Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

Leiden Square (Leidseplein)
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Planning a night out in Amsterdam? Head down to Leiden Square (Leidseplein,) which is known as the center of nightlife where you can choose from hundreds of bars, clubs, restaurants and discos that would suit every style and taste.
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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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StockholmKindaGuy
Marietta, GA7,324 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
This lively area by Amsterdam's central canal ring, was just a short walk from my hotel in the Museum District. It's filled with restaurants, bars and at various times street entertainers. It's also filled with lot's of tourists. If that's your kind of thing, it's not mine, you'll love Leidseplein. It's a perfect spot for a pub crawl. It's also a good spot in terms of public transportation, with many lines intersecting here.

Lively and touristy.
Written March 22, 2020
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BabyEvaTravels
Oslo, Norway1,441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
Lights up line is a small square but it’s a great point to meet up if you wanna go out for a boy or a coffee shop or restaurant. All the little side streets are filled with small shops coffee shops and restaurants and bars.
And if you want to do shopping you can start at Leidsplein walk down Leidsstrat and you come straight into Kalberstat which is one of the main shopping street
Written November 6, 2022
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The Netherlands354,830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I like to walk around here sometimes. There are always people around here during the way but somehow it never gets too crowded. There are theatres, a cinema, the Apple store, shops, cafes, restaurants etc here, more than enough actually to keep one occupied, whether as a local or as a visitor to Amsterdam. Welcome to Amsterdam!!!✌
Written December 12, 2023
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Anne D
Wimborne Minster, UK4,391 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Choosing to have a drink in Leidesplein during Amsterdam Pride was probably not a great idea as parts of the large open space was roped off for private parties. The remaining bars and restaurants were understandably at bursting point and we were lucky to grab an outside table.
On a less lively evening it would probably have been a pleasant venue, but this was too crowded for our liking.
Written January 11, 2020
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
This area has many restaurants to eat at and Good Weekend Clubs for Socializing and using Weed and Booze in getting to know a stranger in any way you want to here .I almost always stay at a little hotel in the area just for kix and fun .I have a Apartment behind the rijks Museum 3 blocks away . I have read some of these reviews picking on the area . Its not True at all . I have been coming to Holland now since 1987 and never had a negative incident ever in this Wonderful City . Leidsaplein also has some of my grest restaurants for me thst i always eat at ,like the Blawue Hollander which is a place for great Dutch style foods and atmosphere .I used to Stay at the American hotel that has everything to offer . Including big beds and large rooms with balconies . Their restaurant at the Hotel is decorated in Art Newvo style . with a superb buffett in the mornings for the guest to order anything that they want .including. a lunch or Dinner with Wines . I know some people never have learned to get along with anyone nowhere that they go to . I hope i never run into these type of people's in Europe . France is also one of my favorite countries to Tour and Eat and Club in too .
Written May 23, 2020
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yiannos973
Limassol City, Cyprus588 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
One of the main squares of Amsterdam, very lively area just a short walk from the Museum District. Lot of cafes, restaurants bars, theatres and night clubs. Nice place to stop and grab a beer and watch people. Great place for day and night although very crowded.
Written November 20, 2021
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Realreviews85
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Lovely area lots of foods and drinks to enjoy. Busy and lively in the evening.
Worth a visit if your in the area and enjoy a meal at a good fair price.lots of offers on meals or light lunches in this area.
Written October 9, 2021
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,776 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We had a couple of meals at restaurants here. Convenient location where a few tram lines come together. Near the big museums. And we noted the big old fashioned theaters, so it is an entertainment district.
Written July 4, 2021
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david n
Manchester, UK4,729 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Part of the square is, at the moment, being refurbished so hoardings are in place on one side. The other side with restaurants is filled with their seating. Nothing to see really except the grand theatre off a few metres away.
Written March 30, 2023
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ToddWebb
Rockville, MD84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We wisely stayed in different parts of the city, changing hotels, to save us some hiking and to taste the different flavors of the city. Leidesplein was by far my favorite area!

We stayed in Hotel American (highly recommendable) at Leidesplein. I loved the area (pronounced LIE-JIZ-SCH-PLINE). It had everything I wanted and expected.

Of course we saw canals, pretty buildings and streets and bridges. Those things are literally everywhere. Leidesplein also had tons of close-by shopping, including cheezy tourist junk and nicer art and "antiques."

Leidesplein had absolutely the best and greatest asortment of dining choices! A block or two up Leidesstraat and just turn either direction into a small back street. You can easily identify these streets by the fields of dining chairs and tables on both sides of the street.

We later stayed in the Rembrandt Square area of town, and I missed the dining choices we had in Leidesplein.

Street performers work the square during the evening. One was pretty bad and we walked away. Two guys, though, with their "hawai'in" theme, were quite good. See photo.

Leidesplein is on the main tram lines, is walkable (about 10 minutes easily) to Anne Frankhuis and to the big museums.

I loved Leidesplein!
Written August 20, 2005
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