Bars in Leidseplein

There are a lot of bars in Amsterdam - and a lot of "pleins" too!

As far as I know, the word plein is Dutch for plaza or square, and there are quite a few in Amsterdam.  It's a great city to walk around in and shoot all that cool stuff, then go find a plein and sit down and chill.  I did that a lot while I was there.  

I would walk and walk, then shoot a bit, then walk some more, then find a bar or cafe to sit in and rest.  Depending on the time of day, I would order tea, or a beer.  I could get used to living like that!  It's pretty awesome.

Leidseplein is one of the larger squares there, or at least it seems that way to me.  It's pretty busy, and there is a lot going on there at all times of day and night.  There's also a boatload of construction in it right now, which makes it a bit more cramped.  There's a cool Apple store.  There are a lot of shops.  And of course there are all sorts of cafes and bars.

I tend to enjoy shooting cityscape things like this, so when I was walking by one day and this section was empty, I knew I had to jump at the chance and fire away.  Right as I was getting ready, that lady in the doorway walked into that spot and stood there.  She started smiling, assuming that I was taking her picture.  But of course, I was shooting with my wide angle to capture the buildings, but I acted otherwise so she would stay still for a minute so I could finish!