Amsterdam Sights

Leidseplein (Leidse Square)

one of Amsterdam's biggest centres for nightlife with many restaurants, cafés and clubs

Packed between Vondelpark, Amsterdam's most important museums, several international hotels and the Leidsestraat shopping mall, Leidseplein has an atmosphere with a cosmopolitan character. Artists, tourists and business people from all over the world meet togetherto enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer, mixing with local Amsterdammers.

Leidseplein as seen from the Hirsch building. Photo: Thomas Schlijper


The square lights up in the evening and seems to invite the colorful crowds of people to enjoy the mixture of bizarre neon lighting, exotic scents and live music on offer. With hundreds of restaurants, bars, pubs, coffeeshops and popular clubs like the Melkweg and Paradiso as well as cinemas and theatres, the Leidseplein area is one of Amsterdam's most popular centres for nightlife. On warm summer evenings, tourists and locals alike take advantage of the pubs' outdoor seating for a long, lazy drinks with friends.

The Leidseplein area has an international allure and touch of exclusivity. Street musicians, jugglers, fire-eaters and other performers make the square a lively place until the early hours.

Stadsschouwburg (city theatre)

The neo-renaissance building hosts the city theatre (Stadsschouwburg). Amsterdam's footbal team Ajax used to use the theatre's balcony to greet supporters after winning important games.

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10 - stop Leidseplein
parkingnearest car park Byzantium

Impressions of Leidseplein

nearby Attractions

Amsterdam Pipe Museum   story about pipe smoking
Club Up   hip nightclub
Melkweg  international reputed cultural centre
Paradiso   famous rock temple in former church
PC Hooftstraat   elegant shopping street
Spiegelkwartier   art and antique stores
Stadsschouwburg   city theatre
Vondelpark   largest city park

Party bars

small bars with a dance floor where guests dance to recorded music or a local DJ

Leidseplein hotels

recommended hotels in the immediate area: Hotels near Leidseplein (11)

Street artist: Football Dribble at LeidsePlein (video)

Characteristic 'moving' advertising sky sign at the Leidseplein

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