Things To Do
in Amsterdam

Discover the lively and vibrant neighbourhood of Amsterdam East! From art and history to trendy bars and restaurants. Here are some of the most fun activities to do and places to visit to complete your day out in the city.

Art & Culture

For the film fanatic

Studio K is a cultural centre offering everything from films to theatre and art to parties. Located in the heart of Amsterdam East, it is a place that reflects the city’s creativity.

With a variety between classics, public and art-house films, there is something for everyone. Studio K was founded by students with the aim of investing the proceeds of their activities in education and culture.

In addition, Kriterion is also a good base for film lovers. What the film houses have in common is that they are run by students.

Kriterion is all about meeting people, which is why Kriterion is not only a film theatre but also a café and regularly hosts events. Kriterion shows a varied selection of films.

Soaking up culture in

The Tropenmuseum brings world cultures to life with artworks, objects and over a thousand stories, creating curiosity for the world’s cultural diversity.
The museum has permanent exhibitions and regular changing exhibitions on world cultures and important social themes.

ARTIS’ stories have been around since 1838. This makes ARTIS the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. Every plant, animal, building, microbe and planet tells its own story. Besides admiring zebras, giraffes and elephants in real life, you can also
go on a personal expedition in The Groote Museum. Here you will explore where we come from and how we are connected to nature.

The Hermitage Amsterdam aims to inspire, enrich and reflect
with art. From classical masterpieces to contemporary art.
The Hermitage houses other museum collections; the Amsterdam Museum and Museum of Spirit | Outsider Art.
There is also space for smaller exhibitions, such as of the annual winner of the ABN AMRO Art Prize.

Taste the flavours of Amsterdam East

Have you ever wondered how the perfect beer is brewed? Amsterdam East is home to several breweries dedicated to producing unique and flavourful beers.

Brewery ‘t IJ is a well-known brewery in Amsterdam, located in a former bathhouse next to the distinctive mill de Gooyer. The brewery was founded in 1985 and has since grown into one of the city’s most popular breweries. Besides tasting beers, you can also take a tour of the brewery here. During this tour, you will learn more about the brewing process.

From a former historic bathhouse on Javaplein, Bathhouse Oedipus serves colourful beers with striking names such as Mannenliefde (Man’s Love), Thai Thai and Mama. Oedipus Brewing was set up by four friends. They make imaginative beers and in doing so aim to make beer exciting, tasty and accessible to all.

At De eeuwige jeugd, you can stop by for a fresh and fruity blonde beer called ¨Lellebel¨. In the tasting room, you can enjoy not only the beers, but also goof snacks and dishes. It also hosts regular events, such as beer tastings and live music nights, which add to the lively atmosphere.

The Amsterdam market

From fresh fruit, cheese, plants, clothes to electronics.
You’ll find everything you need at Amsterdam’s markets.
Come with an empty stomach because there is plenty to taste.
Be sure to try the famous Dutch bites
like herring, Stroopwafels and Poffertjes.

The Dappermarkt in the Dapperstraat is
within walkingdistance of our hotel.
The market people are known for their typical Amsterdam humour, which you probably won’t escape. Practice your bargaining skills Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm.

Still got energy left?

Explore lively Javastraat, known for its diverse cultural backgrounds. Here you will find local butchers, bakers,
trendy coffee shops and cocktail bars offering international and national dishes and products


Relax in the city

There are many activities in Amsterdam aimed at improving both the mind and the body. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • Yoga classes at Delight Yoga or Thrive Yoga.
  • A relaxing walk or bike ride through Oosterpark or Flevopark.
  • A visit to the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, a botanical garden where you can enjoy nature and unwind.
  • Not in Amsterdam East, but recommended: Spa Zuiver. This wellness resort offers various saunas, baths and treatments.

The fun of outdoor
exercising in the fresh air

Oosterpark is perfect for athletes of all levels.

There are hard-surfaced paths for running, cycling or skating and grass fields for playing football.

For those looking for more structured fitness activities, there are group classes, like bootcamp and yoga.

There are also outdoor fitness machines and
you can play a game of tennis or jeu the boules right in front
of Hotel Arena.

Enjoy al kind of sport possibilities in the beautiful and healthy environment of the Oosterpark.



More fun activities

Showing more of your competitive side?

You can do so at Mooie Boules for
an old-fashioned good gameof boules.
Not a boules fan, no problem! Play Jenga XL or pull out one of the many board games for free while enjoying delicious drinks and snacks.

Looking for a night out full of dancing and music?

Head to Soundbar Doka in the basement of the Volkshotel.
Club nights and live performances alternate, so be sure to check the calendar before you go.
Also take a look on the top floor for great views of Amsterdam.

A little more in the city centre, you can go to Leidseplein or Rembrandt square. Here you will find a wide range of cafes, bars and nightclubs.

Hopefully there is a fun activity for you
among this list!

Amsterdam East has so much to offer.

Can’t wait to discover Amsterdam and stay in a hotel with all the comforts.
Then book your stay at Hotel Arena now.

See you soon!