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On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Leidseplein.

Leidseplein features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Amsterdam's tourist hub
  • Famous nightlife of the square

Time required: 15 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 1: Leidseplein stop
  • Tram Line 2: Leidseplein stop
  • Tram Line 5: Leidseplein stop

Address: Leidseplein, Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • Leidseplein is a tacky, loud and fun square in the center of the city
  • The area is the center of Amsterdam's nightlife
  • The square and its vicinity are full of bars, outdoor cafés, coffee shops, restaurants, theaters, and dance clubs
  • The square's liveliness is best experienced in the evening when street performers, such as fire-eaters, dancers, singers, family bands, and acrobats start to appear and entertain the crowds
  • Leidseplein's most famous landmark is Art Nouveau American Hotel (1902) by Willem Kromhout (on the corner of Leidseplein and Leidsekade)
  • This building was a forerunner of the later Amsterdam School of architecture

What to do there:

  • Enjoy the fun atmosphere of the square
  • Have a cup of coffee in a nearby café

Tips & Insights:

  • Come back in the evening. Nightspots De Melkweg, Paradiso, and Holland Casino are close at hand

Leidseplein features in these preplanned City Guides: