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THE MAGIC OF AMSTERDAM What’s so great about AMS?

THE PALACE DISTRICT Historical walking tour

BEST WINE BARS

The hippest places to sip wine

THE MAKERS

Amsterdam’s creative entrepreneurs

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT Famous for its unique high-end stores

HOLIDAY SHOPPING Original gift ideas

TALK OF THE TOWN What’s for dinner?

THE GUIDE

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CONTENTS

DECEMBER 2015 - FEBRUARY 2016 HELLO AMSTERDAM #009

12. SPOTLIGHT

Ice Skating 14. CITY UPDATE

Hot dates

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Read all about cultural activities and events you don’t want to miss 24. CITY UPDATE

Hot spots

Discover the finest restaurants, bars and shops 30. EXPERIENCE

The Magic of Amsterdam What’s so great about AMS? 34. SUCCESS

The Makers

Amsterdam’s creative entrepreneurs 38. HOTSPOTS

The City’s Best Wine Bars The hippest places to sip wine

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42. THINGS TO DO

Palace District

Historical Walking Tour 46. SHOPPING DISTRICT

Damstraatjes

A unique shopping experience 56. MUST HAVES

Watches

Beats of time 65. INTERVIEW

Watchmaker Van der Gang Frisian watchmaker wants to make the perfect watch 66. SHOPPING DISTRICT

Cornelis Schuytstraat

Famous for its unique high-end stores

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78. SHOPPING

Batavia Stad Amsterdam Out-of-town fashion outlet 80. THE GUIDE

Art Galleries

Your guide to galleries and art exhibitions 86. INTERVIEW

Sid Sand

The man behind The Public House of Art 88. THE GUIDE

Where Are We Eating Tonight? Your guide to dining out 94. THE GUIDE

Chef’s Special

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Meet the chefs of restaurants Seven Seas & Brasserie Krasnapolsky 96. THE GUIDE

Holiday Shopping Original Gift Ideas


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SPOTLIGHT

ICE SKATING When the temperatures dip, the Dutch start dreaming of another frozen winter and the prospect of ice skating outdoors. Weather forecasts are watched eagerly and skates sharpened just in case! But even if the canals don’t freeze this year, there are plenty of spots in Amsterdam to practice your jumps and twirls. PHOTOGRAPHER: CRIS TOALA OLIVARES

Ice skating locations in Amsterdam Skating over Amsterdam’s frozen canals is a magical winter experience – made even more special by the fact that it’s not possible every year. The temperature generally needs to drop to -4°C or below for 4 consecutive nights to produce ice thick enough to skate on. If the conditions look right, boat traffic is blocked from certain canals to allow the water to freeze. Fingers crossed that the same happens this year! Fortunately, there are numerous spots in Amsterdam where taking to the ice isn’t dependent on an extended cold spell. ICE AMSTERDAM Museumplein (Old South) Entrance: € 3.50 iceamsterdam.nl ZELL AM REMBRANDT Ramada Apollo Hotel (West) Staalmeesterslaan 410 Entrance: € 8,50 floor17.nl/rooftop-terrace JAAP EDEN ICE RINK Radioweg 64 (East) Entrance: € 4,jaapeden.nl WESTERGASFABRIEK Pacific Park (West) Entrance: € 2.50 Polonceaukade 23 pacificparc.nl LEIDSEPLEIN (CENTER) Entrance: € 2.50 kermisplaza.nl

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DUFFY/BOWIE Pictures of British pop icon David Bowie, shot by father and son Chris and Brian Duffy on a series of meetings with the artist between 1973 and 1980. A tribute to the extravagant seventies and one of the leading figures in the pop scene. GALLERY VASSIE LANGESTRAAT 47 GALLERYVASSIE.COM

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06 UNTIL MARCH

ISA GENZKEN

MACH DICH HÜBSCH!

Largest retrospective ever in the Netherlands of one of the most influential artists of the last forty years. The exhibition is the first comprehensive retrospective of Isa Genzken’s work. Genzken is an artist prepared to risk everything in her pursuit of artistic renewal.

09 UNTIL MARCH

FRANCESCA WOODMAN

Foam concludes 2015 with an overview of the exceptional and intense work of an American photographer who died young, Francesca Woodman (19581981). Woodman used photography as an extremely personal means of expression, as if wearing her skin inside out, making herself the only subject of her work. After her untimely death her photographs were shown in a number of major international exhibitions and they have inspired artists all over the world. FOAM / KEIZERSGRACHT 609 FOAM.ORG

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UNTIL FEBRUARY

ASIA > AMSTERDAM

With 170 treasures from China, Japan, India and Batavia, ‘Asia > Amsterdam. Luxury in the Golden Age’ tells the story of the excitement created by the Asian treasures that were shipped to Holland in the 17th century. Lacquer work, ivory, silver, silk, ebony, jewellery and enormous quantities of porcelain poured into Amsterdam, the then bustling ‘capital of the world’, to enrich the interiors of the increasingly prosperous Dutch bourgeoisie.

RIJKSMUSEUM / MUSEUMSTRAAT 1 RIJKSMUSEUM.NL

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STEDELIJK / MUSEUMPLEIN 10 STEDELIJK.NL


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GRAFFITI - NEW YORK MEETS THE DAM The ‘Graffiti - New York meets the Dam’ exhibition explores graffiti as a cultural phenomenon. A dedication to New York and Amsterdam graffiti from the 1980s. It will show how well-known Amsterdam graffiti artists (‘writers’) like Shoe and Delta are influenced by American artists like Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, Dondi and Lady Pink. The exhibition shows how a young generation changed the street scene 30 years ago; their influence is still very much evident today, in music, fashion and in contemporary visual culture.

30 DECEMBER

TILL JANUARY 3

THIS ART FAIR!

AMSTERDAM MUSEUM / KALVERSTRAAT 92 AMSTERDAMMUSEUM.NL

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REVEALED

BY OLIVIER WIDMAIER PICASSO Come and see 30 fabulous portraits of world-famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Keith Haring and Henri Matisse in Sofitel The Grand, in the heart of the city. The pictures, a selection from the extensive collection of famous French magazine Paris Match, are brought together by Picasso’s grandson Olivier Widmaier Picasso.

This Art Fair is an Amsterdam based art fair offering a platform for talented artists to show and sell their works. By creating a platform where artists and galleries separately can show their solo presentations, This moves off the beaten track and is a refreshing alternative to the existing traditional business models. Established and up-and-coming galleries will present more than 80 individual visual artists in solo and duo presentations. BEURS VAN BERLAGE DAMRAK 243 THISARTFAIR.COM

Sofitel Legend The Grand / Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197 sofitel-legend-thegrand.com

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MARIO TESTINO & ED VAN DER ELSKEN ANNET GELINK GALLERY | LAURIERSTRAAT 189

An interesting dialogue between two world-class photographers, brought together by the Annet Gelink Gallery. Fashion photographer Mario Testino (whose pictures have been published in Vogue, V Magazine and Vanity Fair) has the eye of a street photographer while Dutch icon Ed van der Elsken became famous as a street photographer with a love for fashion. Me and You captures the lust for life in never exhibited photographs taken by Testino and less well-known work by Van der Elsken. From a delicate series of photographs of masturbating men and women to Testino’s photos of a couple having sex in a park, it is revealing yet intimate.

FEBRUARY

06/07 MONO JAPAN

An extensive exhibition of authentic Japanese crafts, food and design: from pottery, tableware, textiles and clothing to tea and sake. Visitors are invited to participate in lectures and workshops by artists and experts.

Hotel Lloyds Oostelijke Handelskade 34 monojapan.nl

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HOT DATES

17 UNTIL JANUARY

WHEN I GIVE, I GIVE MYSELF

VAN GOGHMUSEUM MUSEUMPLEIN 6 | VANGOGHMUSEUM.NL

What do Vincent van Gogh’s ideas and insights mean to artists today? In the exhibition ‘When I Give, I Give Myself’, 23 contemporary artists respond to letters written by Van Gogh. The works provide a contemporary trail through the permanent collection, placing Vincent van Gogh in a different light.

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The nights may be long and dark in winter but you can always brighten up any day with a visit to a Christmas market in Amsterdam. Whether you’re seeking shopping inspiration, ice-skating fun, or just a sweet snack under the fairy lights, there are seasonal treats everywhere to be found in Amsterdam. DECEMBER 18/19

De Avondmarkt

FEBRUARY

Treats sold from food trucks, handmade jewelry and clothing. De Avondmarkt offers more than you would expect from a traditional Christmas Fair.

De Wittenkade 96 DECEMBER 18 – 27

TILL SEPTEMBER 4

Christmas Village on Ice

AMY WINEHOUSE

Ice skating with a view of the impressive and unique Rijkmuseum. Don’t’ forget to stop at the many shops and bars set up in this Christmas village.

The rocking life of one of the biggest performing artists or our time: Amy Winehouse a family portrait tells the story of the artist’s teenage years, her rise to fame and her downfall. The vivacious exposition displays not only golden records but many personal objects too. JOODS HISTORISCH MUSEUM NIEUWE AMSTELSTRAAT 1 / JHM.NL

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Museumplein DECEMBER 18-20

Amsterdamse Kerstmarkt

Many shops, food stands, bars, dancing stages and more: A real Amsterdam Christmas party on Industrial NDSM-werf event area. © MARK OKOH

Lasloods (NDSM-Werf ), NDSM-Plein 15 DECEMBER 19-20

Until January 10

NYCTOPHILIA

This winter Wall Gallery presents ‘NYCTOPHILIA’, a group exhibition curated by Martine Johanna. For this group exhibition the concept lies in the realm of the night. The night is an inspiration for many that affiliate with artistic movements and expressions. The exhibition consists of a selection of 11 (inter) national artists that all express in different media but have similar strengths in emitting their emotive values.

Prinsengracht 737 / walls.nl

January 9 – March 5

MARILYN MONROE

Neighbourfood Market

Enjoy freshly prepared traditional seasonal treats and the great atmosphere at the industrial venue. Or just come by for drinks like so many others.

Zuiveringshal (Westergasfabriek), Haarlemmerweg 8E DECEMBER 20 – 21

Local Goods Christmas Market

Do you still have to do Christmas shopping but don’t care to spend hours wandering through town? Local Goods offers many sustainably produced and organic gifts.

De Hallen, Bellamyplein 47

BY DOUGLAS KIRKLAND & MILTON GREENE Look Magazine’s photo journalist Douglas Kirkland and top fashion and celebrity photographer Milton Greene showcase a selection of their work of 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe in one the coziest galleries in the Jordaan district. During his career Greene took over 500 photos of the celebrity in 52 sittings. Kirkland was responsible for the famous intimate series ‘Evening with Marilyn Monroe’, shot in 1961. Eduard Planting Gallery / Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 eduardplanting.com

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Kerstmarkt Rembrandtplein

A magical makeover of Rembrandt square into a winter market with numerous shops, bars and après-ski bars offering mulled wine and (German) sausage.

Rembrandtplein

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World premiere by Ted Brandsen — Dutch Ballet Orchestra 6 – 26 February 2016 – operaballet.nl

MATA HARI —

An extraordinary ballet of a mysterious diva

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HOT DATES

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BERLAGE,

GODFATHER OF DUTCH DESIGN Berlage could be considered to be the most important designer in Dutch history. He not only designed the Beurs van Berlage, but also the many exceptional objects and pieces of furniture inside the building. His influence on the appearance of the Netherlands is immense. The building of the former stock exchange is generally seen as the starting point of modern Dutch architecture. Contemporary designers still take inspiration from his work. The exhibition testifies: Berlage’s DNA continues to affect, his design principles are very much alive in contemporary Dutch Design. BEURS VAN BERLAGE DAMRAK 243 / BEURSVANBERLAGE.COM

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MUNCH : VANGOGH

VAN GOGH MUSEUM| VANGOGHMUSEUM.NL

DAVID YARROW

A unique opportunity to see an important part of the work of Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch in one location. Discover the parallels between two iconic artists: Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Admire the many masterpieces from all over the world, including ‘The scream’ by Munch and ‘Starry night over the Rhone’ by Van Gogh in one spectacular exhibition. In Munch : Van Gogh, the focus is on the parallels between two iconic artists. Their visions on life and art are closely related, despite the fact that they never met. Their work is colourful, intense, expressive and radical. Their lives are remarkably similar in many ways.

Scotsman David Yarrow is known for his meticulous preparation, inexhaustible perseverance and cautious patience in the field. Photographs of David Yarrow are distinctive because of their sense of atmosphere, closeness and presence, an almost a tactile experience. This solo show is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of David Yarrow’s work to date. KUNSTHUIZEN AMSTERDAM AMSTELVEENSEWEG 135 / KUNSTHUIZEN.NL

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HOT DATES

24 UNTIL JANUARY

13 UNTIL MARCH

A RICH TRADITION The monumental house where Rembrandt lived and worked between 1639 and 1658 has been redecorated with furniture, art and objects dating from the 17th century. The Rembrandt House owns the virtually complete and world-famous collection of Rembrandt’s etchings. There are daily demonstrations of etching and paint preparation that show how the famous Dutch master worked.

THE SIXTIES The Beatles, the Black Power Movement, the first moon landing, the Vietnam War and the hippy trail. ‘Sixties - A Worldwide Happening’ introduces major artists from Africa, Asia and Latin America whose work remains little known in Europe. Exploring themes that characterised a decade, the exhibition includes legendary objects and world-famous work by fashion designers, photographers and architects.

REMBRANDTHUIS / JODENBREESTRAAT 4 REMBRANDTHUIS.NL

HET TROPENMUSEUM LINNAEUSSTRAAT 2 / TROPENMUSEUM.NL DECEMBER

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THE ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW

CHRISTMAS CONCERTS CONCERTGEBOUWPLEIN 10 | CONCERTGEBOUW.NL

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. The Concertgebouw offers a varied program featuring the world’s best musicians, orchestras and conductors. Come and visit one of our Christmas concerts and enjoy the warm atmosphere in the Main Hall. Saturday, December 19 Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

8.15 PM – 10.10 PM

Tuesday, December 22 Bach Choir of the Netherlands

8.18 PM – 10.10 PM

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BLACK & WHITE BAGS

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VAN GOGH IN AMS

Discover an impressive collection of treasures of art and architecture from the 4th century AD from Rome’s most famous museums. This exhibition tells the story of the breakthrough of Christianity from minor community into a major religion.

Marie Cécile Thijs’ work has often been published and exhibited, and her photos have repeatedly received international acclaim. Influenced by the old masters in painting, her work is clearly contemporary. Stillness is key.

Black and white bags are the focus of ‘The dress code of a lifetime’, an exhibition that follows the use of these colours in fashion from the 18th century until the present.

More than sixty superior paintings and a rich collection of graphic works and applied arts masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez and Murillo. A neverbefore-shown comprehensive collection of Spanish art in the Netherlands.

A comprehensive exhibition of letters – with beautiful descriptions of several paintings and prints of his beloved painters Rembrandt, Jacob and Jozef Israëls – which the Dutch artist sent to his brother Theo during the year he lived in Amsterdam.

De Nieuwe Kerk Dam 12 nieuwekerk.nl

Eduard Planting Gallery Eerste Bloemdwarsstraat 2 eduardplanting.com

Museum of Bags & Purses Herengracht 573 tassenmuseum.nl

Hermitage Amstel 51 hermitage.nl

Stadsarchief Amsterdam Vijzelstraat 32 stadsarchief.amsterdam.nl

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TILL JANUARY 31

FOOD SOUL FESTIVAL

GEDEMPT HAMERKANAAL 231

Food trucks, music and a cool vibe await you at the Food Soul Festival. The Food Soul Festival transforms the Kromhouthal in Amsterdam Noord into a massive restaurant, packed with mobile kitchens offering a lip-smacking range of delicious food. FOODSOULFESTIVAL.NL

January 8 - 18

FASHION WEEK AMSTERDAM

WESTERGASFABRIEK| HAARLEMMERWEG 8E

Fashion Week Amsterdam is a combination of fashion shows of upcoming talents, designers and commercial labels and brands. FWA offers a broad and diverse program. Every edition draws the attention of both national as well as international fashion lovers. The Fall/Winter edition will be held on the grounds of the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam.

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DECEMBER 25 / 26 / 27 &

NORTH SEA JAZZ CLUB

In the midst of all the craziness surrounding the holidays, the North Sea Jazz Club is the place to be for live music in an intimate setting. After his successful concerts last year, American soul singer Frank McComb is back for two Christmas dinner concerts on the 25th and 26th. Jazz pianist Peter Beets and singer Ruben Hein pay tribute to Frank Sinatra on the 27th and saxophonist Benjamin Herman and Daniël von Piekartz play smooth jazz on New Year’s Eve. NORTH SEA JAZZ CLUB PAZZANISTRAAT 1 NORTHSEAJAZZCLUB.COM/HOLIDAYS

FASHIONWEEK.NL

December 17 - 30

WINTERPARADE

Enjoy Chef André Amaro’s traditional Dutch farmer’s dinner sitting at a 120-metre table, set up for the occasion in classic Zuiderkerk: real Dutch red lentil soup, celeriac puree and beef stew (or a vegan variant), steamed pears and apple compote. Winterparade, the winter’s edition of the famous theatre-tour that travels through the country in summer, promises a night of entertainment with dance performances, poetry and theatre.

Zuiderkerk - Zuiderkerkhof 72 tafelvandeidee.nl

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January 17/18

WHISKEY WEEKEND

Peaty, oaky, creamy, smoky – those are just a few words to describe whisky like a pro at the Whisky Weekend Amsterdam. Every year, Amsterdam’s Posthoornkerk is transformed into a tasting room and hot spot for all things whisky. Take a break from nosings and tastings to light up a cigar, sample whisky-friendly cheeses and other Scottish, or simply take in the traditional Scottish music.

TILL JANUARY 3

WORLD CHRISTMAS CIRCUS ROYAL THEATRE CARRÉ| AMSTEL 115 /125 | CARRE.NL

Featuring only the crème de la crème of the circus world, the internationally renowned World Christmas Circus returns to Amsterdam’s Royal Theatre Carré. The World Christmas Circus is one of the most acclaimed circus festivals in the world and features countless top stars of the ring. The Royal Theatre Carré will be transformed into a circus theatre – as it was originally designed to be.

Posthoornkerk \Haarlemmerstraat 124-126 whiskyamsterdam.nl

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AMSTERDAM LIGHT FESTIVAL

This winter, Amsterdam will light up once again up during Amsterdam Light Festival. The historical center of Amsterdam will be the unique dÊcor for this international festival. The city will be complemented by light sculptures, projections and installations by contemporary artists. A boat route will take visitors past artworks along Amsterdam’s canals and the Amstel. During the festival, light will play a central role in the city as museums and institutions organize light-related activities, introducing visitors to innovations in light art. The artworks present a unique take on the modern city of Amsterdam.

