Leidseplein (English: Leiden Square) is a square in central Amsterdam, Netherlands. Lying in the Weteringschans neighbourhood (Centrum borough), the Leidseplein is immediately northeast of the Singelgracht. It is situated on the crossroads of the Weteringschans, the Marnixstraat and the Leidsestraat.

Besides the square itself, several streets around it, such as the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat (pictured) are named after the city of Leiden

The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. Historically, the square was the end of the road from Leiden, and served as a parking lot for horse-drawn traffic. Today, modern traffic travels through the square and side streets are packed with restaurants and nightclubs. The Stadsschouwburg, a theatre, is the most notable architectural landmark on the square; the American Hotel is close by.[1]

Panorama of the Leidseplein at night. The building on the far left of the image is the Stadsschouwburg

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  1. ^ Martin Dunford (2010). The Rough Guide to The Netherlands. Penguin. pp. 73–74. ISBN 978-1-84836-882-8.

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Coordinates: 52°21′51″N 4°52′59″E / 52.364242°N 4.882978°E / 52.364242; 4.882978