Leidseplein, Amsterdam

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    Fancy a chess match?

    by jmdfoto Updated Feb 24, 2008

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    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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    Bar hopping

    by worldxplorer99 Written Dec 9, 2006

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    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.

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    Best People watching in A'Dam

    by dustmon Written May 24, 2010

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    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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    Blackjack anyone?

    by heryanta Written Jul 14, 2007

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    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.

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    Just walk around its a little different.

    by LakeFever Updated Dec 1, 2005

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    Right in the Square....
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    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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    by siso010 Written Jul 11, 2005

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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.

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    A popular area for lodging, shopping, & nightlife

    by jss1018 Updated Dec 30, 2004

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    American Hotel, Leidseplein

    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.

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    by Goldenboy Written Nov 19, 2004

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    Why nite scene seems more thrilling?

    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!

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    by orlikins Updated Apr 3, 2006

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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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    Leidseplein square/area

    by eternel2002 Written Jan 10, 2007

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    Leidseplein by night

    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.

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    Eat, Drink and be merry

    by VickiJ Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    Street Entertainers
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    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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    Rascally Reptiles!

    by mightywease Written Oct 19, 2005

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    Leaping Lizards!
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    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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    Leidseplein square

    by ophiro Written Aug 22, 2011

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    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.

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    Calling all party people!

    by HotRodEtte Written May 24, 2005

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    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!

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    Leidseplein.. The living suare..

    by Erkmen Written Sep 13, 2003

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    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..

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