Water Colors Cruise

The best way to watch the spectacular light sculptures above and beside the canals is to take a canal cruise. Blue Boat Company offers a 90-minute cruise. Get up close and personal and see everything from the best angle possible. A guide will tell you the story behind each artwork. Relax and order drinks and snacks from a waiter on board and let the art come to you. Daily departures at 5:30, 6:00, 7:30 and 8:00 PM. Departure location: Stadhouderskade 30 BLUEBOAT.NL

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HOT DATES | OUT OF TOWN

07 UNTIL FEBRUARY

KEITH HARING THE POLITICAL LINE ‘The Political Line’ is a major exhibition on the life and work of influential American artist and activist Keith Haring (1958-1990), held in the Rotterdam Kunsthal. It explores the artist’s involvement with politics and the art world. Haring was a leading figure in New York’s downtown community, which took its creativity from urban street culture. KUNSTHAL ROTTERDAM WESTZEEDIJK 341, ROTTERDAM UNTIL FEBRUARY

CHANSONS GRISES

BARBARA HEPWORTH

SCULPTURE FOR A MODERN WORLD The Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo honours Barbara Hepworth (Wakefield 1903St Ives 1975) with a major retrospective, fifty years after her last major exhibition in 1965. Barbara Hepworth is one of the most successful sculptors of the twentieth century. The exhibition ‘Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World’ follows Hepworth’s career, from the stone sculptures of her early years to her later, celebrated bronze pieces. The exhibition includes exceptional, never previously shown works, such as fabric designs, drawings, collages and photograms. Extensive film and photographic material from Hepworth’s personal archive shows the context in which her work was created. The long and special relationship between the Kröller-Müller Museum and Barbara Hepworth is visible to this day in the Rietveld pavilion in the sculpture garden. Hepworth selected eight of her sculptures especially for this famous pavilion by architect Gerrit Rietveld.

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20 UNTIL MARCH

KRÖLLER-MÜLLER MUSEUM HOUTKAMPWEG 6, OTTERLO / KROLLERMULLER.NL

by Peter George d’Angelino Tap This year, cultural institutions are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Hendrik Willem Mesdag and the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent van Gogh. Both painters inspired designer d’Angelino Tap to create spectacular creations using different art forms: Chansons Grises. Several museums in The Hague will showcase the many faces of the city’s icon with a range of exhibitions, symposia and events. Panorama Mesdag, The Mesdag Collection and the Louis Couperus Museum have teamed up to make the Mesdag year a success.

HAUTE COUTURE AT PANORAMA MESDAG

Panorama Mesdag will be showing the exhibition ‘Chansons Grises, Creations by Peter George d’Angelino Tap’, with over 20 spectacular fashion creations by the designer Peter George d’Angelino Tap. PANORAMA MESDAG | ZEESTRAAT 65 THE HAGUE | PANORAMA-MESDAG.NL

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SERVICE AT THE MESDAG COLLECTION

Simultaneously, The Mesdag Collection (part of the Van Gogh Museum) is showing a unique decorated service with matching table decoration by d’Angelino Tap, based on the same striking contrast in colours by the two Dutch masters.

MIRO & COBRA

The long-awaited exhibition of one of the best-loved and exceptional 20th-century artists. By establishing a link between the Cobra movement and the museum’s own collection, Miró & CoBrA sheds new light on the Spanish master. The exhibition includes more than 80 works by Joan Miró and works by various Cobra artists including Karel Appel, Asger Jorn and Pierre Alechinsky.

DE MESDAG COLLECTIE LAAN VAN MEERDERVOORT 7F THE HAGUE | DEMESDAGCOLLECTIE.NL

POETRY AT THE LOUIS COUPERUS MUSEUM

The Louis Couperus Museum is presenting a specially designed collection of seats by d’Angelino Tap, with material and soundtexts that forge links between Mesdag, Van Gogh, and Couperus. LOUIS COUPERUS MUSEUM | JAVASTRAAT 17 THE HAGUE | LOUISCOUPERUSMUSEUM.NL

COBRA MUSEUM SANDBERGPLEIN 1, AMSTELVEEN COBRA-MUSEUM.NL

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The whole world in a click: Zurich Worldtimer true blue with 24 time zones nomos-watches.com

The Zurich Worldtimer models and other NOMOS watches are available at Harry Tromp Juwelier, Rokin 48, 1012 KV Amsterdam. More information: +31 (0)20 625 7656 or www.harrytromp.nl


HOT SPOTS

Choux

A great new restaurant that is bound to become very popular because of its tasty, no-nonsense dishes. Choux is housed in a striking red office building at De Ruijterkade that is warmly decorated and has a great a view of t’IJ. A highlight on the three, four or seven-course menu is the Schiphol Goose. DE RUIJTERKADE 128 |CHOUX.NL

THE HARBOUR CLUB CAFE Simple but perfectly prepared dishes, served in the warm home of the Olympic Stadium in the south of Amsterdam. Taste the perfectly prepared steak from the open charcoal grill or sushi and sashimi of Maltese-bred Blue-Fin Tuna. The restaurant, one of six branches of the popular nightlife concept, has affordable parking and a valet service. OLYMPISCH STADION 35 THEHARBOURCLUB.COM

Oolong Kitchen

A dim sum-cocktail bar, that’s what the owners of Oolong call their atmospheric, modern decorated new bar and restaurant. And they’re indeed right; Oolong serves delicious dim sum (wontons, dumplings and spring rolls) and other Chinese specialties – ordered from a simple menu, as a sharing menu, or as a full course with all the chef’s specials. The bar, located in the heart of De Pijp area, also serves a variety of Asian-styled cocktails. Our favorite is the Dusty & Smoky-cocktail, a drink dominated by spicy aromas. FERDINAND BOLSTRAAT 13-15 | OOLONG.KITCHEN

GUSTAFSON The enthusiastic entrepreneurs behind hotel, cafe and restaurant Gustafson built their business from the ground up. The result though is impressive; Gustafson has high-quality cuisine and an enticing wine and cocktail menu. During the day the restaurant serves a variety of tasty sandwiches and salads. In the evening, you are advised to order Tataki of lamb or the delicious tartar of smoked Bawykov salmon. Don’t forget the tasty limoncello cake for dessert. HAARLEMMERWEG 8 GUSTAFSON.AMSTERDAM

Uptown Meat Club

DIM SUM NOW This cozy and very affordable dim sum bar offers a small portion of treats for only five euros. Double that and enjoy a XL basket of delicious snacks. Try the ‘honest dumplings’ with pork, onion, paksoi and mushroom or the variation with chicken and carrot. Dim Sum Now also serves a variety of tasty Gyozasnacks and a tasty Lotus Leaf Wrap.

An absolute hotspot for devoted carnivores, recently opened restaurant The Uptown Meat Club serves nothing but the best meat dishes including Japanese Wagyu, MRIJ (from house butcher Piet van den Bergen) and well-known Black Angus beef. All entrecotes, burgers and steaks are cooked on the Mibrasa charcoal grill and served with crisp vegetables. The exclusive wine list contains a selection of fantastic wines from Spain, France, Italy, Chile and Australia.

FERDINAND BOLSTRAAT 36 DIMSUMNOW.NL

VAN BAERLESTRAAT 7 THEUPTOWNMEATCLUB.COM

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HOT SPOTS

HOPPA Enjoy famous beer specials or a simple glass of lager at this cozy beer bar. Or try one of the many concoctions of emerging young beer makers such as Friendship, Pampus or the Amsterdam Brew Boys – beers made with traditional techniques with new ingredients. The décor at Hoppa! is truly inspiring; the bar has monumental ceiling paintings and a magnificent marble fireplace.

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HANGAR

Recently opened and already an essential part of top cuisine in Amsterdam, Hangar is an industrial-styled restaurant housed in a former ship’s hangar on the north side of t’IJ. The service in this hotspot is nothing less than perfect. As is the menu. To keep it fresh and attractive, the chefs of Hanger change all dishes on the menu every six weeks. AAMBEELDSTRAAT 36 HANGAR.AMSTERDAM

SINGEL 460 HOPPA.AMSTERDAM

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Apt.

It’s easy to feel at home at APT – the American-style bar located in the 400-year old building of former auction house Odeon; the bar is richly decorated with wooden floors, Persian carpets and huge paintings. Recently opened, APT can already call itself one of the top cocktail bars in town. Every drink is prepared with utmost care and the best ingredients under real operating lights. Our favorite beverage on the menu: The Rob Roy 2.0, a spicy blend of 12-year-old Chivas Regal, chili pepper infused sweet vermouth and a dash Angostura bitters. SINGEL 460 | APT.AMSTERDAM

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MOS Culinary journalists have never been this positive about the opening of a new restaurant. Mos has a great menu, a perfectly decorated interior and an interesting view. The laidback French-Moroccan-style restaurant, located on the shores of t’IJ, only uses pure and sustainable ingredients and seasonal products. Taste the roasted venison topped with pistachio nuts or the extremely tasty stew with shiitake mushrooms and roasted garlic. IJDOK 185 MOSAMSTERDAM.NL

Bar Jackson Dubois While he continues his constant journey and explorations, worldtraveller Jackson Dubois found

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his new home in Amsterdam. From Wednesday until Sunday, Bar Jackson Dubois will share the special memories of a worldexplorer at the Spui. When the hands of the clock are superposed, Caffe Esprit transfers into a stylish bar with remarkable champagnes, specialty beers, the unique hoptails and grapetails, and street food dishes. Same location; a complete different experience. This is Jackson Dubois’ world. Bar Jackson Dubois serves up the memories of a world traveller. The menu is filled with authentic tastes from across the whole world.

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HOT SPOTS

HELLO AMS .NL

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JANUARY

TILL APRIL 30

Roomservice at Olofs

1* Michelin Chef Chris Naylor opens pop-up restaurant

Since 2004 1-star Michelin Chef Chris Naylor has kept Restaurant Vermeer a beloved and highly respected Amsterdam dining location. With the complete makeover of NH Barbizon Palace into an NH Collection flagship hotel planned for the beginning of 2016, Naylor and sommelier Simon Veldman can step out of the ordinary for the January opening of temporary ‘Roomservice at Olof’s’ in the historical St. Olof’s Chapel. With the current discussion about the meat industry, this popup should be an inspiration for those who want to eat less meat and are looking for ideas and new tasting experiences. It is based on what is known as the flexitarian concept, where vegetables are the mainframe and in this case fish and meat can be ordered as side dishes. The pop-up restaurant will also get a new-classic Gin & Tonic bar and the very first Vermouth bar in the Netherlands. The historical location they have chosen cannot be further from today. St. Olof’s Chapel is the oldest chapel in Amsterdam, originally built between 1440 and 1450, and it has a tumultuous history. The chapel is only a few steps away from Restaurant Vermeer. Roomservice at Olof ’s will be open from January 17 until April 30, 2016. There is an easy, accessible atmosphere; to be sure reservations can be made online. ZEEDIJK 2 / ROOMSERVICEATOLOFS.COM

TONTON CLUB

SICHUAN

The Tonton club is a pleasant step back in time to the beginning of the 1980s. Enjoy hours at one of the many arcade games or have fun defeating your friends at the air hockey table or pinball machines. The Tonton Club is located in the centre of the Red Light District, and recently the bar opened a second branch in the Westergasterrein festival area.

Restaurant Sichuan Food is world famous for its Peking duck. The traditional Sichuan cuisine is served in 3 courses. It comes with small, thin pancakes, delicate garnishes and a rich sauce. The Sichuan style is one of four main cooking preparations in China, internationally known for its hot and spicy flavours. Whether you explicitly have an appetite for Sichuan cuisine or just love food with some zest, Sichuan Food is well worth a try. Some years ago Sichuan Food was one of the first Chinese restaurants in Europe to receive a Michelin star. The menu serves great dishes with lobster, oyster, lamb, dim sum and much more. For an evening out with delicious dishes, some spice and good service, Sichuan Food is the right place.

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HOT SPOTS

HISMANNERS Located in a stylish boutique-style building in De Pijp area, concept store Hismanners offers great leather fashion for men as well as gadgets and gifts. The store has an extensive collection of bags, watches, gloves and leather purses from exclusive brands like Mühle, Henry London, Amsterdam Cowboys, The Bridge, Mutsaers and many more. EERSTE VAN DER HELSTSTRAAT 1D HISMANNERS.NL

BEAUTY WORLD at De Bijenkorf

Luxury warehouse De Bijenkorf recently opened an entirely renewed 1,200 m2 cosmetics department
on the ground floor, creating the ultimate beauty experience. Bijenkorf’s ‘Beauty World’ offers a wide variety of luxury beauty brands, perfumes and services. With 25 counters, 1 treatment room and 200 make-up and skincare specialists, Beauty World provides an unprecedented selection. There are 125 additional beauty services and more than 12,5000 beauty products, including 3,500 lipsticks, 3,000 eye shadows, more than 2,500 foundations, 1,500 skincare products and 2,000 fragrances. DAM 1 / DEBIJENKORF.NL

THE BEST OF MARKTPLAATS Entrepreneur Julien Rademarks is one of the most active spotters of unique furniture, art and gadgets on marktplaats.nl, the most popular second-hand online market in the country. Most of his findings, his so-called wonderful little treasures, are now for sale at Loods6. KNSM-Laan 301 / gevondenopmarktplaats.nl

MENDO

HEAR HEAR

MARIE STELLA MARIS

Mendo is like a candy store for book aficionados. The boutique-like shop, located on Berenstraat, has many thousands beautiful works dedicated to fashion, photography, interior design, travel, food and graphic design.

The place to be for beautifully designed greeting cards, prints, books, magazines, bags, jewelry, ceramics and more. The owner Rena Noordermeer loves extraordinary details and products with a simple design and a pristine feeling.

For each product purchased at this fashionably designed boutique a fixed amount goes to clean drinking water projects. Mari-Stella-Maris offers a great variety of natural beauty products. And of course its own sustainably sourced mineral water.

Berenstraat 1 / mendo.nl

Heisteeg 8 / hearhearamsterdam.nl

Keizersgracht 357 / marie-stella-maris.com

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HOT SPOTS

Amsterdam Bag Company Out of passion for bags and the knowledge that women and bags are inseparable, Iris Maree started her own bag label in 2012. Amsterdam Bag Company is a modern company that supports the idea that no animal should suffer for fashion purpose. All bags are made from animal friendly materials without ever compromising on style or quality. With two main collections and a theme collection throughout the year, A.B.C. stays on trend and won’t let you down when you’re looking for the perfect bag to match your outfit. HERENSTRAAT 36 | AMSTERDAMBAGCOMPANY.COM

UNITED NUDE With the introduction of the Möbius shoe 12 years ago, United Nude put itself on the forefront of the women’s shoe industry. The brand positions itself ‘at the intersection of design and fashion’. The shoes of former architect Rem D. Koolhaas (a nephew of the world-famous Dutch architect with the same name) and seventh-generation shoemaker Galahad Clark are sold all over the world, but of course are best bought at the United Nude’s Dutch flagship store on Molsteeg (right behind The Royal Palace). MOLSTEEG 10 UNITEDNUDE.COM

Superga

The Italian shoe brand Superga has been making high-quality design sneakers for over 100 years and is mostly known for its 2750 Classic tennis shoe model. In the brand’s small, freshly decorated flagship store Superga, located on Huidenstraat, you can find many hundreds of designs in different colours, various fabrics and with many creative prints. Apart from the Superga Vulcanized and Sports Lines, the collection includes Superga City leather and Superga Country rubber rain shoes and outerwear boots. HUIDENSTRAAT 10A & VAN WOUSTRAAT 48 SUPERGA.NL © PETER BAAS

PELICAN STUDIO Fashion entrepreneur Theodoor Kuster is determined to bring back grandeur to the 19th-galery on Raadhuisstraat with his recently opened venture. The Pelican Studio is more than just a clothing store; it’s a meeting place for both the well to do locals and international visitors as local hipsters looking for the latest fashion of brands like Maison Kitsune, Wood Wood, Norse Projects, ETQ, Samsoe Samsoe, Carin Wester, Velour by Nostaligi and many more. RAADHUISSTRAAT 35 THEPELICANSTUDIO.COM

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EXPERIENCE

The magic

OF AMSTERDAM

THE CITY OF AMSTERDAM HAS AN ALMOST MAGICAL POWER OVER ITS RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ALIKE. PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL TO THE CITY WANT TO COME BACK; LOCALS NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS IT THAT MAKES AMSTERDAM SUCH A GREAT CITY? OUR LOVE FOR AMSTERDAM IS EXPLAINED HERE IN SIXTEEN SUBJECTS. EDITOR JOLENE DEN BOER PHOTO CRIS TOALA OLIVARES

The canals

Architecture

Designed in the 16th and 17th century to house the growing number of immigrants flocking to the city, the canals today are still an important feature of Amsterdam, and one of the city’s main attractions. Built in concentric rings around the city centre, the canals offer hours of pleasurable wandering. Be sure to explore the small connecting alleys, which harbour some of the city’s finest cafés and shops. Beautiful in all seasons, this UNESCO World Heritage site has a special place in our hearts.

The diversity of architecture in Amsterdam is unrivalled. From the historical 17th-century houses on the canals, such as the Bartolotti House by Hendrick de Keyser, to the 19th-century neoclassical beauty of the Royal Concert Hall and the superb Rijksmuseum by Pierre Cuypers, the city hits a homerun with the architectural styles of the past. But there is more. The beginning of the 20th century saw the rise of architects like Berlage and the famous Amsterdam School, known for their sober, yet complicated brick constructions and the use of decorative masonry (See Berlage’s Stock Exchange Building for a great example of this style).

Historical Amsterdam

Amsterdam has taken good care of its legacy of the past. Monumental buildings on the canals give you a sense of what life looked like in the high times of the Dutch Golden Age. Get a glimpse of the Dutch trader’s past in the harbour area. Experience the wealth of Amsterdam’s merchants at the Royal Palace on Dam Square. All this history around you gives Amsterdam its unique atmosphere.

Modern times have brought us structures like Science Centre Nemo by Renzo Piano and the spectacular EYE Film Museum on the north shore of the river IJ. Fans of contemporary architecture will be happy to visit newly designed areas like IJburg or the Java-eiland.

Park life, Amsterdam Forest and City Beaches

Art

If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the vibrant city, Amsterdam can easily comply. There is always a nice park close by. The biggest star is the centrally located Vondelpark. When the weather is even remotely good, locals head to the park and sit on the grass, or have a drink in one of the great cafés like the Blauwe Theehuis or Vondelpark3. If you feel that Vondelpark is too busy, other parks like the Sarphatipark in De Pijp and Westerpark in the west are great alternatives. The Westerpark is connected to the Westergasfabriekterrein, a recreational area that offers you restaurants, bars and a cinema. The recently renovated Oosterpark in the eastern part of town is also an excellent choice for a nice stroll.

Amsterdam is a dream come true for art lovers. Whether you are interested in contemporary photography or painters like Rembrandt and Vermeer, you can have your pick. The city is bursting with art galleries, presenting us with many interesting exhibitions. With some of the world’s most famous paintings like The Night Watch in the Rijksmuseum and an entire museum on Van Gogh, it is hard to rival the art Amsterdam has to offer.

Diversity of museums

Apart from the wonderful art museums, the city also has a great number of other types of museums. Experience the life of a rich man in the 18th century at Museum Willet-Holthuysen. Be a scientist at Science Centre Nemo. Learn about the tragedies of WWII at the Anne Frank House or the Dutch Resistance Museum. Get to know all about the construction of the Amsterdam canals and its houses at the Museum of the Canals. Visit Museum Our Lord in the Attic to see how Catholic mass was secretly celebrated in the attic of a merchant’s house, back in the days of the Protestant Republic in the Golden Age. Satisfy your inner fashionista at the Museum of Bags & Purses. It doesn’t matter what interest you have, Amsterdam has a museum for it.

