Now that I’m spending some time in Amsterdam as part of my maternity leave I finally have time to check out what’s new and fun in one of my favourite cities. CT’s is situated in an old twenties style cinema building so think extreme high ceilings, various floors and open plan everything.. A unique space. They did a really good job in making it feel relaxed with a natural look while still keeping it buzzing. Love the black & white photographs on the walls. Probably one of the reasons why it feels good is because it’s almost always busy – be prepared to wait in line for a table on the weekends. On the menu are fresh juices, smoothies, herbal teas, granola, coconut pancakes ( made from almond flour), different salads, a selection of bites and they do dinner too, all very delicious. Ceintuurbaan 282 | Tel: +31203541104 | Website | ££
The Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam hotel consists of six 17th century canal houses right in the heart of Amsterdam. The hotel is very chic, very big and very grand. Think marble floors, high ceilings, monumental stair cases and superrrr attentive staff. I have to be honest in saying that the interior style in the rooms is not particularly my style but it is definitely very comfortable ;-). They also have a luxury spa with access to the indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre and three treatment rooms for relaxing and massages. Great hotel if you are staying in Amsterdam for business and you want something central, very comfortable and with superb food.. Their restaurant Librije’s Zusje has the former chef of 3 Michelin star restaurant de Librije as their master chef so the food there is absolutely amazing. I also loved their vault bar which you entry through an enormous original steel door (this part of the hotel was originally a bank and the old 19th century vaults are still visible behind the bar) It is very much a gentlemen’s bar (for girls too…) in terms of atmosphere; Dark and chic. Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam | Tel: +31207184600 | Tram: 4 (Keizersgracht/Utrechtsestraat) 9, 14 (Rembrandtplein) | €€€€ | Website
A few weeks ago I enjoyed an amazing elderflower / prosecco cocktail here and I found the place so inspiring and different that I had to share it with you on Our Little Black Book. Cafe Brecht is a small, Berlin style living-room-cafe in Amsterdam. To sketch the atmosphere you have to think flaked 60’s wallpaper, old vintage armchairs, lampshades that you will find at your granny’s and board games piled up to challenge your date. Bertold Brecht was a German writer, poet and playwright and the owners of this little cafe were so inspired by him and the German literaire culture that they named the place after him. To celebrate German culture they regularly host events like film, poetry, a play or a reading at the cafe and you can find the agenda on their website. They do not take reservations but are open for Italian coffee and sandwiches, German beers, cocktails, snacks and cake from noon to 1am. A perfect place for a cocktail and deep late-night conversations…
Weteringsschans 179, Amsterdam | +31206272211 | Tram: 4 / 7 / 16 / 24 / 25 (stop: Weteringcircuit) | €€ | Website
Great place in a great city and exactly the kind of place I love. Cafe Lennep is a brown cafe with an industrial twist and reminded me a lot of New York; Brick walls, industrial lamps, wooden tables, high stools and candles. The cafe is quite spacious and they have tables outside so the place is a good option if the weather is nice. To start the evening we had a draugt beer (I choose B.Z.B… really good) and a sharing platter. Best sharing platter I had in long time. We were sitting at the bar next to the chicken grill so I obviously had to pick Poussin as my main dish… Didn’t regret that either. The Poussin was juicy and tender and so was my friends Rib-eye. On top of all this I found the staff super nice and friendly.
