Leidseplein is a vibrant outdoor eating area even in the depths of winter. Most restaurants have covered outdoor seating and patron's comfort is greatly enhanced by the large heaters situated in the awnings. The famous Boom Chicago bar is located here and the tram runs through the heart of the square. Busking and musical entertainment is always going on and Leidseplein square is a lively place to people watch both day and night.
Politiebureau No. 14 , a building that used to be a police station in Amsterdam is now a coffee shop , part of the Bulldog coffee shops chain, is located just in the center of Leidseplein.
Even if you don't smoke it is a very nice building to enter , see the inside of the police station.
On the ceiling you will see a lot of money bills from around the world.
The American Hotel is located near Leidseplein square.
The hotel was built in the area of 1900 in a style called Berlage , named after a dutch architect called Hendrik Petrus Berlage.
Beside the fact that this building is historic and attracts tourists this is also hotel and cafe.
Leidseplein square is one of the biggest squares in Amsterdam , known for one of the busiest in nightlife.
I stayed close to this square so it was very easy to get there.
Around the square you will find places like :
- Melkweg for music concerts
- the famous bulldog house (politiebureau no. 14
- american hotel
there are nice restaurants and pubs around the square.
From the square it will take you something like 15-20 minutes walking to Dam square.
The last day of my latest visit, I sat at a table at the Leidseplein Bulldog, a really good place for a drink or a smoke and great people watching! I took a few photos of passing folk, just trying to get some different views on the various population going by-----my favorite is the boy with the fantastic eyes-----wish I could have found out more about him---
Also got a shot of 2 guys with didgeridoos-------
you can find almost anything at the Leidseplein.
I actually saw this guy 3 years ago in the same spot playing the same bass---in the Leidseplein Square there can be many musicians at one time, but today there was only this lonely guy with a stand up bass---he really wasn't singing any words, just "doo doo dum dum,da da da da" etc....it sounded OK tho, so went out and gave him some $$$ when I left---he had been playing for about an hour straight at that point....try to contribute to musicians whenever you can---we need more musicians in the world.....
The big theatre looming at the edge of Leidseplein Square===
looks like they are doing a new version of Richard 111 and some new dance group performance in September 2010---check out the website for up to date info on performances and such---a great photo op even if you dont go inside! lovely building built in the 1890's-----
For the night owls and people who love partying, this square is the most popular one. I took a tram from the van gogh museum and about 2 stops right after the vondelpark I ended up at this square where there are lots of people during that late afternoon, the reason is - there's a free open air concert at a stage there right beside the Bulldog, adjacent to the Stadschouburgamsterdam (hard to pronounce and spell).
There are lots of outdoor cafes here, bars, restaurants, dance clubs and most nightlife is concentrated in this square. People are dancing on the streets and the ground just below the stage where a dj is spinning loud dance music, a hippy vibe around the area.
I really like Leidseplein for alot of reasons. The people watching is incredible, especially in the spring and summer, when lots of artists and performers throng the Square. The Heineken Hoek restaurant is on the edge, see restaurant reviews, and there is also the Famous Bulldog, where last year (at least) you could sit on the front patio having a Jenever (Dutch Gin, sort of) and a smoke while watching all the craziness in the Square. I have eaten well at some of the Leidseplein restaurants, just check out the menu to see if you want what they have......There is a safe ATM on this Square, and at night, they bring these portable urinals (sorry gals!) for us guys to just stand up to and go! Not for the modest.....
One other thing I like here is the Film and Theater bookstore on one edge---lots of books about movie stars and films that you don't ordinarily get to see.....Bring that VISA card!
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My hotel was right by the Leidseplein so I spent time here every day. When I think back to Amsterdam, I think of the Leidseplein. It's a great spot with restaurants, bars, outdoor cafes, coffeeshops, outdoor performers and great people watching. Can't wait to be there again.
UPDATE: Most photos for this tip are from my Sept 06 trip.
The Stadsschouwburg is the city theatre. In fact have been different buildings all of which are lost and have burnt down. The present theatre replaced its burned-down predecessor. Built between 1892 and 1894 since 1982 it has become a national monument. After the Second world War, the Netherland Opera performed here, until in 1986 the Stopera was opened. It's a beautiful building, but it's a pity you can't admire it without the tram cables crossing in front of ot.
El Stadsschouwburg es el teatro municipal. En realida ha habido diferentes edificios, todos los cuales se han ido perdiendo y han ardido. El teatro actual reemplaza al anterior, que ardió y fue destruido. Se construyó entre 1892 y 1894, siendo monumento nacional desde 1982. Tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial, la Ópera Nacional de Holanda actuaba aquí, hasta que el Stopera se construyó en 1986. Es un edificio bonito, pero es una pena que no se pueda admirar sin la presencia de las catenarias del tranvía pasando por delante.
The Leidseplein is a square in central Amsterdam, it is situated an important crossroad. The Leidsestraat was originally named for being the road to Leiden and several other streets in the vicinity of the square also refer back to this. It's one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. The square and the surrounding streets are full of bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes, theaters, dance clubs... We found a lot of street performers here. The area seems to be most popular with tourists and other visitors because we found just a bit of locals incomparison with us foreigners. The good thing is that you'll find most of bar names in English. The bad side is that is not the real Amsterdam at all.
El Leidseplein es una plaza en el centro de Ámsterdam, situada en un importante cruce de caminos. El lugar fue llamado originalmente así porque era la carretera que llegaba a Leiden, así que muchas de las calles vecinas también están relacionadas con esta ciudad. Este es uno de los centros de vida nocturna más animados de Ámsterdam. La plaza está rodeada de bares, restaurantes, cafeterías con terrazas, teatros, discotecas... Encontramos muchos artistas callejeros aquí. Parece como si este lugar fuera más popular para los turistas que para los holandeses pues vimos muy poquitos locales, al menos en comparación con los extranjeros. La parte buena es que verás que casi todos los bares tienen los carteles en inglés. La mala es que en absoluto es lo más auténtico de Ámsterdam.
This is a small courtyard square named after a nationally famous chess player Max Euwe. Located in the square are a few good places to eat, and the hard rock cafe. And if you fancy watching a chess match; during the afternoon and even in the evenings, chess players play on this huge chess board on the ground.
It is between Vondelpark and Leidseplein, from the Leidseplein side you pass by this pillars that says, Homo Sapiens Urinat In Ventum.
Located on Max Euweplein, a stone throw away from Leidseplein Holland Casino is one of my favourite places for a night out with friends. Unlike the mega casino's in Vegas, Holland Casino Amsterdam is a lot more laid back and not crowded. Here people come mostly for a night out rather than to gamble.
The more serious gamblers have their own club room; the casino has a proper fine restaurant, and the bar downstairs at the slot machines area is a good place to watch a game of football.
You need to be 18 to enter and will be required to show a form of photo ID. The casino is open until 3am daily.
People watching at Leidseplein is some of the most fun I've ever had. After a few hours of admiring art at the Rijksmuseum, I was more than ready to sit down at this square with a cold Heineken. There are many pubs and cafes to choose from, they're all OK. What makes this fun is sitting outside (especially during the warm months) and checking out the passing locals, tourists, street performers, fashionistas, and all sorts of interesting species.