If you want to head into the woods, the many paths in the Amsterdam Forest will make you forget you are still in the city. Even though Amsterdam isn’t officially connected to beaches, the city can still offer you some nice stretches of sand. City beaches have emerged at various places, such as Pllek on the north shore of the IJ, Blijburg in the IJburg area and Strandzuid in the south. If these places are too city-like for you, there is always the option to go to the real beaches of Bloemendaal/Zandvoort (also known as Amsterdam Beach), which are just a 30 minutes car drive away.

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Science

Amsterdam is the proud home of two major universities: The University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit. With these two institutes in town, the place is buzzing with young people who contribute to the lively atmosphere in many areas. Science also plays an important part in the emergence of companies and innovations in the city, attracting companies and start-ups to the city.

Nightlife: Music & Cinema

The capital prides itself on having excellent music venues and (movie) theatres. Former church Paradiso (Temple of Pop) offers performances of the greatest artists in the world, such as Adele and Coldplay. The Royal Concert Hall is known to be one of the best in the world. The exquisite Tuschinski theatre, built and decorated in Art Nouveau style, is one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world, making a night at the movies feel like a special night out.

Kings Day

The Dutch are known to get a little crazy every now and then. If you want be a witness to this, visit Amsterdam on the country’s national holiday King’s Day (April 27). On the birthday of King Willem-Alexander, the city transforms into an overwhelming, orange-coloured festival. The canals are packed with partying people on boats. The streets are filled with people selling all sorts of things. Everyone is in a celebratory mood, making King’s Day one of the best days of the year.

Festivals all year round

Amsterdam organises many festivals during the year, celebrating music, food, art, and many other of life’s joys. You will be spoiled for choice. For dance fans, visiting one of the many dance festivals held all year round is a must. Where in the world better to be treated to the music of the world’s best DJs than in the homeland of dance music? During summer, one of the best music festivals to visit is the Grachtenfestival. During this classical music festival Amsterdam serves as a stage for Dutch musicians. Another highlight is Gay Pride, when Amsterdam transforms into the gay capital of the world. The entire city gathers around the canals to watch the parade of party boats sail by. Theatre fans can enjoy the circus vibe at the travelling open-air theatre festival the Parade, where great performers team up with quirky restaurants and bars. If you like food, visit Amsterdam in spring for the Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens), Amsterdam’s major food-truck festival, and get a taste of all the many different types of food and drinks on offer. Another unique event is the Amsterdam Light Festival, held during the dark winter months. Designated areas in the city are transformed into spectacles of light. Seeing the city lit in such a special way makes your heart beat a little faster.

Bucket list

This list is a resume of why Amsterdam is such a great city. We hope you get to experience many of the wonderful things mentioned while you are here. If you happen to have some more time to kill, here are a few more ideas to add to your bucket list Eat out of a wall: There is a food chain called Febo, where you can buy food that is kept behind little windows in a wall. You have to see it to believe it. Sail the canals. Either do it the lazy way by hopping on one of boats run by the boating companies, or be adventurous and go water-biking yourself. Visit one of the few high structures in town to get a lovely view of the old city centre. The OBA (Public Library) on the Oosterdokskade is a good and free choice. Alternatively, the bars at Double Tree Hilton and Hotel Okura offer some spectacular views. Eat a raw, salted herring at one of the many fish stalls. Eat a ‘bitterbal’, a round, fried snack filled with a meat ragout. Bike the city. Be careful, though, as traffic can be crazy. During winter, go ice skating on the Museum Square, with the Rijksmuseum and a replica of the famous ‘skinny bridge’ as your companions. If it is cold enough, you might be able to go ice skating on one of the canals! Have a glass of hot chocolate or mulled wine while you are at it. Spend the night on a house boat in the canals.

A large village

Part of the attractiveness of Amsterdam lies in the size of the city. The distances in the city are easily manageable by foot or bike, making it feel more like a large village than a metropolis. This village vibe is attractive for both locals and visitors. You have all the perks of a city, but always feel like you know the neighbourhood and the people in it.

Nightlife: Bars

Amsterdam seems to be made of bars and cafés. It is easy to find one to your liking. Want to experience a typical Amsterdam evening? Visit one of the many ‘brown café’s’ in the Jordaan area. Want to try some of the locally brewed beers? A hipster beer bar is the place for you. Feeling like a posh cocktail with a hefty price tag? Go to one of the great hotel bars. Amsterdam is able to serve us all.

Markets

Amsterdam has many food markets around the city. It’s hard to beat strolling around a market on a Saturday morning, trying products such as cheese, herring and the infamous ‘patatje met’ (fries with mayonnaise). The most famous one is Albert Cuyp-market in de Pijp, but markets like the Ten Katemarkt in the west or the Dappermarkt in the east also offer great, often locally and organically produced products.

Foodies paradise

Amsterdam knows how to cater to the most critical foodies. Hip and happening restaurants emerge on a weekly basis. You can find nearly every cuisine in the world in the many excellent restaurants. But the Dutch like their own cuisine, too. One of the most beloved local dishes is the ‘pannenkoek’, which is something between a French crepe and an American pancake. Toppings can vary from fruit and chocolate to cheese and lots of vegetables.

The international community

Ever since the beginning of trade in Amsterdam, the city has welcomed the arrival of foreigners. The economy grew strong because of them, making the Dutch the most prosperous people of the 17th century. To this day, many international companies have offices in the capital, bringing different nationalities to the city. This international atmosphere can really be felt in everyday life, adding to the beloved diversity and liberal feel of Amsterdam. ‘The Magic of Amsterdam’ is written by Jolene den Boer. Jolene is a researcher, writer and lecturer. She is co-founder of Dutch Discoveries, a company that organizes courses on Dutch culture and society for internationals working and living in the Netherlands. Using her knowledge and expertise she lectures on various cultural subjects, with a special focus on art, architecture and the city of Amsterdam. In addition she also writes about art and architecture for websites, magazines and her blog ‘Spoonful of Art’. dutch-discoveries.nl

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Start-up capital of Europe

Amsterdam is the start-up capital of the west coast of Europe. The city actively runs programs such as Start-up Amsterdam to accelerate the start-up scene and provide it with the necessary tools to grow and excel. Moreover, with the help of organisations such as the national Start-up Delta, companies are getting the best possible start here. The result is impressive: Amsterdam came in second on the European Digital City Index, a survey that ranks 35 major EU-cities on how well they support digital start-ups and scale-ups. File-transfer platform WeTransfer and travel firm Travelbird are good examples of the many successful start-ups in the city.


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From the coffee maker of coffee bar Toki to the entrepreneurs behind Olives & More. And from the sunglasses kings of Dick Moby to potter J.C. Herman Ceramic and Blom & Blom interior specialists. A new class of creative and ambitious entrepreneurs has sprung up in Amsterdam. These young businessmen and women are bound not only to conquering the world with world class products and services, but to change it along the way. Breaking with old-style entrepreneurship and conventions, bound for something new. Be inspired by some of the stories of the next generation of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam. EDITOR & PHOTOGRAPHER MARGOT VAN DER KROGT

JEFF FLINK | TOKI

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THE MAKERS JEFF FLINK | TOKI Relatively new to the Amsterdam coffee scene, TOKI is the creation of former adman Jeff Flink. Opening his own ‘hangout’ was something he had thought about for years. “Last year I took one day a week off from work; it was the first real step towards realizing my dream. I started scouting locations in the city, working out the concrete plans, and when I realized that one day wasn’t enough, I finally said, that’s it, I’m going for it.” TOKI is a cool Scandinavian-meets-Japanese café with design accents from around the world, like the eyecatching sofa by LA-based furniture designer Stephen Kenn and the marble top, Marmoreal, by Max Lamb and DZEK, both in London. Even the visual design (the website, logo, the cups, etc.) is not “your typical coffee joint look-andfeel but something more than that” and was created by HarrimanSteel, a design studio that recently relocated to Amsterdam from London. Nestled on the corner of two quiet streets in the Jordaan, right around the corner from the Haarlemmerdijk, it’s the perfect place to stop by before heading to the Saturday farmers market, the Noordermarkt. Jeff serves products he honestly believes in, like Bonanza Coffee from Berlin, tea from Brooklyn’s Bellocq Tea Atelier, cake from the neighborhood patisserie Petit Gateau, local homemade granola from G for Granola, and beers from London’s Crate Brewery. True to its Japanese meaning, ‘the time when some states or actions exist or occur’, TOKI invites us to catch our breath, relax and enjoy. Stop by TOKI for a coffee at Binnen Dommersstraat 15.

KAMIEL BLOM & MARTIJN BLOM BLOM & BLOM In a beautifully refurbished warehouse in the North of Amsterdam, just a few minutes ride by bicycle from the ferry on the IJ River, you’ll find the airy showroom and design studio of Blom & Blom. Founded by Kamiel and Martijn Blom, two brothers who share a passion for forgotten items from forgotten places with stories to be told, Blom & Blom hosts a collection of striking reclaimed lighting fixtures. Switching career paths at around the same time, the brothers now collect, restore and redesign industrial lamps and furnishings - often found in abandoned factories and military complexes in the former DDR(Deutsche Demokratische Republik) in East Germany - and give these authentic objects a new life while preserving their rich history. While the brothers source their goods from Germany and consider Berlin a second home, they’re inspired by Amsterdam’s entrepreneurial spirit and consider themselves part of the maker movement. “People are thinking more creatively about what they want to do. You can continue to apply for jobs but you can also decide to start something for yourself. We didn’t just start start Blom & Blom to do something fun; we really want to build something. We want to wake up in the morning and feel proud of what we’re spending our days doing.” They sure are doing that and while they have focused on collected lamps from abandoned factories until now, there are thousands of other objects that have stories to tell, that can be taken from their original context and provided a new life. As they say, “The sky is the limit.” Find out more about Blom & Blom on their website at blomandblom. com or visit their showroom in AmsterdamNoord at Chrysantenstraat 20A.

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THE MAKERS ROBBERT WEFERS BETTINK AND TIM BROEKHUIZEN HOLLAND DICK MOBY The summer months may have long passed and we may be preparing for yet another cold winter, but that’s not to say that sunglasses have become irrelevant. Meet avid surfers Robbert Wefers Bettink and Tim Broekhuizen Holland of Amsterdam-based sustainable sunglasses brand, Dick Moby. In their office in the creative hub/ hotel/co-working space the Volkshotel, the sun is still shining. Even the name Dick Moby puts a smile on our faces; it references and honors the professional American ping pong player Dick Moby who was the first to switch from wooden to plastic paddles in the 1960s yet broke his wrist before the Olympics and never had his chance to shine. Surf enthusiasts Robbert and Tim grew up sailing, surfing and traveling around the world for the best surf spots. “Even in the most remote places, we found plastic on the beach. It’s such a shame. We thought, maybe the solution to plastic waste is to appreciate plastic for what it is. What if we start to see it as a valuable resource?” And that’s what they did.They launched Dick Moby, a sustainable sunglasses brand that embraces “plastic as a beautiful material instead of trash” with a successful crowd funding campaign in 2014. Their first collections sold out, they created a special edition for Paris concept store Colette, and recently introduced their first optical line. And all the while they’re on a mission: by using a new bio-plastic acetate and spending 10% of their yearly revenue on projects with the Surfriders Foundation, they’re inspiring not only the glasses industry, but society as a whole, to address plastic pollution and help find ways to create a bright future for plastic and the world’s oceans. Order online at dick-moby.com.

BRIAN BOUCHER & ESTHER BERGER OLIVES & MORE In the middle of the busy Pretoriusstraat in Amsterdam Oost, you’ll find Olives & More, a beautiful corner shop selling (organic) olives, olive oil and other delicious goods, founded by Brian Boucher and Esther Berger. The couple met in Ireland while Brian (originally from Dublin) attended a professional school for cooks and started his career working in a restaurant and Esther studied fine arts and worked at the Irish Museum for Modern Art as a mediator and assistant curator. They moved to Amsterdam when they felt it was time for a change. While working at restaurant Envy, Brian was looking for something to do on the side – he was first interested in selling specialty cheeses yet when he noticed that no one was doing anything with organic olives and olive oil, he jumped at the opportunity. “People have become more discerning and more aware. They’re not willing to put up with second-rate products. They want the best. We can really stand over the quality of our products and be proud of that as well,” they say of their rinsed and marinated olives. That’s how it started; they sold olives at markets like the Nieuwmarkt, Zuidermarkt and Pure Markt for several years until the couple decided to create a space where customers could buy freshly made tapenades, pesto and hummus, uniquely prepared olives, and tasty olive oils from around Europe. By opening a shop, they have fused their expertise (as a chef and a project manager in the arts, respectively) to further drive their entrepreneurial spirits. “We like to take risks, we don’t take the easy route. When things come your way you can either say yes or no, and this just made sense.” More about Olives & More on their website olivesandmore.nl or visit their shop at Pretoriusstraat 68D.

HERMAN VERHAGEN | J.C. HERMAN CERAMICS Between the famous canals Keizersgracht and Herengracht, you’ll find the Herenstraat, complete with charming boutiques, flower shops and the atelier/shop of Amsterdam-based ceramicist Herman Verhagen, also known as J.C. Herman. While Amsterdam may now be the home of his craft, it was actually in Paris that he traded his love for 3D animation for the potter’s wheel. “I was sitting at a computer all day, every day, and eventually I was fed up. I so happened to buy a nice plant at the time and tried to find a pot for it, but couldn’t find one at the flea markets around the city. So I thought I’m going to make it myself. I walked into a ceramics shop and just asked them, ‘Can I make this pot?’ That’s when I decided to become a professional ceramicist.” To receive his artisan certification, Herman completed about a years worth of work in Paris, and moved back to Amsterdam to set up shop. Now, Herman creates refined, timeless designs that draw on both Japanese and Nordic styles; each one of his ceramics is sculpted and created by hand. “I even try to keep the handmade aspect visible in my work; sometimes the glaze isn’t perfect or there’s a small dent here or a there. That’s what makes it real. And I honestly prefer to buy products that someone has created with care.” Find out more about J.C. Herman Ceramics online at jcherman.org or visit the shop on Herenstraat 10. THE MAKERS AMSTERDAM, FOUNDED BY MARGOT VAN DER KROGT, IS A PLATFORM TO SHARE THE STORIES OF AMSTERDAM’S CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS. THE MAKERS AMSTERDAM HAS EXPANDED INTO A DYNAMIC NETWORK OR MAKERS AND MAKER ENTHUSIASTS. THEMAKERSAMSTERDAM.COM.

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The Best

WINE BARS in Amsterdam

Inhabitants of Amsterdam are turning into real wine connoisseurs, which is something you can profit from as a visitor to the city. In and around the centre you’ll find you a dozen small, traditional but also modern, newly opened wine businesses where you can enjoy a tasty glass of red or white wine or a special bottle of your choice. Good to know: Our recommended bars also serve a variety of delicacies, from appetizers to complete dinners to accompany the wines, which are flown in from all parts of the world. Enjoy Amsterdam the Spanish, Italian, Chilean or Californian way. A pleasant and tasty evening out is guaranteed. EDITOR FLORIS MÜLLER

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WINE BARS

WESTER WIJNFABRIEK WORST

BUBBLES & WINES This chic wine bar on one of the oldest streets in the city is open seven days a week. Enjoy one of the 50 wines served by the glass, or try a mini-tasting of three (half) glasses.

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GLOU GLOU Enjoy 40 vins naturels – turbid wines without additives – in this creative wine bar. Glou Glou has wallpaper made of wine labels and funny little tables with empty bottles as flower vases. Owners Paul Witte and Lior Bornshtain provide explanations and recommendations when needed.

Tweede van der Helststraat 3 - glouglou.nl

DIVINO Cosy wine-tasting bar in the heart of the city that gets all its wine from the small-scale family business in Italy. In addition to Pinot Grigio, Verdichio, Barbaresco, Brunello and Amorone diVino also serves a delicious Italian meal.

Boomstraat 41A - wijnbardivino.nl

T’S BITES & WINES

VYNE

VYNE Elected the best wine bar in the Netherlands five years ago, mostly owing to its large stock of 270 wines from around the world. Its tasteful delicacies are prepared by renowned sister company Envy.

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WESTER WIJNFABRIEK This wine bar – located in the so-called urban oasis on the Westergasterrein – has some 70 wines in stock of which 15 are poured by the glass. Found your favourite wine? The associated store sells bottles to take home.

Pazzanistraat 10 - westerwijnfabriek.nl

WINE BAR BOELEN & BOELEN In this bar owned by Martijn Boelen, in the heart of de Pijp, you are able to order over 35 red and white wines by the glass and more than 100 per bottle. Also enjoy the classic French menu by Chef Jasper van Waardhuizen and sous chef Diede de Jong.

Eerste van der Helststraat 50 - wijnbar.nl

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Easy-going wine bar in the west of Amsterdam, which opened in spring 2015. The T in the name comes from owner Tanja Bruijntjes, a certified wine expert who gladly serves wines from all over the world.

Kinkerstraat 53 - ts-lifestyle.nl

WIJNBAR WORST This wine bar – located in the so-called urban oasis on the Westergasterrein – has some 70 wines in stock of which 15 are poured by the glass. Found your favourite wine? The associated store sells bottles to take home.

Pazzanistraat 10 - westerwijnfabriek.nl

WIJNBAR PAULUS Newly opened wine bar at the Ceintuurbaan in student district De Pijp. Paulus, named after owner Paul, serves many tasty wines and pleasant snacks like Spanish ham, sausage and freshly baked country bread.

Ceintuurbaan 348 - wijnbarpaulus.nl


WINE BARS

TIA ROSA Authentic Spanish wine bar with typical marble bar, mosaic floor and wine barrels on the walls. All the wines at ‘Aunt Rosa’ come from famous Spanish winery Torres; a vibrant collection of tasty white and red varieties is guaranteed.

Reguliersgracht 11 - tiarosa.nl

PARKER’S WINEBAR Located near the rose garden of Amstelpark, Parker’s is the ideal place to relax and enjoy a good glass of wine. The bar has about 16 different wines by the glass. Why not stay for a three-course menu created by Tim Golsteijn?

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THIRTY5IVE Sommelier Simo Zbiri has teamed up with chefs to create a place to wine and dine in Amsterdam Oost. Simo has great taste in wines and we predict the food will be fantastic too. It just opened and we haven’t visited yet but stay tuned for more info soon!

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LUCIUS This wine bar and restaurant serves the most excellent fish gourmets in town, with a colorful display of décor that lets you feel how close you are to the aqua world. You can choose between red, white, rose, or dessert wines depending on what type of food you order. What makes this one of the best is the assortment of grilled, fried, or poached seafood that will stimulate your senses and make your wine taste even better.

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LOTTE WOLF

WINE SOMMELIER

Lotte Wolf is the newly appointed Wine Director of Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam and sommelier of its marvellous Michelin-starred fish restaurant Bridges, inspired by Ron Blaauw. She was the youngest oenologist in the country ever and was named Most Talented Sommelier of the Year in 2013. ‘I am a pit-bull when I want something; I can’t let go.’ We sat down with Wolf to talk about the Dutch wine tradition and, of course, to enjoy a delicious glass or two. ‘Would you like a glass?’, Lotte Wolf asks. ‘What are you having?’, I reply. That obviously isn’t an easy question. The Wine Director and sommelier has many favourites: ‘Thibault Ligier Belair, made in the Bourgogne. Johan Meyer – a South African wine, which I have personally helped to produce. Or South African Stephane Ogier – a Rohne, and the best Condrieu ever.’ Wolf has just recently been appointed at the hotel and restaurant. ‘But I already love it here’, she chuckles. ‘It’s amazing to be able to spend all my time handling wine. Every type has a different taste because of the various ways and years of production and the different soil in which the wine cuttings have been planted. Every bottle has a different story to tell’, she says.

