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Amsterdam – Netherlands

BARS / CAFES:

  • Bo Cinq – A huge, multi-use space which does a good brunch (even on Sundays), has a lovely smart restaurant and in the evening it becomes a club.  (Prinsengracht 494, 1017 / t : +31 (0) 20 622 0682 / info@bocinq.nl)
  • Herengracht Bar – Large all-day café/bar right on one of the main canal streets with a terrace open in good weather. Open Sundays.  (Herengracht 435, 1017 / t: +31 (0) 20 6162 482)
  • Odeon – This place has a bit of everything: by day a café, restaurant and event space; by night it’s a bar and one of the city’s best-known clubs.  Right on the canal, super-central.  (Singel 460, 1017 / t: +31 (0) 20 5218 555 / www.odeonamsterdam.nl)
  • Café de Jaren – Huge café and a bit of an Amsterdam institution, this is the place to come to meet friends, linger over a good coffee, each some brunch or read one of the many newspapers freely available.  (Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20-22 / +31 (0) 20 62 55 771)
  • Werck – Restaurant & café which turns into a club at the weekend.  (Prinsengracth 277, 1016 / t: +31 (0) 20 627 4079 / www.werck.nl)

 

COFFEE SHOPS:

  • Kadinsky – Amongst the masses, this small chain stands out.  (Rosmarjinsteeg 9 / Langebrugsteeg 7A / Zoutsteeg 9-11  / www.kadinsky.nl)

CHEESE:

  • De Kaaskamer – Apparently, the Dutch like to keep all the country’s top grade Gouda for themselves – no wonder then, that so many tourists seek out this fromagerie stacked full of every kind of cheese possible including the finest Old Dutch Gouda.  Pick up truffle or cumin flavoured Gouda as well a freshly made baguette to take away, with your choice of cheese. (Runstraat 7, 1016 / t: + 31 (0) 20 62 33 483 / www.kaaskamer.nl)

CYCLE HIRE:

  • Black Bikes – If you’re not lucky enough to be staying at a hotel with bicycle hire, then head to this place with five prime locations in Amsterdam, it rents out the classic Dutch bikes you’ll see locals riding everywhere.  (Leidseplein, Lijnbaansgracht 283 / www.black-bikes.com)

 

CLOTHING:

  • Angel Basics – Good basics such as t-shirts and leggings.  (Utrechtsestraat 132, 1017 / t: +31 (0) 20 624 1348)
  • Filippa K – Swedish label.  Apart from Bruxelles, this is probably the easiest shop to access outside Scandinavia.  The designs are simple, classic with a twist and winter basics such as shirts, gloves, scarves and jumpers are good buys.  (PC Hoofstraat 129, 1071 / +31 (0) 20 67 323 43 / www.filippa-K.com)
  • Laundry Industry – Funky Dutch clothing label, with unusual designs and interesting fabrics.  (Sui 1, 1012 / t: +31 (0) 20 420 2554)
  • Stout – Lingerie shop in the pretty Nine Streets area.  (Berenstraat 9, 1016/ t: +31 (0) 20 620 1676 / www.stoutinternational.com)
  • Tenue de Nimes – A ‘denim inspired boutique’ selling so much more than just jeans.  (Elandsgracht 60, 1016 / t: +31 (0) 20 320 4012 / www.tenuedenimes.com)

 

CONCEPT STORES:

  • de Witte Tanden Winkel – Less a concept store and more a specialist retailer, this little shop almost next door to De Kaaskamer, sells every kind of toothbrush, toothpaste and dental need imaginable.  (Runstraat 5 / t: +31 (0) 20 6233 443 / www.dewittetandenwinkel.nl)
  • Droog – Still regarded as Holland’s number one creative platform and it’s here that many of the quirky, beautiful new creations you’ll see later in other concept stores around the world are first borne. (Staalstraat 7a-7b / t: +31 (0) 20 523 5050  / www.droogdesign.nl)
  • The Frozen Fountain – Centrally-located shop selling all kinds of highly original designer items, furniture and upholstery.  (Prinsengracht 645, 1016 / t: +31 (0) 20 622 9375 / www.frozenfountain.nl)

