Spui in Amsterdam

Spui in Amsterdam

Spui is a very pleasant square in central Amsterdam flanked by agreeable cafés and bookstores. It is the ideal place to wander around or stop and have a drink.  

Inside this charming square stands Het Lieverdje, a small statue that represents the youth of Amsterdam.


Originally, Spui was a wetland at the border of the city of Amsterdam until the area was filled in 1882. It was transformed into the small and enjoyable square it is today.

Situated very near the University of Amsterdam, this charming plaza became the principal meeting place of the Provo movement in the mid-1960s.

Art and book markets

Every Sunday, Spui houses a charming small open-air art market where artists sell their paintings, photographs and sculptures to passers-by.

Once in Spui Square, we recommend you visit Begijnhof, one of the oldest hofjes in Amsterdam, which is very nearby.


Tram: Spui, lines 1, 2 and  5.

Nearby places

Begijnhof (116 m) Amsterdam Museum (154 m) Flower Market in Amsterdam (289 m) Dam Square (509 m) Nieuwe Kerk (584 m)