Wine bars

Wolf acknowledges that the number of wine bars in Amsterdam is ever growing. ‘A couple of years ago’, she says, ‘there were not more than two. Today Amsterdam has over 20 high-quality wine bars, I believe. I’ve just moved to Amsterdam; I still have to discover most of them.’ The reason for the popularity of wine bars is, according to Wolf, that the Dutch have in recent years learned to appreciate good food. Great wine is the next step. ‘In the Netherlands we are the best at pairing great dishes with excellent wines. We’ve actually made an international name with that.’

Spuistraat 247 lucius.nl

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New Zealand

In her early twenties, Wolf was the youngest certified oenologist in the country. Two years ago, she was named Most Talented Sommelier of the Year by the French culinary guide Gault Millau; it was recognition for many years of hard work. ‘I am a pit-bull when I want something; I can’t let go.’ Wolf’s love for wine started on an early age, travelling through New Zealand, just after her 18th birthday. ‘When I ran out of money, I applied for a job in a restaurant, pretending I had experience in hospitality.’ Only after she was hired did she learn about the establishment’s impressive wine collection. Wolf: ‘My colleagues took me to wine tastings and the supplying vineyards and taught me all there is to know about the precious grape juice.’ Fresh off the plane, Wolf applied for a job at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen in Amsterdam. Later the wine expert was attracted by Michelin-starred restaurants Calla in The Hague and Seinpost in the harbour town of IJmuiden. Before starting at The Grand and Bridges, Wolf worked in Antwerp (as a wine expert at restaurant t’ Zilte) and with two-star chef and local culinary celebrity Sergio Herman in his restaurant Oud Sluis – ‘My hero. The best culinary teacher one could wish for.’

Mission

As the number of wine bars grows, so does the Dutch knowledge of wine. That doesn’t mean Wolf’s mission is accomplished, she says. ‘Though most people are more willing to pay more for good wine in bars and restaurants, the offering in supermarkets in the Netherlands is still of very low quality’. The sommelier says she wants to end the dominance of so-called 3-euro bottles. ‘We should pay more attention to our health. Drink less cheap wine with a high concentration of sulphate’, she concludes, ‘and more organic wines produced by passionate winemakers.’


Grand Café Krasnapolsky, situated in NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, has a magnificent view of the famous Dam Square. Three Michelin-starred chef Jacob Jan Boerma is in charge of its delicious menus for both lunch and dinner. During the day you may enjoy a coffee or tea together with delicious cakes and pastries showcased in a one of a kind ‘Cake Room’ situated in the grand café. In the evening classical dishes with a modern twist paired with selected wines are served. Do not miss out on the Hors d’Oeuvre Bar, where dishes and salads are prepared live.

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Walking through the center of Amsterdam is like travelling through time: from the early 1500s when Amsterdam was still a small fishing village, to the Golden Age (1568-1672) and the city’s rise as a world empire, and then the nineteenth and twentieth century, ages of reconstruction and protest. Join us on a tour via the most famous landmarks in the Palace District, hidden treasures and museums. Stop at traditional bars and enjoy the collection of remarkable shops along the way. EDITOR FLORIS MÜLLER PHOTOGRAPHER NIELS STAVORINUS ILLUSTRATOR SASKIA RASINK

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IJKADE

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CENTRAL STATION

We’ll start at the shores of t’IJ, the city’s former harbour where once many hundreds of galleons of the Dutch East India Company were anchored, waiting to trade their cargo in town. The barren northern shores in the east were mostly used to pile wood, grain and coal but today this area is mostly used as industrial festival area NDSM-Werf (with some trendy restaurants and bars). Right in front of us we can see the iconic white building of the Eye Film Institute (designed by Roman Delugan and Elke Delugan-Meissl). Behind that you’ll find the so-called Tolhuistuin – an artistic hotspot with bars, restaurant and regularly changing art expositions. The islands to our right, now boasts the glass façade theatre building of Het Muziekgebouw aan t’IJ as well as an excellent seafood restaurant, Zouthaven, and a huge summer terrace overlooking the IJ-river and the upcoming neighbourhood Amsterdam Noord. The Northern part of town is easily reached; boats leave every ten minutes or so at the back of Central Station.

There was a good chance that the monumental train station of Amsterdam was never built on its current location. Fearing for their trading, business owners heavily protested against the construction of the station island in the old port and thus the closing of the city to the main waterways and the sea. Petrus Cuypers’ design was mostly inspired by the Dutch Middle Ages (he also made the construction plans for the monastery-like Rijksmuseum), which was a long time before the age of the prosperous maritime trade. The newly unveiled giant tiled wall (consisting of 70,000 hand-painted tiles) in the Cuypserspassage though is a fair tribute to Amsterdam’s seafaring past. The fairytale wooden café on the waterfront at the central entrance of the station, once a pleasant waiting area for travellers, now houses a branch of the famous Amsterdam steak restaurant Loetje.

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DAMRAK

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DAM SQUARE

Getting around in Amsterdam is quite easy. Standing in front of Central Station, facing Damrak and at the back Dam Square, one can easily divide the city into the old side (Oudezijds, to the left) and the new side (Nieuwezijds, including the Canal District and Jordaan area, to the right). Also on the right is St. Nicolaaskerk – named after the patron saint of fishermen, children and the city of Amsterdam – a majestic church built in different styles (so as not to offend any religious movement in the city at the end of the nineteenth century). As we walk towards Dam Square, we’ll find café De Heffer at our right (once the place where marketable goods were weighed), and after that Beurs van Berlage (the central location of the Dutch Royal marriage in 2002). Once intended as a showcase of Dutch grandeur, the original draft of the design was rejected because it was supposedly stolen from the architects of the town hall of Rochelle in France. The municipality eventually settled for the industrial drawings by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage.

The site where the 58-year-old palatial department store De Bijenkorf is situated now originally belonged to the worldfamous Beurs van Berlage – the first stock exchange in the world and later the classical building of De Beurs van Zocher. Ever since the building of the dam in the river Amstel over 800 years ago, the square has been the centre of the city. Not surprisingly, citizens of the Dutch Republic (with which the Dutch were again the first in the world) chose this spot as the building site for their magnificent town hall in the 1600s. In 1808, however, the colossus was transformed into the residential Palace for the royal rulers in the Netherlands. The grand church next to the Royal Palace is De Nieuwe Kerk, which is used for national commemorations and major expositions. We’ll stop for a moment at the almost 350-year-old distillery of Wijnand Focking in the (recently) covered Pijlsteeg right across Dam Square, to enjoy a glass of real Dutch gin or another locally distilled specialty.

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NES

In the 1500s this narrow street hosted as many as five monasteries. Residents, who were required to make a quick prayer when passing each monastery, nicknamed it ‘the never-ending prayer’. By the nineteenth century, most of the holiness had left Nes; the street became the centre of the capital’s nightlife with many emerging theatres, bars, restaurants and brothels. Today spacious Brasserie Harkema serves a good meal for a reasonable price. A little further down the road, Bubbles & Wines is known for its immense selection of rare and valuable grape juices and tasty snacks. ArtDeli, almost at the end of the street combines an exposition area and a wonderful restaurant, the ideal spot for lunch or dinner.

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ROKIN

At the end of Nes, we’ll turn right to end up in the middle of Rokin. After two centuries of stagnation, the nineteenth century was again a period of growth for Amsterdam – thanks mostly to the rise in colonial trade. In those days Rokin served as an elegant boulevard with numerous exclusive department stores and (secret) club houses for the rich and famous. One of the very few remaining businesses is tobacco firm Hajenius (halfway down Rokin), where we can still enjoy homemade cigars in the atmospheric lounge. The grey building on the other side of the canal was built as the headquarters of the Dutch National Bank but now serves as a repository of the university collection of ancient art, the Allard Pierson Museum.

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DAMSTRAATJES

The Damstraatjes is a collection of shopping streets such as the Damstraat, Oude Doelenstraat, Oude Hoogstraat and Nieuwe Hoogstraat. Full of quirky shops and wonderful eateries Don’t be fooled by the limited width of Oude Hoogstraat; this was once one of the richest passages in town. The powerful Dutch East India Company (VOC) even established its head office here: Het Oost Indisch Huys. The building, and in particular the beautiful courtyard and richly decorated boardroom, are open for visitors. De Waalse Kerk, a church built for Belgian

and French religious refugees in 1578, is located further up the road. Be careful not to pass the narrowest house in Europe at Oude Hoogstraat 22 (approximately just 2 metres wide).

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OUDEKERKSPLEIN

As we walk back to the red light district, we pass De Oude Kerk (the old church) on the left of Oudezijdsvoorburgwal, the oldest building in Amsterdam. This imposing late-medieval building now serves as an exhibition space (and is known as the home of World Press Photo). In the presbytery (De Koffieschenkerij), on the waterfront, coffee master Job Oosting serves delicious coffee, tea and homemade cake in the traditional dark-toned room of the building.

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NIEUWMARKT

Nieuwmarkt, located at the end of Zeedijk, was the scene of heavy protests against the construction of a new subway line in the seventies and eighties. Unfortunately, angry residents and protesters could not prevent part of the late medieval city being demolished. De Waag, in the middle of Nieuwmarkt, built as city gate in the 1500s and later used as clubhouse for the powerful guilds of Amsterdam, now houses an attractive grand café. Also worth a visit is traditional Amsterdam ‘brown bar’ Cafe Fonteyn to the right. Cafe Bern right behind De Waag is famous for its Swiss cheese fondue and chopped sirloin steak with delicious sauce.

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A couple minutes away, we arrive at the beginning of Zeedijk. The wooden building on the left, at number 1, is t’Aepje – one of the oldest existing taverns in town. It is said that a visit to this inn was quite risky because of the lice-infested monkey (donated by a sailor in debt). There is still a Dutch saying that refers to the bar: ‘you’ve stayed at t’ Aepje’ – meaning that you’ve probably come across trouble. A couple of minutes down the road, Zeedijk changes into Amsterdam Chinatown. The tasty specialty Nua Nam Tok, a delicious rib-eye salad with glass noodles and local herbs, is worth the wait at the always-crowded Thai snack bar and

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restaurant The Bird. At neighbouring four-storey Nua Nam Tok, you can find ingredients, cooking utensils, dishes, teapots and even Asian art. The beautiful, newly constructed He Hua Buddhist temple serves as places of worship for local Chinese.

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We now move from Nieuwmarkt to Staalstraat, a recently-blossomed shopping street with many attractive and creative boutiques. Droog, part of the hotel with the same name, in the middle of the street, offers a variety of dinnerware, lamps, plants and many special gadgets. Neighbouring Papabubble is an authentic candy maker that specializes in candy prepared according to ancient recipes. When we’ve finished shopping, we stop for a beer and a traditional cheese platter in the old drugstore (with a Moorish bust attached to the façade) De Gaeper.

Through the Staalmeestersbrug – packed with padlocks left by couples in love (following the example of Pont des Arts in Paris) – we arrive at the Waterlooplein, once the bustling centre of the old Jewish quarter of Amsterdam. Though little is left of the characteristic narrow streets with often dilapidated houses, the Portuguese Israelite Synagogue (one of the first and largest of its kind in Western Europe) remains one of the last landmarks of Jewish culture in Amsterdam. Nowadays, the next door seventeenth-century Great Synagogue and Abbene Shul operate as the Jewish Historical Museum. The rest of Waterlooplein is now dominated by the modern red brick and white marble colossus of the Stopera (City Hall – Stadhuis and the Opera House) and the flea market. The flea market is open every day (expect Sunday) and is a mustsee for lovers of curios, antiques, unique second-hand clothing and souvenirs. Do save time to visit the Rembrandthuis, the former working space of Rembrandt van Rijn, on Jodenbreestraat (Jewish broadway, parallel to Waterlooplein) which can now be visited as a museum dedicated to etches and drawings of the Dutch master.


Palace DISTRICT

THE OLD MAN BOARDSPORTS

DAMSTRAAT 14 | THEOLDMANBOARDSPORTS.COM

A true shopping paradise for anyone who is into adventure and sports. This store has an extensive collection of shoes, slippers, bags, caps, belts, sunglasses, watches and other accessories from well-known brands. Preparing for your winter holiday? Everything for fun and sports in the snow can be found on the first floor of this spacious store. The Old Man offers snowboards, as well as wakeboards, skateboards and surfboards. Do you need to have your favourite snowboard waxed? The high-quality waxing service is ready to help you.

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DAMSTRAATJES

CAU

DAMSTRAAT 5 | +31 (0) 20 623 96 32 CAURESTAURANTS.COM

The owners of CAU came up with their idea for a restaurant while visiting Buenos Aires, a city they describe as a collision of cosmopolitan sophistication and irresistibly chaotic energy. Set over 3 floors, and with CAU’s iconic sky and grass motifs design, CAU Amsterdam offers the best in South American cuisine: highly appreciated Argentinean beef, mouth-watering steaks, burgers and sandwiches. A melting pot of comfort food. Drop in at lunchtime for some sharing plates and a beer or come by for dinner to savor one of their specialty cuts and a bottle of Malbec. But don’t forget to leave room for a Corn Flake Ice Cream Sundae. Trust us on that one

BETSY PALMER

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In the Heart of the City, just off Dam Square at the Rokin, the recently renewed Betsy Palmer Shoes & Accessories is a true Women`s Walhalla. Original in all aspects, Betsy Palmer hosts a most wonderful collection of European brands of shoes like Chie Mihara, Unisa, Pantanetti, Pomme d`Or and Castaner as well as a colourful and inspiring collection under the Betsy Palmer Brand. A refreshing selection of bags, socks, shawls, bike baskets and necklaces from various origins as well as surprisingly affordable clothing by authentic Amsterdam brand Zenggi has been added to complete your one-stop-shopping experience.

THE OLD MAN SMOKE SUPPLIES & GIFTS

THE OLD MAN KNIVES & TOOLS

One of three shops in The Old Man-chain on Damstraat in the heart of Amsterdam. This store has been around since 1978 and has grown into an international household name for smoking accessories. The Old Man sells water pipes, bongs, elegant glass pipes, smoking paper and vaporizers. Not a smoker? The Old Man also has a large collection of funny gifts. Don’t have time left to visit the shop during your stay in Amsterdam? No problem – the chain has a series of online stores, and anything you order can be sent to your home address.

Whether you are a fan of outdoor survival, a collector of knives or an (amateur) chef in need of professional tools, The Old Man Knives & Tools is the place to be. This store has everything from folding knives to professional cutting tools, swords, axes and machetes. The craftsmen at The Old Man are happy to hand engrave the products of your choice and gifts. The extensive collection includes well-known brands such as Böker, Victorinox, Forge de Laguiole and Global.

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Palace DISTRICT TOMS SKATESHOP

DAMSTRAAT 32 | TOMSSKATESHOP.COM

Are you a skate fan and currently in Amsterdam? Well, you’re in luck. Minutes away from Dam Square you will find everything you need from boards to skate fashion and everything in between: sneakers, pants, caps, shirts and accessories such as sunglasses, watches and skateboard utilities. Tom’s Skate Shop is located on Damstraat in a characteristic boutiquestore. The friendly staff is ready to help you with all your skate needs.

FANTASYSHOP CHIMERA DAMSTRAAT 7 FANTASYSHOPCHIMERA.COM

In the centre of Amsterdam, around the corner from the red light district and Dam Square, you’ll find a magical forest with fantasy figures such as dragons, trolls, unicorns, witches and fairies. Beautifully decorated Chimera has everything for fantasy lovers: a rich collection of jewellery, clothing, stationary, accessories and swords and knives. Enjoy the magical atmosphere of the gift shop or browse through the extensive collection on the shop’s web store.

ASIAN SPIRIT

DAMSTRAAT 7 |ASIANSPIRIT.NL

You don’t have to travel to South East Asia to enjoy the regional culture and atmosphere. Originally founded as an auction house on Overtoom 90 years ago, Asian Spirit is the absolute centre for Asian art, clothing and accessories in the Netherlands. This modern decorated store with a red façade on Damstraat offers beautiful Japanese, Thai and Chinese Buddhas, handcrafted chess and Mah-jongg boards, jewellery, antique porcelain, kitchen tools and high-quality clothing.

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2PR

OUDE HOOGSTRAAT 10-12 | 2PR.AMSTERDAM

Fashion entrepreneur Miro Zwering’s concept store offers both high-end fashion designer labels and premium quality collections in one recognizable, dark style. 2PR has been operating for over 20 years, satisfying many local and international customers. Starting at the end of this year, 2PR will also manage an online store, so you can look through the immense clothing collection from home. 2PR is located in a cosy little boutique on Oude Hoogstraat, two blocks away from Dam Square.

COFFEE COMPANY

OUDE DOELENSTRAAT 11 | COFFEECOMPANY.NL

Right in the bustling old centre of Amsterdam you can find this cosy coffee house where you’ll find locals as well as tourists enjoying the sights of nearby red light district, the Oude Kerk and other types of “coffeeshops”. Coffeecompany is an Amsterdam chain of specialty coffee houses that has won over the local coffeelovers hearts with lovely coffees since their start in 1996. This location on the Oude Doelenstraat is the perfect place for a breakfast, fresh juice, and of course delicious coffee.

YUCCA

OUDEZIJDS VOORBURGWAL 181 | YUCCA.NU

Founded forty years ago, at the height of the flower power movement, as a popular shop with Mexican jewelry for a mainly hippy clientele. Today Yucca’s collection has been updated and expanded. The boutique’s collection includes colourful women’s clothing, accessories and boots. Yucca serves women of all ages and sizes. Founder Christine Bos’ team is happy to show you the full range of trousers, skirts, jackets and dresses. As well as all the matching scarves, belts and bags.

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Palace DISTRICT

DIABOLO

NIEUWE HOOGSTRAAT 22-H | DIABOLO-SHOP.NL

This remarkable underground and eccentric clothing store reopened in 2012 as the main supplier for a large subculture and anybody who likes to dress up once in a while. Diabolo offers the largest collection of gothic, fetish and punk fashion in town with brands such as Pamela Man, Alchemy, Marché Noir and Slap Leather. Can’t find what you are looking for? The staff of Diabolo is always willing to customize its products according to your specific size and requirements.

CANDY FREAKS

NIEUWE HOOGSTRAAT 4-A | CANDYFREAKS.COM

Welcome to Candy Freaks, the best freaking candies, chocolate and waffles in town Candy Freaks is not a regular candy shop. It’s also an experience! Here you find a fantastic assortment of candies. Are you vegan or vegetarian? Do you prefer gluten free, sugar free or dairy free? They have it all! And be sure you won’t miss the homemade chocolate chunks with all kinds of ingredients. Dominic and Cedric will welcome you and give you a tour in the world of candies.

