The beautiful Old South, or Oud Zuid as it is locally known, is renowned as the most exclusive and indeed expensive residential sector of Amsterdam, granting visitors an immensely safe and attractive environment saturated with fashionable stores, stylish restaurants and relaxing lush expanses. The neighbourhood’s boundaries are somewhat blurred due to its constant fluctuation between an established city borough and a small component of a larger area. For example, this affluent quarter was created in 1998 by merging the former constituencies of the South and the Pijp, continuing within this parameter until 2010, when the Old South united with Southern Amstel to form the current district of Amsterdam South. We offer many short stay Old Souths apartments for you to explore Amsterdam or when visiting one of the many exhibits in the RAI such as the annual IBC.
Originating in the late 19th century as part of the capital’s ambitious expansion scheme, the area emerged alongside its neighbour the Pijp, which was in fact poorly developed due to the contractor’s intentions to generate a swift profit. Despite such inadequate construction, the Pijp was justly regarded as a much more liveable option than the unpleasantly overcrowded city centre, becoming a desirable location that attracted hordes of middle class citizens. The Old South in comparison enjoyed a more strategic structural process, inheriting broad avenues, ample green spaces and grandiose villas, the perfect combination for Amsterdam’s elite inhabitants.
Although the true Oud Zuid encompasses a relatively small area, the neighbourhood is currently considered to include the iconic natural landmark of the Vondelpark, the enriching Museum Quarter and the increasingly popular Pijp district, each bursting with its own distinctive character and superb array of attractions. Retail venues are also in abundance in the surrounding vicinity, with shopping enthusiasts recommended to peruse the chic establishments of Beethovenstraat, the exclusive fashion brands of the country’s most luxurious boulevard P.C. Hooftstraat, or the more affordable fare at the Albert Cuyp Market. This bustling and atmospheric setting is a major tourist attraction due to its incredible range of products and provides the ideal setting to purchase that inimitable souvenir or indulge in traditional local delicacies, such as freshly made stroopwafels.
Culture connoisseurs should head to the completely regenerated Museum Quarter for an unrivalled selection of world class exhibitions, showcased at such prestigious museums as the innovative Stedelijk, the breathtaking Rijksmuseum and the heavily frequented Van Gogh. For an evening of spectacular entertainment, the 19th century Concertgebouw is unsurpassed in terms of ambience and acoustics, offering a majestic range of classical concerts. A high concentration of Amsterdam’s finest restaurants can also be discovered within the Old South district, most notably the two Michelin starred Ciel Bleu. This opulent setting presents a bold menu inspired by French cuisine, occupying the upper levels of the exceptional Hotel Okura and affording exquisite panoramic views of the entire city. With its striking aesthetic, outstanding eateries and retail venues, close proximity to the RAI Exhibition Centre, and unperturbed atmosphere, the Old South makes a superlative Amsterdam base for both business and leisure travellers.
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Below you find our most popular Old South apartments and a link to all apartments in the Old South area of Amsterdam.
Most popular Old South apartments