For the not-live-in-Amsterdam readers of our blog the restaurant is located in Oud West which has a lot of nice pubs and restaurants. Jacob van Lennepkade 334, Amsterdam | Tel: +31 20 233 5201 | Tram 1 (Jan Pieter Heijestraat/Kinkerstraat, 7, 17 (Jan Pieter Heijestraat/Overtoom) | Website
A new lunch spot in Amsterdam that I love! Ree7 is around the corner of our new house and in one of my favorite little neighborhoods in Amsterdam; de Jordaan. The Reestraat is one of the nine streets (9 straatjes) which is full of little boutique shops, restaurants and cafe’s. Ree7 is a two floor spot in the middle of this tiny, narrow street. It managed to put some tables on the pavement as well which is great for people watching! They serve great sandwiches and salads (I tried the clubsandwich and would recommend it!) I will soon try their evening menu which should be very good as well. Open every day for breakfast and lunch and from Thurs to Sat also for dinner | +31203307639 | Reestraat 7, Amsterdam | Tram; 13, 14, 17 stop Westermarkt or Tram 1, 2, 5 stop Damsquare | €€ | Website
My dear friend Ymkje took me to this cute French Bistro in the Rivierenbuurt last week and we had a fabulous dinner. The restaurant may be calling themselves a French Bistro.. which it is (serving delicious Rillete de Canard and other delicious French dishes) but their style is also very Amsterdam… The restaurant is called after a French village I come A LOT because it is the village where they serve the best escargots in the world in the restaurant La Table de la Fontaine…(see post) Anyway, Cotignac in Amsterdam is laid-back, fun, cozy, has a nice terrace, some industrial details and really good French food (breakfast, lunch and dinner). I had a delicious spring chicken and Ym a very tender Bavette…One little comment to make is that I would not recommend tourists to go to this part of Amsterdam if you only go for a few days to Amsterdam. Closed on Sundays and Mondays (from June 30 ’14 until end of summer they are only open on Thurs, Fri and Sat)| Trompenburgstraat 111, Amsterdam | Tram; 12 Victorieplein | +31 20 786 0369| €€ | Facebook page
A home away from home. This bar works for every occasion. Whether you’re alone and in need of a coffee and a magazine, feel for homemade cakes and tea with friends, looking for a really tasty lunch or dinner, after work or after dinner drinks, Bar Mick has got you covered. The owners of the place Marijke & Dick are good friends of mine and have done a brilliant job in getting the feel, food, atmosphere and interior just right. A happy place. I went to check it out on Saturday afternoon a few weeks ago and ended up staying for hours trying lots of different dishes, whoops! My tips: Loved the Big Mick hamburger and recommend getting the ‘Brandt&Levi’ sausage sandwich for lunch. If you’re visiting from abroad ask for the ‘Borrelkaart’ and order different things from the typical dutch bar snacks. So good!!! Spaarndammerstraat 53, Amsterdam | Tram: Haarlemmerplein | Tel: +31(0)20 3702273 | Website | €€
Just before Christmas I was able to stay in this awesome hotel in Amsterdam on the Museumsquare. This luxurious hotel is one of the trendiest in Amsterdam and opened in 2011 so still fairly new.
The location is awesome. I would always recommend tourists to stay either somewhere on the canals or on the Museumsquare. The hotel is very close to the recently reopened Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum as well as the Royal Concertgebouw. The hotel is set in a neo gothic very big building that was originally designed by the Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel and has 129 rooms, various restaurants and bars and is styled very tastefully in a contemporary modern fashion by the famous designer Piero Lissoni.
The hotel also has a spa with a delicious pool, sauna and more… Conclusion; should you want to stay in your hotel all day and night when you are visiting Amsterdam, you can. You can eat, drink, shop, relax and exercise within its walls. Obviously, you need to go out and see Amsterdam so go for a swim in the morning, have breakfast, go and explore Amsterdam, come back to the hotel for a high tea and a massage in the afternoon (after a long day walking through our beautiful city)!
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam | +31 20 570 0000 | Tram; Van Baerlestraat (2, 3, 5, 12) | €€€€ | Website
This is the perfect place for romantic and intimate dinners in the heart of Amsterdam. It opened as a Spanish restaurant more than 50 years ago, and even though there have been many different owners since then and it’s now serving Brazillian barbecue inspired dishes, you can still feel that authentic atmosphere which makes the restaurant so special. It’s a very relaxed, almost homely place, and the food is amazing. I would especially recommend the picanha btw, it was delicious. The chef is super dedicated bbq-ing away upstairs and he tends to come down after dinner to have a drink with the guests. It’s that type of a place. Weteringstraat 41, Amsterdam | Halte: Leidscheplein | 020 627 93 97 | €€€ | Website
I adore this little lunch spot in Amsterdam. I had some friends mentioning it to me on several occasions so I booked a table on a Saturday with 4 friends.
G & T’s is located in the Jordaan (walking distance from the Noordermarkt) The place is small, buzzing, cute with big wooden tables, cushions, blue varied porcelain and flowers on the table. It looks homely and everyone inside seems to be having a good time. I love the quote they have on their website:
G’S IS A PLACE.
IT’S AN ECLECTIC HOT MESS OF LOVE, LUST, HUNGER & THIRST.
ITS SIMPLE; WE SERVE FOOD, DRINKS, EXPERIENCES.
WHERE YOU TAKE IT FROM THERE, WE LEAVE UP TO YOU
You should check the website for when they are open because this is not every day. On Saturday & Sunday they serve brunch from 10.30 to 16.00 on Thursday & Friday night they transform into a bar and turn up the music and they are also available for private hire… Goudsbloemstraat 91, Amsterdam | Tram: 3 Nieuwe Willemsstraat |€€ | Website | Map