Rembrandtplein

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

An urban entertainment center and central square bustling with street performers, outdoor cafes, bars and clubs.

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History & Background

Built in 1668 from the remnants of a city port, the Rembrandtplein or Botermarkt (butter market) began as a quiet dairy market and the site of occasional local fairs.

By the early 20th century as Amsterdam's urban population surged, the market evolved into a popular gathering spot, frequented by artists, laborers and young people. It was around this same time that the square's landmark hotels and restaurants including Mille Colonnes, De Kroon, Mast Shiller, and the famous Karseboom, a local hall with space for 1,400 patrons, were constructed.

Today, the Rembrandtplein remains a lively hub of activity. The square is flooded with tourists and locals who pass the day strolling, eating, shopping and people-watching at the multitude of shops, nightclubs and restaurants that litter the area.

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