7 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam this July

This month, Amsterdam is welcoming several new hotspots we just can’t ignore. Whether it’s food, a lively new bar or a pop up. We have them lined up for you. Where will we see you this month?

Bar7 by Showpony (Pop Up)
If you’re into parties, you may have heard of Showpony Productions. They manage events and beautiful hostesses to give a party that extra boost. They are 7 years old this year so to celebrate in Showpony style, they are opening up a pop-up bar that will be around for the next 3 months. What to expect? Beautiful women, nice cocktails, funky tunes and a great vibe. Reguliersdwarsstraat 37, Website

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Photo by Maxim Kuijper

De Tulp
Located on the recently renovated Marie Heineken Square, De Tulp is a new tropical bar in De Pijp district. Come here for drinks (they serve Jajem Jenever!) and a bite to eat whilst enjoying the jungle fever. There is a nice space to sit outside and people without a garden are going to love this place! They are open every Tuesday till Sunday until the early hours. Marie Heinekenplein 33, Website

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Hoed en Krelis
Walk a bit further and you will also find this new hotspot in De Pijp. They have just opened their doors so we haven’t even had the chance to pass by yet but the interior and menu already makes us happy. Seasonal vegetables are the headliners in this restaurant but they also serve fish and meat. They are open everyday from 9am till close. Ferdinand Bolstraat 58 – 60, Website

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Hoed en Krelis Source

The Backstage by The Avocado Show
This is a clever little project from the immensely popular Avocado Show. All we can say now is, that it will be near the Avocado Show’s location and it will be a shop and more…We will let you know when it will open, but we think you can expect it somewhere this month! Read here about the Avocado Show.

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Five Brothers Fat, Champagneria
They are bringing Barcelona to Amsterdam and we like it! Enjoy Spanish dishes, cava and champagne until late. The food menu will change every month so there is enough reason to come back. (They had us at champagne..) The opening should be within the next 2 weeks so keep an eye on their Facebook Page. De Clerqstraat 56, Website

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Joya
And suddenly it was there, this new Asian Fine Dining cusine from one of Amsterdam’s most famous hospitality entrepreneur Casper Reinders and newcomer Jeabby Chaiyasat. Influenced by the Thai and Japanese cusine, this is another Asian jewel in Amsterdam. Good news, there is an outside terras! It’s perfect for a dinner that turns into cocktails with your friends. Check this place out! Spuistraat 3G/H, Website

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Dr. Blend
We love this healthy juice and food bar! This new and second location is right in the heart of Amsterdam West so you can easily pop by to get your daily vitamins! Besides all the delicious juices and smoothies, they also serve amazing salads, sandwiches and wraps. Jan PieterHeije 131B, Website

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Enjoy these new hotspots in Amsterdam and eh..see you soon?

Love,

Wander-Lust

6 Tasty and Affordable Restaurants in London

Trendy, yummy and affordable restaurants in London? It is possible! From pizza to steak, no matter what you’re in the mood for, there are some amazing places to visit without going broke…

Flat Iron (for Steak)
The que is ridiculous, so be prepared when you’re going to this amazing place. Pop by to put your name on the list and go for a drink until your table is free. The food and ambiance is definitely worth the wait. Favorite dish: spinach and the flat iron steak. www.flatironsteak.co.uk

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Wahaca (for Mexican)
Wahaca is a chain of Mexican restaurants in London, but so good! Wahaca has become a classic in London to go out for a nice bite with friends before a good night out. Fave dish: the pork taco’s. www.wahaca.co.uk

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Source: Wahaca

Pizza Pilgrims (for Pizza)
Pizza pilgrims was inspired in Napoli and is the new hot pizzeria in town, cool crowd guaranteed. Pizza’s start from £5,50 and the one in Shoreditch allows you to bring your own booze! pizzapilgrims.co.uk

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Herman Ze German
The best sausage in town comes from Herman ze German. Order a big Paulaner beer to go with the spicy curry wurst and enjoy! instagram.com/hermanzegerman

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Beagle London (for amazing brunch)
Beagle has one of the best brunch menu’s in the city. Go for a bottomless boozy one and enjoy the culinary feast by the amazing chef. beaglelondon.co.uk

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Any Classic pub (for Sunday roast)
Looking for a great value for money meal? On a Sunday all pubs will serve a Sunday roast, slow cooked meat, potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables of the season are the ingredients of this classic meal.

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I hope you enjoy these delicious and affordable restaurants in London next time you’re around!

