Gifts, glass, porcelain, china
Martha de Groot, Van der Hooplaan 151 (641 5714/ marthadegroot). Open Tue-Sat 10.00-18.00.
Plenty of space for every conceivable outdoor activity
Jewellery Siebel Juweliers, Binnenhof 24 (647 4325/siebeljuweliers.nl). Open Mon 13.00-17.30; Tue-Fri 10.00-17.30, Thur until 21.00; Sat 10.00-17.00.
Shop focus The two main walls of this rectangle-shaped boutique are lined nearly floor-to-ceiling with the brand’s signature product: well-tailored dress shirts for both men and women in a variety of colours, patterns and stripes, all featuring Cavallaro’s signature three-button neck and double button-down collar (a second collar in a contrasting colour peeks out from beneath the shirt’s main collar). This boutique, opened in autumn 2010, is the 11th iteration of the successful Dutch chain created nearly six years ago by Haarlem-based Italian designer, Giuseppe Cavallaro. The shirts are produced in the company’s own factory in Naples and imported to the Netherlands; prices range from €69.90-€99.90. Options are far from limited, with 30-35 models available on the floor at a given time; five new models arrive weekly and each design only gets produced once. Cavallaro Napoli Rembrandthof 19 (640 5941/cavallaro. nl). Open Mon 12.00-18.00; Tue-Fri 10.00-18.00, Thur until 21.00; Sat 10.00-17.00; Sun 12.00-17.00. Tim Peterson
Shopping Listings Bookshop and stationer AKO, Rembrandthof 53 (640 4239/ako.nl). Open Mon 11.00-18.30; Tue-Fri 08.30-18.30, Thur until 21.00; Sat 08.30-18.00. Venstra, Binnenhof 50-52 (641 9880/venstra.nl). Open Mon 12.00-18.00; Tue-Fri 09.3018.00, Thur until 21.00; Sat 09.30-17.00.
Department store De Bijenkorf, Rembrandthof 3 (0900 0919 [€.15/min]/bijenkorf.nl). Open Mon 11.00-18.00; Tue-Sat 09.3018.00, Thur until 21.00. V&D, Buitenplein 101 (0900 235 8363/vd.nl). Open Mon 11.00-18.00; Tue-Fri 09.30-18.00, Thur until 21.00; Sat 09.00-18.00.
Garden centre Life & Garden Amstelveen, Handweg 121 (641 9441/liefandgarden. nl). Open Mon-Fri 08.30-17.30, Sat 08.30-17.00.
Fromagerie Europeenne, Binnenhof 43 (641 9155). Open Mon 11.00-18.00, Tue-Fri 09.00-18.00, Sat 09.00-17.00.
Wereldwinkel Amstelveen, Galerij 160 (645 0300/wereldwinkelamstelveen.nl). Open Mon 13.00-18.00, Tue-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-17.00.
Björn Borg Store, Buitenplein 81 (640 1100/bjornborg.nl). Open Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00, Thur until 21.00; Sat 10.00-17.30. Van der Heijden Herenmode, Binnenhof 20-21 (641 0654/ vanderheijdenmode.nl). Open Mon 13.00-18.00; Tue-Fri 09.15-18.00, Thur until 17.30 & 19.00-21.00, Sat until 17.00.
Well & Good The Body Shop, Binnenhof 88 (453 6445/thebodyshop.com). Open Mon 12.00-18.00; Tue-Fri 09.30-18.00, Thur until 21.30; Sat 08.30-18.30; Sun 12.00-17.00.
Shoes Dolcis, Binnenhof 12-13 (641 9775/ dolcis.nl). Open Mon 13.00-18.00; TueFri 09.30-18.00, Thur until 21.00; Sat 09.30-17.30; Sun 12.00-17.00. Sneakers, Buitenplein 83 (640 7042/sneakers.nl). Open Mon 12.0018.00, Tue-Fri 10.00-18.00, Sat 10.00-17.30.
Sport & Leisure Perry Sport, Binnenhof 7 (641 9533/perrysport.nl). Open Mon 12.0018.00, Tue-Fri 09.30-18.00, Thur until 21.00, Sat 09.30-17.00.
Women’s fashion Claudia Sträter, Rembrandtweg 51 (453 5070/claudiastrater.nl). Open Mon 13.00-18.00; Tue-Sat 10.00-18.00, Thur until 20.00; Sat 10.00-17.00. ROSMODE, Binnenhof 22-23 (641 9742/rosmode.nl). Open Mon 13.0018.00; Tue-Fri 10.00-18.00, Thur also 19.00-21.00; Sat 10.00-17.00. Many shops are also open 12.0017.00 on the first Sunday of the month.
Three-hour tour?: boating options abound with an artificial lake
Into the woods… The Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Wood) is a large woodland park out beyond the Olympic Stadium with plenty of space for every conceivable outdoor activity, with great walking and running trails, a scenic lake for boating and canoeing, massive playing fields for ball games, petting farms where kids can get up close and personal with the animals and plenty of wide open space where
you can just lie down and take in a little sun. There are also lots of nice indoor locations where you can enjoy bucolic views without having to brave the (inevitable) wind and rain: dine at the Grand Café Restaurant de Bosbaan right on the lake, eat typical Dutch pannenkoeken at the Boerderij Meerzicht and visit the Bosmuseum, which chronicles the history and use of this great public woodland (where you can also pick up
Jac P. Thijssepark The wild side Why go to a park in Amstelveen when Amsterdam has green spaces galore? The answer would be that this is no ordinary recreation area but a heempark, (a home or yard park) created with landscape architecture that’s dependent on native Dutch wild plants and flowers. Created by C.P. Broerse and named after pioneering conservationist and botanist Jacobus P. Thijsse, the park was laid out in three stages, the earliest starting in 1941. While noisy, camera-equipped tourists rub shoulders with jogging locals and beer-drinking hipsters in the busy Vondel, the Thijssepark, spanning about 5.3
hectares and located on the edge of the Amsterdamse Bos, offers peace and quiet. There are no bikes rushing by but a string of narrow pebble footpaths lined with densely planted trees, untrimmed fern bushes and the odd mushroom. The trails sometimes open up into openings with sweeping views of a rather large lake, while small wooden bridges help visitors across streams, allowing them to explore different parts of the park. Picnickers will have a hard time finding a spot to throw a blanket down, since the Thijssepark is all about walking and occasionally relaxing on the few benches scattered in the most panoramic stretches. A mostly intimate
affair, this park is perfect for taking the kids away from the busy city centre or strolling hand in hand on a sunny day. Prince Bernhardlaan 9 (540 4911/thijssepark.nl). Open daily, dawn-dusk. Free. Catalina Iorga
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detailed walking routes and maps). Summer in the Bos All summer long, the Museumtram travels along the eastern side of the Bos, from the Haarlemmermeerstation to Bovenkerk. It’s a one-and-a-half-hour historic tram ride, with amazing views (see museumtramlijn.org) and children love it. Canoe and water-bike renting in the Amsterdamse Bos Grote Speelweide 5 (645 7831/ kanoverhuur-adam.nl). In the heart of Amsterdam’s woods is a large artificial lake where you can hire pedaloes, canoes and even small electric boats. Prices start at just €6 per hour and there are all kinds of extra options, including children’s parties, survival trips by Canadian canoe, picnics, brunches and barbecues.