The Leidseplein ("plein" meaning plaza, or place) is, along with Dam Square, another central, hub type area of the city. There's a beautiful hotel there (no idea what the inside is like) named the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam American that's rated a 5-star and takes up a sizable area of the square, with several other hotels in the immediate area. Clubs, shops, and restaurants galore. I've read that it's a very active area during the peak summer months. Lots of people here even in December, a very exciting, lively place.
There's a restaurant there, the Three Sisters Amsterdam, that we ate lunch at one day. Very nice decor, ambience, and friendly service, with delicious Tostis (grilled sandwiches).
Probably not a good area for lodging if you're looking for total peace and quiet, but that would also apply to Dam Square area hotels. From everything I've read, though, that depends a lot on where a particular room in a hotel is located as far as street noise, etc.
Whether u like theater or not, this building will impressed you. As for me, its really a meeting point in Leidseplein. Apart from the show, if you got a chance, just look up the flowery lamp there. absolutely gorgeous!
An extraordinary building on the Leidseplein is the former Hotel Americain, which now houses the Crowne Plaza hotel. It was built in Art Nouveau style in 1897. Not only the outside is wonderful but also the inside, especially the cafe-restaurant.
This area right near to the Holland Casino and the Hard Rock Cafe is filled full of ethnic dining experiences from all over the world. Whether your tastes are asian (Indonesian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, etc.) or South American (Argentinian, Brazilian, etc.) or you are looking for a good dutch pancake, then this is a travellers culinary paradise. Most times during the summer months there are a variety of street performers that will perform in the plaza and are asking for donations. This is a perfect place to relax over a beer or glass of wine and watch the world go by.
This part of the city is incredibly beautiful. This is the location of the hostel I stayed at. I also took one of the boat tours in one of the boats seen in this picture. Please see my other tips for more information! :)
The best part of being in Europe are the great square's and plaza's. Leidseplein is a perfect example. Here the locals and tourist come to drink beer and have coffee on the side walk cafes that line this square. Always full of people, it's great to sit and enjoy your in Europe.
The Municipal Theatre is a beautiful building located in the bustling Leidseplein area. It is a great venue for plays and even shows them in English. You'll also find a bunch of great places to eat around here, including all kinds of ethnic joints nearby.
Leidseplein is probably the most active square in amsterdam.. When you reach the square you may be surprised, but the spirit comes in at night.. The suare is surronded with many cafes and restaurants and if you try to go sideways, you can find kitchens from all around the world.. The brazilian food, Mexican, Vietnamese,Greek, Turkish and many others..
If you want ot have some fun...head to Leidsplein. Lots of cafe's, coffeeshops, clubs and restaurants.
American food available as well, nothing like a Burger King to ruin a perfectly good Amsterdam street.
If you are look for fun outside of Dam Square, this is where you will find it.
Boom Chicago has been making Amsterdam laugh with fresh and exciting new comedy shows. Mixing quick thinking and high production values with creative smart, topical comedy in an electric environment. Based in the historic 300-seat Leidseplein Theater.
Leidestraat is the main street running through the area of Amsterdam called the Leidseplein. The Leidesplein square has a bunch of restaurants and coffee shops and the leidestraat has some neat little shops. It's definitely a must for anyone going to amsterdam to visit this area of town. In the Leidseplein square you can see a show called "Boom Chicago" which is very funny and we found it to be worth the money. It is put on by a bunch of Americans and is improv style comedy. See it towards the end of your trip though because they refer to a lot of amsterdam culture in their show.
This is the big Theater right before entering Leidseplein Square----coming from over the canal near the Marriott Hotel.
Typical casino, only they speak Dutch! Over 700 slot machines, 55 gaming tables, 3 bars, a restaurant, and a brasserie. There are events and entertainment here. English schedules are available!
just great to visit there at the evening - lots of coffeeshops and bars and stuff, plus all the crazy people with their crazy street shows are there so its the best....
We came upon some artists drawing in the Leidesplein. I never did buy any of their art and am regretful. Maybe next time....