WESC

OUDE HOOGSTRAAT 35 WESCAMSTERDAM.NL

WeSC (short for ‘WearetheSuperlativeConspiracy’) is a Swedish fashion brand with its roots in skate and snowboard culture. This shop is the brand’s first shop in Amsterdam, selling jackets, jeans, jumpers, shirts, dresses and underwear from the WeSC collections. The shop has two floors: on the ground floor, find products by other brands in addition to WeSC gear: think Converse sneakers, Brixton hats and Komono accessories. The upstairs is home to WeSC’s notorious range of colourful headphones. In addition, the shop offers modern children’s clothing.

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Palace DISTRICT

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LOVE BOUTIQUE

NIEUWE HOOGSTRAAT 12 OUDEZIJDS ACHTERBURGWAL 78

The Red Light District has always been the centre for love, lust, sex and attraction. It’s no wonder that Love Boutique is located right in the heart of the area. Open only two years, this beautiful store offers not only classic lingerie and corsets. but it also has a great selection of fetish wear, accessories and other goodies. The friendly staff is ready to help you and can advise you on sizes and other requirements.

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DC STORE

WARMOESSTRAAT 67 DCSHOES-NETHERLANDS.NL

Open seven days a week, DC Store is located in the former monumental tea and coffee museum on Warmoesstraat – in the nineteenth century the most prestigious shopping boulevard in Amsterdam. The interior of this fashion, shoe and accessories store is a mix of historical elements and modern design, making it a one–of-a-kind place to shop for skateboarding, snowboarding and action sport apparel. DC Store, part of a worldwide chain, has everything you need and more.

ETNIES STORE NIEUWENDIJK 13 ETNIESAMSTERDAM.COM

The Etnies Store on De Nieuwendijk in the centre of Amsterdam, close to the Central Station, is a brand store with, obviously, Etnies apparel, footwear and accessories. But well known quality brands as Dakine, Oakley, G-shock and Nixon complete the collection. Are you looking for pants, T-shirts, caps, hats, sweaters, coats and more? Etnies is your store with clothing for people who feel young. Located in one of the oldest streets of Amsterdam.

MADCHIQUE ZEEDIJK 80 MADCHIQUE.NL

Looking for something special for your wardrobe? Something out of the ordinary? Madchique, which is run by the same owners as the magical Fantasy Shop Chimera, offers clothing that is different, very wearable and tastefully designed. The boutique, located on the ancient Zeedijk, offers dresses, skirts, tops, corsets, shoes, accessories and jewellery. In all colours and patterns. All with the same magical touch. Madchique is not only for women, but has an extensive collection for men and children as well.

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Palace DISTRICT

KOKO COFFEE AND DESIGN

OUDEZIJDS ACHTERBURGWAL 145 ILOVEKOKO.COM

If you’re craving a great cappuccino, check out Koko Coffee and Design. Koko combines coffee with unique artwork, jewellery and exclusive fashions, creating a mix of fashion, style and taste. Its brick wall and chalkboard menus are funky and welcoming.

DE BIJENKORF DAM 1 | DEBIJENKORF.NL

De Bijenkorf is an inspiring, trendsetting and dynamic department store that distinguishes itself by offering a wide range of products, innovative themes and special events. The range includes top international and in-house brands of fashion, cosmetics, accessories, living, media, sport, travel, food and lifestyle. De Bijenkorf is dedicated to surprise its customers with the highest standard of quality to ensure the most inspirational and unique shopping experience. The luxury department store has an entirely renewed 1,200 m2 cosmetics department and The Netherlands’ largest designer shoe department: both radiate luxury and offer a premium experience. Every cash desk in de Bijenkorf has a Tax Refund Service for all non-EU travellers when spending 50 euros or more. Purchases can be combined to get a higher refund.

P.G.C. HAJENIUS ROKIN 96 | HAJENIUS.COM

P.G.C. Hajenius is a truly time-honoured Amsterdam establishment. It’s been the “grand seigneur” of Dutch cigar brands since 1862 and opened its shop in a grand Art Deco building on the Rokin in 1914. It’s a very hospitable kind of place: you can come here to enjoy a fine cigar, but visiting the shop is a great experience for nonsmokers, too.

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WATCHES

Beats of time. Electronics dominate our world. We are surrounded by connected devices to help us keep up with the beat of modernday life. A luxurious quartz or mechanical watch on the wrist may well be an old-fashioned device but it also makes a connection – to the wearer’s heart. A personal time machine that allows you to enjoy time exactly the way that fits you best. EDITOR LEX STOLK

Franck Muller

Hublot

A Franck Muller watch is easily recognizable by its unique case design. A case from the Genevan watchmaker is always out of the ordinary. One look at the tonneau shape of the Vanguard underlines that statement. The sporty lines of the Vanguard are sleek and strong and the strap of the watch is completely integrated into the case, making it a streamlined creation. The powerful swoopy lines of the Vanguard are the perfect showcase for a highly complicated tourbillon, a sporty chronograph or a more introverted three-hand movement with date. Profound horological knowledge is also in the DNA of Franck Muller.

Martial arts legend Bruce Lee died 43 years ago at the age of 32. Born in San Francisco to parents from Hong Kong, Lee would have turned 75 this year. To commemorate the man who had the whole world kung fu fighting, Hublot and the Bruce Lee Foundation joined hands to setup a “Legend Never Dies: Bruce Lee 75th anniversary Memorial Exhibition” and the limited edition “Spirit of Big Bang for Bruce Lee”. The chronograph features a tonneau-shaped 47.7 x 56.3 mm case crafted out of micro-blasted black ceramic and it houses an automatic winding movement. The skeletonized dial showcases yellow dragons – Lee’s astrological sign in the Chinese calendar.

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Spirit of Big Bang for Bruce Lee

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WATCHES

Rolex

Day-Date 40 In 1956 the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Only available in noble materials, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. It soon became the watch par excellence of influential people. The Day Date earned the nickname ‘President’ when Rolex allegedly gave one to then President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower. This year Rolex released a completely updated version of the President called the Day-Date 40. Apart from a completely new 40 mm case in a choice of the precious metals platinum, yellow, white and rose gold, the bracelet is also completely new. The same goes for the automatic and chronometrically precise Calibre 3255. AVAILABLE AT GASSAN ROKIN 1/5 & NIEUWE UILENBURGERSTRAAT 173-175 - GASSAN.COM

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ChronoDate

Sturdy and sporty with feminine elegance. The stout 40 mm steel case of the Patravi ChronoDate is water resistant to 50 m and inside the mechanical automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve takes care of the time, the big date display and chronograph functions. The classic functionality of the watch is presented with delicate details such as a mother-of-pearl dial with 8 diamonds and a bezel set with 48 diamonds (0.8 ct.) The sparkle of the diamonds is very bright thanks to the use of unusually large stones. A technically and aesthetically pleasing watch. AVAILABLE AT GASSAN ROKIN 1/5 & NIEUWE UILENBURGERSTRAAT 173-175 - GASSAN.COM

Rolex

Yacht-Master This is the latest version of the Yacht-Master and it has the looks that will charm a large crowd. One glance at the contrasting case in black with rose gold and the sporty strap is enough to win you over. This strap is not made of rubber, as you might think. Rubber is not good enough for Rolex so they made the socalled Oysterflex strap from an elastomer with an inner that is made from a highly elastic metallic strip. That makes for greater durability and increased comfort. This very handsome/pretty and contemporary watch comes in both a 37 and 40 mm version. AVAILABLE AT GASSAN ROKIN 1/5 & NIEUWE UILENBURGERSTRAAT 173-175 - GASSAN.COM

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Jaeger-LeCoultre

Reverso à Eclipse – Van Gogh Sunflowers

Van der Gang Vlieger

The link between aviation and watches has always been strong. When the first pilots toovvk to the skies at the beginning of the 20th century, they wore watches to see how long they had before they ran out of fuel. The Van der Gang Vlieger (that’s Dutch for ‘aviator’) took two years to develop and it has the stylistic characteristics of an aeroplane instrument with its dark dial with luminous hands and numerals. At the same time it shows functional features such as the second time zone, AM/PM indicator and a reliable automatic movement that has been crafted in-house. The Vlieger comes either in a white satin-brushed steel case or a steel case with a dark charcoal DLC coating. AVAILABLE AT AMSTERDAM WATCH COMPANY REESTRAAT 3 - AWCO.NL

This watch is a piece of art. To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the death of Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam came up with a limited edition of the Reverso à Eclipse watch featuring Van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers on the dial. Painted in 1889, the original Sunflowers canvas dates from the final period in Van Gogh’s life. JaegerLeCoultre and its Boutique partner, Gassan, present the Reverso à Eclipse – Van Gogh Sunflowers limited edition of just 5 pieces in the Pieter Cornelis Hooftstraat shop. Skilful enamellers created an exquisite piece of art on the dial. The painting of Van Gogh’s infamous Sunflowers appears beneath the dial when the shutters are opened.

AVAILABLE AT JAEGER-LECOULTRE BOUTIQUE P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT 102 JAEGER-LECOULTRE.COM

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Nomos

Metro 38 Datum It’s time for some understated design. German brand Nomos from the tiny village of Glashütte in Saxony is well known for its subtle designs and in-house movements. The new Metro 38 Datum and Metro 38 Datum urban grey are introverted characters, well-proportioned, and easy to read. The white silver-plated dial with delicate minute indexes and the extra-large date indicator appear considered and modern, while the blue hour indexes at three, nine, and twelve create a beautiful contrast to the red seconds hand. Metro 38 Datum urban gray is a more prominent execution and maybe even a bit cooler. AVAILABLE AT HARRY TROMP ROKIN 48 - HARRYTROMP.NL


WATCHES

Chopard

L.U.C XPS 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier

Chopard is very well known for its lavish haute joaillerie creations for women with an exuberant nature. For female watch lovers Chopard now presents a refined expression of aesthetic savoir faire and haute horlogerie. The ultra-thin L.U.C XPS 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier is an expression of understated elegance and technical sophistication with timeless qualities. Subtle touches are the fleurisanne engraving – a specialty of Fleurier where the Chopard Manufacture is located – on the in-house movement, the mother-of-pearl blue dial and the diamond-set 18-carat white gold bezel. This watch is a 25-piece limited edition and exclusive to Chopard boutiques. AVAILABLE AT CHOPARD BOUTIQUE - P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT 53 - CHOPARD.COM

Parmigiani Fleurier Métrographe

Master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani is a modest, friendly, positive genius. The watches under his name show his remarkable talents. They are of exceptional quality and the designs are always harmonious. A watch from Parmigiani Fleurier is a future classic with an astonishingly beautiful, handmade in-house movement. The Métrographe is the latest of its creations. This automatic chronograph, with its slightly asymmetrical steel case, also features strikingly styled subsidiary dials. You can choose between a steel bracelet or a calfskin strap made by Hermès especially for Parmigiani. The allure of artisanal quality can be found in every detail. AVAILABLE AT ACE JEWELERS - KONINGSPLEIN 1 - VAN BAERLESTRAAT 46 - ACEJEWELERS.COM

Longines Heritage Diver 1967

Retro rules the world! Almost every watch brand has one or more watches in the collection based on an older model. Sometimes a remake or re-interpretation works, sometimes it doesn’t. In the case of the Longines Heritage Diver 1967 – a watch that draws inspiration from a divers instrument launched in 1967 – it works perfectly. The dark red graduated bezel and silver-coloured tachymeter scale of this model catch the eye immediately and a second glance reveals the hands and hour markers that are coated in Super-LumiNova®. This 42 mm steel watch is equipped with a self-winding movement and offers water resistance of up to 30 bar. AVAILABLE AT COSTER DIAMONDS PAULUS POTTERSTRAAT 2-6 - COSTERDIAMONDS.COM GASSAN - ROKIN 1-5 - GASSAN.COM

Luminox

Sea Navy Seal Special Edition Jolly Roger

Luminox is a Swiss manufacture of watches that are equipped with a unique selfpowered illumination system. This blacked out Jolly Roger uses a unique light technology (LLT) to ensure easy visibility. LLT doesn’t need external light to be ‘charged’ and to glow. Luminox is the official supplier of watches to the US Navy SEALs since 1993. The latest version is this 44 mm carbon/pc composite Jolly Roger, the nick name of the skull and bones image which was used by pirates as their flag. Limited to just 375 pieces and it comes supplied with two extra straps and a Luminox Jolly Roger patch. AVAILABLE AT THE OLD MAN - DAMSTRAAT 14 - THEOLDMAN.COM HARRY TROMP - ROKIN 48 - HARRYTROMP.NL

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GASSAN ROKIN 1/5

NIEUWE UILENBURGERSTRAAT 173-175 P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT 84 GASSAN.COM

Gassan is probably the most famous Dutch diamond shop around. The owners, entrepreneur family Leeser, have their head office a couple of blocks from Waterlooplein. Their stores thought offer you all the highlights of the Gassan collection – even the patented cut Gassan 121 - as well as international jewellery collections form leading names as Al Coro, Carrera y Carrera, Leo Pizzo, Schaffrath and Utopia. Gassan also sells luxury watches of high-class brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Longines, Bucherer, Richard Mille, Omega, Vacheron Constantin and many more luxury brands.

JAEGERLECOULTRE

P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT 102 JAEGER-LECOULTRE.COM

A time to celebrate: one year ago Swiss watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre opened its first Boutique in Amsterdam in June 2014 in cooperation with Dutch diamond house Gassan. The spacious Boutique with a floor surface of more than 100 square meters is located on Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 102. ‘JaegerLeCoultre is a fantastic brand that continues to innovate the craft of watchmaking every year without losing track of its DNA’, says Benno Leeser, CEO of Gassan. We couldn’t agree more.

CHOPARD

P.C. HOOFTSTRAAT 53 CHOPARD.COM

Founded in 1860 in the Swiss hamlet of Sonvilier by Louis-Ulyse Chopard, this watch brand has developed into one of the most famous in the world, building on a tradition of quality, style and craftsmanship. The Chopard brand store on the Lavish PC Hooftstraat, right around the corner from the Rijksmuseum, offers the complete collection of the Swiss jewelry brand: watches, (engagement) rings, high-end jewelry and unique and luxurious accessories. The friendly staff is happy to assist you in multiple languages.

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WATCHES

ACE & SPYER JEWELERS

KONINGSPLEIN 1 | ACEJEWELERS.COM

Located on Koningsplein 1, on the corner of the famous Amsterdam flower market, Ace & Spyer Jewelers is the oldest boutique of its kind. The store, housed in a monumental Art Deco building, has been around since 1729. David Ben Joseph took over in 1998, building on a long tradition. After a complete renovation, Ace & Spyer has recently been reopened. It has a new and modern look but a renowned and highly appreciated collection of diamonds, jewelry and Swiss brand watches: Breitling, IWC, Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines and many others.

ACE & DIK JEWELERS

VAN BAERLESTRAAT 46 ACEJEWELERS.COM

This summer the Ben Joseph family reopened its exclusive jewelry house on Van Baerlestraat after a complete renovation that has given the store a spacious, warm and modern atmosphere. Admire all the wonderful jewelry, diamonds and the exclusive collection of Omega, Tag Heuer, Longines and Breitling Watches. Swiss watch producer Bulgari has chosen Ace & Dik as its exclusive partner, presenting new collections in the store before the watches are offered elsewhere in the Netherlands. Parmigiani Fleurier opened its first shop-in-shop in the Netherlands at Ace & Dik.

WATCH CITY HOBBEMASTRAAT 14 SCHAAPCITROEN.NL

Amsterdam Watch City is known for warmly welcoming both Dutch and international travelers. In the travel villa, right around the corner from Museumplein, you will find a carefully compiled selection that reflects the tastes of the store’s varied customers, with top brands such as Rolex, Blancpain, Vacheron Constantin, Hublot, Zenith, Omega, TAG Heuer, Baume & Mercier, Longines, Roger Dubuis, Chopard, Gucci, Vertu, Montblanc, Rado, Tudor and Ulysse Nardin.

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WATCHES

HARRY TROMP

ROKIN 48 | HARRYTROMP.NL

At the age of 16 Harry Tromp started working at a jewelry store. After having discovered the wonderful world of Swiss watchmaking in Basel, he moved to Amsterdam to open his own brand store in the city center. Harry Tromp’s values are to offer exclusive unique watches and jewelry in a comfortable, personal atmosphere. The store has an extensive collection of fine jewelry from brands such as Arthur Scholl, Favero, Gerstner and Tirisi. Specialized the store offers unique watch brands like Ulysse Nardin, Graham, Perrelet and many more well-known brands and other upcoming names like Romaine Jerome, Ressence and Nomos.

MEENTS & BAKKER

AMSTERDAMSEWEG 520, AMSTELVEEN TOPJUWELEN.EU

This dynamic jewelry firm has a reputation as a buyer and seller of gold jewelry and beautiful watches by Rolex, Baume & Mercier, Bulgari, Boucheron, Cartier, Chopard, IWC Schaffhausen, Piaget and many more famous brands. Meents & Bakker also has a sparkling collection of diamonds, sold separately or set in luxurious rings, bracelets, colliers, earrings and other fine jewelry. The warmly decorated store, with white shiny ceilings and wood-plated walls, is just 15 minutes from the centre of Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM WATCH COMPANY REESTRAAT 3 | AWCO.NL

Amsterdam Watch Company has been buying and selling rare and exclusive watches all over the world for the last ten years and is known for its passion for vintage. Some of the most soughtafter vintage models from brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe, IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre can be found in their store, all serviced by expert watchmakers prior to being displayed and sold with a one year warranty. Additionally, AWco is authorized dealer of the Dutch watchmakers Van der Gang, Christiaan van der Klaauw and Roland Oostwegel, and one of a handful dealers worldwide for the German D. DornblĂźth & Sohn.

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VAN DER GANG EDITOR FLORIS MÜLLER

Precision mechanics designer Wybe van der Gang wants to make the ‘perfect watch.’ In his workshop in a Frisian village, he has designed and produced unique watches for the past ten years. Customers can expect that with his watches ‘design serves the ultimate in watch engineering,’ he says. The Netherlands is not exactly known as one of the world’s watchmaking centres, yet there are eight established producers of valuable timepieces in the country. of these, the most famous are Christiaan van der Klaauw, Grönefeld, Fromanteel and Van der Gang watches. these highly sophisticated companies build on a tradition of clockmakers dating back to the beginning of the sixteenth century, when Christiaan Huygens invented the pendulum clock. Huygens lived in Friesland as well, in Franker, long before Switzerland named itself the world’s watchmaking mecca. Van der Gang’s workshop is fewer than thirty kilometres from Huygens’s former laboratory, in the village of Dokkum. This Frisian hamlet, van der Gang’s birthplace, has fewer than thirteen thousand inhabitants. after studying precision mechanics in Leiden, Wybe decided to start his own business, moved back to his native village and rented a workspace.

Pioneering work

Van der Gang didn’t start off as a watchmaker, but as a producer of a variety of small parts, including those for parts for airplanes, medical equipment and military night vision goggles. ‘I’ve always felt challenged to make increasingly finer products--smaller and more complicated,’ says van der Gang, ‘that’s a Frisian trait.’ Designing and producing his own watch was the logical next step to perfection. ‘It fascinates me to think about the technology of a watch,’ van der Gang says, ‘about the shape, the size, the measurements.’ after moving a couple of times, van der Gang started his watchmaking business in an old agricultural school building that now contains a design studio, a repair shop and a showroom.