Love,

Jantine

*Jantine is a hip hop & cheese enthusiast and a city girl with a love for everything local. After having explored everything there is in Amsterdam while living there, London became her new playground. Her best days are spent exploring the city off the grid, into neighborhoods where you can eat, drink, dance and chat with locals and become one yourself. She will write for Wander-Lust on a monthly basis where she will tip you about the places to be in London! Follow her on Instagram @jantinevanbloois.

Bakers Dough is coming to Amsterdam!

Time to indulge yourself to the max because cookie dough bar Bakers Dough is also coming to Amsterdam.

After the successful opening in Rotterdam, the insta-famous Bakers Dough is finally coming to our capital city. Never heard of this sweet food trend before? Well, it’s pretty simple; remember the dough you used to secretly eat when your mum baked a cake? It’s just like that only this is the kind that doesn’t make your tummy hurt at the end. The cookie dough is topped with all sorts of things like chocolate, sprinkles, m&m’s or fresh fruits. They even have a gluten free and vegan option!

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The location in Rotterdam has visitors from over the whole world and it was only a matter of time before opening up a second store. The new location is still a secret but we will let you know here first!

Bakers Dough in Rotterdam
Bakers Dough in Rotterdam

For now you can visit Bakers Dough at the Pannekoekstraat 82A in Rotterdam. Check out their Facebook Page for more impressions.

Love,

Elke

*All the images in this articles are courtesy of Bakers Dough

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The Dutch Weed Burger Joint

You must have seen The Dutch Weed Burger at various food festivals, markets or events. If you haven’t, you should try it because it’s one of the most innovating burgers in the world right now. You could already order the special burger at many restaurants around the country but now it’s time for the venture opened it’s first vegan-seaweed-fastfood-bar in Amsterdam West called The Dutch Weed Burger Joint.

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The famous Weed Burgers Source

Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future

Come to this new vegan hotspot for a tasty bite with a beer in your hand and enjoy a 100% plant based menu. Besides the Weed Burger you can also order Seawharma, The Dutch Weed Dog and Wish ‘n Chips. The Joint will also serve freshly made Mylkshakes 100% vegan sweets like the Galaxy Doughnut. Sounds good!

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The new location. Source

So Why Seaweed?
The burger is made out of seaweed but don’t be alarmed, it actually taste very good plus there are a lot of health benefits. Sea Weed is a natural product and the food of the future. Sea Weed natural contains protein, omega 3 and minerals. Many scientists believe that this powerful plant could save the world if we run out of resources. It hardly needs any sweet water or space so it’s good for the environment. A win-win situation!

Dutch Weed Burger Joint
Nicolaas Beetstraat 47, Amsterdam
Open: wed – sun 11.00 – 21.30
Website

Love,

Elke

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NEW! A Vegan Ice-Cream Bar in Amsterdam

When it’s hot outside, we want ice-cream. But when you’re vegan, it’s not always that easy to find the Ice-Cream you want. If you are vegan or you’re trying to cut down on dairy, you will be happy to hear that the Juicebrothers are selling amazing vegan ice-cream flavors at their new location in Amsterdam!

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The Ice-cream bar at Juicebrothers Haarlemmerplein Source

In collaboration with Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream, they now sell delicious flavors like Black Sesam, Tumeric and even Spirulina! Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream is an organic brand that originated in Brooklyn New York. Besides their New York and Los Angeles stores, they are now making waves overseas. The vegan scoops are made with housemade cashew milk, organic coconut milk, organic extra virgin coconut oil, organic cane sugar, pure cocoa butter, and organic carob bean. 

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Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream in Amsterdam
Van Leeuwen Ice-Cream announcing their collaboration with The Juicebrothers

We’ll can’t wait to try it!

Juicebrothers
Haarlemmerplein, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Wander-Lust

This coffee bar in Amsterdam serves Coffee In A Cone

Just when you thought you had seen it all in coffee land, there is something new to be exited about. Coffee bar The Cone Masters serves, well, coffee in a cone. We needed to try this out of course!

Besides the innovating way of drinking your coffee, you can also experience 3 different flavors into one! The inside of the cone is coated with chocolate and you can choose between milk, pure and white chocolate. Yummy!

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The Cone Masters Source

The Cone Masters are located in the Vijzelgracht in central Amsterdam and is a project from 4 students. They discovered the trend in South Africa and they brought it to Amsterdam. Clever thinking indeed! The bad news is that it’s a pop-up project so hurry if you want to try this cookie-coffee in a cup! The Cone Masters are here until the 18th of June. (They did just told me that they are planning on selling them online!)

