26 November 2014 / Ester

Hotspots in Amsterdam

Hotspots in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the most amazing city. Rent a bike and find out what Amsterdam has to offer these days. Drive into the city, park your bike near the Negen Straatjes and continue on foot. A late brunch, some shopping, art, culture...

Read on to find out where I like to go.


Shopping

We start our discoveries in De Pijp. You will find several nice small shops in Gerard Doustraat:

ANNA+NINA is a lovely little shop that sells loads of jewellery and accessories. It's also a great place to browse for fun cards, frames, notebooks and much more. The two friends also design their own brand, with playful creations for stylish girls. Women find it almost impossible to resist this shop and always end up buying something. After my visit to CHARLIE+MARY I definitely need a bag to carry everything. Anna+Nina's neighbours believe in a more rugged style with corduroy trousers, hip bow ties, magnificent books and the most original gifts. All lovingly created by passionate designers, with respect for people and our planet. 

As we make our way from south to north, we also pop in to a number of concept stores that you can't afford to miss:

FRIDAY NEXT sells a unique combination of well-known A-list brands and smaller, exclusive collections. This new store concept cum interior design studio sells design and fashion as well as having a restaurant and café. A fantastic blend of a shop, café and studio in the centre of Amsterdam all rolled into one. THE FROZEN FOUNTAIN sells designs by several Dutch designers including Piet Hein Eek, Studio NL, Maarten Baas, Studio Job and Scholten & Baijings. 

BRAINY DAYS always has a surprise in store for shoppers! This theme store unites brands and people around a theme, which changes every three months. They have a fun collection of vintage furniture and extravagant accessories by up and coming brands. You won't find any collections or stocks here but plenty of separate, unique products. 

The collection by MENEER TABAK is sold at YOUNG LABEL ATELIER. A tiny store with affordable art, design and vintage hidden in the cellar of Singel 393. HEAR HEAR is also nearby. This quaint little shop is run by Sam and Rena and they only believe in selling what they like themselves: (interior) design, healthy and delicious food, illustrations and photos, bikes and plants. I always feel so happy when I'm browsing this shop!

Are you searching for rugged, sturdy materials? Then RAW MATERIALS is the place to go. Their collection is a mix of old and unique items, which they source all over the world. Here each product comes with its own story.

RESTORED in Haarlemmerbuurt is another must visit. It is the place to go for the newest gadgets and (interior) accessories. Their neighbours SIX AND SONS  sell more rugged, manly stuff.  

We also visited the HUTSPOT locations with great expectations. Two large, imposing buildings with a lot of fun clothes, a few unique furniture items and loads of trendy accessories. You can also take a break and enjoy some tea in Van Woutstraat.

 hotspots in Amsterdam


Food

SLA, a fun, cosy lunch café, was founded a few years ago by three foodies. Amsterdam now has four branches of SLA, where you can put together your own lunch, choosing from an incredible range of regional products. Delicious and super healthy!

You can dine at Hotel de Goudfazant or spend the whole day in the brand-new Food Halls. An indoor food market with all the best produce and food in Amsterdam under one roof.

Sla Amsterdam 

Tip: Take the free ferry to cross the River IJ to go to NDSM wharf. Find a seat on the terrace of NOORDERLICHT café and then bike along the water to the EYE film museum. 

 

Sleep

We spent the night in Volkshotel. A great meeting place for creative locals and trendy tourists. The ground floor has a nice bar with meeting and exhibition spaces. You can dine in the restaurant on the top floor, which has breath-taking views of the city. After hours, the restaurant is transformed into a night club.

Book early and you might still be able to find a room in one of the hotels on my wish list: The College Hotel, The Exchange Hotel or Brooklyn Hotel.

 EYE amsterdam

We largely organised our trip based on tips from friends, but I really feel that I must tell you about the following website, The Makers Amsterdam. A collection of creative entrepreneurs in Amsterdam have started this blog, informing readers about their open houses, their workshops and their favourite hot spots in their city.

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