The Best Things To Do In Amsterdam At Night

If you have visited Amsterdam you may realise how much there is to see and do.  As you'd expect, Amsterdam is a busy city that comes alive at night.  Here I will discuss some of the best things to do at night in Amsterdam.

Enjoy Some Live Music

live music

Amsterdam has some great spots to hear live music.  One of the most popular places to witness some live bands is Paradiso. Paradiso used to be a popular church but has now been turned into an amazing music venue. If you make an effort to go to Paradiso, you can see both popular artists as well as upcoming bands performing live. All sorts of music is played here so you will never get bored. Currently, there are two concert halls that play live reggae, hip-hop or rock music. A trip to Paradiso will make your trip to Amsterdam an experience for sure.

Discover Top Clubs, Brown Cafes And Restaurants

Amsterdam bar

Do you love dancing? If your answer to this question is yes, then rest assured you'll enjoy the clubs in Amsterdam. It's regarded as one of the best places for electronic dance music. Visit clubs such as Hartje, and Melkweg among many others and witness all this. Also, the brown cafes and the traditional Dutch pubs are great. Amsterdam also has an amazing array of restaurants with a wide range of cuisine. For the best deals, make sure you have an Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket - this will give you discounted access to the best Amsterdam bars and nightclubs. 

Visit Cafe De Dokter And Immerse Yourself In History

If you love history and like the odd drink then visit Cafe De Dokter, This tiny bar opened in 1798 by a renowned Dutch surgeon who was working at a nearby hospital. Cafe De Dokter is one of the best spots to enjoy quality spirits in central Amsterdam. It features vintage interiors and classic jazz that will immerse you in the city's past.

Lose Yourself In the Red Lights District

red light district

If you are broad-minded the Red Light District in Amsterdam is worth visiting.  You will see many couples walking around so it's not as intimidating as you first think. There are many adult shops where you can spice up your love life, almost anything you can think of is for sale here.   Please note that the Red Lights District is not for everyone. There are women in windows in scanty outfits calling men in as prostitution is legal in Amsterdam. There are also a number of adult clubs where single men, women and couples go to see live adult shows. Also, be wary of pickpockets. Walking down the Red Light District is an experience for sure! 

Witness Some Culture

You won't come to Amsterdam and simply want to leave before witnessing the famous Concertgebouw. Concertgebouw is globally renowned for its amazing acoustics. The concert hall was opened for the first time in 1881 and has undergone numerous renovations over the years just to make sure it retains its appealing nature. Whether you are a music aficionado or not, make an effort to attend here - you will witness some quality performances in the most stunning settings you've not seen before.  Make certain that you book your tickets in advance as it's an extremely popular place for classical music concerts. 

Experience Amsterdam Lit Up


If you have been to Amsterdam in the daytime, you will agree that it's one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The canals, small streets and independent shops make it an interesting place to explore. However, at night, the amazing city of Amsterdam turns magical as the stars come out. Stroll along Amsterdam's cobbled canal-side streets with romantic street lighting or take a nighttime cruise which I feel is definitely one of the best things to do in Amsterdam at night

Check out the museums at night

Several Amsterdam museums are open at night.  The Stedelijk Museum is open late on a Friday, for example, and is well worth a visit if you like modern art. In fact, several museums are open late on Friday or Saturday including Madam Tussauds, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gough Museum. 


Amsterdam at night

If you thought Amsterdam was great to visit in the day, try visiting at night. You will be surprised to discover how magical the city turns in the darkness. However, you visit though, during the day or night there is so much to see on an Amsterdam city break that you won't be disappointed. 

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  1. I stopped briefly in Amsterdam on my way to Finland and really wished I could have stayed longer. Amazing photos!

    1. The canals are beautiful and the shopping is great. So much culture here too. I love the museums.

  2. The Red Light District is a must see if you are open minded