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September 2014

Hit the Sack Stout & Co

Super nice, small scale design hotel. Run by the two architecture agencies on the ground floor. The rooms and garden terrace look smashing, the breakfast is the best hotel breakfast I have ever had and loved the complimentary international design magazines and Aésop body care products! Hoogte Kadijk 71

Hotel IX

Newest and only boutique hotel in the famous ‘9 streets’ shopping area with 5 beautifully designed suites. HARTENSTRAAT 8

Hotel Dwars

The 9 cozy rooms of this hotel each offer a nice ‘home away from home’ vibe. Located just a few steps from the Utrechtsestraat, this is the perfect starting point for your city exploration.

Hit the Sack: Stout & Co


Utrechtsedwarsstraat 79

Our friend and founder of Make History, Anouk van der El acts as our tour guide as she takes us around our favorite city in the world

Hotel Droog

Amsterdam, sharing her favorite and must-visit spots.

This one bedroom hotel is without a doubt the most stunning of them all. If you have a special celebration and your budget allows it, then surrender yourself to the splendour of the Droog dynasty! Enjoy the view, the spacious room with design galore, the ‘room service’ café below, the spa, the beautiful courtyard and all the inspiration that the store and studio of design company, Droog, has to offer.

Although born and raised in Rotterdam – Amsterdam’s biggest rival – I fell in love with Amsterdam instantly when I moved there 12 years ago. A picnic in the Vondelpark, exploring Amsterdam’s fun neighbourhoods (by bike!), boat rides along the canals or visiting a museum, Amsterdam has it all but still feels like a small village. This summer I saw Amsterdam in a whole new light. As I had moved to Singapore the year before, I was now a tourist. So I explored as many new and old hot spots as humanly possible. Here are some of my favourites. Be sure to rent a bike, it’s by

Staalstraat 7B

far the fastest and easiest mode of transport! Shop Stop: Felice

Culture Rijksmuseum

After an entire renovation the ‘Rijks’ opened its doors again in 2013. The stunning architecture and the amazing collection that include the works of Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Vermeer and many others make this a must see. Buy your tickets online and come at 9 am on a weekday to avoid long waiting lines. Museumstraat 1

Stedelijk Museum

A short stroll from the Rijksmuseum, this is Amsterdam’s museum of modern and contemporary art and design. Again, book tickets ahead and online. Museumplein 10


Amsterdam’s Photography museum. Keizersgracht 609

Festival & Festivities Parade

An outdoor theatre festival with colourful tents and a vintage carousel that are surrounded by small food stalls and bars. Usually happens in mid August and lasts 17 days. Martin Luther King Park

Koningsdag (King’s Day)

Shop Stop: Moooi

It’s not only the King who celebrates his birthday on April 27th. The whole country goes crazy and orange for this special day. Street trade is allowed everywhere and there’s a good openair party on every street corner in Amsterdam.

Bloesem gazette volume 2  
Bloesem gazette volume 2