Leidseplein, Amsterdam The square developed in the 17-th century as a wagon park for farmers and peasants to leave their carts here before entering the city centre. The name is because of Leidsepoort, which once marked the end of the main road from Amsterdam to Leiden. Nowadays, Leidseplein is a busy tram intersection and centre of night-time transport. Leidseplein is one of Amsterdam's popular centers for nightlife, with theatres, lots of cafes, restaurants, cinemas, the casino, the Lido theatre with live entertainment and music centres Paradiso and Melkweg. Street musicians, jugglers, fire-eaters and other performers make the square a lively place until the early hours, especially on warm summer evenings, when you can get there also a henna tattoo. At night, the square is the meeting point for youth, who hang out in the clubs and cinemas around. It is also popular with pickpockets as well with drunk groups of tourists. Locate Leidseplein on the map of Amsterdam. Hotels near Leidseplein American hotel Amsterdam The hotel got its name because of the former hotel's architect who studied design in the United States, but the original hotel has been demolished and replaced in 1902 with one by Willem Kromhout. A carved stone plaque on the Leidseplein side of the hotel shows the original building. Hotel Marriott Amsterdam A big conveniently located four-star hotel, respecting the utmost of international standards of hospitality. Hotel Roemer Amsterdam Located in a quiet street off from the Vondelpark, Roemer is well serviced, quiet and modern hotel. Tourist services MacBike Leidseplein - Bike rental & tire service. Amsterdam tourism office, Leidseplein branch. Taxi rank is in front of Stadsschouwburg. Entertainment Boom Chicago Housed in the historic and superbly situated Leidseplein Theatre, every night of the week Boom Chicago presents an English-language comedy show which is invariably hilarious. Leidseplein 12 Stadsschouwburg The neo-renaissance building hosts the city theatre. Amsterdam's footbal team Ajax uses the theatre's balcony to greet supporters after winning important games. Leidseplein 26 (turkeyarena.com) Uitburo. There is a central entertainment information and ticket reservation service called Uit buro (AUB) on the Leidseplein. Multiplex City cinema Restaurants, cafes, bars and coffeshops Grand Cafe Heineken Hoek De Blonde Hollander serving Dutch food. Leidsekruisstraat 28 Burger King fast food Coffee shop Bulldog Leidseplein Haagse Dasz tearoom De Balie A combination of culture and café with free wireless internet. Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10. Open 16:00 pm - 1:00 am Café Americain The American Hotel's grand café is decorated in Art-Deco style and remains one of the most elegant in Amsterdam. However the service is somehow awful, and if a running mouse scares you, better avoid it. Open 6:00 am - 1:00 am.