Has been a centre for nightlife since the end of the 19th century with the opening of the Gouden Hoofd in 1890, the Mast (renamed the Mille Colonnes Hotel) in 1889, the Schiller in 1892, De Kroon in 1898, and the Rembrandt theatre in 1902. In the summer, the cafe terraces are packed with people enjoying a drink and watching the world go by. Schiller has great Art Deco interior.
And the Rembrandt connection? In 1841 a group of artists launched a collection to have a statue of Rembrandt erected in the city. By 1852 the statue was completed, but because not enough money had been raised to make it in bronze, the statue was cast from iron and painted with bronze paint. In 1876 it was moved to its present position in the middle of the garden in what was known as the Botermarkt -- the butter market -- after the weekly butter market which had been taking place there since 1669, and the square became officially the Rembrandtplein.