20 x spots near Leidseplein in Amsterdam where you do want to go

22 May 2017

spots at leidseplein in amsterdam where you do want to be

The Leidseplein, you love coming there or you don’t. There are many wrong bars (that are pretty okay after some drinks) but also plenty of places you do want to go to for a fun night. Good food, going for drinks with friends or for a fun night out. Leidseplein offers it all. These are our favourite spots around the Leidseplein in Amsterdam, and believe us, you do want to go to these spots!

14 x food spots near the leisdeplein in amsterdam

Kopstootbar: most people know the Kopstootbar as a place where you can dance until early in the morning. But since a while, you can also eat here. Ps: don’t forget to try their Gin.
De Italiaan: who doesn’t love Italian food? De Italiaan is the perfect place for Italian food near Leidseplein. A 7 minute walk, but it’s worth it!
Poké Perfect: we like poké bowls so much, and especially the ones from Poké Perfect! Choose your own ingredients and enjoy.
Buffet van Odette: for a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner along the canals you go to Buffer van Odette. One of our favourite spots!

buffet van odette
Ron Gastrobar Oriental: this is the sister of the Ron Gastrobar Paris. Instead of French dishes, you come here to enjoy the Chinese cuisine.
De Balie: everything in one, a cinema, stage and the perfect spot for some bites and drinks. Food first, movie afterwards.
Bo Nam: yes Vietnamese food! Order small dishes so you can try a lot, or to share! Tip: it’s a nice spot for date night near the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.
Café George: you’re welcome here all day. Think of hangover breakfast with delicious eggs, or a glass of wine at the end of the day!
Lavinia Goodfood: in the Kerkstraat you’ll find the hidden gem: Lavinia Goodfood. Healthy, vega(n), and just super good!

lavinia goodfood

Lombardo’s: the place where all burger lovers should eat because these burgers are divine. Tip: order a fresh homemade juice and your meal is complete!

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2 x drinks at the leidseplein in amsterdam

Ginjobar: this is the cocktailbar of the Japanse restaurant Hosokawa. Craving a drink after going for dinner? Go to their cocktailbar, where they also have wine and sake btw ;-)
Door74: this spot is a bit further away from the Leidseplein, but trust us, you want to go here! The cocktails are way too good. Don’t forget to make a reservation, it’s always busy here!

4 x dancing & music at the leidseplein in amsterdam

De Melkweg: from bands to parties and expos to theaters. At the Melkweg they’ve got it all. For a night out, this is the perfect location as well, but check their agenda to see if there’s a fun party!
Sugar Factory: concerts and parties at the Sugar Factory. Just like at the Melkweg, check out their agenda to see what’s going on. This way you’re sure if there is something you like ;-)
Chicago Social Club: every week there are parties here. So want to dance? Go to ‘Soos’, because that how we call it here!
Paradiso: they have the best concerts(!) and parties at Paradiso. Go see your favourite artist or to a party and dance your worries away!

Amsterdam Bucketlist
Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
MOCO Museum for street art
Photography museum FOAM
Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Red Light District tour
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels:
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.

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