The 88 best places to visit during a city trip in Leiden

The compact Leiden has something for everyone. You can see hundreds of monuments walking or sailing. Discover Rembrandt's masterpieces, treasures from all over the world and the secrets of the human body. And shop in atmospheric streets and alleys. For conviviality, you are also good in this university city thanks to a variety of restaurants and cafés. Keep your eyes open, all over the city center keys pop up, the city's coat of arms.


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Boutique Hotel Rembrandt

Overlooking Molen de Valk and the Oude Singel, this charming hotel offers comfortable rooms with beautiful, well-kept décor.

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Hortus Botanicus Leiden

The oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands. Landscaped in 1590 and expanded over the centuries. Admire the special diversity of plants.

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Kaasspeciaalzaak van Boheemen

The Bohemia family has already sold cheese to many generations of Leiden. The range of cheese is extensive and supplemented with various accessories.

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Borgman Borgman

An espresso bar in the heart of the city where they love to let you taste coffee made from beans they roasted themselves.

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EDUARD Leiden

Beautiful in simplicity, tough and without unnecessary frills. That's the style at conceptstore EDUARD. Discover unique bags, accessories and items for home.

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Velvet Music Leiden

A music specialty store run by mere lovers. You will find records, CDs, DVDs and occasionally swinging instore concerts.

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Stripwinkel Dumpie

Comic strip lovers can wander around at Dumpie. In the charming business you will find both new and second-hand comics, and thorough advice.

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Skyler Store

Here you are good for interior items and interior advice in an eclectic, Scandinavian style. For affordable design and trendy home accessories.

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Het Stadsbrouwhuis

Twenty-five alternating tapes, a brewery and restaurant in one location. Discover beautiful beers, tasty bites and a cozy atmosphere.

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Het plantsoen

This English landscape-style city park is located on the former strongholds of the city. Its location on the water makes it a wonderful place.

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Naturalis Biodiversity Center

With 42 million objects, Naturalis manages one of the largest natural history collections in the world. Until September 2 in the sign of poison!

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Hartendief Vintage

A shop full of “clothes with experience. “ You will find second-hand branded clothing from individuals and vintage items selected by Heartendief himself.

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Marekerk

The Marekerk is located in the middle of Leiden and is therefore not to be missed. You can recognize the church by its round dome and special shape. Usually open Saturday.

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Antraciet Living & Fashion

A tough, sober, stylish and atmospheric business where you will find special clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry and home accessories. Stylish and unique.

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Morspoort

One of the two remaining city gates of Leiden. The name derives from De Morsch, the swampy area on the outside of the city.

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Tijdloos

They specialise in old mechanical wristwatches and have an extensive collection, all authentic and ready to use.

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Museum Volkenkunde

A museum about people. Admire objects that tell a human story and learn more about the world's enormous cultural diversity.

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Oil & Vinegar Leiden

Those who enjoy life are happy to come to Oil & Vinegar. A tasteful shop full of culinary products from many parts of the world.

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Galerie Café Leidse Lente

The coziest living room in Leiden. You are welcome for lunch, drinks or dinner. In the meantime, enjoy art, music and other entertainment.

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Pieterskerk

The benchmark of Leiden for almost 900 years. From Catholic Church to meeting place. You will also find the Pieterskerkcafé, a hidden gem.

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WOW Duurzaam Design

From fashion, jewellery and textics to ceramics, lighting and art. At WOW you will find products designed by young talent and small labels.

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Hartebrugkerk

An imposing, neoclassical monument in the Haarlemmerstraat. A place of rest in the midst of all the hustle and bustle.

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Leidse Schouwburg - Stadsgehoorzaal

Both locations offer a fantastic backdrop for theatre, dance, music, lectures and cabaret. Experience the classic halls and the acclaimed acoustics.

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Sint Annahofje

Find peace and quiet in one of the most beautiful and oldest courtyards of Leiden. This is also the only Leiden courtyard that has its own chapel.

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B&B NR22

This top B&B is 500 metres from Leidse Schouwburg. Some rooms have nice views and include a sauna or a spa bath.

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Museum Het Leids Wevershuis

The Wavershuis shows 'the other side of Leiden'. Not Leading the wealthy elite with their imposing properties, but Leading the workers

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Oudt Leyden

Imagine yourself in nostalgic atmospheres thanks to the classic Dutch decor. Both in terms of taste and size, the pancakes are out of proportion here!