 

HOTELS:

  • CitizenM – Brand new hotel which has won several awards including Best Travel Hotel from Conde Nast Traveller and Wallpaper* magawine’s Best Business Hotel.  Although not very central, the tram picks up and drops off right outside the hotel and the price is extremely reasonable starting from on 85Euros.  Space-age bedrooms are small but capture the imagination and there is a nice bar and lounge downstairs open 24/7.  Food-wise, there’s no restaurant but the bar acts as a self-service canteen or ‘mini-bar’. (Prinses Irenestraat 30, 1077 / +31 (0) 20 811 7090 / www.citizenm.co.nl)
  • The Dylan – Amsterdam’s original boutique hotel.  A monochrome colour palette pervades, it’s right on the canal and the restaurant is excellent.  Rooms are spacious with comfy beds, black out blinds and bike hire is available.   (Keizersgracht 384, 1016 / +31 (0) 20 530 2010 / www.dylanamsterdam.com)
  • Piet Hein – Much more reasonably priced than The Dylan and miles more central than CitizenM, this is a good option hotel on the road running behind Amsterdam’s main clothes shopping street. The lobby is candle-lit and inviting and the breakfast is really good.  Rooms are a bit stark. (Vossiusstraat 51-53, 1071 / t: +31 (0) 20 662 7205 / www.hotelpiethein.com)

 

RESTAURANTS:

  • De Kas – A forerunner in the return to using seasonal produce, this restaurant is based within a reclaimed greenhouse surrounded by gardens where almost everything woven into the organic menu is grown.  Very cool place, especially at night with inventive, tasty seasonal food.  A taxi ride away but worth it.  (Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 / t: +31 (0) 20 462 4562 / www.restaurantdekas.nl)
  • Envy – Delicious Asian and Spanish fusion tapas plates are served in this cool, moody bar-style restaurant.  The owners of the Supper Club have ensured this new spot has a dynamic atmosphere and booking is essential.  Dinner only.  (Prinsengracht 381, 1016 / t: +31 (0) 20 344 6407 / www.envy.nl)
  • Herengracht Bar – Varied menu with warm bar snacks and anything from pasta to burgers to herring balls.  Really nice vibe, with art for sale on the massive brick walls and inviting velvet-covered chairs, it’s so ultra central you’re bound to stumble on it at some point.  Good option on Sundays.  (Herengracht 435, 1017 / +31 (0) 20 6162 482)
  • Herrie – The chef behind this smart yet relaxed restaurant is Holland’s answer to Gordon Ramsey.  Expect excellent food, a varied menu and a strong wine list.  Service is friendly with a congenial atmosphere and a cool bar downstairs.  (Utrechtsestraat 30a, 1017 / +31 (0) 20 622 0838 / www.engelgroup.com)
  • MOMO – Large pan-Asian restaurant, bar & lounge a short walk from the Piet Hein & boutiques of Hoofstraat. (Hobbemastraat1, 1071 / t: +31 (0) 20 671 7474 / www.momo-amsterdam.com)
  • Pomp Station – One of Amsterdam’s hottest restaurants right now based in a former water pump station.  The utilitarian building and urban feel (lots of metal & exposed brick) is warmed up by cool lighting and an incredibly vibrant atmosphere.  A DJ plays out the sound track to the evening in one corner and several local celebs keep a low profile sprinkled out around the restaurant.  Food is good, the menu a mix of international and Dutch specialties and the service is friendly, if a little slow.  A cool place for dinner and ideal for groups.  (Zeeburgerdijk 52, 1094 / +31 (0) 20 6922 888 / www.pompstation.nu
  • Vinkeles – One hotel restaurant worthy of a visit, especially after being awarded a Michelin star last year.  French contemporary menu with a Dutch edge so expect enormous soufflés smothered in rich Old Dutch Gourda cheese sauce.  (Keizersgracht 384, 1016 / t: +31 (0) 20 530 2010 / www.dylanamsterdam.com)

 

 

TATTOOS:

  • Hanky Panky – Clean place with huge choice of designs.  (Voorburgwal 141 / t: +31 (0) 20 627 4848)