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Amsterdam Tips: 5 Things to do at Leidseplein

By Janette

Marketeer and social media expert who just "happens" to speak Chinese fluently. Moved to the capital two years ago and shares her Amsterdam discoveries with you.

July 19, 2017

Just a stone’s throw – or one tram stop – away from Royal Coster is the Leidseplein. The Leidseplein is basically a large square in Amsterdam. Back in the days, it was the end of the road between the Dutch city Leiden and Amsterdam. It served as a parking lot for horse-drawn traffic, but now it’s one of the most vibrant districts of Amsterdam. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, there are five main fun things to do:

1. Eating and drinking

people having tasty lunch bird's perspecive
Who doesn’t like to explore the local kitchen while abroad? Though the Netherlands isn’t exactly famous for its cuisine, there are some eateries at Leidseplein that are considered typical Dutch. Not in the mood for a restaurant yet? Visit one of the many cafes at the Leidseplein. While you enjoy a local brew, try some Dutch snacks, such as bitterballen and other typical Dutch dishes.

2. Absorbing culture

Amsterdam canal during light festival
Whether you’re a fan of exploring cultures or just enjoy a museum every now and then, you probably like the Leidseplein. As you may know, Amsterdam has a very rich and long history. Therefore, you can find plenty of museums here. Museums not really your cup of tea? Visit one of the movie houses or theatres. The Stadsschouwburg (performing arts theatre) offers many classical and experimental plays but is also a beautiful Neo-Renaissance building to see.

3. Shopping

people shopping in the streets
Leidseplein is a trendy, not too expensive, shopping area. It’s the part of the city where many local young people buy their clothes. However, you’ll see there is a variety of large international chains, small local fashion stores, and gadget stores. Between the Leidseplein and Royal Coster is the area with more luxurious products. The PC Hooftstraat is THE street to see and be seen. Strolling down the street, you can often see a celebrity or two shopping here.

4. Partying

dj playing at a party
With this many bars, it’s no surprise after midnight the Leidseplein is called the “entertainment area”. For a memorable time, visit this buzzing square at night. Many world-famous artists perform at big concert halls such as Paradiso and the Melkweg. The many intimate dance bars and night clubs such as Jimmy Woo are the stages for many upcoming DJ’s.

5. Staying in Amsterdam

woman in white hotel room
As you can see, there’s so much to do at and around Leidseplein. Because of its central location, it’s also the perfect base to discover the rest of Amsterdam. Luckily, there are also many good hotels here. Let’s be honest: nothing beats not having to travel back to the hotel for 30 minutes after a long day. Have a comfortable holiday and stay in the city center.

navigation sign at leidseplein

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