Holland's most famous nightlife district


Terraces at Leidseplein

With its central position, Leidseplein is a true hub between Amsterdam Centrum, West and Zuid. It is one of Amsterdam's biggest centres for nightlife with many theatres, live music stages, cinemas, hotels, restaurants, cafés and clubs.

Packed between Vondelpark, Amsterdam's most important museums, several international hotels and Leidsestraat shopping street, Leidseplein has an atmosphere with a cosmopolitan character.

Artists, tourists and business people from all over the world meet together to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer, mixing with local Amsterdammers.



The square lights up in the evening. 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 beautiful Stadsschouwburg building dominates the Leidseplein. It is home to Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the largest theatre company in the Netherlands.

At the theatre's balcony Amsterdam's footbal team Ajax used to greet supporters after winning important games, but this is no longer possible now due to repeated riots.

Party bars

Leidseplein is known for its small bars with a dance floor where guests dance to recorded music or a local DJ. There's always a good atmosphere among visitors and bar crew. Find out where the best party bars are.

Notable buildings at Leidseplein


Stadsschouwburg 1894

Municipal theatre built in Renaissance style. Home of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

hirsch gebouw

Hirsch building 1910-12

An Amsterdam icon with characteristic cupola, in which originally haute couture fashion house Hirsch & Cie was housed.

american hotel

American Hotel 1902

Famous hotel, café and restaurant built in Jungendstil. In its classic grand café you'll find the oldest reading table of Amsterdam.


Paradiso 1879

Rock temple, housed in a converted former church building, in which many famous bands and artists have played.

nearby accommodation and restaurants
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De Balie

a relaxed place to work on your laptop in the morning while having an espresso and breakfast.


Internationaal Theater Amsterdam - former Stadsschouwburg


Illuminated facades of the bars on Leidseplein


The Bulldog Coffeeshop


Characteristic 'moving' advertising sky sign at the Leidseplein