Stadshart Amstelveen: Shop ‘til you drop
Stadshart Amstelveen is a great place to go shopping. The phrase “one stop shopping” perfectly defines this shopping centre, with more than 180 shops, including department stores de Bijenkorfand V&D (websites are in Dutch). You’ll also find international chains like Zara, Sissy-Boy and Hugo Boss. Besides well-known brands, the shopping centre also features luxury boutiques like Rosmode and Claudia Strater. There’s something special for men as well – Van der Heijden is an oasis for men’s designer fashion.
City of green
In the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) you’ll find just about every outdoor activity imaginable, like hiking, biking canoeing and climbing. You’ll also find a huge playground that will keep kids entertained for hours. Near the Bosbaan (a straight stretch of water often used for rowing competitions), visit Grand Café de Bosbaan and get a bite to eat or enjoy the sun on the terrace. At Boederij Meerzicht you can indulge in typical Dutch pancakes. Amstelveen has more than 20 parks and a number of different lakes. Wealthy merchants from Amsterdam once built grand country estates along the Amstel. Three of these estates still stand on the riverfront, and the park surrounding the Wester-Amstel estate is open to the public.
Art, culture and nightlife
Modern art lovers will be delighted by the Amsteltuin, Museum Jan van der Togt and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s collection of art from the Cobra movement includes pieces by Appel, Constant, Corneille, Brands, Rooskens, Alechinsky and more. The most significant works are permanently on display. In the Gemeentelijk Expositiecentrum Aemstelle (municipal exhibition centre), you’ll gain insight into Amstelveen’s long history. For an evening out, Schouwburg Amstelveen offers a varied programme of theatre, cabaret, musicals, concerts, film and ballet. If you’d rather dance to live music, visit P60, Amstelveen’s best concert venue.