Top 8 Things To Do In Amsterdam At Night

By Janette

Marketeer and social media expert who just "happens" to speak Chinese fluently. Moved to the capital one year ago and shares her Amsterdam discoveries with you.

September 24, 2019

Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Of course, you want to make the most of your stay. There are plenty of historic sites, museums and other attractions to visit during the day. But perhaps you are also curious about the nightlife and evening events.

Amsterdam really comes to life after dark. There is no end to the list of activities to keep you occupied in this historic city! So where to start? I compiled a list of some of the top things to do in Amsterdam at night to help you plan your itinerary.

concertgebouw amsterdam

1. The Concertgebouw

The Concertgebouw is one of the premiere concert halls in the world. But it is also one of the top nighttime attractions in Amsterdam. The acoustics are out-of-this-world so any show that you catch will be a memorable experience. Designed by A. L. van Gendt, it opened its doors in 1881. As one of the most popular concert halls worldwide, we advise that you call ahead to ensure that you can get seating. Be prepared to see one of the most stunning performances of your life from some of the top world-renowned artists and performers.

2. A’DAM Lookout

So you are not afraid of heights? Good! Check out A’dam Lookout. It is the best place for one of the most breathtaking views of the city, especially at night. With an observation deck of 22-stories aboveground, you enjoy a gorgeous 360-degree view. Discover the historical sites and scenes of Amsterdam including the canal and the Gothic style buildings from above.

over the edge swing

Are you a thrill-seeker? A’dam Lookout also has Europe’s highest swing called “Over the Edge”. Here you swing back and forth at a height of 100 meters and over the edge of the A’dam Tower with the city under your feet. Feel the adrenaline flow through your veins while you enjoy the Amsterdam skyline. If the swing is not your thing, you can always have dinner and/or drinks at the Panorama Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. The exhibit closes its doors at 10 pm daily.

amsterdam canal at night

3. Canal cruise at night

Amsterdam is infamous for its canals. So what better way to experience its true beauty than a moonlight cruise? This activity is one you should definitely put on your bucket list for things to do in Amsterdam at night.  From dinner cruises to wine and cheese candlelight cruises, there are plenty of options to choose from. You can bring the whole family or go on a romantic cruise for two under the stars! Check out the city life at night from one of the unique and historic views on one of many moonlight cruises!

building madame Tussauds at night

4. Madame Tussauds Museum

Located at the center of the city is Dam Square. Here you also find Madame Tussauds. It is one of the top sites for both daytime and evening entertainment for couples and families alike. Check out life-like wax figures of some of the most famous worldwide celebrities: from rock stars to movie stars to historic figures. The museum is open until 8 p.m. most evenings. But it is always best to call ahead to see if any special events have been scheduled.

sound garden at amsterdam
Picture from iamsterdam.com

5. Cafe Sound Garden

One of my personal favorites. Everyone here is so passionate about music! So it is a great place to just enjoy music while having one of their world-class beers or premium coffees. Check out the Cafe Sound Garden, located in the Jordaan neighborhood. Sit and have a drink on the garden terrace while overlooking the canals and listening to live bands or DJs.

6. Watch a Movie at Tuschinski

Are you a movie buff? Check out the most famous and historic theater in Amsterdam! Even if you don’t feel like watching a movie, this theatre is worth a visit. The Tuschinski is a remarkable sight, both inside and out. The theatre was built in 1921. It contains different building styles, such as Amsterdam School, Jugendstil and Art Deco.

Tuschinski theatre in Amsterdam

The richly decorated façade in the striking, unique architectural style is covered with glazed tiles and ceramic sculptures. Here and there, it has iron decorations and lamps. With its striking towers, the oriental-looking architecture of the façade had an advertising function. It was intended to lead the public into an illusory world. The lavish interior served as a fitting environment for the film images and film orchestra and theater orchestra immediately shown.

amsterdam canal at night

7. Walk Under the City Lights

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to experience a night of pure romance. Do you want to impress your significant other with some of the most romantic sights in the world? How about a walk around the town? Or even better, rent a bicycle or roller skates for a fun way to take in the gorgeous nighttime view! Once the sun sets, the city is illuminated by streetlights that provide an aura of old fashioned romance. Are you in Amsterdam during the winter? Make sure you don’t miss the Amsterdam Light Festival. It’s the perfect thing to do in Amsterdam at night.

tonton club in amsterdam at nightPicture from awesomeamsterdam.com

8. Date Night at the TonTon Club Centrum

It is time to get retro! TonTon Centrum has a collection of video games from the era 1970-1990. With a massive amount of iconic coin-operated table and arcade games, you feel like you stepped back in time. But they also have an extensive menu of beverages and food to fuel your appetite! TonTon is open until midnight.

Not much of a night owl? Or not looking for something to do in Amsterdam at night? Visit us during the day between 9 am and 5 pm for a tour or workshop.

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