I spent last weekend in Amsterdam having a fabulous time after visiting Deventer and Auping’s new sustainable factory for a few days. It was a really good trip and I am beyond Impressed with Auping and their ambitious plan to make sustainable beds after the cradle to cradle principles. I can’t wait to share all of this with you, but for now here’s a few highlight from my weekend in Amsterdam.
As we only had a weekend, we didn’t see as much of the city, as I could wish for. But I’ve spent quite a few holidays in Amsterdam, so I’ve seen the most. This time was more about walking the streets, drinking coffee, doing a little shopping and going out Saturday night. Here are my favourites in random order.
De Clercqstraat 130
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This was my absolute favourite! A beautifully curated shop selling paper goods and everything you need to decorate the perfect home office. I have a weakness for notebooks and this shop has the best ones from around the world (they kinda had me there!). I also bought a bunch of paper clips, a book mark, a to do list and a few other bits and pieces. I could honestly have spent a whole day in here and I loved to see so many of the Danish designers that I know being represented in here. This is also the place where you will find nice prints, frames, magazines, cards, calendars etc.
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Hannie Dankbaar Passage 33
De Hallen is an old tram depot transformed into a modern food marked with stalls, bars and seating. The stalls sell everything prom pizza, sushi, cannelloni and salads to fish’n’chips. This way everybody can find something they like and you can eat together at the tables. This was a hit!
Also the fourth weekend in the month one of the halls turn into a local goods marked with local and Indie Brands selling everything from clothes, bikes, hand bags, books and furniture – and even organic bread, wine and specialities. This is a perfect platform for local independent entrepreneurs to show and tell their innovative brand story to a broader public. I loved this – such good idea. A must see.
Haarlemmerdijk 39 A
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Restored is a beautifully curated shop selling jewellery, ceramics, magazines, prints, clothes and other little bits and bobs. It is located in the Harlemmerdijk, which is an area I can recommend for shopping. There are lots of little independent stores selling everything from furniture, design, fashion, home wares etc. One of the areas I always go to when in Amsterdam. I bought a print and some lovely brass book marks in this shop.
Photo kindly borrowed from Restored
The Breakfast Club
We spent a good part of Saturday morning in here having breakfast, catching up over coffee and ending up sharing a plate of fluffy buckwheat pancakes (pictured) – yum! I could go back any day for more of these – and the omelette I had at first was really good to. So was the atmosphere and decor. Also this is close to De Hallen, if you want to check that out afterwards.
This shop has a curious mix of vintage, home ware, kids stuff, jewellery, ceramics, prints etc. Here you will find designers like Donna Wilson, Darling Clementine, Ingela P Arrhenius and Studio Snowpuppe to name a few. I found two small gorgeous vintage vases from an old – now closed – Dutch ceramic maker in here. The owner told me that she found a whole collection of vases on a marked – so hurry up if you want one before they sell out. I could easily have bought a few more.
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