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Oud Zuid - Where to stay in Amsterdam
This area, spread around Museumplein, is Amsterdam’s cultural quarter, home to some of the city’s biggest and finest attractions. The main museums, the Rijksmuseum, as well as the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk museum, are situated here. So, this is an ideal place to stay if you are visiting Amsterdam to enjoy its cultural highlights.
In addition, as this area is a 10-minute walk from the Leidseplein (a buzzing touristic square full of bars and cafes), you will find Amsterdam’s most popular concert venues, Paradiso and Melkweg, within walking distance. Both venues host great performances from both local and international artists representing different styles ranging from rock and jazz to alternative and electronic. So, you should check, what is on their program during the days you will be visiting Amsterdam. Especially the Paradiso, which is an old church transformed into a concert venue, is a great place to enjoy live music.
If the popular music scene is not your style, instead of visiting Melkweg or Paradiso, you should plan to attend a concert at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s famous Philharmonics Hall. Right across the Museumplein and housed in a magnificent classicist building, the Concertgebouw gives multiple series of classical music concerts with a yearly attendance of more than 800.000 spectators, making it the second most popular concert hall in the world (after the Parco della Musica in Rome).
The Oud-Zuid is also known for its exclusive shops. To the south-western end of this area are some of Amsterdam’s swankiest shops on both Pieter Cornelisz (shortened to PC) Hooftstraat and Van Baerlestraat. High-end clothing, from labels such as Chanel, Gucci, Hermés, and Louis Vuitton, and jewelry by Chopard and Cartier, is just some of the items featured on Amsterdam’s luxury shopping area.
Finally, the Oud-Zuid is home to the city's best-known park, Vondelpark. Built in the second half of the 19th century and named after the 17th century author Joost van den Vondel, Vondelpark is Amsterdam’s largest park and the one that is almost always full of people, especially on a sunny day.
Within walking distance to Amsterdam’s main attractions, most popular concert venues, and the Vondelpark, Oud-Zuid is a great place for those visiting Amsterdam to explore its historical attractions and museums, as well as those looking to be close to its largest entertainment area and enjoy the city’s great nightlife. If you want to indulge in some luxury shopping, this is also the area for you.