Leidseplein square in Amsterdam

Leidseplein is one of the most famous and busiest squares of Amsterdam for nightlife, entertainment, shopping and central location for public transport. It is located at the southern end of Amsterdam’s central canal ring, only a few footsteps away from the main entrance of the amazing Vondelpark. This is one of Amsterdams best parks. In addition, the Leidseplein faces one of the busiest streets of Amsterdam, the Leidsestraat. The translation that fits the best for Leidseplein would be Leiden Square. Way back in history the square Leidseplein was high street all the way to the town of Leiden.

The location from Leidseplein is nowadays still one of the most central places in Amsterdam. This why you can easily, get everywhere in Amsterdam in a maximum of 30 minutes. There are many opportunities, like several tram and bus stops, a taxi stand, parking garages and canal cruise stops.

Leidseplein Attractions

On the Leidse square you won’t get bored! During the day and evening, it’s very likely that you will face street performers on the square. In addition, you will find many other entertainment activities and interesting sights at the Leidseplein. When you visit Amsterdam for the first time or for the fifth time, the Leidse square will not disappoint you. There is always something to see.

During the summer months season, one side of Leidseplein filled up with a the large terraces and that is surrounded with several cozy bars lining the square. This is a place were locals and tourists can lean back and relax with a drink while taking a break to continue their journey. Besides taking just a quick break, you can easily spend one of your day-parts in the area of the Leidseplein.

During the colder season all the terraced area will be replaced by an outdoor ice skate ring. You will see many cozy Christmas lights and, hot food stalls are filling a part of the square.

The following locations are well-known to make a visit to nearby the Leidseplein:

  • A very central place by public transport in Amsterdam
  • Canal cruises
  • Coffeeshop the Bulldog Palace
  • DeLaMar Theater
  • Enormous amount of bars, lunchrooms/ restaurants and clubs
  • Hard Rock café
  • Heineken Corner
  • Holland Casino
  • Melkweg (concerts and shows)
  • Pathe City (cinema)
  • Paradiso (Pop temple)
  • Rijksmuseum
  • Street performers
  • Stadsschouwburg
  • Vondelpark and much more.

How to get to Leidseplein

Leidseplein is one of the most central places of Amsterdam. This means that you can hop on from almost everywhere in Amsterdam to get there or towards your destination from departing Leidseplein.

From Amsterdam Central Station:

  • Tram 2, heading to Nieuw Sloten, stop Van Baerlestraat
  • Tram 5, heading to Amstelveen Binnenhof, stop Van Baerlestraat
  • Bus 170, heading to Uithoorn, Amstelplein, stop Museumplein
  • Bus 172, heading to Kudelstaart, stop Museumplein

With the widget below you can find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.
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For the people that are travelling by car, there is 2 minutes away from the Leidseplein a Q-park (indoor garage). Note: this Q-park (at Marnixstraat 50) is pretty expensive (€4, – €5, per hour). You might wanna check out the closest P+R for your closest Amsterdam parking opportunity. It will save you a whole lot of money.

Also take a look at the Leidseplein on the Amsterdam map to navigate your way to the Leidseplein.

Leidseplein Hotels

In the area of the Leidseplein you will find a huge amount of popular Leidseplein hotels in Amsterdam, in neighborhood to their shopping, city’s nightlife hotspots as well and of course the must visit Vondelpark and the Museumplein area. An few examples are Eden Amsterdam as the Marriot and American Hotel.  As you probably noticed we like to present you the hidden gems of Amsterdam. Check out the Backstage Hotel, Freeland Hotel, and Hotel Seven and Seven. All these hotels are perfect if you have a night out in mind or a romantic staying with your partner. Lastly, we highly recommend to make a reservation in advantage for all of these hotels, since this is one of the most crowded places of the city.

Leidseplein Nightlife

The nightlife at Leidseplein is incredibly diverse and centers around the area of the Leidseplein. There is literally something for everybody. If you up for a night out you should try the famous music such as Paradiso or Melkweg. Or try out the brown cafés and typical Irish pubs. There are as well smaller nightclubs,  in the street that lead to the square. Keep in mind that the prices in the cafés that centers the square have on average for Amsterdam a bit higher prices for a drink.

When you’re up more up for a fancy night out, pay a visit to the DeLaMar Theater. Or for classy night out the Stadsschouwburg, is an amazing city theater. It is located right in the opposite direction of the bus and tram stop at the Leidseplein.

Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket

There is also such a thing as the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket. This ticket can save you a lot of money if you’re here for a few days and want to experience a variety of nightlife options and activities, then the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket is for you. Available for two or seven days, it offers a huge variety of discounts and special offers to some of the city’s best nightlife – free entrance to over 20 nightclubs, a welcome shot at nine of them, free casino admission, various 2 for 1 cocktail offers, and entry discounts to a whole range of top attractions such as Powerzone, The Amsterdam Dungeon, and the Hard Rock café. If you want to soak up as much nocturnal culture as possible and save a few euros, the Amsterdam Nightlife Ticket is a must!