Amsterdam has many famous tourist attractions including many beautiful canals, historical museums, flower markets, and many other spots that tourists would love to visit. One such spot that is popular among the tourists and the locals alike is the Leidseplein square, one of the busiest squares in Amsterdam’s southern end, located nearby the Vondelpark in the Weteringschans neighborhood. You can consider visiting this square when you tour Amsterdam for a good shopping experience and a little bit of entertainment.
Leidseplein is translated as ‘Leiden Square’ and got its name because of its location towards the end of the Leidsestraat, which was once the main road leading to the city of Leiden. Now the Leidseplein square is not only a transport hub but also a great center for shopping and nightlife.
There are many entertaining and moving sights to see in the Leidseplein. The square undoubtedly attracts a lot of people, from the locals to tourists, and is a great place to shop, have a drink, eat out, and stay entertained with many street artists performing all the day at the eastern side of the square.
From acrobatic dance to freestyle jazz, you can always see something entertaining here. In summer, you can enjoy a drink from one of the bars lined up in the square while watching jugglers, musicians, or other artists performing. While in winter, this place is covered by a skating rink and you can hire ice skates from there and enjoy your skating. If you get hungry, taste some Dutch delights from one of the many food stalls around.
The Leiden Square is a busy center for nightlife in the city. There are enough pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes here. In addition, there are many theaters and cinemas around too. Two of the most famous music venues here are Paradiso and Melkweg where you can get the liveliest nightlife in the square. Stadsschouwburg Theater is an architectural landmark in the city and other notable theaters include DeLaMar Theater and Theater Bellevue.
In order to reach here from the Central Station, you have to take 1, 2, or 5 trams to the Leidseplein stop; if you are from other areas in the city, take trams 7 or 10. For the ones traveling by car, multistory Q-Park at Marnixstraat 50 will be a convenient place to park the car.