Leidsestraat

History

Located in the old town of Amsterdam, the name Leidsestraat is associated to the way that led to the Leidsepoort. The street is situated between the Kings Square and the Leidseplein and crosses three ditches, which are the pin, ditch, emperors ditch and the princes ditch.

What will you find here

Leidsestraat is one of the busiest shopping streets in Amsterdam and houses many exclusive fashion shops. You an also find some of the best footwear in this area.

For some great shopping, you can visit the Metz & Co., a department store with clothing, luxury gifts and household goods, the Scheltema / Holkema / Vermeulen, an enormous six-storey book store and The Frozen Fountain, a gallery with design furniture. It is here that you will also find the famous Lambiek, the oldest antiquarian comic book shop in Europe, selling comic books in twenty different languages.

Interestingly, the Metz & Co. provides a lovely view of the downtown Amsterdam from the joint located on its first floor premises.

If case you want to stop by for a quick snack, stop by at Maoz Falafel. The food offered here is surely one of Amsterdam’s best in terms of being economical, filling and tasty vegetarian food.

Leidsestraat is also one of the main areas of activity on the Queens Day in April every year. On the corners, you will find the Prinsengracht, Keizergracht and the Herengracht. In 1971, the street was closed for car traffic. It was on Leidsestraat, 103 that famous actor Louis Architect once loved.

You can shop around in quite a few places at Leidsestraat on Sundays as well.

Around the place

When here, you can walk in the direction of Spui, Kalverstraat, Beren and Wolvenstraat, Muntplein and Leidseplein. The nearest tram you can take is tramline 1-2-5.