Van der Gang trains a highly-educated staff to implement his own requirements for watchmaking, and he has suppliers all over the world. ‘suddenly I was in France talking to the world’s main producer of pointers,’ he says. ‘Hello, I am Wybe van der Gang from Dokkum.’

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Despite the price –Van der Gang watches are worth between five and twenty thousand euros - the pieces are relatively soberly dressed. ‘as far as I’m concerned, a watch’s design should serve its engineering,’ philosophizes van der Gang. ‘I find it interesting to make a watch that has a timeless design, that can be sold as well in ten years’ time. I don’t like to follow fashion trends.” Meanwhile, since 2002 he has created thirty- one new models, all with both a men’s and a women’s line. the watches are always sleekly designed, with relatively hard finish, and a number on the centre of the dial plate. all of van der Gang’s watches are issued in limited editions, and currently number approximately 200. Van der Gang sold about 2,000 watches in the first ten years of his business, most of them either directly from the factory or through two jewellers in the country. ‘Most of our buyers are collectors,’ he says, adding that there are enough such customers to ensure the company’s survival over the next ten years. The watches also draw an international clientele. Van der Gang has no active marketing campaign. the company sees its customers as ambassadors who create both a name and fame for the company far beyond the Netherlands. ‘recently an American called us, asking for a watch,’ van der Gang says. ‘‘Come to Dokkum,’ we said.’

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CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT Famous for its unique and diverse offer of high-end stores. From fabulous food to sophisticated fashion and stylish lingerie, this vibrant street has it all. Because it is a small area with an extensive range of shops, this neighborhood is often referred to as ‘the village’ of Amsterdam. With the beautiful Vondelpark and museum district nearby, this street is definitely a must-visit for your Amsterdam shopping experience! EDITOR INEZ STERTEFELD PHOTOGRAPHER NIELS STAVORINUS

Cornelis Schuytstraat is named after the Dutch composer and organ player Cornelis Schuyt (1557-1616) and is located in the heart of the beautiful and stylish Old South area in Amsterdam, a 5-minute walk from P.C. Hooftstraat and Museumplein (‘Museum Square’) with the famous Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum and close to Vondelpark, a cosmopolitan city park. Cornelis Schuytstraat is famous for its unique and diverse collection of high-end stores. From fabulous food to sophisticated fashion and stylish lingerie, this vibrant street has it all. Because it is a small area with an extensive range of shops, this neighborhood is often referred to as ‘the village’ of Amsterdam. With the beautiful Vondelpark and museum district nearby, this street is definitely a must-visit for your Amsterdam shopping experience! One of Amsterdam’s best kept secrets Nestled between the greenness of Vondelpark and the always-crowded museum district, you enter a calm and peaceful neighborhood once you turn down Cornelis Schuytstraat. Besides the characteristic buildings (of which many are national monuments) and the street’s green and peaceful atmosphere, you will also be pleasantly surprised by the unique mix of exclusive and small-scale (fashion) stores and restaurants. Discover one of Amsterdam’s best-kept secrets and treat yourself to the latest fashion collections. Enjoy a delicious meal on one of the terraces along Cornelis Schuytstraat, a street that is most definitely not a dime a dozen.

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5 AMAZING STORES FOR LOVERS

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An Italian family with 30 years experience in fashion, thought that Dutch fashion could use a boost. In particular men’s fashion and as a result of this lack “1” appeared. Soon followed by 2, Mauro Grifoni, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand and Closed. With love and passion for the stores everything is self organized and invented; not only the interior but also the selection of the brands.

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CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 19 | 1-AMSTERDAM.NL

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 27 | 2-AMSTERDAM.NL

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 33 | MAUROGRIFONI.COM

A store that you would expect in a foreign country like Italy & New York but is situated in good old Amsterdam. Confidence and exquisite taste is what makes this one-stopshop unique. A must visit that’ll show you something you’ve never experienced before. Brands like; Xacus, Piola, Won Hundred and Andrea Zori; young and old will succeed finding latest fashion. And it’s fun to drop by for a nice chat with the “Ferilli” sons and a few tips about Amsterdam.

While 1 is a chic shop for stylish menswear, two sells women’s clothing. The store is beautifully and stylishly funished inspired by an old florist store in Soho, New York City; most of the interior of the previous flower shop was maintained. Fashion, fabrics and quality craftsmanship are a high priority. Stylish clothes suggestions but also accessories such as belts, bracelets, ties, shoes and sunglasses. Brands sold are Sonia by Rykiel, Mih Jeans, Ganni, Rails and Schutz

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This flagshipstore with a Parisian atmosphere is the home of one of Italy’s best known and profitable brands: Mauro Grifoni. Started in 1992 with a powerful idea: to create a unique style consisting of a sophisticated normality which, in its simplicity and balance, might always have an eclectic and metropolitan touch. An iconic and contemporary style with the colorful preppy richness and easy to wear coolness. The brand equal measures sporty, rock and classic.


SHOPPING

GOLDEN GOOSE

CLOSED

GOLDEN GOOSE

CLOSED

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5. GOLDEN GOOSE

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 13 | CLOSED.COM

JACOB OBRECHTSTRAAT 20 GOLDENGOOSEDELUXEBRAND.COM

At Closed they have been making clothes since 1978 and have been loving what they do ever since. It’s a family run business; a team of relatives and friends – from designers to manufacturers in Italy. With an insane love for quality; working with the best materials from denim to chino. A lot of time and thought went into every piece they create. That’s why they work with quality that lasts and people they can trust. That’s why they make it modern, yet timeless and think that design doesn’t mean uncomfortable.

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DELUXE BRAND

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand combines handmade Italian craftsmanship and passion with a cool, contemporary sensibility. Golden Goose offers impeccable style with its wide selection of footwear, accessories and apparel for men, women and children. Presenting its newest style, The Vedette bag, Golden Goose captures the magic that makes their collection so unique. A collection that is a bold adventure in originality, expertly mixing extensive research with re-purposed, vintage materials. Adding Amsterdam to their list of international FLAG stores.


TONY COHEN VLVT DUTCH DESIGN

VLVT TONY COHEN

VLVT

TONY COHEN

VLVT

VLVT DUTCH DESIGN

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 24 |TONY-COHEN.COM

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 22 | VLVT.NL

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 39 | VLVT.NL

Discover the amazing Tony Cohen collections for men and women. Tony Cohen is a famous Dutch designer with an international allure. His signature style can be described as ‘Understated Luxury’. A duality between soft and strong, that is reflected in the use of the leather and silk materials. His designs have graced the catwalks of Amsterdam and New York and now they are available for you at the Tony Cohen flagship store, located at the Cornelis Schuytstraat 24.

VLVT is known as one of the most luxurious multi-brand stores in Amsterdam. With a unique mix of premium brands, the VLVT selection is always fresh and up to date. You can shop the most desirable items from upcoming designers or make your selection from the more established and renowned fashion brands. Elisabetta Franchi, Pinko, Zoe Karssen, Canada Goose and Woolrich, are waiting for you at the Cornelis Schuytstraat stores 22 and 39.

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Online at www.vlvt.nl you can shop 24/7 and get your items delivered to your hotel room. As part of their outstanding service, VLVT delivers on the same day and free of charge.


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FRIETBOUTIQUE

BRASSERIE VAN DAM

BRASSERIE VAN DAM BRASSERIE DE JOFFERS

BRASSERIE VAN DAM

BRASSERIE DE JOFFERS FRIETBOUTIQUE Located in a stylish building with a Parisian atmosphere inside – mirrored walls and beautifully decorated high ceilings – Brasserie De Joffers is the perfect place to experience the real Amsterdam while escaping the hustle and bustle of the crowded centre. The menu offers a mix of authentic Dutch cuisine with a modern twist as well as international dishes. The lovely, heated terrace is perfect for enjoying a meal outside in spring and autumn or even on a nice winter’s day.

Ever seen so many yummy things on a few square meters? After a long search we have found the perfect organic potatoes which are brought in daily, lovingly polished and cut not too thick, not too thin into fries and baked with love; waiting to be eaten with taste. But there are more guilty pleasures! Delicious old cheese croquettes, beef, shrimp and veal as well as frikadel sausage and meatballs are on the menu. Even in winter season you are welcome for the best ice cream in Amsterdam.

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 8-10 |VANDAMBRASSERIE.NL

WILLEMSPARKWEG 163 | BRASSERIEDEJOFFERS.NL

JOHANNES VERHULSTSTRAAT 107 | IJSBOUTIQUE.NL

Share a love for food, quality and creativity at Brasserie Van Dam, a perfect place for a break. This bistro is open for breakfast, lunch, drinks and dinner. The well-known family that owns the establishment started out as butchers many years ago, but gradually expanded their business into catering and this marvelous restaurant. Now Van Dam is the place to be for delicious so-called country bread with eggtruffle salad, shared dishes and cote de boeuf that is prepared on the Green Egg barbeque.

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Sculpture for a Modern World 28.11.2015 — 17.04.2016

Barbara Hepworth Forms in Echelon, 1938, Tate London

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SHOPPING

OSKA

ENNU

LUUKS

OSKA LUUKS

ENNU

LUUKS

OSKA

ENNU

JACOB OBRECHTSTRAAT 12 | LUUKS.NL

WILLEMSPARKWEG 71 & PRINSENSTRAAT 18 NL.OSKA.COM

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 15 | ENNU.NL

Lucas and Manousch Davids started LUUKS as they believe in beautiful and elegant edgy shoes and missing such a nice shoe shop in Amsterdam. At LUUKS you find brands like Fiorentini+Baker, Officine Creative, Premiata, Costume National, Golden Goose and Marsell+Rocco P. LUUKS was the first to introduce most of these brands in the Netherlands. Later Belgian designers like Dries van Noten and Maison Margiela joined, making a unique designer shoe boutique offering collections that can not be found anywhere else in the Netherlands.

OSKA equals casual and sustainable elegance. Timeless design, good fits and ensured wearing comfort. The design emphasizes the strong and authentic personality. OSKA is fashion for women with an eye for interesting yet easy details and high qualified fabrics. In addition to the OSKA clothing line, OSKA Amsterdam also has the new collection of ISCHIKO. Expect personal attention and impeccable service. OSKA’s renewed website offers both collections, outfit ideas and inspiration.

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Ennu is a boutique you would expect to find in Paris, Rome, or in New York. This cosmopolitan brand store however has its roots in Amsterdam. Discover exclusive fashion at Ennu with the best selection for men and women. Ennu is always ahead, having the vision of what’s next in the universe of fashion. Come and see the best from Balmain, Rick Owens, Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Faith Connexion, Maison Martin Margiela, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Sacai, VISVIM, Greg Lauren, LGB & If Six Was Nine.


STILLS

10DAYS

STILLS

ELLEBELLE

10DAYS ELLEBELLE

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10DAYS is a Dutch feel-good fashion brand; it

represents a specific mind set with a clear focus on positive energy, spirituality and sports. Great attention is paid to the finest materials, comfort and perfect fit. In store: 10DAYS (women), LITTLE 10DAYS (kids) and 10DAYS MEN (men). 10DAYS represents a feeling and lifestyle, embraced by young and old. No limits. Every 10DAYS collection is designed to coexist with every other 10DAYS collection. The palette is timeless, the style is effortless. Mix them. Match them. They will get along. 10DAYS | Be unexpected or simple, never regular. CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 18 |10DAYS.NL

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ELLEBELLE

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 16 | STILLS-ATELIER.COM

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 30 ELLEBELLE-AMSTERDAM.NL

A unique boutique and atelier where the best Dutch crafted pattern makers, seamstresses and creatives collaborate to design unique women’s clothing. Stills is known for its delicate contrasts in fashion. The designs explore the tensions between raw and defined, masculine and feminine. The brand’s flagship store and atelier on Cornelis Schuytstraat, run by designer Korrie Vulkers and Martin Tramper, is worth the visit. Come by to discover the very best Dutch fashion has to offer.

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This cozy store is all about fashion and comfort. It’s a marvelous one-stop-shop with over 30 fashion, shoe and accessory brands for women of all ages. Whether you’re looking for an outfit for a casual Friday, a lazy Sunday or to wear to work, Ellebelle has it all. Owners Sylvia and her daughter Isabel are always able to style you and advise you on your wardrobe. Serving many local and foreign customers, they form the perfect international duo.


SHOPPING

PERFUMERY LOUISE

BABASSU

PERFUMERY LOUISE

BABASSU

BABASSU

PERFUMERY LOUISE

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 40 |BABASSU.NL

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 25 | FB.COM/PARFUMERIELOUISE

The best-kept beauty secret in Amsterdam is located on posh Cornelis Schuytstraat. Discover the carefully curated collection of exclusive brands like BECCA, By Terry, Commes de Garçons, Escentric Molecules, Natura Bissé, Perricone MD and Santa Maria Novella. Or have your skin taken care of, pampered and revitalized in the beautiful spa. Babassu has a so-called skin bar where you can receive personalized advice about your skin. Just coming in for a beauty gift? The boutique has a lot to choose from.

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Perfumery Louise is the specialty store for exclusive perfumes and skin care. A wide range of top brands like La Prairie, Sisley, La Mer, Chanel, Estee Lauder and Guerlain but also high quality skin care: Nescens and Natura Bisse. In the 3 beauty salons you are in good hands for a perfect facial, body treatment, pedicure or manicure. Looking for an exclusive scent or a special gift? - there is a range of exclusive fragrances and if you like, festively wrapped. To get a 20% discount, show a photo of Hello Amsterdam in the store.


ERES

BODES & BODE

ERES

ERES BOUTIQUE

BODES & BODE

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 48HS | ERESPARIS.COM

CORNELIS SCHUYTSTRAAT 7 | BODESENBODE.COM

Swimwear and lingerie brand Eres adds French chic to Amsterdam. Known for its iconic cuts, innovative colorways and high-tech materials, French label Eres has been producing elegant swimwear for more than 40 years and lingerie since 1998. The collection features colors to flatter every skin tone, as well as a variety of shapes and coverage levels that celebrate, flatter and respect the female form. The lovely thing about Eres is that they offer separate sizing for your top and bottoms and you are able to mix the top and bottom styles.

A remarkable jewelry store owned and operated by the fourth generation of the same family since the company was founded in 1950. Bodes & Bode offers a sparkling collection of bracelets, brooches, necklaces, cufflinks, earrings, rings and vintage designs. The company also does appraisals of gold jewelry (and actually used to be the official appraiser of the jewelry collection of the Dutch Royal family). The friendly staff has an extensive knowledge of fine jewelry. Exclusive brands are: Dinh Van, K di Kuore, Micheletto, Oromalia and Pomellato.

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BATAVIA STAD Fashion Outlet

BATAVIA STAD AMSTERDAM FASHION OUTLET IS NOT JUST ANOTHER OUTLET CENTRE; IT’S A PERFECT GETAWAY DURING YOUR VISIT TO THE NETHERLANDS. THIS SHOPPER’S PARADISE IS HOME TO OVER 100 SHOPS OFFERING ALL YOUR FAVOURITE FAMOUS DUTCH AND INTERNATIONAL FASHION AND LIFESTYLE BRANDS. Less than three quarters of an hour from Amsterdam a remarkable new “city” has sprung up; one without inhabitants, but with an overwhelming selection of shops, cafes and restaurants: Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet. The largest outlet centre in the Netherlands, founded almost fifteen years ago, is easily accessible by car. I however take the comfortable Shopping Shuttle (which leaves at 10 in the morning right in front of Central Station every day and brings you right up to the gates of Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet).

me. Looking at their well-filled bags, I ask: ‘Do you like it here?’ ‘It’s absolutely wonderful’, they answer cheerfully. The tourists have cleared the day in their busy travel schedule to visit Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet. As it turns out, I’m not the only one surprised by the selection and low prices. My new friends not only benefit from a tax refund upon their departure from the Netherlands – an additional discount of up to 21 per cent on top of the already very low prices of all their purchases – the Chinese couple is also able to pay with China Union Pay. ‘That makes shopping not only fun, but very easy too’, they say.

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Where I had expected an immense complex – endless shopping halls with large-scale business premises – a picturesque Dutch town awaits. All the boutiques in Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet are located in traditional seventeenth-century buildings connected by characteristic streets and old-style Dutch squares, resembling the ones you’ll see in towns and villages in the area. It makes the atmosphere not only more relaxed, but my shopping experience very enjoyable.

Batavia Stad is a big hit in the Netherlands. Not only do locals find their way to the outlet centre, but it is also popular among visitors. A growing number of tourists are visiting this special place to find a hip new outfit or the one piece of clothing or exceptional accessory missing from their wardrobe. Last year Batavia Stad welcomed over 2.3 million visitors. That however, is hardly noticeable – it is pleasantly busy but not at all overcrowded in the reconstructed seventeenth-century village.

That said, I must admit that the offerings of the fashion outlet are overwhelming; within a few minutes I have already looked at a series of attractive garments from brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Nike, Lacoste, SuperTrash and Tommy Hilfiger. A little further on I stumble upon wonderful items from Calvin Klein Jeans, Denham, Guess and many other well-known Dutch and international brands and designers. For a shopaholic like me, Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet is an absolute fashion mecca. Not only are the various fashion collections more complete than anywhere else, but I can also find all my favourite brands within walking distance, so I don’t have to shop for days to complete my outfit. The friendly staff at all the shops is very willing to help me choose and try on items. And when needed, they advise me on my wardrobe and ways of combining different items. To me, that is shopping how it was originally intended.

After a long afternoon spent visiting many more shops, I decide to grab a quick bite at Grand Café Sailors. I am surprised to find the typical Dutch treats, which everyone seems to be enjoying, such as seasonal stew, real Dutch croquettes, sub sandwiches, and the so-called Batavia Burger. I eventually choose the VOC-Skewer, a chicken satay served with chips, crackers and mixed salad.

Marvellous!

While eating, I realise the Chinese couple I met earlier today is probably already back on the road. The fashion outlet is easily combined with a visit to the city of Amsterdam or to the many attractions in Flevoland and the surrounding area. Perhaps they’re at the docks of Batavia Harbour – an idyllic spot overlooking the Markermeer. Or perhaps they’ve driven to Batavia Wharf, a shipbuilding site containing the replica of the historical seafarer Batavia – once the pride of the Dutch seventeenth-century republic.

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I should not neglect to mention the great prices at Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet. As an avid collector of new clothes, I am bound by a budget. At this outlet shopping centre in Lelystad my euro is worth more than anywhere else; the full assortment in all affiliated shops is offered at discounts between 30 and 70%.

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Hello Amsterdam would like to invite you to visit Batavia Stad Amsterdam Fashion Outlet as a VIP. Get your special invitation via www.bataviastad.nl/helloamsterdam, present it at the Information Centre in the fashion outlet and you will receive your personal VIP Voucher, which gives you additional 10% savings on the outlet price in six of your favourite stores.

Time for coffee. I settle down in the cosy Italian-American bar Mockamore. While I order a foamy cappuccino and a tasty bagel, my attention goes to a Chinese couple that has been seated next to

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ART GALLERIES A rt galleries play a major role on the rich cultural scene of Amsterdam

- along with theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, design centers, and periodical events such as cultural festivals and art fairs. Especially the galleries in which seek to present the most recent and experimental in paintings, graphics, photography, new medias, are well represented in Amsterdam. Art has been the beating heart and soul of Amsterdam for centuries. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is fairly small but is matched by the feel of a much bigger town, meaning everything from top quality galleries to art supply shops are all within close proximity. Art lovers are spoiled for choice in Amsterdam. This gallery guide features art galleries representing a wide variety of artworks. Discover what’s new in the Dutch and international art scene.

