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Leiden Square (Leidseplein)

One of Amsterdam’s most famous central squares, the busy Leidseplein, or Leiden Square, claims a prime location to the South of the city’s canal ring and opposite the popular Vondelpark.

Once serving as a 17th-century transport stand for horse-drawn carriages, the square remains a vibrant center point, alive with street entertainers and freestyle jazz performers. Here, costumed acrobats and break-dancers amuse punters at the square’s many cafés, shops and restaurants. As the sun sets, the city’s notorious brown cafés, Irish pubs and music venues fill up, and the square is at its liveliest, flickering with neon and echoing with music spilling from the clubs. Melkweg and Paradiso are two of the most famous music venues, with a number of acclaimed international artists performing alongside local acts.

Whether the sun’s shining or the snow’s falling, Leidseplein remains at the heart of the city’s festivities. Throughout the summer months, café terraces sprawl out into the plaza, while the festive season brings a giant open-air ice rink and food stalls serving seasonal delicacies and hot snacks late into the night.

There’s plenty to admire even in the quietest times, with some impressive architectural landmarks dotted around the square. Passersby can marvel at the neo-Renaissance facade of the famed Stadsschouwburg theatre, now home to the Dutch National Ballet, and the impressive Art Deco building that houses the renowned American Hotel.

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Amsterdam Pub Crawl

4 star rating: Recommended 101 Reviews

Do you like to party? Book Amsterdam's most famous pub crawl and party like never before. This walking tour is the ultimate way to discover the city and its ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $21.30

Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Visit the Hard Rock Cafe in picturesque Amsterdam and enjoy some traditional American fare. Some of the legendary memorabilia on display here include: Eddie ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.75

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