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Plato Leiden

Go on a musical journey of discovery in Plato. For over four decades a household name among music lovers in Leiden and surroundings.

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KOSi

A boutique full of beautiful women's fashion. You will find special brands that you don't see anywhere else in the city. Tough, feminine, sexy and affordable.

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Lucies Leiden

Along a charming canal in the heart of Leiden you will find Lucies, a boutique full of jewelry, gifts and other gems. Mostly made by myself.

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Warenhuis de Rex

You walk right past it, but just take a look inside. At the Rex department store you enter a special world full of unique, antique and modern items.

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Beestenmarkt

From 1616 to 1969 this square was the scene of the cattle market. The ringing of the 'Sheep Bell 'between number 9 and 10 gave the starting signal for trade.

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Soetenso

Homemade ice cream, ice cream cakes, chocolate, chocolates and pastries. Here delicious products are manufactured and there are workshops to follow.

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Waag Leiden

Sit in the striking Waag, also known as the living room of Leiden, where you have lunch and dinner in a beautiful, historic atmosphere.

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Grand Café Van Buuren

The building from 1895 exudes the atmosphere of the past, but with a modern jacket. A special contrast. For breakfast and lunch, drinks and dinner.

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Rapenburg

Many stately buildings can be found on this most beautiful canal in the city. Some members of the royal family lived here during their studies.

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Samuel de Zee's hof

Founded by Samuel the Sea, who had no offspring from four marrieals. He then put his capital into the structure of this courthouse.

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Dille en Kamille

An inspiring, atmospheric place in Leiden where you will find everything for the home, garden and kitchen. Discover everyday items with special accents.

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Pieterskerk

For almost 900 years this church has been an important meeting place in Leiden, nowadays used for concerts and events.

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Van Manen en Aan Tafel

The store started 15 years ago with everything for the set table. The range grew with beautiful items for the kitchen, bath and bedroom.

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Voetlicht

Hundreds of lamps illuminate the beautiful building of Voetlicht dating from 1609. A Tiffany, Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Art Nouveau specialty store.

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Hooglandse kerk

An imposing, late Gothic cross basilica that has been adorning the heart of Leiden for centuries. A monument with a turbulent history.

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Vintage Island

A trendy vintage business with an extensive collection that is partly imported from America. The offer is large and distinctive.

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Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

This museum brings ancient times and archaeology to life. Enjoy ancient civilizations from Egypt, Roman times, Middle Ages and much more.

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Japanmuseum SieboldHuis

Hidden behind a historic Dutch façade you will find the most beautiful of old and new Japan. Collected by the doctor Philipp Franz von Siebold.

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De Burcht

This is one of the oldest still existing examples of a castle in the Netherlands. A fenced refuge for people against attackers.

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Gelateria Cafè Bar Maxim's

Taste Italian ice cream like Italian ice cream is supposed to be. With a lot of passion, the flavors of pure ingredients are made.

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n Steekje Los

A cozy shop full of wool. The assortment is extensive. For help and inspiration, you can always go to the cozy inspiration table.

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PLUUM

A shop with a varied assortment of treats and fun with a Scandinavian touch. The motto is tough, simple and a little hip.

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Bierwinkel Leiden

Since 1988 the address for beers, whiskies and jenevers. Thanks to its unique assortment and rare collection bottles perfect for lovers.

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Gravensteen

Once a refuge for the Counts of Holland, then a prison and execution place, book warehouse and now a university building.

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Nieuwe Rijn

A cozy district with numerous restaurants and eateries. In the summer, many have a terrace on or along the water where it is wonderful to stay.

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De Vliegershop

You will not find the assortment of the Vliegershop anywhere else. Besides kites you will find all kinds of toys, games and gifts.

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Olive Oyl’s Rusty Zipper

At Olive Oyl's Rusty Zipper you can shop in a warm and friendly environment. You will find beautiful second-hand vintage women's and children's clothing.

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Café de Bonte Koe

For more than a hundred years, the interior here has remained the same. In the fine pub, the beers, wines and snacks are carefully selected.

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Hotel Huys van Leyden

This beautiful 4-star hotel, including a spa and sauna, is highly valued for personal attention, relaxation, comfort and style.

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Banketbakkerij en lunchroom Snijers

Since 1829 this cozy lunchroom and bakery can be found in Leiden. Visit the beautiful property and taste truffles, apple balls and much more.

