For most of us, only one thing strikes when anyone discusses things to do in Amsterdam at night! The city’s famous RLD! However, if you step away from the clichéd ‘activities’ in the ‘in’famous red light district , and ofcourse, the weed, you will find that there is more to the nightlife in Amsterdam than an evening of debauchery! TripHobo lists down the top things to do after 6 p.m. in Amsterdam:
Movie, Concert or Orchestra, choice is yours!
The architecturally marvellous Concertgebouw is home to the Royal Orchestra and is considered as a Dutch National Treasure. Boasting of neoclassical architecture, it is said that the hall has some of the best acoustics in the world. Hosting concerts, Jazz evenings and events almost every day, check out their schedule, book your tickets and have a memorable evening in Amsterdam. On the other hand, if you want to catch a movie instead, the Tuschinski theatre is a legend in the city! Housed inside a building that would definitely leave you awestruck, if you are looking for evening entertainment options and things to do in Amsterdam
after 6 pm, it does not get better than this!
Cruise around the city:
The canals of Amsterdam
are famous all over the world and probably come next only to the canals of Venice
. The city’s crown jewel, the canal belt looks right out of a fantasy novel when it is lit up after dark. Your evenings in Amsterdam
should consist of gentle romantic cruises along these, where you can sip on a cocktail or wine, enjoy a meal and even click lovely photos of mesmerising sunsets. There are a few tour operators in Amsterdam that offer sunset cruises and dinner cruises.
Party in style:
Home to plenty of effervescent pubs and pulsating clubs, Amsterdam nightlife
is as good as a carnival, minus the huge floats ofcourse! Wear your dancing shoes and hit the clubs like your life depends on it. Most of the pubs and lounges are however open only on the weekends, so plan your visits accordingly. With music played by famous as well as upcoming DJs, some of the places you can visit on your quest to explore the nightlife include Sugarfactory
, Trouw, Escape Pub
, WesterUnie, Club Up and Club Panama.
No, not the country! The Jordaan
is one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Amsterdam
. Once an area for the working-class, the place has now metamorphosed into a cultural hub with plenty of art galleries, specialty shops, hip hangouts, quaint cafes, bustling restaurants and artistic cobbled streets with their gardened courtyards. If you are left wondering what is there to do in Amsterdam after 6 p.m
., a visit to the lively Jordaan will answer your question.
Once the darkness creeps in, Amsterdam lights up like a Christmas Tree! Most of the streets in the city are lined with charming lampposts, giving it an enchanted look. Take a stroll or cycle down the bylanes and check out night lights. While you are at it, do check out the way the reflection of the lights shimmer in the canals, it is surely a captivating sight. If you happen to visit Amsterdam during the winters, you will get to witness the dazzling Amsterdam Light Festival which involves artists putting up illuminated art installations outdoors, all across the city.
Enjoy a quiet meal:
For a foodie, one of the best things to do in Amsterdam at night would be enjoying a quite meal where the food is sinfully delicious and the drinks are a perfect mix of heaven and hell! A Fusion, Amsterdam, Balthazar's Keuken, Blue Pepper, Bridges and Restaurant Vermeer are some restaurants and cafes where you can head over to for a fulfilling meal.
Be a tourist:
Although most of the museums and other tourist attractions in Amsterdam close by 6 p.m
., there are still a few that stay open till late in the night. How about you be a tourist and explore these attractions in the evening? The crowds are less, the queues are almost none and the experience is delightful. Some places you can visit include the gorgeous Vondelpark, the grand Amsterdam Centraal Railway Station and for some beer sipping, the Heineken Experience. You can also take a ferry across the river and visit the EYE Film Institute
. Other attractions you can keep in mind while planning a trip to Amsterdam
are the picturesque bridge of Magere Brug
, the bustling Nieuwmarkt Square, the intriguing Hash Marihuana And Hemp Museum, the humbling Homomonument, the charming De Gooyer Windmill , the quirky Body Worlds , the heavenly Amsterdam Cheese Museum
and the shiver inducing Torture Museum
The vivacious RLD:
And in the end, we just cannot not mention a visit to the Red Light District
! It is one of the most famous things to do in Amsterdam afterall! From legal brothels where pretty women put their ‘assets’ on display to museums
dedicated to the history and art of, let’s just say love making, to shops selling kinky toys, the RLD is the place to head over to for one night of ecstasy in Amsterdam.
Hope the suggestions help you out in exploring Amsterdam like never before. Here’s wishing you a memorable Dutch vacation
. Have you done anything unique in Amsterdam after 6 p.m. that you would like to share with us? Do let us know by commenting below.