⛔ DISCLAIMER ⛔

Due to the currently ongoing Coronavirus crisis, many of the hobbies and activities mentioned here have been put on hold. Keep an eye on the websites of these companies to see more up-to-date opening times.

Hobbies & Activities

Welcome to Hobbies and Activities, our webpage detailing the English-friendly options for expats and internationals looking to pick up a hobby or activity in the Leiden region.

Many internationals that move abroad have to leave things behind, often including their hobbies or activities. While there are many opportunities in the Leiden region to pick their hobbies back up (or to explore new options), these options are often not readily available. Websites only available in Dutch fail to provide a complete picture of whether English-speaking people are welcome, and even if they are the international can be left with a feeling of being isolated from the wider group. We want every international and expat to feel welcomed in the Leiden region,and to help with that we are making this database.

DISCLAIMER

While we strive to have this list be as complete as possible, it is impossible to keep everything up to date. If you have any information on organisations that you feel might be a good fit for this page, be sure to let us know! Send an email to info@expatcentreleiden.nl, mention the Hobbies and Activities page, the organisation you would like to suggest to add to the page, and a small review of your time there, and we will get in touch with them.

ART

Cinema

Filmtheater Voorschoten

Address Pr. Marijkelaan 4, 2252 HH, Voorschoten
Website https://filmtheatervoorschoten.nl/ (Website is in Dutch) 

Kijkhuis

Address Vrouwenkerksteeg 10, 2312 WS, Leiden 
Website

https://www.bioscopenleiden.nl/Kijkhuis (Website is in Dutch)

Lido

Address Steenstraat 39, 2312 BV, Leiden 
Website

https://www.bioscopenleiden.nl/Lido (Website is in Dutch)

Trianon

Address Breestraat 31, 2311 CH, Leiden 
Website

https://www.bioscopenleiden.nl/Trianon (Website is in Dutch)

Cooking

Meelfabriek Zijlstroom

Address Zijldijk 28, 2352 AB, Leiderdorp 
Website

https://www.zijlstroom.nl/en/

You can find the workshops availabe at the Meelfabriek on the webpage here.

Passion Food

Address Herenstraat 43E, 2313 AE, Leiden
Website

https://www.passion-food.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)


Passion Food is often open at night due to workshops. Workshops are offered in English. You can sign up by mailing info@passion-food.nl.

Creative Workshops

Terpen Tijn

Address  Nieuwe Rijn 57, 2312 JH, Leiden 
Website

http://www.terpentijn-leiden.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)

Graphic Design

Terpen Tijn

Address Nieuwe Rijn 57, 2312 JH, Leiden 
Website 

http://www.terpentijn-leiden.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)

Painting

Towi Drawing- and Art Supplies

Address Morsstraat 22, 2212 BM, Leiden 
Website 

https://www.towileiden.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)

Terpen Tijn

Address Nieuwe Rijn 57, 2312 JH, Leiden 
Website 

http://www.terpentijn-leiden.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)

Petting Cats

Cat Café Sophia

Address Haarlemmerstraat 241, 2312 DR Leiden
Website  https://sophiekattencafe.nl/ (Website is in Dutch)

Theatre

Leidse Schouwburg - Stadsgehoorzaal

Address  Breestraat 60, Leiden 
Website  https://leidseschouwburg-stadsgehoorzaal.nl/english 

Theater Ins Blau

Address  Haagweg 6, 2311 AA Leiden 
Website  https://www.theaterinsblau.nl/en 

GAMES

Board Games

De Tafelridder

Address Oude Herengracht 11a, 2312 LN Leiden
Website

https://www.tafelridder.nl/

De Vliegershop

Address Haarlemmerstraat 192, 2312 GH Leiden
Website 

https://www.vliegershop.nl/ (Website is in Dutch) 


Into board games, (collectible) card games, miniature war games, or turn-based tabletop role playing games? Odds are, you'll be at the right spot at De Tafelridder.
Their wide selection of board games and other such wares is hard to match, and they organise regular events where people can try out new games, or meet up and play their game of choice. The store provides plenty of options to get together and play for a while!