FOAM All about photography, Foam is a museum that all kinds of works, from documentaries to fashion and contemporary films to informative histories. Foam usually houses several exhibitions and pieces from world famous photographers can be found next to a smaller expo of young, up-and-coming talent. Located on the Keizersgracht in the centre of Amsterdam, Foam’s historic exterior contrasts the modern, bright inside. From active tours to challenging workshops for adults and kids, there are always plenty of activities going on apart from the museum exhibits. KEIZERSGRACHT 609 | FOAM.ORG

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LIONEL GALLERY

KUNSTHUIST AMSTERDAM

Lionel Gallery is based in the Spiegelkwartier, this is the art centre and museum district of Amsterdam. Their collection contains beautiful pieces from iconic artists. Warhol, Picasso, Banksy, Miro: it is all there. Lionel Gallery has a large database of loyal customers. Because of selling and buying for their clients the collection refreshes weekly, which makes it worthwhile to visit the gallery often. The intensive collaboration of the gallery with international art dealers gives them the opportunity to find any piece of art wanted by their clients. If you have recently been bitten by the art virus, this is the place to be.

Gallery and art library specialized in contemporary art from well-known artists. Kunsthuis Amsterdam is housed in a former bank office on the corner of Koniginneweg and Amstelveenseweg in Oud Zuid. Kunsthuis opened in early 2015 after a thorough renovation that gave the centre over 300 square meters of exhibit space. The gallery has an extensive program of art shows. Umbrella organization Kunsthuizen has grown into one of the biggest organizations of its kind in the Netherlands with over 10,000 works of art in possession from more than 150 leading national and international artists.

NIEUWE SPIEGELSTRAAT 64 | LIONELGALLERY.COM

AMSTELVEENSEWEG 135 | KUNSTHUIZEN.NL

GALLERIES

Ron Mandos

Torch

Rademakers

Eduard Planting

Prinsengracht 282 / ronmandos.nl

Lauriergracht 94 / torchgallery.com

KNSM-laan 291 / rademakersgallery.com

1e Bloemdwarsstraat 2 / eduardplanting.com

Spacious gallery on Prinsengracht presenting the works of international artists such as Hans Op de Beeck, Isaac Julien and Jacco Olivier as well as upcoming talent. Ron Mandos carefully follows current developments in contemporary art.

Artists represented at Torch differ widely in style, media and artistic approach, but they share a serious commitment to the profession. Torch founder Adriaan Van der Have was among the first to see the potential for high art in photography.

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Contemporary gallery that presents artworks by emerging and renowned artists at the interface of art, photography, fashion and design. Pien Rademakers strongly values an inspiring context where all creative disciplines merge together.

An interesting mix between famous and unknown artists is presented at this gallery for art photography. Founder Eduard Planting started as a collector, buying his first art work at the age of 16.


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ITALIAANDER GALLERY

CHAGALL GALLERY WUYT

Located on Prinsengracht, just around the corner from Leidseplein, Italiaander Gallery features the most beautiful African and Asian art and antiques. Behind the richly vegetated facade of the canal house, you’ll discover a hidden world full of giant statues, ethnic jewels, masks and battle shields. A must for collectors, but certainly also worth a visit for those interested in African and Asian cultures. The friendly staff is very willing to tell all there is to know about the origins and backgrounds of all art pieces.

According to world-famous art critic Robert Hughes, Marc Chagall is ‘the quintessential Jewish artist of the 20th century’. And he’s right. The early modernist is associated with many artistic styles, creating works in virtually every artistic spectrum. Galerie Wuyt has the largest collection of original etchings, woodblocks and stone-lithographs. Browse through the work of Chagall to find a unique souvenir or valuable original work. The Gallery houses over a thousand pieces of art. A treasure for everyone who loves the French-Russian artist.

PRINSENGRACHT 526 | +31(0)20 625 0942

SPIEGELGRACHT 32 | +31 (0)6 180 67644 | CHAGALLAMSTERDAM.COM

GALLERIES

Vriend van Bavink

Walls

Urban Art House

Radar

Geldersekade 58 / vriendvanbavink.nl

Prinsengracht 737 / walls.nl

Reguliersdwarsstraat 57 / fckarthouse.com

1e Rozendwarsstraat 17 / radar-amsterdam.com

Arts dealer located on Gelderse Kade, near Nieuwmarkt. Vriend van Bavink represents several Dutch contemporary artists, such as Aukje Dekker, Matthijs Booij, Theo Wesselo, Dim Balsem and Steven de Peven.

Located in an old garage, Walls organizes 6 to 8 exhibitions per year. The program can best be described as an ongoing, dynamic mix of contemporary art. Walls represents a number of young promising artists.

Expect fashion shows and art exhibitions. This concept store offers the works of artists, high fashion and design. An interesting combination brought together by, among others, Zoe Karssen – an upcoming designer known for her own urban clothing brand.

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Radar is a project that was created in 2008 by Marco de Piaggi along with a small group of friends. Its aim is identification, creation and exhibition of artistic forms such as sculpture, painting, printing, photography, architecture, video art and music.


Rokin 123 1012 KP Amsterdam. Between Dam square and Munt tower. info@milldiamonds.com www.milldiamonds.com +31 (0)20 627 26 25

VILLA DEL ARTE GALLERY Villa del Arte Gallery is a real pearl to be found amongst the galleries and antique shops of Amsterdam’s famous art-district, the Spiegelkwartier. This gallery stands out with top quality works of locally and internationally acclaimed artists, presenting contemporary art such as paintings, photography and sculpture. Clients from abroad have their purchased art shipped to their door, insured and with the best care guaranteed. Regularly changing exhibits keep the collection diverse and refreshing. Represented artists this winter season are: Francoise Nielly, Jean-Francois Rauzier, Joan Peris, Eline de Jonge, Tomas Sunyol, Edo Kaaij, Frank E Hollywood, Michael James Talbot and Julio Nieto. NIEUWE SPIEGELSTRAAT 38 | +31 (0)20 716 9726 | VILLADELARTE.COM

Amsterdam Light Festival

Rize

Exhibits photography, sculpture, painting and mixed media art of European and American artists. Rize Gallery, with offices in Naarden and Amsterdam, is internationally known for consulting and placing of high-quality contemporary art.

Van Baerlestraat 6 / rizegallery.com

Go

The only street art gallery in Amsterdam, representing a series of highly educated artists. GO can easily be found thanks to the 11-meter-tall drawing on the side of the building.

Prinsengracht 64 / gogallery.nl

Join us on a cruise along the spectacular light sculptures above, in and around the canals. You can relax and order a drink & snack and let the art come to you. LIVE GUIDE ON EVERY DEPARTURE! Daily from November 26th ‘15 - January 17th ‘16

Ask your concierge or book online! BLUEBOAT.NL Stadhouderskade 30

+31 (0)20 679 1370


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So ART GALLERY This modern art gallery specializes in art and master prints, paintings, drawings and sculptures in a wide variety from the 1900’s till the present. The art house offers works of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Chagall, Marini, Warhol, Haring, Basquiat, Zadkine, Matisse, Corneille, Heyboer, Appel, Koons, Armando, Calder, Cremer and many others. Founder and owner Cornelis Claudius Spruyt Veas and his team advise both commercial as well as private collectors and others. Good to know: So Art exports purchases all over the world. The store takes care of handlings, custom-made packaging and guarantees a safe delivery at your home. So YOU’RE INVITED.... So Art is located in the heart of Amsterdam in the Spiegelkwartier district. In this neighbourhood you’ll find the best antique shops and galleries. The Spiegelkwartier area is just a stone’s throw away from the Museum Quarter, home of the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum. MASTER PRINTS So ART Gallery specializes in MasterPrints, a large collection of prints that are produced in limited editions on special paper. Some are even hand signed and come with a COA certificate. “You are more than welcome to come by and have a look”. NIEUWE SPIEGELSTRAAT 46 HS | SOART.NL OPEN DAILY 12.00 - 17.30

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THE PUBLIC HOUSE OF ART

‘Fashion is for everyone, and so is art’

EDITOR RAOUNAK KHADDARI

According to the company’s manifesto, art is for all; to disrupt not to bankrupt, to move to shock, to offend or to carry home and put in the living room. The Public House of Art is not a gallery; it’s an exciting meeting place of different artists like Jenny Boot, Henri Sanders, Barbara van den Berg, Eric Guo and Andrei C. Petrescu. The Public House of Art is a place to be amazed and to be inspired. The Public House of Art is strikingly different from the standard art-selling stores along the ‘art street’ of Amsterdam. It is a platform for fresh artists with highly collectible works of art. It has accessible art for everyone and you are welcome to just walk in! “Art is for the many” is one of the ideas that drove founder Sid Sand to share art in an environment where everyone feels welcome.

Who is Sid Sand?

Sand’s inborn entrepreneurial spirit is shaped and driven by aesthetics. The entrepreneur had plans to launch his own fashion brand, but he started a plasticrecycling business in China first. His interest in beauty revealed itself as he began

collecting art works. The fashion brand never came, but instead he started The Public House of Art. The owner compares the art world to the fashion industry; fashion is for all and that should also be true for art.

The Public House of Art

Yes, a public house of art! A welcoming place for everyone, where art can be purchased, but it is also a great place to just look at the art creations. Before it opened, The Public House of Art, pretended to be a brothel for three days just to elicit comments about prostitutes and art as a product. The Public House of Art works with new artists and gives them the opportunity to share their work with the public. Every six to eight months it houses a new collection with a new theme and a new group of artists. The free thoughts that are emphasized are not expressed in the work alone. If you come in, you will not be served wine, which is for snobs – here you will get vodka. NIEUWE SPIEGELSTRAAT 39 PUBLICHOUSEOFART.COM

GALLERIES

Reflex Gallery

Vassie

Rutger Brandt

Kahmann

Weteringschans 79A / reflexamsterdam.com

Singel 78 / galleryvassie.com

Bethaniënstraat 39 / brandtgallery.com

Lindengracht 35 / kahmanngallery.com

Since 25 years Reflex has been situated in the heart of Amsterdam opposite the Rijksmuseum. The program developed from Modern to contemporary art. The gallery represents world famous artists including Araki, LaChapelle, Moriyama, Miller, Aldridge and many more.

A diverse assortment of photographic artists, from well-known and established photographers, from the late 19th & early 20th centuries, to contemporary artists. Vassie is a creative and inspiring spot in the historic Canal District.

Located in a small side street in the Red Light District, just a minute’s walk from Nieuwmarkt, Gallery Rutger Brandt focuses on high-end conceptual realism of established and emerging contemporary artists.

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Originally founded with the idea to focus on Dutch photographers, Kahmann’s scope has broadened over time to include an equal volume of work from international artists. A beautiful mix of vintage and contemporary photography.


1 Pull 6 Sizes 50 Colors 100% extra fine merino wool Meet Joe Merino. Joe is a rocking new Dutch knitwear concept. Exclusively selling mens’ luxury Merino wool sweaters, Joe believes in quality and simplicity. Joe’s fine woolen sweaters are praised for their wearing comfort and extreme softness. The collection consists of a select number of carefully designed models, in a staggering range of colors. All in 100% extra fine Merino wool. For the man who chooses convenience, without making concessions to style. Once you get to know Joe’s quality, you will never have to search for another sweater again. Just go Joe.

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At the Concept Store in the centre of Amsterdam’s antique district or on-line. Free delivery worldwide.

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Where are you eating tonight? RESTAURANTS & BARS

With hot new venues opening each week, it’s tough to keep

track of the best Amsterdam restaurants—the impeccable landmarks that never disappoint, the divey honky tonks serving life-changing brisket, and the sexy upstarts everyone who’s anyone is clamoring to try. Whether you’re craving an artful tasting menu, a soul-satisfying platter of crackling fried chicken or simply a great bloody steak, there’s a Amsterdam restaurant that will satisfy. From unimpeachable classics to buzzy newcomers courting the foodworld cognoscenti, these are the Amsterdam restaurants you need to know about right now.

BRIDGES INSPIRED BY RON BLAAUW

OUDEZIJDS VOORBURGWAL 197 | +31 (0)20 555 35 60 | BRIDGESRESTAURANT.NL

Bridges is all about fish! From bouillabaisse to sea bass in salt crust, Chef de Cuisine Bobby Rust is always looking for creative ways to make classic traditional dishes perfect with a unique twist. In August 2015 Bridges was totally redesigned. French interior designer Christophe Daudré has turned this modern seafood restaurant into an even more inviting, elegant and convivial dining hotspot. Bridges is the place where every ‘Amsterdammer’ feels at home: a restaurant with inviting service, hospitality and conviviality; a place to enjoy the spectacular pairings of seafood and wine. Bridges: a dining experience to delight all senses. TUE. – FRI. 12.00 PM – 10.30 PM | SAT. – SUN. 1.00 PM – 10.30 PM | MON. CLOSED

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VONDELPARK3

VONDELPARK 3 +31 (0)20 639 25 89 | VONDELPARK3.NL

In the heart of Amsterdam’s most famous park you will find Vondelpark3, the restaurant in a beautiful listed building. It’s open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the cozy restaurant (or on the beautiful terrace during summer). Whether you come along for a cup of coffee and a good conversation, a salad after your daily run through the Vondelpark or for a dinner with a client: Vondelpark3 is open for you.

MON. – TUE. 9.30 AM – 6.00 PM WED. – SAT. 9.30 AM – 1.00 AM | SUN. 9.30 AM – 8.00 PM

MAPPA

NES 59 | +31(0)20 528 91 70 | MAPPA.NL

Mappa is situated in a former coffee house which was opened in 1810 by the Frascati brothers who became famous for their very popular Frascati Café. Since 2001 restaurant Mappa has been the happy occupant. Authentic Italian food is offered and all the home-made dishes are made from fresh, organic products. Mappa is mainly known for its variety of pasta dishes, but there are also beautiful antipasti (starters) and fish and meat specialties. Needless to say, good food goes hand in hand with beautiful wines. The wine list includes a selection of affordable wines from Spain, Portugal, France and of course Italy. The interior of Restaurant Mappa is stylish in a timeless way. As hospitality is very important to Mappa, you are guaranteed a wonderful evening out.

TUE. - WED. 6.00 PM - 10.00 PM | THU. - SAT. 6.00 PM - 11.00 PM

DE ROODE LEEUW

DAMRAK 93-94| +31(0)20 555 06 66 RESTAURANTDEROODELEEUW.NL

Restaurant De Roode Leeuw dates back to 1911 and enjoys an outstanding reputation. It’s renowned for its Dutch regional specialties such as mussels, herring, “stamppot” and green pea soup. The interior is cozy with wooden panels, Art Deco elements and beautiful carvings. The restaurant is a unique meeting point in the heart of the city, located at Damrak, just two steps from Dam Square. At any time of the day you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, a drink or an intimate meal. Between noon and 6 pm the menu offers small snacks, salads, sandwiches and a variety of hot dishes. From noon until 10 pm there is an a la carte menu featuring both Dutch regional specialties and more international dishes. Become acquainted with the delightful creations of our chef. It is a good idea to book your table in advance! OPEN DAILY 12.00 PM - 10.00 PM

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BUBBLES & WINES

NES 37 | +31 (0) 20 422 33 18 BUBBLESANDWINES.COM

In one of the quaintest streets of Amsterdam, and only one-minute-walk distance from the famous Dam Square, you will find wine- and champagne bar Bubbles & Wines. In a modern, intimate chocolate brown ambiance you can enjoy more than 55 wines by the glass (including several sparkling) and over 500 by the bottle. The specialties are the “wine flights”, three half glasses from one grape variety but from different wine regions. Make nice matches with the Gourmet Bites or just come in for a glass of Champagne, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir. The professional staff will help you out choosing your wine and matching Bites. An after dinner drink ? - you can enjoy a choice of beautiful Grappas and other digestives. For gourmet lovers Bubbles & Wines is the best choice for a complete evening out. MON. – SAT. 3.30 PM – 1.00 AM | SUN. 2.00 PM – 9.00 PM

VANDAAG

EUROPABOULEVARD 1| +31(0)20 661 80 08 RESTAURANTVANDAAG.NL

Vandaag welcomes you to the largest international cuisine buffet in the Netherlands. From Oriental to Italian, from seafood to charcuterie, from cheese boards to huge chocolate fountains. A parade of more than 100 luxurious, homemade dishes made with high-quality ingredients, enjoy unlimited of seven different world cuisines. According to the principles of ‘all-in cuisine’, you pay a fixed price (which starts at €29.95) to enjoy an unlimited number of dishes, drinks and pastries. Alcoholic beverages are available at a friendly price. On Sunday there is an extensive brunch package for €19.95. Children are warmly welcomed and will enjoy our kids’ corner, bake cookies or dinner at the childsized kids’ buffet. The restaurant is right across from the RAI and easily accessible by public transport. MON. - TUE. 5.00 PM - 10.00 PM| FRI. - SUN. 4.30 PM - 10.00 PM SUN. BRUNCH 11.30 AM - 2.00 PM

LUCIUS SEAFOOD SPUISTRAAT 247 +31(0)20 624 18 31 | LUCIUS.NL

For more than 38 years Lucius seafood restaurant has been a reliable address for the true gourmets who love fish. A seafood restaurant where quality and atmosphere are the most important things. Whether you like a simple piece of grilled salmon or would rather be surprised with a fish specialty, there is something for everyone! From day one, Lucius has always been a place for national and international guests. For many years guests have been coming here from all over the world, so the menu is available in nine languages. Of course, the restaurant is also frequented by locals and guests from the rest of the Netherlands and many of them have been coming here for years. Lucius welcomes guests seven days a week and does everything to ensure that you have a wonderful evening.. OPEN DAILY 5.00 PM - 12.00 AM | RESERVATION NEEDED

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SOCIÉTÉ WUNDERBAR

ROKIN 84 - ENGE KAPELSTEEG 3 +31(0)20 3703448 | SOCIETEWUNDERBAR.NL

Wonder... Is it a bar? A restaurant? A cocktail bar? A club? It’s Société Wunderbar. A place with a cozy, stylish and metropolitan ambiance, where you will be surprised by great food and drinks. The menu is based on Indonesian sateh dishes - using authentic, fresh products. The bar serves all kinds of drinks, from cocktails to gin tonics, specialty beers to aperitivos and a unique collection of Grand Cru Champagnes. Société Wunderbar is located in the heart of the city, at the Rokin. The beautifully restored building used to be the residence and office of Prince Hendrik, husband of Queen Wilhelmina, The somewhat hidden entrance is in the Enge Kapelsteeg and there is a very nice open-air terrace. Come and enjoy food and drinks, and mingle with the cosmopolitan Dutch and international crowd. OPEN DAILY 12.00 PM - 10.00 PM

HARD ROCK CAFE

MAX EUWEPLEIN 57-61 +31(0)20 523 76 25 | HARDROCK.COM

Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam blends the city’s bohemian feel with the free-spirited fun of the Hard Rock brand. Located on Max Euweplein, just a twominute walk from the Leidesplein entertainment area, it’s just steps away from the Paradiso live music venue, the Holland Casino, Rijks Museum, and plenty of other stellar attractions. This venue pulls out all the stops, with 5,500 square feet of space, upper-level seating, space for 220 guests, a waterside bar, a late-night lounge, and a VIP Private Legends room. Let Hard Rock Cafe Amsterdam rock your senses with a complete music-andcuisine experience located right on the water. Happy Hour: Monday to Thursday 5PM – 7PM. Friday & Saturday 10PM – midnight. OPEN DAILY 12.00 PM - 10.00 PM MERCHANDISE SHOP 10.00 AM - 12.00 AM FRI. - SAT. 12.00 AM - 1.00 AM

HAESJE CLAES

SPUISTRAAT 275 | +31(0)20 624 9998   HAESJECLAES.NL

Restaurant Haesje Claes serves ‘Canapés to Caviar’ and is well known for its Dutch classics including asparagus salad and marinated salmon served with blinis, sour cream and 10 grams of Dutch Anna Gold Caviar. Located in the historical center of Amsterdam, between Spui and Dam square, across from the Amsterdam Museum, this restaurant occupies six epic buildings, which showcase the original architectural features such as well preserved little stairways and corridors. All chambers exude a historic ambiance, perfectly suited for a comfortable and casual lunch or dinner. Haesje Claes is world famous for her delicious lunch and dinner served in a traditional Dutch setting.

