In Zuidoost, catch a headlining international act at Heineken Music Hall, go horseback riding, canoeing or sailing at Gaasperpark or watch a football game at the Amsterdam ArenA. Zuidoost (Southeastern) is one of the most multicultural districts in Amsterdam and has recently become a hub for shopping and entertainment.

During the 1960s, Zuidoost was the site for a trial development of modern high-rise apartments surrounded by parks and plenty of public space, a very different aesthetic from the historic crowding of 19th-century townhouses. However, its distance from the city center and its cheap real estate meant that it was largely populated by migrants. It became a sort of ghetto. Visit today to appreciate how reinvestment has rehabilitated the area, providing economic and living centers in the southeast, particularly along ArenA Boulevard.

Here find the Heineken Music Hall, where some of the best international acts, from Beyoncé to Radiohead, perform. Watch an IMAX movie at the Pathé cinema or cheer on the teams playing in the Netherlands’ largest football stadium, Amsterdam ArenA. Soccer aficionados can even take a 1-hour tour of the stadium.

Shoppers will love exploring Amsterdam’s largest market area, the open-air Amsterdamse Poort mall, open Monday to Saturday. On Mondays and Thursdays in the car park, mingle with the multicultural crowd and taste street food at the stalls of the fashion, electronics and farmers’ markets. Next to the Heineken Music Hall, find the huge center for interior design and furniture, Villa ArenA Woonmall.

The whole district has pockets of greenery and parkland, but the best for recreation and forest walks is the 410-acre (166-hectare) parkland surrounding the artificial lake Gaasperplas. In the Gaasperpark nature reserve, try horseback riding and watersports, such as canoeing, fishing and sailing. Typical for the Netherlands, there are many bicycle tracks. During summer, camp overnight in the park.

Time your visit to enjoy one of the festivals held regularly in Zuidoost in warmer months, showcasing everything from hip hop to jazz. Don’t miss the huge Kwaku festival which features football, performances by famed DJs and even literature awards.

Zuidoost is a 20-minute train ride from the center of Amsterdam.

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Top hotels in Zuidoost

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Jaz Amsterdam
3.5 out of 5
De Passage 90, Amsterdam
NZ$131/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,524 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is steps from Amsterdam ArenA and Ziggo Dome. AFAS Live and Academic Medical Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Strandvliet ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,524 reviews)

"The room was so stylish and clean. The bed was just amazing, so much so we're looking to get one similar! The stereo in the room was a nice addition. The only down side was that because there was alot of natural light, there wasn't very good lightning in the room!"…"

Reviewed on 18 Aug. 2019

Jaz Amsterdam
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Hotel Levell
3.5 out of 5
Hullenbergweg 385, Amsterdam
NZ$92/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (343 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Amsterdam ArenA and within 9 mi (15 km) of Heineken Experience and Rijksmuseum. Van Gogh Museum and Leidseplein ...

4.2/5Very Good! (343 reviews)

"Forgot my jacket called and they had no problem holding on to it for the rest of the day. Great service and great vending machines near the rooms 👌👌"…"

Reviewed on 15 Aug. 2019

Hotel Levell
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Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
3 out of 5
Hoekenrode 1, Amsterdam
NZ$156/night
22 Sep. - 23 Sep.
4.3/5Excellent! (1,925 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of AFAS Live, Amsterdam ArenA, and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 2 mi (3.2 km) away. Amsterdam ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,925 reviews)

"Staff were friendly and helpful on arrival. Hotel is located in a convenient location very close to the Train and metro station with good links to the airport and central Amsterdam. Lots of local shops and restaurants nearby. The room was comfy and clean and there was a very good choice for breakfast. ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2019

Hampton by Hilton Amsterdam / Arena Boulevard
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Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Arena Towers
3 out of 5
Hoogoorddreef 66b, Amsterdam
NZ$137/night
25 Aug. - 26 Aug.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,470 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of AFAS Live and Amsterdam ArenA. Ziggo Dome and Academic Medical Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). ...

4.2/5Very Good! (1,470 reviews)

"Very clean and the staff very responsive and attentive."…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2019

Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam - Arena Towers
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Gr8 Hotel Amsterdam Riverside
4 out of 5
Provincialeweg 38, Amsterdam
NZ$122/night
27 Aug. - 28 Aug.
3.7/5Good! (15 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Academic Medical Centre and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from AFAS Live. Amsterdam ArenA and Ziggo Dome ...

3.7/5Good! (15 reviews)

"Hôtel récemment rénové très propre. Personnel accueillant, très poli et serviable. Le sourire est omniprésent. Jolie chambre calme. A 10 minutes à pieds du tram. Comptez 20 minutes pour être au centre d Amsterdam."…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug. 2019

Gr8 Hotel Amsterdam Riverside
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a&o Amsterdam Zuidoost
2 out of 5
Hogehilweg 22, Amsterdam
NZ$109/night
22 Sep. - 23 Sep.
3.5/5Good! (453 reviews)

Located in Zuidoost, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of AFAS Live, Amsterdam ArenA, and Ziggo Dome. Academic Medical Centre is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Bullewijk ...

3.5/5Good! (453 reviews)

"great staff, clean, would like better mattress, bit expensive!!"…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug. 2019

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