your next night out. Read on and discover everything about the best theatres in Amsterdam. Also nice: many of these theatres and music venues also offer a special programme for families.

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16 X Theatres in Amsterdam you want to visit (more often) this year

Koninklijk Theater Carré

Koninklijk Theater Carré is undoubtedly the most famous theatre in Amsterdam. With its ideal location along the Amstel, the theatre combines culture with nature and history. The exclusive programming includes performances of all possible genres, ranging from cabaret to international operas and circus. Koninklijk Theater Carré offers its visitors an unforgettable and magical experience and it is the dream of every stage performer, actor, or singer to perform in this iconic building.

Amstel 115, Amsterdam – carre.nl

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KONINKLIJK THEATER CARRÉ

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA)

The Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, formerly known as Stadsschouwburg, is a unique building at Leidseplein. ITA boasts a very rich history and has grown into one of the leading centres of Amsterdam culture. The programme includes performances by both well-known international figures and new talent. Moreover, ITA itself has an impressive group of actors who surprise you with spectacular performances. The Internationaal Theater Amsterdam is a magical place where the audience witnesses the best Dutch performing arts.

Leidseplein 26, Amsterdam – ita.nl

beste theaters amsterdam ITA

© Internationaal Theater Amsterdam (ITA)

De Kleine Komedie

For over 200 years, De Kleine Komedie has existed. The oldest theatre in Amsterdam was founded in 1786 and is still one of the better venues in the city. The theatre initially focused on cabaret (hence the name De Kleine Komedie), making it particularly well-known among cabaret performers. Nowadays, however, the venue appeals to a broader audience. Big Dutch names, such as Hans Teeuwen and Brigitte Kaandorp, regularly perform there, and emerging talent also gets a chance here.

Amstel 56, Amsterdam – dekleinekomedie.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Kleine Komedie

© De Kleine Komedie

More theatres in Amsterdam to visit this year

Het Concertgebouw

The unparalleled acoustics make Het Concertgebouw one of the most important and popular theatres in Amsterdam. The building ranks among the absolute world’s finest, having hosted numerous legendary concerts. Richard Strauss, Louis Armstrong, and Sting are some names that have already performed here. Het Concertgebouw pays great attention to the offerings and ambiance. Every concert is of very high quality and well worth your time.

Concertgebouwplein 10, Amsterdam – concertgebouw.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Concertgebouw

© Het Concertgebouw

DeLaMar

A visit to DeLaMar is an incredible experience. In this magnificent theatre, each story is brought to life in a vibrant manner, making every performance a unique experience. After the show, you can enjoy a drink and a bite in the foyers while appreciating the exceptional photography collections. DeLaMar is a theatre that prioritises quality. Its offerings include the best musicals, theatrical productions, and comedies. The theatre is also a project of the VandenEnde Foundation. This cultural fund supports the development of new talent and regularly gives young people the opportunity to showcase their skills to the audience.

Marnixstraat 402, Amsterdam – delamar.nl

beste theaters amsterdam DeLaMar

© DeLaMar

DeLaMar West

In Bos en Lommer, you’ll find the new theatre DeLaMar West. This theatre primarily focuses on talent development, especially in the musical genre. The performances usually consist of contemporary music productions by promising artists. What’s appealing is that a significant portion of the shows is specifically developed for DeLaMar West. Additionally, this theatre serves as a convivial meeting place where numerous educational and cultural activities are organised.

Laan Van Spartaan 4, Amsterdam – delamar.nl

beste theaters amsterdam DeLaMar West

© DeLaMar West

Amsterdamse Bostheater

Watching a captivating theatre production under the open starry sky holds a touch of magic. At the Amsterdamse Bostheater, this experience is available throughout the entire summer. This cultural gem nestled in the Amsterdamse Bos is the perfect spot to enjoy concerts, movie nights, and theatre performances. The lineup includes exclusive productions as well as works from renowned companies. After the show, you can unwind and extend the experience with a delightful drink or a sumptuous dinner at the Zomerterras.

De Duizendmeterweg 7, Amsterdam – bostheater.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Amsterdamse Bostheater

© Amsterdamse Bostheater

The best theatres in Amsterdam to visit this year

Scala Foodbar & Theater

A unique concept that’s definitely worth trying out. Scala Foodbar & Theater hosts performances that last 20 minutes. It covers a wide range of genres, from cabaret to mini-concerts and stand-up comedians. You get to choose which acts you’d like to see and you can easily catch multiple shows in one evening. Additionally, you can indulge in delicious tapas and cocktails before, during, or after the cultural activities. A great idea if you’re looking to try something different!

