The new Corner Bakery is open and it’s amazing!

Freakshakes, healthy bowls, pancakes, colourful cakes and a brand new location in Amsterdam West. The new Corner Bakery is open and it’s awesome!

If you like taking pictures of your food, this is the place for you. The Corner Bakery already has a location near the museumsquare in Amsterdam, but because of the line of people and popular demand, they have just opened a new location across the World Fashion Center in Amsterdam West. This location is larger and spacious that includes an outside terrace.

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The interior of the new Corner Bakery Amsterdam

The interior is a combination of sweet, fruity and pastel. Pretty flowers give the location the final touch and the wooden counter makes it feel like a bar in the tropics. At the counter you can also find THE cakes. Let’s talk about this for a second. These cakes and not just any cakes. Nope, these ones are specially made by the girls of The Life of Pie. Almost pretty to eat! Almost.

The Life of Pie cakes at the new Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The cakes of The Life of Pie (source)

Coffee at the Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The coffee is great too! (a very important detail)

The New Corner Bakery Amsterdam
The Velvet Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Bali Bowl, BLT Roll, Freakshake and a Unicorn Cake

Other food on the menu consists of bread rolls with avocado, salmon, BLT or you can pick one of the salads. The best thing however, is the breakfast. You can order it all day and there are so many options! Red velvet pancakes? Eggs Benedict? Bali & Acai bowls? It’s all there. Oh, and don’t forget about those crazy freakshakes that include a sprinkled doughnut!

Be sure to reserve a bit of space in your stomach, because you are going to order more than you came for.

Love,

Elke

Corner Bakery
Koningin Wilhelminaplein 60 – 62, Amsterdam
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Pays d’Oc IGP will open up a pop-up wine bar in Amsterdam

Where restaurants pop-up like mushrooms, pop-up wine bars are still left behind. But: change is coming! Pays d’Oc IGP will open up a pop-up wine bar in Odeon Amsterdam on November 1! For 12 days, the first floor of the historic building is transformed into a cozy wine bar where wine lovers can experience the diversity that Pays d’Oc IGP has to offer. More than 40 top wines from the South of France regions at Amsterdam rates, combined with a relaxed atmosphere and hospitable sommeliers full of wine knowledge! We say: Santé!

Pays d'Oc IGP pop-up wine bar

It’s the first time that a pop-up wine bar has opened in Amsterdam, one that is completely focused on one wine region. With more than 40 open wines, the Pays d’Oc pop-up wine bar has one of Amsterdam’s diverse wine cards. If you know a little about wine, you might know that Pays d’Oc IGP is famous for its many different grape varieties and the great diversity in style. In the pop-up wine bar, this diversity of the wine  region can be tasted. On the wine list you will also find the topcuvées of the ‘Collection 2017′. The Collection is an annual returning list of the best wines available to the Pays d’Oc IGP. To add a bit of knowledge, there will be wine experts on location to assist visitors and give you a piece of wine education.

Pays d’Oc IGP Pop- up Wine Bar
Date: 1st of November until the 12th of November 2017
Opening times: 16:00u – 23:00u
Address: Singel 460, Amsterdam (easily accessible by tram 1,2,5)
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Spa 1001 » The Private Spa in Amsterdam you need to visit

The warm weather is making way for the colder and cozy days and it’s the perfect period for a visit to the spa. But if you don’t feel like sharing a sauna or bubble bath with people you don’t know, Spa 1001 is THE place for you. This spa is private and available to hire for you and your friends only. Me and my girlfriends put it to the test.

Most hotspots are in the city centre of Amsterdam, at least that’s what most people think. I live outside the centre so I know better. Restaurants, coffee spots and shops are poppin’ up in and around Amsterdam and you should know about them. Spa 1001 is located in Amsterdam New West in Osdorp and close to the upcoming Tuinen van West area where you can also find one of my favorite hideout spots. The spa is also popular with Dutch celebrities like actrice Victoria Koblenko and footballer Justin Kluivert, vlogster Sisi Bolatini and other top sporters and well known vloggers.

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You really experience a middle eastern ambiance

You can either book 2,5 or 5 hours and enjoy the sauna, steam room with a optic star-ceiling, spacious jacuzzi or unwind in the luxurious (and large) lounge area that includes a fireplace. Here you really experience a middle eastern ambiance. Here you can watch Netflix, turn on the music you like and eat a breakfast or a delicious high tea, depending what arrangement you book. You have several options.

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The upstairs lounge at Spa 1001

  • Private for 2 arrangement for the romantic peeps (from €149)
  • Good Morning arrangement for the early birds (from €119)
  • Girlfriends arrangements for gossip and sweets (from €149)
  • Spa & Party arrangement for 8-12 persons (from €54 per person)

I tried the Luxury girlfriends arrangement with 3 of my friends and this included a welcome drink and a high tea in the lounge area. We could even lock the door from the inside and put on the tunes we liked. If we needed anything, we could dial the reception with the phone provided. The Spa has 2 floors and a nice dressing room for you to get changed and dry your hair. You will get some comfy slippers and a beautiful bathrobe to wear. Mind you, you need to pay an additional €10,- for this if you book the normal girlfriends arrangement. Swimwear is allowed but not necessary. Perfect for those who hate walking around naked with other strange people around. This is your chance to let it all hang out without feeling a bit shy!

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The breakfast at the Good Morning Arrangement

WIN A GOOD MORNING SPA SESSION FOR TWO! 
This price includes a spa visit in the morning from 10am til 12.30pm worthy of  €149,- incl. breakfast for 2 people. How can you win? Simply follow Spa 1001 on Facebook and comment below who you want to enjoy this luxury Spa session with! Winners will be announced within 2 weeks!

