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Have a beer and a smile!
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.
Christmas ice skating
During the Christmas period, Leidseplein is filled with stalls selling mulled wine, olie bollen, pancakes, candyfloss and gifts. Music fills the air and the atmosphere is magical. Best of all, an ice rink is set up in the middle of the square, and though I wasn't brave enough to try, I wish I had. It's a great place to spend Christmas.
Leidseplein is one of best Amsterdam's centers of entertainment and night life with lot of cafés, bars, restaurents and cinemas!
Street musicians,fire-eaters and other performers make the square a lively place until the early hours especially during the warm weather.
Leidseplein is a great place to bar hopp. Not only can you mingle with the locals, you also see people from all over the world. The great thing about bar hopping is that you get to try all this tasty beer from holland, and what an amazing thing that is. The beer in Amsterdam is one of my favorite beers from all over the world. It really taste so good that you can chug it down without blinking. The best place to enjoy a pint is at Leidseplein, where if you sit long enough you see all of amsterdam go by.
What was once a place of laughter became a place of tradegy, this used to be a central theatre in 1892. The Nazi's however turned this theatre into a detention centre for those Jews awaiting deportation, some 60,000 - 80,000 Jews passed through here on their way to Westerbork transit camp & from there to death camps.
After the war it was felt strongly that they could not reopen as a theatre so the site was demolished except for the facade, a hollow shell of the lobby. Today it is a memorial to those Jews & in the courtyard people can leave tulips & a message of peace & hope. An inscription in Dutch & Hebrew translates "Watch me like you watch the iris of your eye, and hide me under your wings from the evil people lurking around me"
Upstairs is a small exhibition in Dutch but there is an English guide at the recption, this display shows children who were hidden & some of their letters they wrote.
Admission is free
People watching in Amsterdam
I think that one of the best places to people watch is in Leidseplein. Why? Because you can do that in one of the many hang outs available for both locals and tourists.
Dam Square is pretty busy too but in Leidseplein, you don't get that in-you-face red light windows or hemp & bong stores. There are plenty of brown cafes, coffeshops, pancake houses and restaurants to fit your fancy or you can catch a movie at the City cineplex. It's pretty harmless to bring your kids as well
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Eat, Drink and be merry
You can reach the Leidseplein via the trams from Central Station (I think that number 5 goes there) or you can walk round the streets. The Leidseplein has many things going on from bars, restaurants to a casino!
The Leidseplein is bustling from the morning straight through to the afternoon there are street entertainers keeping passers by entertained and during the summer the cafes have seating areas outside so that customers can catch the action under the summer sun.
There are plenty of shops in the vicinity (there is a Lush Shop - one of my favourite shops in the world, so if you haven't been to one, pop in!) so that once you have refuelled, they are there ready for you to spend your money!
There are streets full of restaurants here too, from Indonesian food to the Hard Rock Cafe, so there is something that will appeal to everyones appetite.
The 1st time we went to Amsterdam we noticed that there was a casino, but never ventured in....then we went to Vegas and since then we always pop into the casino for a quick go at blackjack!
There are canal cruises that set off from here too, there is a little hut where i think you book your place (I haven't been on one from here so i am not too sure about the ins and outs of it)
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There are lots of pubs & clubs (of the Anglophone variety) around here.
You could easily spend an evening here trying out all the bars! It is pretty touristy though.
Leidesgracht, one ofd the streets leading to Leideseplein, is a great shopping street too.
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Just walk around its a little different.
Anyone who has been to Amsterdam will tell you it is walking city...its easy to get kind of lost but never really lost....on foot youre never to far from getting back....The last couple times in Amsterdam have focused around Leidershplein......it is a little more local than tourist...there is certinaly a dutch feel to the area...the bars seem to be more down to earth and slower paced...restaurants are in abundance and there is something going on every night. Trams run right through the square that can take you to the Dam in 7 minutes...to the train station in 12....vondel park is quite close and a good side trip, check it out on a nice day...keep walking through and youll eventualy find a big beer garden in the middle.
Boom Chicago is also right the as well..(see tip)..and of course Rookies is just around the bend.......if your going back to Amsterdam for the second time and stayed more red light the first....then check this area out for a change of scene.
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Restaurants, shopping, & nightlife galore!!
Leidseplein is an excellent area of Amsterdam for a number of activities you may be looking for. Our hotel was right across the street from it, so we spent quite a bit of time there. There are hundreds of restaurants, and any kind of cuisine you could wish for. Shopping will also not be a problem there, to say the least. Whether you are looking for that perfect souvenir, or a great pair of shoes, this is a great area to find them. The nightlife is great. Tons of bars and discos are to be found. The many coffee shops and street performers add to the Leidseplein's wonderful atmosphere. And if anything else, have a seat at a cafe and do some people watching. Definately worth spending some of your time at.
We found these fantastic little critters in a small park not far from the Leidseplein, just up from Max Euweplein. They look so lifelike when they are in the grass that the first time we saw them we did a complete double take!
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Its a very important place in Amsterdam.
its located 6 station from Dam square.
I like this place very much too it contains many many many resturants and coffee shops.
once you get off Liedsplien and want to eat something there is McDonalds right there,also there are some different food resturants like Indian,Indonesian,Chinese and so on.
Shows also are eveywhere stop and see them they are very nice.
Calling all party people!
This is where the nightlife and the club scene happens to be. I, myself very seldom go clubbing when on vacation. But one of the fellow members of my tour walked with me through this area to check out the action, and I must say, this was where most of it was!
Leidseplein is party central
After a few hours of walking we arrived at one of liveliest parts of Amsterdam, Leidseplein.
Tons of shops, cafes, and coffee houses are located her and we decided to take a short break before continuing on our tour of the city.
This seems to be the place to hang out at night. Plenty of pubs, restaurants to suit any taste, coffee houses, and benches to people watch. Most theatres are in this area, as well. Easily accessible by tram, bicycle, and foot!
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