Collectible Card Games

De Tafelridder

Address Oude Herengracht 11a, 2312 LN Leiden
Website

https://www.tafelridder.nl/

De Vliegershop

Address Haarlemmerstraat 192, 2312 GH Leiden
Opening Times

Monday: 13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

Puzzles

Puzzles are a popular pastime in the Netherlands, with puzzles being sold in most book- and hobby-stores. We can highly recommend the puzzles by Jan van Haasteren: they are commonly available, and a typically "Dutch" thing.

RC Model Helicopters

De Vliegershop

Address Haarlemmerstraat 192, 2312 GH Leiden
Opening Times

Monday: 13:00 - 18:00
Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00

Shogi

Snooker

Tabletop RPGs

De Tafelridder

Address Oude Herengracht 11a, 2312 LN Leiden
Website

https://www.tafelridder.nl/

Video Games

GameMania

Address Pelikaanstraat 9, 2312 DW Leiden
Princestraat 19, 2225 EX Katwijk aan Zee 
Website 

https://www.gamemania.nl/ (Website is in Dutch) 

NedGame

Address Haarlemmerstraat 192, 2312 GH Leiden
Website 

https://www.nedgame.nl/onze-winkels/nedgame-leiden/ (Website is in Dutch)

Yahtzee

To Be Added

The Leiden region has many hobby opportunities, and it is difficult to keep track of all of them! If you have any information for locations you feel should be added to the list, feel free to contact us at info@expatcentreleiden.nl. If you do, please mention Hobbies & Activities in the subject title.

Earlier this year we distributed a survey to hear from you what your hobbies are. In particular, if you have any information about the categories mentioned below. This list is based on a survey distributed earlier this year among the Leiden region's expats.

Categories to be added

ARTS

Anime  Art 
Baking  Bread baking 
Craft beers  Creative writing 
Origami  Philosophy 
Reading  Trying new food
Wine tasting  Writing 

CRAFTS

Bird watching  Card-making 
Ceramics  Crafts 
Cross stitching  DIY & Home Renovation 
Drawing  Jewelry Making 
Pottery   

DANCE

Argentine Tango  Bollywood dance 
Dancing  Dancing Tango 
Flamenco  Latin 
Modern   

DISCUSSION

Book/ cinema discussion  Cultural sharing 
Learning new information  Meditation 
Soft skill sharing   

GAMES

Backgammon  Bridge 
Chess  Poker 
Puzzles  Shogi 
Snooker  Yahtzee 

MUSIC

Acoustic music  Guitar 
Piano  Playing Drums 
Playing Irish / Bluegrass music  Playing the oboe 
Ukulele   

OUTDOORS

Camping  Cycling 
Drinking evenings Dutch lessons
Eating out with friends Exploring
Gardening Geocaching
Going out with friends Going to theme parks
Hanging out  Horse riding 
Learning Dutch  Long walks 
Meeting new people  Mountain biking 
Mountain hiking  Nature 
Paddle boarding  Pub quizzes 
Scouting  Shopping 
Socialising  Stand-up Comedy 
SUP  Traveling 
Trekking  Volunteering 
Walking  

PERFORMANCE

Cinematography  DJing 
Karaoke  Live music 
Singing   

SPORTS

Acro Yoga  Aikido 
 

American Football 

Badminton 
Basketball  Bouldering 
Boxing  Cricket 
Football  Golf 
Gym  Gymnastics 
Hiking  Ice Skating 
Kite Surfing  Kiteboarding 
Pilates  Rollerblading 
Running  Skiing 
Snowboarding Sports
Surfing Swimming
Table Tennis Tennis
Touch Rugby Trail running
Volleyball Weightlifting
Women's Basketball Working out
Yoga Zumba