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De Leidse Sterrewacht

Visitors here are happy to convey the beauty of our universe. You will also learn more about the rich history of Leiden Astronomy.

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Fromagerie Bon

The passion they have here for France, worldwide cheeses and wines is clearly present. Discover this place full of delicious products.

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Wonderful Nature

Be amazed by natural home accessories. From butterflies to glassware and from fossils to ceramics. Find something for yourself or a nice gift.

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Restaurant Logica

Breakfast or lunch entirely responsible at Restaurant Logic, where the menu is 100% organic and offers many vegetarian options.

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Fiori Bloemen

Fiori combines solid craftsmanship with characteristic creativity. You will find colorful bouquets, flower arrangements, plants, vases and more.

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Silvester Jeugdboekhandel

Silvester's assortment consists of a wide collection of children's and youth books, song books, fairy tales and educational games.

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Boutique Hotel d'Oude Morsch

This boutique hotel is both contemporary and historical thanks to the interior of the rooms and the former waiting building in which the hotel is located.

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Boutique van Gendt

A small boutique run by mother and daughter. The collection consists of beautiful vintage items and new clothes, sunglasses and accessories.

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The Bishop

At the Bischop they have a passion for international cuisine. Flamboyant and confidently present the most beautiful dishes in their beautiful premises.

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concept store MEI

In MEI you will find a cosy mix of vintage treasures, home accessories from exotic places and other fairtrade items that make you happy.

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Lot en de Walvis

The most relaxed restaurant in the harbour of Leiden. Escape the crowds and enjoy, eat and drink, dream and get new inspiration.

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Hotel de Doelen

Hotel de Doelen is located within walking distance of shops and train station, on a beautiful canal and offers 18 nicely furnished rooms with all facilities.

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Visbrasserie de Poort

Delicious finger food dishes, sustainable fish, drink bites and main courses for every taste. The Gate is perfect for any time of day.

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Happy Tosti

This social lunch restaurant makes everyone happy. The always-happy employees with a disability serve the best toasted sandwities.

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Molenmuseum de Valk

Curious how a mill looks on the inside and how it works? Discover seven floors of stories and history at Molenmuseum de Valk.

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Het Prentenkabinet

Located in the beautiful old Pieterswijk you will find the Print Cabinet, a classic restaurant where you can taste culinary delights.

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Italian bar-bistro City Hall

In the characteristic centuries-old Town Hall you can taste the most delicious, pure Italian dishes. Any time of the day.

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Chummy Coffee

Coffee is always a good idea, especially at Chummy Coffee. From cappuccino to special special. Here, the taste of coffee is central.

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Restaurant IDD

Dining in this historic building is a real experience. Taste the chef's tasteful creations in a tempting ambience. Pure enjoyment.

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Moers, Thee & Meer

Follow the scent of tea and you'll end up at Moers. A specialty store full of tea, handmade ceramics, exclusive table linen and goodies.

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Visfontein

The fountain dates from 1693 and was placed by the city authorities to supply sellers on the fish market with pure water for hygiene purposes.

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Jut en Juul

At Jut en Juul you will find unique items for the youngest. From maternity gifts to care products and from cuddly toys to children's room accessories.

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Rijksmuseum Boerhaave

Let yourself be intrigued by five centuries of science. Discover microscopes, the oldest heliocentric planetarium and visit the anatomical theatre.

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Zijlpoort

Two of the eight city gates are left, including the Zijlpoort. The gate dates back to 1667 and is built in classical style.

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Koornbrug

For centuries, the corn was traded on this bridge. The canopy kept everything dry and the corn was stored under the roof.

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P+R Haagweg

The large car park on the west side is a good starting point for a visit to Leiden. Favourable rates and free city shuttle to downtown.

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VVV

For everything about Leiden and surroundings, you are at the right place. The helpful staff will be happy to provide useful information.

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NS Station Leiden Centraal

This train station is located on the north-west side of the city centre. Take the exit in front and walk to the city centre in about 10 minutes.

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Parkeerterrein Langegracht

With some luck you will find a spot here on the north side of the city centre on this not so large car park and you can walk quickly into the city centre.

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Parkeergarage Breestraat

This small parking garage located in the historic center is located above the Hoogvliet supermarket. Relatively cheap parking in the city centre.

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Parkeergarage Haarlemmerstraat

In the middle of the city centre, next to the Albert Heijn, you can park cheap here. From this car park you can easily reach the entire city centre.

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