2_DiscoverBenelux_Issue21_Sep_2015_Q9_Scan Magazine 1 28/08/2015 20:46 Page 63
Discover Benelux | Top Boutiques in the Nine Streets | Wolvenstraat 23
Laid-back in the middle of bubbling Amsterdam TEXT: CATHY VAN KLAVEREN | PHOTOS: WOLVENSTRAAT 23
In the running for 15 years now, Wolvenstraat 23 is one of the places in Amsterdam you just have to sit at for a nice cup of coffee or noodle soup at least once when visiting the capital of the Netherlands. There from the start was Rob Benoni: “I had no idea the Nine Streets would become this popular, but I’m thrilled about it.” So this is a bar without a name, correct? “That’s about right, we opened before we could pick a name. But soon after we noticed that people made up their own names. Eventually everyone knew that they meant Wolvenstraat 23 by it,” Benoni explains. He leaves the everyday business of his trusted bar in the hands of Anna Mol, who knows all the ins and outs of the Wolvenstraat 23. “She makes sure everything gets done the right way. We change our art every
month, there is great music and we still have Chinese cuisine every day created from the day we opened by Xing Wang, our brilliant Chinese cook from Shanghai. You just have to sit for a great cup of coffee, cakes, BLT sandwich or our famous noodle soup. People drive around the block for that, you know,” says Benoni. Although the street might be in one of the most happening areas of Amsterdam, it started out much calmer. “I think we owe our success to the people who come. We can still reach out to the Amsterdam people, not just the tourists. It’s always laidback, everyone can do what they want. At the same time there’s always something happening. It’s that feeling you get the moment you walk in.” on.fb.me/1gWW9jH
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