Terraces at Leidseplein
Artists, tourists and business people from all over the world meet together to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of beer, mixing with local Amsterdammers.
The square lights up in the evening. With hundreds of restaurants, bars, pubs, coffeeshops and popular clubs like the Melkweg and Paradiso as well as cinemas and theatres, the Leidseplein area is one of Amsterdam's most popular centres for nightlife.
On warm summer evenings, tourists and locals alike take advantage of the pubs' outdoor seating for a long, lazy drinks with friends.
The Leidseplein area has an international allure and touch of exclusivity. Street musicians, jugglers, fire-eaters and other performers make the square a lively place until the early hours.
The beautiful Stadsschouwburg building dominates the Leidseplein. It is home to Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the largest theatre company in the Netherlands.
At the theatre's balcony Amsterdam's footbal team Ajax used to greet supporters after winning important games, but this is no longer possible now due to repeated riots.
Leidseplein is known for its small bars with a dance floor where guests dance to recorded music or a local DJ. There's always a good atmosphere among visitors and bar crew. Find out where the best party bars are.
Municipal theatre built in Renaissance style. Home of Toneelgroep Amsterdam.
An Amsterdam icon with characteristic cupola, in which originally haute couture fashion house Hirsch & Cie was housed.
Famous hotel, café and restaurant built in Jungendstil. In its classic grand café you'll find the oldest reading table of Amsterdam.
Rock temple, housed in a converted former church building, in which many famous bands and artists have played.