The Cone Masters
Vijzelgracht 41, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

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13 X Best Terraces in Amsterdam East

Last month we published the 13 x best terraces of Amsterdam West but it wouldn’t be fair to leave Amsterdam East behind! Get your sunglasses out, put some sunscreen on because here are our favorite terraces in Amsterdam East!

Club Koffie
It’s not a very large terrace but it’s the ambiance that counts here. Young, old, you will find all ages here. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and good coffee, obviously. www.clubkoffie.com

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Source: Club Koffie

Le Pain Quotidien
Tipped by fellow hotspot lover @mytravelboektje, this place serves delicious sandwiches on quality bread. Now is the perfect time to order one of those tasty lunch meals. www.lepainquotidien.nl

De Vergulde Eenhoorn
The perfect place for chilling on the grass, play games and drink beer while your kids are running around. It’s near the Amstel station but tucked away so it feels like you’re on a farm. www.verguldeneenhoorn.nl

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Het Badhuis
When I lived in Amsterdam East, I used to chill here with my friends for hours. The building dates back from the 1940’s and was used for washing up. In the 70’s it started become a meeting place for people from the neighborhood and that hasn’t changed until this day. It’s right at the end of the Javastraat and great for people watching! www.badhuis-javaplein.nl

Volkshotel
The place to be if you are a freelancer. You can work here for hours while enjoying the rooftop terrace. At 5pm (or 4pm if you deserve it), close your laptop and enjoy the sunlight on the rooftop where you can also enjoy bathing sessions with music (in a jacuzzi) once a month. www.volkshotel.nl

Roest
It’s a club, a restaurant, a place for markets and creative people. But the outside area is what it is all about during the summer months. A place for children to play in the sand and for parents to relax while listing to jazzy tunes. The food is pretty good too and we like the coffee here! Facebook.

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Source: Roest

The Ysbreeker
I’ve sat here several times in the past and even though this spot is anything but new, it still attracts a good growd. You will find a lot of locals or people on their way from work who stop over to meet a friend and have a drink. Thank to the Lonely Planet, you can also find the occasional tourist. It’s situated next to the water, which gives it a nice touch. www.deysbreeker.nl

Amstel Boathouse
Not very central but you could call this one a hidden gem or sure! The Amstel Boathouse is perfect for those who love good food and good wine. The building is also in use for hosting events and business purposes and you can expect that the age group is around 30+. (yep, that’s meee) www.amstelboathouse.nl

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Source: Amstel Boathouse

Girassol
Travel to Portugal but stay in Amsterdam? You can do it here at Portuguese restaurant and bar Girassol. At the Amstel with a great view and the sun in your face. Now that I mentioned it, I should go here more often! www.girassol.nl

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Nest
Also situated near Amstel Station, this is a wonderful rooftop for after work drinks with your friends. No need to dress up, because casual chill is the dresscode. Just enjoy the sunshine and good conversation. They are only open if it’s dry so check the weather forecast before you head over! www.hotelcasa.nl

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Source: Nest

Bar Louie Louie
A great lunch spot near Oosterpark! Large wooden benches behind glass that keeps the wind away so you can stay warm. When it get’s really hot, they open the windows which gives it a great open feel. You will spot me here soon! www.louielouie.nl

‘t Oostpoortje
I discovered this spot when I walked by on my way to an appointment so I’ve never actually sat down here, but it certainly looked inviting! This terrace is overlooking a canal with flowers and trees on the other side and I could sit here all day. Will you join me? Facebook

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Source: ‘t Oostpoortje

De Biertuin
It means the beer garden and yes, there is beer, but this sunny spot offers a lot more than that! They serve organic farm chicken, salads and bites. www.debiertuin.nl

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Enjoy the East side this summer!

Love,

Elke

ZAPPAZ Amsterdam » Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Zappaz Amsterdam is a brand new restaurant and cocktail bar with influences from Casablanca. It was time to try this new jewel on the IJdok.

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Vegan friendly » BarTack in Amsterdam West

Oh how I love Amsterdam West. I can’t get enough of it and it may has to do with the fact that I live there. Well, I live in Amsterdam New West (yes boys and girls, that’s outside the center of Amsterdam). But I also love it because it’s fast developing. Since I have a baby, I walk around a lot more instead of using my bicycle and by doing so, I discover new shops, restaurants and coffee bars. This is also how I discovered Bartack.