Van Hallstraat 286, Amsterdam – scala-amsterdam.nl

National Opera & Ballet

A ballet performance or an opera is a unique and breathtaking experience. In the semi-circular auditorium of the National Opera and Ballet, the entire audience enjoys an exceptionally good view of the performance, instantly immersing themselves in the captivating story. The National Opera & Ballet building hosts shows of international allure. It is one of the key institutions in Amsterdam’s cultural scene. In one of the numerous foyers offering impressive views of the Amstel, you can leisurely enjoy a drink after the show.

Amstel 3, Amsterdam – operaballet.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Opera Ballet

© Nationale Opera & Ballet

Boom Chicago

Tourists often rave about Boom Chicago. In this theatre, you’ll witness the best English-language comedy shows. The dynamic performances are a mix of live music, dry wit, and sharp improvisation. The talented cast is brimming with skill, and their shows are legendary. Over the past 25 years, Boom Chicago has built an outstanding reputation and has hosted numerous international stars. The theatre provides the perfect setting for a fun and relaxing evening in vibrant Amsterdam.

Rozengracht 117, Amsterdam – boomchicago.nl

Meervaart Theater

A theatre visit is an enriching experience that provides numerous new insights. Theater de Meervaart recognises the importance of theatre in society and aims to offer Amsterdammers the opportunity to culturally develop themselves. Situated in Amsterdam-West, this spacious venue provides a highly diverse programme. In addition to performances by well-known acts, you can also witness local cabaret performances. Moreover, Theater de Meervaart provides activities for young people, allowing them to fully develop their theatrical talents.

Meer en Vaart 300, Amsterdam – meervaart.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Meervaart

© Meervaart Theater

Music Building ‘aan het IJ’

The quintessential concert hall in Amsterdam is undoubtedly the Music Building ‘aan het IJ’. Located beautifully along the banks of the IJ River with its modern architecture, the building is striking. The concert hall aims to inspire all Amsterdammers and, therefore, offers a highly diverse programme. The acoustics can be adjusted according to the type of music, allowing for various arrangements. The combination of these unique features with an adventurous programme makes the Music Building on the IJ one of the finest theatres in Amsterdam.

Piet Heinkade 1, Amsterdam – muziekgebouw.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Muziekgebouw IJ

© Muziekgebouw aan het IJ

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Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond

The Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond introduces innovative Flemish art to Amsterdam. Established in 1981, the theatre is funded by the Flemish government. Their programme encompasses various art forms, including literature, theatre, music, and dance. De Brakke Grond aims to promote Flemish identity. Through collaborations, they enhance the cultural relationship between the two countries and assist Flemish talent in expanding their careers in the Netherlands.

Nes 45, Amsterdam – brakkegrond.nl

Theater Bellevue

Theater Bellevue has become a true institution in the Amsterdam theatre scene. Its three auditoriums each have their own programming, drawing a diverse audience to the theatre. The Grote Zaal is the most versatile space, hosting dance performances, puppet theatres, and plays. Klein Bellevue, on the other hand, focuses on cabaret and small-scale artistic performances. During your lunch break, you can visit the Paloni Zaal, where Bellevue Lunch Theatre takes place—a platform for emerging talent with a contemporary perspective on theatrical repertoire.

Leidsekade 90, Amsterdam – theaterbellevue.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Bellevue

© Theater Bellevue

Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre

Every Amsterdammer immediately thinks of the Vondelpark Open-Air Theatre in summer. Throughout the summer, this beautiful park hosts concerts, family theatre, dance performances, and other shows. Moreover, the park does all this entirely for free. This wonderful concept attracts over 100,000 people annually. Not surprising, considering that many well-known names also take the stage. In the past, artists like Freek de Jonge and Willeke Alberti, for instance, have performed here for free.

Vondelpark 5, Amsterdam – openluchttheater.nl

beste theaters amsterdam Vondelpark openluchttheater

© Vondelpark Openluchttheater

Theater De Krakeling

Theater De Krakeling is the perfect day out for the whole family. The performances at this theatre cater to a younger audience. The programme of this youth theatre includes shows for all age groups. Throughout the performances, the theatre challenges young people to see the world differently. Through puppet shows, dance performances, and theatrical productions, they bring the most delightful stories to life. After the shows, children can fully enjoy themselves in the adjacent Westerpark.

Pazzanistraat 15, Amsterdam – krakeling.nl

more Amsterdam tips

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
FOOD EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
BEST BIKE TOURS IN AMSTERDAM:
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
FIRST TIME VISIT TO AMSTERDAM – MUST SEE & DO’S:
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
INSTAGRAM MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Youseum
The Upside Down
DAY TRIPS FROM AMSTERDAM:
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
AMSTERDAM WITH KIDS:
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
FALL / WINTER IN AMSTERDAM:
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

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Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
VERY VERY NICE // €€
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
AFFORDABLE (FOR AMSTERDAM PRICES) // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with several locations in Amsterdam.

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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb and @yourlbb.amsterdam you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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