The world’s most sustainable travel spots revealed
The world’s most sustainable travel spots revealed

Amanda Cassidy

Indoor Halloween activities for kids to get you through the mid-term
Indoor Halloween activities for kids to get you through the mid-term

Lauren Heskin

Planning a festive trip to London this year? These hotels really know how to do Christmas
Planning a festive trip to London this year? These hotels really know how to do...

Sarah Finnan

16 great prints and posters to add some life to your walls
16 great prints and posters to add some life to your walls

Megan Burns

‘Mummy has cancer’: How to talk to children about a parent’s diagnosis
‘Mummy has cancer’: How to talk to children about a parent’s diagnosis

Amanda Cassidy

15 dogs who are costume-ready for Halloween
15 dogs who are costume-ready for Halloween

Grace McGettigan

Bringing unsexy back: putting the freaky back into Halloween
Bringing unsexy back: putting the freaky back into Halloween

Jessie Collins

15 Halloween make-up looks from Instagram’s top MUAs
15 Halloween make-up looks from Instagram’s top MUAs

Grace McGettigan

The importance and benefits of alone time
The importance and benefits of alone time

Niamh Ennis

The best street style from Paris Fashion Week
The best street style from Paris Fashion Week

Holly O'Neill

Image / Editorial

Visiting Amsterdam? A local gives us her recommendations


by IMAGE
20th Mar 2019
visiting Amsterdam

Marianne Terry, Dutch interior architecture and design student and avid traveller, shares her perfect day of shopping and dining in Amsterdam 


As an Amsterdam native, going home feels like unwrapping a lovely unique gift every time I return: there’s always so many new restaurants, cafés, boutiques and design stores to explore. Amsterdam has a unique heritage, beautiful old buildings, lazy canals and more trendy neighbourhoods than you can explore in one weekend.

visiting Amsterdam
CT Coffee and Coconuts

CT Coffee and Coconuts is my go-to café. It’s located in a former art-deco cinema and has a super relaxed vibe. The building is a combination of white-washed walls, industrial details, long rustic tables and leafy plants. The kitchen is known for its wholesome food, mainly organic and locally sourced. They also do great coffee.

Related: Ten reasons why Amsterdam is the new Paris for shopping trips

When in De Pijp, I walk to the Gerard Doustraat where they have great concept stores full of jewellery, vintage items and lots of interior treasures. A few of my favourite shops on this street are Anna + Nina, Felice Amsterdam and De Kinderfeestwinkel. The last one has absolutely everything related to parties, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, weddings, birthdays, or Easter. I always pick up things I never knew I needed.

visiting AmsterdamKO Conceptstore

I leave De Pijp on my bike, but on foot or by tram are great alternatives; and head towards the Negen Straatjes, which are nine picturesque little streets crossing the canals. The area offers a great sense of the architectural style of Amsterdam, and it’s a Unesco World Heritage site.

I also always have a look in M.E.K. (Modern Exclusive Keramik), a lovely interiors store. They sell brands such as Fornasetti, Iittala, Hermès and Versace. Here you can pick up a unique item for your home or as a special gift. KO Conceptstore is another (more affordable) address for fashion and design.

visiting Amsterdam
Van Wonderen Stroopwafels

Usually, all this browsing makes me hungry for a real Dutch treat, stroopwafel. It’s a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel syrup filling in the middle. There’s only one place really where you should indulge in one, Van Wonderen Stroopwafels, where they make your order right in front of you in the bakery.

Related: A Foodie Tour of Amsterdam 

Next stop, some clothes shopping. Scotch & Soda is a Dutch brand with the coolest clothes for men, women and kids. You will find its designs in boutique shops in the Negen Straatjes, their flagship store at the Heiligeweg and there’s also a selection in the beautiful department store Bijenkorf at the Dam.

visiting AmsterdamPluk

After all this shopping, you’ll definitely be ready for lunch. For a healthy lunch I always end up in Pluk. It’s a lovely place where you are surrounded by flowers, fruit and a lovely homeware range including candles, glasses and totes. They have a webshop too and ship worldwide if you don’t have room in your suitcase.

Last but not least, I love to stop at the wonderful showroom of Moooi, a Dutch design company. It has products from the crème de la crème of the Dutch interior and design world. I personally love the lighting by Marcel Wanders.

visiting AmsterdamConservatorium Hotel

When evening draws in, I usually make a short stop at the Conservatorium Hotel for a drink. You can eat, sleep and shop in this stunning building, which used to be the Sweelinck Music Conservatorium, an arts university. The building dates back to the end of the 19th century.

To close out the night, I like to meet friends at one of my favourite laid-back neighbourhood restaurants where you really get that Dutch vibe. Panache in the west of the city is super cosy and as the Dutch say; gezellig!

Featured image: Eirik Skarstein via Unsplash


More like this:

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Mandy Moore pumping
EDITORIAL
Mandy Moore climbed an active volcano at dawn… while pumping

Hiking a mountain and breast pumping – now, that’s what we call multitasking at its finest. Mandy Moore enjoyed an...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
No, the Olympics haven’t given athletes ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds

Despite some media coverage, the beds are actually focused on sustainability as opposed to intimacy restrictions. Recently, distance runner Paul...

By Jennifer McShane

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

blank
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

blank
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy