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The 300 seat Leidseplein Theatre is home to improvisational theatre at its best! Boom Chicago offers different themed shows that are improv or scripted or a mix of both! Audience participation is encouraged, but not mandatory...and ALWAYS hilarious!! Come to the early show and have dinner and drinks before or just come early and hang out at the bar.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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Stadsschouwburg and the Leidseplein
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.
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.
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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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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.
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Municipal theatre - Teatro municipal
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.
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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.
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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!
Fancy a chess match?
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.
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