Archive for the ‘Amsterdam’ Category

NEW SPOT: BAR BAARSCH AMSTERDAM

May 8, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re in the area called de Baarsjes.
  2. For lunch or dinner – inside or on their terrace.
  3. To bring your kids.

Check out: www.barbaarsch.nl

(Images made by Gino van Meenen)

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TO GO: VT WONEN POP UP STORE AMSTERDAM

May 1, 2011

If you’re in Amsterdam or planning to go there, you need to focus your trip around the Haarlemmerdijk. Dutch magazine VT Wonen opened a temporarily shop last week. Huh, a magazine opening a shop? Yes. VT Wonen thought: our readers can get inspiration out of our magazine, but in our store they can actually buy the things the stylists of the magazine like. Why turn your magazine into an iPad app, while you can make it into a real life hotspot. I love it. Open till May 8th.

Check out: www.vtwonen.nl

(More images on Vosges Paris – an interior blog worth following)

NEW SPOT: SUKHA AMSTERDAM

April 26, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you like concept stores (who doesn’t?)
  2. If you like the idea that one family works together to make this shop so fantastic.
  3. If you like products from India, Indonesia and Nepal – but also from the Netherlands.
Check out: www.sukha-amsterdam.nl


TRIED & TESTED: ROSA & RITA AMSTERDAM

April 23, 2011

Most striking feature:

Pizza and steak. Their menu is all about those two dishes. I tried the Pizza with mozzarella and basil. Just like my sister who compared it with a pizza we tasted in Italy. So it is as if you’re in Italy and that’s a good sign. I’m not a food connaisseur but if Johannes van Dam (the restaurant reviewer from the Netherlands) gives this place a 9, well: then it’s good. The interior is simple but fantastic. It’s located in an old warehouse and you see still see the old beams when you look up. Because it was sunny yesterday we sat outside their terrace with picknick tables. Oh, and it’s really affordable as well (I tried the most expensive pizza which costs 11 euro).

Check out: www.rosaenrita.nl

TRIED & TESTED: WELIKEFASHION.COM

March 29, 2011

Most striking feature:

The website and store WeLikeFashion.com got an extreme makeover. For that they’ve contracted …,staat creative agency to design the quotes you see in the store, on their website and on their clothes. I really like the outlook and happily they treated me with the black bag (pictured above) which states: ‘to hell with my bank account’. Love it! The on- and offline stores are absolutely worth a visit. They sell beautiful brands like American Vintage, Gestuz, Sessun and Designers Remix (to name a few). I did some online shopping and the items on top of this page are my favorite.

Dress, American Vintage, 69,95 euro
Shopper, Welikefashion.com, 17,50 euro
Jacket, Muubaa, 349,95 euro

Check out: www.welikefashion.com

NEW SPOT: LION NOIR AMSTERDAM

February 25, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. With a date.
  2. To try some of their French inspired dishes.
  3. If you like Bo Cinq and Jimmy Woo – it’s from the same owner.

Check out: www.lionnoir.nl

TO GO: MEET THE BLOGGER

February 21, 2011

When I started PP almost a year ago, I thought blogging was all about writing. Just like I do for the magazines. But there’s a huge difference. I never got a reaction when I worked for LIV’, when I wrote a personal story in ELLE (okay, 1 reaction) or when I wrote the Hotspot Guide for VIVA. Blogging is about getting a reaction. From a lovely reader, from someone who wants to help you with a business card or from another magazine who like you to feature their travel stories. You start with an online connection and end up meeting in real life. Lise M is the creative director of Urban Style Vibes: a blog about design, travel and more. This summer she will organise a Meet the Blogger event in Amsterdam. A great initiative. She invited me as well – and if I’m not on the road I will definitely be there.

Check out: www.urbanstylevibes.com

AMSTERDAM GUIDE ON I WANNA GO THERE

February 21, 2011

I Wanna Go There is a great travel site. Not everything is design, but it really let’s his users get the most out of it by publishing pictures, writing reports about spots and places they’ve visited and there’s an option to make your wish list. I love making wish lists of where to go next. Anyway: I wrote an Amsterdam Guide for their site. Complete with a Google maps walking tour. If you like my site and the spots I describe, it’s worth downloading. No Anne Frank, no Kalverstraat kitsch and no canal cruises. But: Cafe George, Mazzo and Lock, Stock & Barrel (and more) in it.

Download it here.

(Picture of CoolPuk)

TRIED & TESTED: FRIDAY NEXT AMSTERDAM

February 12, 2011

Karianne Vermaas went to Friday Next in Amsterdam and made some pretty pictures and wrote a report for Petite Passport – thank you!

Most striking feature:

‘Furniture! Be prepared to digest loads of styles and colors. This store & cafe sells pieces of Hay, Fritz Hansen, Established  Sons, CasaMilano and lots more.  In the back of the building the owners and interior advisors are working, while customers walk around the shop and others are sipping their coffee or tea at the Friday Next Cafe. Great for a lazy Sunday afternoon or to do some work; they offer free WiFi.  Heard there today: “I’ve never had a thing for coffee tables, but when I saw this one I was really confused…I would love to have it!”.’

Check out: www.fridaynext.com

TRIED & TESTED: DE YSBREEKER AMSTERDAM

February 3, 2011

Most striking feature:

Years ago I visited the Ysbreeker and by then it was just an ordinary cafe. I heard about the renovations last year but couldn’t believe the difference when I walked in yesterday. There’s a lot more space and the design is very welcome in that area of Amsterdam. While everyone is sitting in the front of the cafe – overlooking the river Amstel – I like the back. Simple chairs in contract with the wall made of plants. That’s something I love: bringing nature inside. A good spot to drink a cup of tea in the morning or end the day with a glass of wine. Oh another plus: in summer there’s a huge terrace.

Check out: www.deysbreeker.nl