OPEN DAILY 12.00 PM – 10.00 PM

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PACOMER TRAITEUR

GERARD DOUSTRAAT 66 | +31 (0)20 471 13 23 PACOMERTRAITEUR.NL

Pacomer is all about food. Typical Spanish food – tasty and prepared with passion. The cosy shop in De Pijp offers a variety of delicacies, exclusive and traditional local Iberian products and tapas, soups and dishes prepared fresh daily. How about cocido madrileño (Madrid-style stew with vegetables and various types of pork) or freshly prepared paella (every Thursday, Friday and Saturday)? Pacomer also has many delicious tapas and typical, rich Spanish sandwiches for lunch. Visit the website to order products from Paco¹s store and have them sentto your home address.

MON. 12.00 – 6.00 PM | TUE. – SAT. 10.00 AM – 6:00 PM SUNDAY CLOSED

CAFE FLINCK

EERSTE VAN DER HELSTSTRAAT 511 | +31 (0)20 846 21 01 CAFEFLINCK.NL

Do you really want to experience life at the Albert Cuypmarkt – the biggest market of its kind in Europe? Take a seat on the sunny terrace of Café Flinck, right on the corner of Govert Flinckstraat, and enjoy. Listen to salesman selling their goods and see thousands of people pass by while you enjoy a perfect coffee, wine or beer. And maybe even lunch or dinner. We recommend the famous pork satay, fish and chips, or the ravioli with garden peas and asparagus.

MON. – FRI. 11.00 AM – 01.00 AM SAT. – SUN. 11.00 AM – 03.00 AM

LA PURETÉ COFFEE

VIJZELSTRAAT 71| +31(0)20 354 73 11 LAPURETECOFFEE.COM

La Pureté is a bright and friendly coffee house located in the heart of Amsterdam, specialising in organic Arabica coffee beans imported from Vietnam. Sit back and enjoy coffee made from freshly roasted beans, traditional Vietnamese drip coffee or a wide selection of organic tea, with over 60 flavours to choose from. La Pureté also serves breakfast, lunch, homemade sandwiches and cakes, healthy smoothies and refreshing cold drinks. The interior is welcoming and light, with plenty of wood and modern design touches. And if it’s sunny, you can sit outside and soak up the hustle and bustle of central Amsterdam.

MON. – FRI. 08.00 AM – 6.30 PM SAT. – SUN. 09.00 AM – 6.00 PM

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Chef Special

EDITOR BÉNÉDICTE GRUYS

EDITOR LIZET DEUTEKOM

PETER DE VRIES

CHEF AT RESTAURANT SEVEN SEAS Chef Peter de Vries is a volatile chef. He has been working longer periods as head chef in varied renowned restaurants but also loves being a chef in hotspot Amsterdam start-ups. He worked for over twelve years as head chef at Restaurant de Jonge Dikkert that holds the much beloved Michelin Bib Gourmand for over 22 years. His vision for Seven Seas is all about its history and its purpose keeping an eye on the next generation. Robust though refined honest cooking with the blending dynamics of today.

RESTAURANT SEVEN SEAS PRINS HENDRIKKADE 108 T +31 (0)20 552 0000 AMRATHAMSTERDAM.COM

This unique 1900 Shipping house in the heart of nautical Amsterdam is a tribute to the roaring years of ship passages around the world. Beautiful marble all around, wooden floors and stained glass decorations give a warm though robust feel for an unique dining experience in this impressive not to be missed architectural building. The staircase is a must when visiting the hotel and restaurant. Everything is remained in the original style, including the box offices where tickets where bought to sail the Seven Seas or packages sent. The name and history are the inspiration for Chef Peter de Vries by creating worldly dishes and finding matching wines with his counter partner Marcel Hompe. The nautical elegance comes to us when we kick of with a festive warming little starter, an oyster poached in Champagne, elegantly served with its fluid. The following lobster course tastes like a luxurious shrimp cocktail with added surprises like apple and a delicious lobster mayonnaise. The Marlborough 2014 Tohu Sauvignon Blanc takes this dish up to an even higher level.

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The next course is like refined mini paella in layers. Mussels, clams and a delicious saffron fish jus surround the redfish and creamy rice. The homemade krupuk ads a surprising bite and the Dutch! 2011 Riesling from Hoeve Nekum Maastricht is earthy and unites Spain and Holland in a very harmonious way. The menu builds op to warmer tones and the truly perfect prepared venison is served with small Brussels sprouts, earthy mushrooms, red cabbage with orange and warm spices and a deep vanilla-chocolate sauce. The chef has added little cubes of crispy gingerbread, what a nice idea to take home. The served full red, a Ravens Wood old vine Zinfandel is perfect for the game in season. This chef tells us he will only work where there is an icemaker and the dessert shows us why. Together with his family he created a candy stick ice cream that brings you right back to your childhood. But with the fruit of the season, vanilla and pistachio nuts it becomes a fun refreshing sweet grownup dish. We also get to taste chef’s ode to chocolate for a lovely aftertaste that stays on our way back home along the lighted canals. This is cold season at its best.


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Located in the heart of the shopping quarter and in front of the historically important National Dam monument, Grand Café Krasnapolsky has been an important landmark for Amsterdam locals and all Dutch visitors since 1866. Here you’ll find a continuously bustling atmosphere of locals, tourists and world travellers. The recently completely refurbished and enlarged Grand Café Krasnapolsky has the look and feel of a spacious Paris brasserie with an Amsterdam twist. It features modern and elegant design and great views on the always-lively Dam Square. The grand café is perfect for all-day dining and offers an accessible menu ranging from small dishes to worldly classics with a twist. The one-of-a-kind Cake Room offers tempting creations, to enjoy on the spot, or to take away for a special occasion. There is a great ‘Hors d’Oeuvre counter’ where a variety of small dishes inspired by classics from all over the world are freshly prepared.

We get a taste of beautifully refined salads like Waldorf and Caprese, beetroot and goat’s cheese, and a selection of Amsterdam’s finest cured and salted meat and smoked salmon.

JACOB JAN BOERMA, SCOTT VALENTINE & MATTIA PEDRONI

To accompany these refreshing starters, we are served a peach coloured and very pleasant Boschendal Brut Rosé from South Africa.

One of the greatest Dutch chefs and culinary visionary, 3-star Michelin Chef Jacob Jan Boerma has created with his team a variation of refreshing future cuisine, fit for this mythical location. In addition to this Amsterdam-based grand café, he has the famous 3-star restaurant de Leest in the east of the Netherlands and has been awarded many times. In close cooperation with Executive Chef Scott Valentine from South Africa and Sous Chef Mattia Pedroni, Boerma brings their passion and broad international knowhow together. This team creates dishes with fresh tones and full flavour and keep inventing recipes with respect for ingredients, immaculate preparations and elegant presentations.

The following dish is one of Sous Chef Mattia Pedroni’s passions: a classic ricotta and Parmesan ravioli. It’s light and delightful, taking us to the highest Italian standards with the paired Bramito Chardonnay from Umbria. The North Sea cod with cream of carrots, spices and herbs served with a Bodega Colomé Torrentes from Argentina convinces us even more of the passionate culinary background of this establishment. Like the dishes, the atmosphere is light and pleasant. It is a nice contrast to the busy life we watch on the square while finishing this very relaxing luncheon with a refined, not-so-classic infused banana split and a refreshing Kalamanzi bavarois.

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SIX & SONS

HAARLEMMERDIJK 31 | SIXANDSONS.COM

Along the popular shopping street Haarlemmerdijk you will find the concept store Six& Sons. Former art director and set designer Alexander Six always had a passion for interior design, and he founded Six & Sons, a mini-warehouse with a raw but warm interior, just a year ago. The store has manifested itself as a crafted and beautiful space with a unique selection of products from all over the world. “I’ve always been passionate about interior design, fashion, books and collecting beautiful things. I now have my own shop, a place where I can collect and sell the products I find; Six & Sons is a universe of things that I consider to be beautiful.”

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RAMONA

HAARLEMMERDIJK 124 | RAMONA-AMSTERDAM.NL

Ramona Amsterdam is the shoe store if you’re craving a wonderful, trendy collection of Italian and Spanish shoes for women. It offers only the best brands, and various accessories and purses are also available. Ramona proves that Italian-made shoes are the very best, most elegant shoes in the whole world. The collection is regularly expanded and refreshed. The service is very personal and very friendly.

NATUURLIJK

HAARLEMMERDIJK 113 | NATUURLIJKDAMESKLEDING.NL

Exclusive, fashionable ladies wear shop Natuurlijk specialises in clothing and accessories made from natural materials. During the summertime this store carries a large collection of linen, cotton and viscose. During the winter the collection includes soft wools, such as cashmere, merino, alpaca wool and camel. It is good value for the money. Here you will find clothing made from natural fabrics but without the tired, stuffy alternative image that usually accompanies it. The atmosphere in the shop is intimate and cosy. The staff will assist you in a very personal manner.

CONCRETE MATTER

HAARLEMMERDIJK 127 CONCRETE-MATTER.COM

Concrete Matter is the ideal store to find a gift for a real man. It’s also an attraction for vintage lovers. The warm interior, with exposed brick walls and lots of antique wooden furniture, makes you feel like you are in the study of an old world traveller. ConcreteMatter is an awesome, authentic shop where you can find vintage-like products such as preserved butterflies, insects and birds. Survival knives, hatchets and pens. Antique globes, old lithographs and photographs, cufflinks, wallets, key chains, and much more. In short, there are original gifts that make every man happy.

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URBAN CACAO

ROZENGRACHT 200 & HUIDENSTRAAT 30

One of the best chocolate shops in Amsterdam is Urban Cacao. The treat of the 9 Streets shopping area. In the boutique you will find freshly made chocolate products, made from the finest quality cacao beans combined with natural ingredients. The delicious chocolate is traditionally produced a stone’s throw away in the Urban Cacao workshop on Rozengracht. Under the inspired leadership of chocolatier, patissier and glacier Hans Mekking, they produce a varied assortment of patisserie. It is pure quality and dedication to responsible sourcing. Excite your senses and experience chocolate at its best. Besides chocolate, they also create macarons, ice cream and contemporary pastry work. URBANCACAO.COM

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L’ÉTOILE DE SAINT HONORÉ

OUDE SPIEGELSTRAAT 1 | REESTRAAT 24 | HEILIGEWEG 9

The luxury vintage store L’Étoile de Saint Honoré sells a great collection of authentic and second-hand designer bags. Exclusive handbags, belts and wallets from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Celine and many others, that tell a unique story. The shops of L’Étoile de Saint Honoré in the Oude Spiegelstraat and Reestraat 24 are a tribute to the uniqueness of these bags. The boutique is accessible to everyone around the world who shares a passion for luxury vintage bags, belts and wallets. Have a look at their webshop or visit one of the shops. ETOILE-LUXURYVINTAGE.COM

LES DEUX FRÈRES

GASTHUISMOLENSTEEG 6 | LESDEUXFRERES.NL  

Men with taste will find their way blindfolded to men’s store Les Deux Frères. The owners Matthieu and Alain know exactly what men desire nowadays in terms of clothing and accessories. They have travelled halfway around the world to create a perfect collection of Smart Casuals: tenue de ville, but also jeans, shorts, t-shirts and polos from distinctive clothing brands. A good cup of coffee, affordable quality brands and plenty of time for the client; you will feel at ease.

MARLIES|DEKKERS BERENSTRAAT 18

Marlies Dekkers is a famous Dutch lingerie designer. As the pioneer of the trend ‘innerwear becomes outerwear’ Marlies Dekkers has proven her versatility without a doubt. Her designs are seen nationally and internationally as trendsetting, innovative and pioneering. Marlies Dekkers has changed the world of lingerie for good with her inspiring designs and personal philosophy. All her designs are inspired by her own vision on life. The marlies|dekkers store in the 9 streets gets its inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, the classic farytale about a princess who pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and sleeps for 100 years. Only a prince’s kiss can wake her up… MARLIESDEKKERS.COM

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RELAXED AT HOME

HUIDENSTRAAT 19 | RELAXEDATHOME.NL

Relaxed at Home is a laid-back shop with a great diversity of fashion brands and accessories. The spacious shop is located in an old coach house, dating from 1780. In addition to the latest, hip fashion brands, Relaxed at Home also sells interior design and art items. The bright shop is full of men’s and women’s fashion, not your respectable jackets and blouses but more trendy outfits and flamboyant things. They carry about thirty different brands. All together unique finds.

G&G SPECIAL SIZES,

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Are you looking for plus-sized men’s clothing? G&G For Men is at your service. It is important for clothing to fit well, even if you have a size that is harder to find. The collections of G&G Special Sizes will convince you that being well dressed can easily be combined with being big or tall. You can choose big- and tall-sized men’s clothing from among brands such as Bugatti, Polo Ralph Lauren, Pierre Cardin, Gardeur, Camel and Paul & Shark. G&G For Men is the specialist in big and tall men’s clothing. Tax free.

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Keizersgracht 359 Amsterdam, www.van-ravenstein.nl info@van-ravenstein.nl ✆ +31 (0)20 639 00 67

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ANGEL BASICS

UTRECHTSESTRAAT 132 | ANGELBASICS.COM

Angel Basics is one of the leading women’s fashion boutiques in Amsterdam. Here you find a mix of bohemian and rock combined with a very classic basics line. Angel Basics believes in creating fashion for women with an open mind who won’t let others dictate what to wear. They offer brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Sportmax, Barbara Bui, MSGM, Camilla ,Mes Demoiselles and smaller, up-and-coming names.

KIBOOTS

UTRECHTSESTRAAT 47 | KIBOOTS.COM

In the Utrechtsestraat you will find the Kiboots flagship store, this Dutch brand is world famous for its original kilim boots, poncho’s, bags and accessories. In all colors and sizes available. The home collection with items collected from all over the world is also worth taking a look at. Come by, and be welcome in the store where you can find your own unique rug or pillow and take a piece of “the Kiboots feeling” into your own home.

HANRO

VIJZELSTRAAT 67 | HANRO.COM

The new HANRO Store at the Vijzelstraat is the 8th monobrand boutique of HANRO worldwide, and the very first store in the Netherlands. HANRO is well-known for their high-end basics made from the finest fabrics, designed for a perfect fit and the ultimate comfort. The camisole Cotton Seamless is the success story of Hanro and has been around for more than 30 years. The HANRO Store showcases everything HANRO has to offer on just 30 sqm. For both women and men. Ranging from luxurious lingerie and fashionable daywear to comfortable night- and loungewear.

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THE FRAGRANCE STORE

GERARD DOUSTRAAT 72 | THEFRAGRANCESTORE.NL

A great fragrance collection is like good clothing, you can’t live without it – says Gera van Veen, founder of The Fragrance Store. Van Veen specializes in finding perfumes that really match your identity. To do this the expert uses a unique ‘intuitive system’. The Fragrance Store, which opened in 2015, has a wide selection of special perfumes from niche-brands and perfume houses – products that deserve to be exposed. How about a special chocolate scent? Or a perfume with a fresh Champagne undertone?

JOE MERINO

KERKSTRAAT 169 | JOEMERINO.COM

Joe Merino is a store like you’ve never seen before. Its founders and designers offer you the perfect fit pullover. The store on Kerkstraat has one model in 50 different colours and six sizes. It’s perfect for a rainy day in Amsterdam or to take home. You can also select the pullover of your liking online; the store delivers worldwide. Apart from its signature pullover collection, Joe Merino produces luxury knitwear for men, sportswear, outdoor pullovers, socks, scarves and t-shirts. All items are Dutch and of the best quality.

FOUR LEAVES

SPIEGELGRACHT 21 | FOURLEAVES.NL

Wilfred Herijgens is the driving force behind Four Leaves, a lovely store and tearoom where visitors can have a luxury tasting of one of the many flavoured and unflavoured teas. Have your cup of tea expertly prepared and served in the salon on the second floor. Get the taste? Well, why not take some back home with you? Four Leaves offers a broad variety of teas of one of Europe’s most exclusive tea houses, the Parisian luxury brand THEODOR. The store also exclusively sells a selection of sweets from esteemed Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini.

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GASSAN 121 QLOCKTWO EDITION GASSAN.COM

In comparison with the conventional round brilliant cut, the worldwide patented diamond cut Gassan 121 has 16 extra facets on the top and 48 extra facets on the bottom. This creates an ultimate brilliance: perfect beauty. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gassan 121, Gassan and Biegert & Funk developed a special edition of the QlockTwo in Gassan’s characteristic shade of blue with 4 Gassan 121 diamonds at the corners that also illuminates displaying the time. The Gassan 121 Qlocktwo Edition is produced in a limited series of 10 pieces.

BLGK GOLDSMITHS

HARTENSTRAAT 28 | BLGK.NL

BLGK goldsmiths has already for two decades been home of the collection created by three successful Dutch designers and artisans Marijke te Loo, Marit de Koomen and Wouter de Gruijter. The distinguishing trademark lies in the combination of precious stones cut to each individual design and set in the highest alloy of gold. All pieces are handcrafted and sold exclusively in the Amsterdam Hartenstraat.

RAINMAP RAINMAP.DE

Tourists in Amsterdam can now get acquainted for the first time with the innovation of the umbrella that offers not only protection from the rain but also a city map. Rainmap is an umbrella that has a city map printed on the inside.

NEW THIS SEASON AT VAN RAVENSTEIN IS LOEWE VAN RAVENSTEIN | KEIZERSGRACHT 359

The Spanish fashion house has made a comeback under the direction of Jonathan Saunders, the young designer who also designs for his own label J.W.Anderson. The Loewe collection is beautiful this winter and the bags are already sure to become iconic. Especially the puzzle bag is a must have for this season and the seasons beyond! www.van-ravenstein.nl

CASA JEWELRY

ROKIN 123 | MILLDIAMONDS.COM

The Mill Diamonds located in the center of Amsterdam has become preferred dealer of Casa jewelry. Amsterdam has been the home to Casa Jewelry since 1967; no greater mix of influences, trends and cultures is to be found anywhere as in this metropolis. This symbiosis creates contemporary and timeless designs that are always up to date. All jewels are made of 925 Sterling Silver, finished with gold plating and set with a variation of precious stones like Onyx or Rose quartz.

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