Amsterdam. A city with more bicycles than people. A trove of amazing architecture, art and culture, great food, and fantastic coffee. A place where 17th century buildings stand alongside shops filled with the latest in product and furniture design. If you’re planning to visit, make sure you check out our recommendations to make the most of your trip. Chances are, you’ll add this fantastic city among your favorite places in the world.
The epitome of quality and minimalism, Tossijn makes pared down apparel and accessories, focusing on premium materials. The brand offers a simple collection of essentials: t-shirts, sweaters, jeans, hats, and footwear. And all of them impress with their craftsmanship. For example, the sweater is knitted in Umbria, Italy from extra fine merino wool which boasts an innovative water-repellent treatment, while the jeans are made in the UK with organic selvage denim sourced from a mill in Okayama, Japan.
At Locanda you can taste a bit of Italy while relaxing in a friendly atmosphere. The décor takes inspiration from Italian restaurants and features old wooden table tops crafted by skilled artisans as well as a modern lighting and a stylish bar area. Here you can order delicious treats like smoked aubergine, the signature lasagnetta or a deconstructed tiramisu. Oh, and they also serve Italian prosecco, which is a rarity in Amsterdam.
Tenue de Nîmes
Denim lovers rejoice! Tenue de Nîmes is a haven with hard-to-find items and vintage jeans from the 1960s and up to the 1980s, as well as apparel made in collaboration with American heritage brands. The founders of the store describe the selection of chosen products as “The Good Things in Life”, and we’d have to agree. You can also order an espresso, a glass of fine wine or a good ol’ Heineken to relax in style.
A great choice for any design lover, Friday Next is a concept store and studio where interior and product design as well as good food and coffee co-exist in perfect harmony. The shop provides an assortment of well-designed products created by upcoming and renowned designers. After finding some gems, you can grab a seat and order a cappuccino (or a glass of wine) and enjoy the buzzing yet oddly relaxing atmosphere.
Hutspot is a place like no other. Here you can savor a cup of good coffee right before you sit in a barber’s chair from the ‘60s to get an awesome haircut, so you can look good while browsing through the impressive selection of trendy clothing, vintage furniture and a range of great brands you’ll be happy to discover.
The Misc Store is filled with elegant and gorgeously designed stationery, pens and pencils, traveler’s notebooks, and an assortment of interior home decorations. All of them are made by local and international designers, with minimalism, superior craftsmanship and premium quality materials connecting all the designs.
Brouwerij ‘t IJ
Love beer? Then you should definitely pay Brouwerij ‘t IJ a visit (or two) to taste some really special beers. You know, the kind of beer you’ll probably have daydreams about when you go back home. Here you’ll find a permanent selection of around 40 beers along with seasonal and limited edition beers. Plus, this brewery is also located right underneath a famous landmark: De Gooyer windmill. Two birds with one stone!
If you visit Amsterdam, Noordermarkt should be at the top of your must-see places. Put aside a few hours, for this is a captivating flea market where you’ll be overwhelmed (in a good way) by a multitude of antiques, old books, jewelry, traditional fabrics, rugs, art, and more. Fun fact: the market used to be frequented by the one and only Rembrandt van Rijn, about 350 years ago.