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You may have heard of Bar Spek on the Admiraal De Ruyterweg in Amsterdam West. Well, they are the same owners of Bartack, so when I walked past the other day I had to check it out. The look of Bartack is industrial combined with a little touch of vintage. Round tables, mixed with some big lounge chairs and small stools. The space is not wide but long with the kitchen in the back (or front, depending on which way you are entering)

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The Menu
They are open for breakfast from 8am (go for the fluffy pancakes!), up to lunch and dinner. I noticed that the menu offers a lot of vegan options, something you see more and more of in Amsterdam. I love plant based foods so I was happy to see this. From soup to salads or a variety of filled pita breads, I decided to go for the vegan falafel with coleslaw and tajine saus. The open kitchen is always good news and this dish didn’t disappoint me al all! (yummie!) Oh, and another important note; the coffee is great! Yup, bad coffee will turn me off completely and that would have been a shame.

Falafel at Bartack

Add this one to your hotspot list!

Bartack
Postjesweg 124, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Elke

The BEST Breakfast Sandwich You’ll Ever Have in LA

Los Angeles is a city of transplants, as many of us have uprooted ourselves from where we were born and bred to create lives in the Southern California sun. We come together to share traditions from our pasts, form new ones of our own, and are lucky enough to sincerely call this City of Angels home.

With the influx of people from all over bringing with them their unique backgrounds and cultural flavors, it’s no wonder the restaurant and bar scene has such an improvisational air to it. New hot-spots pop up almost daily; and, if you ask anyone for their advice on the U.S. cities with the most dynamic food, it’s no doubt that Los Angeles ranks high. But, what better to help a new place begin to feel like home than a dependable and familiar neighborhood go-to? I recently sung the praises of one of my top-choice beachy eateries, Playa Provisions (see the post here!) Still, with so many options right outside my doorstep, my list inevitably continues. Another contender for my favorite menu is nestled comfortably on Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice, and it’s a perfect reminder of the melting-pot that L.A. truly is.

Gjelina Take Away
Together forming a foodie trifecta in Venice are three restaurants, Gjelina, Gjelina Take Away, and Gjusta (the latter is the youngest addition to the family – a bakery inspired by an east-coast Jewish/Italian deli). Co-owned by Shelley Kleyn, Travis Lett, and Fran Camaj (Gjelina is named after Camaj’s mother, and Gjusta, after his aunt!), this trio of restaurants seamlessly combines traditional Italian cuisine with the contemporary farm-to-table California taste. The little sister to its neighboring restaurant, Gjelina, Gjelina Take Away (affectionately known as GTA) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Offering a quicker experience than dining-in next door, GTA has all the perks of this popular establishment without the wait.

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GTA’s interior

Walking into GTA in the morning never fails to intrigue me, as the eclectic mix of patrons is rarely repeated. And, those who stumble upon this hidden spot find themselves faced with a gorgeous spread of daily items displayed to entice each passerby, and all made from seasonal, local ingredients.

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Behind the counter

In my quest to find the best breakfast sandwich in LA, GTA caught – and kept – my attention. Braised kale, melted gruyere, a crisp, yet runny, fried egg, thick-cut bacon, and hot sauce (if you want it!) on a grilled English muffin…this sandwich may look small, but it’s packed with mighty flavor. And, when I decide to give-in to my need for a treat, GTA’s version of the popular granola and yogurt option beats out its competition. Served with honey and seasonal fresh fruit, the granola is made in-house and is perfectly chewy, sweet, and salty.

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THE Breakfast Sandwich — so good.

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Satisfying house made granola, fresh fruit, and creamy yogurt.

So, if you’re planning a trip to L.A., you’ll be able to find authentic food from all over the world, no matter your taste. But, if a reliably-delicious breakfast is what you’re after, with market-driven ingredients and beautifully delivered dishes, this eatery has everything you’d hope to experience during a treat-yourself morning out.

Travelers’ Bonus: Gjelina Take Away puts you smack in the middle of one of the hippest shopping streets in Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney Boulevard. After you clean the butter and egg yolk off your face and fingers, pop into the boutiques and art galleries for trendsetting fashion, clever gifts, and musings of all sorts. You could easily spend a couple hours taking it all in as you digest your mouthwatering morning meal.

Gjelina Take Away (GTA)
1427 Abbot Kinney Blvd. (two blocks north of Venice Blvd.)
Website

Love,

Shae

*Shae is our guest blogger from Los Angeles. An educator whose lust for experience influences her teaching, she travels with the desire to immerse herself in diverse cultures, seeking new adventure and inspiring others to engage with compassion and expand their world view. Follow Shae on Instagram! @seekvantage