Leidseplein

The Leidseplein is the tourist center of Amsterdam and, like Rembrandtplein, is surrounded by inexpensive eateries and bars, their terraces packed with visitors and shoppers set for the Leidsestraat. This is also the city's vortex for the performing arts, with street performers, music venues, theaters, and jazz bars. The Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theater), with its Neo-Renaissance facade, is here too . The Amsterdam American Hotel, at Leidsekade 97, is an Art Deco standout. (Keep an eye out for the statue of the woodcutter in the trees nearby.) The Cobra Museum of Modern Art is in Amstelveen, just south of Amsterdam proper, but it's an easy bike ride from Leidseplein.

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Cobra Museum of Art

Just south of Amsterdam, in the small town of Amstelveen, this wonderful museum of modern art is worth a detour.…

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