The Leidseplein is a square in central Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Lying in the southwest of the central (canal) district of Amsterdam, the Leidseplein is immediately northeast of the Singelgracht canal. It is situated on the crossroads of the Weteringschans, the Marnixstraat, and the Leidsestraat. The Leidsestraat was originally named for being the road to Leiden. (Compare: Oxford Street, London.) Several other streets in the vicinity of the square also refer back to the city of Leiden, but this is more because these streets cross the area, for example the Lange (Long) and the Korte (Short) Leidsedwarsstraat (Leiden cross Street) .
The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. The square and the surrounding streets are full of bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes, theaters, dance clubs and the like. Street performers are often found on the square. On busy summer nights, tourists may outnumber locals. From mid November until Christmas Leidseplein also has an outdoor ice rink and many carts selling typical Dutch pastries and Poffertjes (small sweet pancakes). Many signs and bar names are in English.
On the square or close by are:
City movie theater, around the corner at the Kleine Gartmanplantsoen the Stadsschouwburg (municipal theatre), which features plays, musicals, and cabaret. the Leidsepleintheater, home of the English-language comedy group Boom Chicago. the "Uitburo" (going-out office), which provides information on and tickets for Amsterdam theater and music performances the rock music venues Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam's largest municipal park, Vondelpark Holland Casino the historic American Hotel the Barlaeus Gymnasium, well-known secondary school