Love,

Elke

Spa 1001
Meer en Vaart 4, Amsterdam

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Dr. Pieper » The Coolest Snackbar In Amsterdam?

If you’re close watcher, you might have seen this new spot in one of our articles last week where we tipped it as one of the newest hotspots for this month. A little introduction; in the Netherlands we love potatoes. I mean, seriously, love love it. We boil them, bake them, mash them and of course fry them. Fries are immensely popular with the Dutch and you can find a fry shop, as we call them, around every corner. So this is where Dr. Pieper comes in. Dr. who? Let me explain..

The Story
Dr. Pieper is a scientist who is completely obsessed with the potato. He lost both of his parents and started to dig into the mystery where his parents worked on (whatever that mystery was!) After university and part time jobs as a doctor and bookkeeper on Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Dr. Pieper left for South America. No one has heard anything from him since then. With the exception of Jelle Westland. Jelle met the scientist and discovered some of the mystery. Convinced of Dr. Pieper his own vision ‘With Quality You Will Always Save’, Westland began the eccentric fries shop on the Kinkerstraat in Amsterdam. This first branch will support the further research of Dr. Pieper, plus donates a part of the profits to Return To Sender. Westland’s dream to offer the best and most special fritters in the Netherlands (and the world!) is about to come true..

If this Dr. Pieper really exists is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure, the eccentric fries shop is open for business!

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The one and only, Dr. Pieper

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Floating potatoes and industrial interior makes the story of Dr. Pieper complete

On the Menu
Fries. Obviously, but we didn’t need to tell you this. What makes the menu extra special are the homemade croquettes, with vegan and vegetarian options. All fried in coconut oil. The sauces are also homemade and you can order truffel, peppadew, and basilicum mayonaise. Sounds good right? Well, I had a little taste and I particularly loved the vegetarian sweet pepper croquette. Meat lovers can feast on the sweet pulled chicken or Indonesian beef stew. But one of the really cool things Dr. Pieper is going to offer, is à la minute fresh nitro oxygen Ice-Cream. The whole shop looks like an experimental lab with potatoes floating around in watertanks and industrial seats. There is even a jellyfish tank and robot-like-clamps are there to hold your bag of fries.

Fries at Dr. Pieper
Hand cut fries with Indonesian beef stew

Dr. Pieper will officially open on the 14th of October but you can already walk in for a sneak peak and a little taste. Will this be the coolest fries shop in the Netherlands? I think so.

Love,

Elke

Dr. Pieper
Kinkerstaat 142H, Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Event Calendar for October 2017

October, with your wonderful colors and colder days.. We can’t wait to see what you have lined up this month! Enjoy the Amsterdam Event Calendar for October!

Weekend van de Weteschap at NEMO
When? 7th & 8th of October, NEMO
What? Free entrance to the best kids museum in Amsterdam
During the Weekend of Science on the 7th and 8th of October, the NEMO Science Museum is open for free! This way everyone get’s the chance to meet the science museum. The whole weekend is about ‘life in the universe’. You can participate in several workshops and enjoy spectacular demonstrations. 

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Check out NEMO for free this weekend! (photo by DigiDaan)

Pure Market
When? 8th & 15 of October, Amstelpark & Amsterdamse Bos
What? A food and goods market in our favorite park!
It’s the 2nd Sunday of a new month, so this means that the lovely Pure Market is here! It’s great to bring your kids too! On the 8th it’s held in Amstelpark (one of our favorite parks), and on the 15th it’s being held in the Amsterdamse Bos. For all editions check this link.

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When? 8th of October, Foodcentre

What? Food of different countries
Once a year, the food centre opens up to the public instead of just businesses. There will be a BBQ contest and the gehaktbal of the year. It’s inside the hall so 100% dry! www.foodcenter.nl

Kloffie Market
When? 14th & 15th of October, Foodhallen passage
What? Second hand clothing & products
Selected choice of private sellers who offer one-of-a-kind garments of mid & high-end segment. Facebook

Kloffie Market Amsterdam

Amsterdam Jacuzzi Festival
When? 14th of October
What? With bubbles in bubbles
Amsterdam’s first Jacuzzi festival in the heart of the city… A relaxing & dancing festival with a lot of jacuzzi’s, amazing, entertainment, massages, lounge area, the tastiest drinks, LIVE music stage with dancefloor & many Dj’s. Facebook

Beyond Green
When? 20th of October

What? Beyond Green is an annual symposium that uses the collective power of students and industry to design the future of fashion and tackle issues throughout the fashion system. 
It started in 2005 at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) and since 2016 has been a collaborative initiative between Circle Economy and AMFI. We will take students and industry on a 5-step journey into circularity and introduce you to the latest tools, innovations, and know-how that you need to challenge the status quo. Between the keynotes and guests, you will find the experts, innovators, and business mavericks who are boldly reimagining the future of fashion. The audience of 400 will include AMFI students and brands (last year’s attendees included G-Star, Filippa K, H&M, Calvin Klein, IKEA) as well as the new circular eco-system of collectors, sorters and recyclers (eg. Salvation Army, Recover, Worn Again). More info and tickets here.

Amsterdam Dance Event
When? 18th – 22nd of October, at many locations in Amsterdam
What? The biggest dance & techno festival in the Netherlands
Amsterdam is famous for a lot of things but when it comes to dance music, it’s ADE. Amsterdam Dance Event. More than around 300.000 people visit Amsterdam in October to dance their butts of to the biggest names in the dance and techno scene. Kicking off with ADE Green on October the 18th which you can still buy tickets for. More info on www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

dgtl at ADE Green

Halloween in Amsterdam
When? 27th – 31st of October, several locations
What? fright night in Amsterdam
Get your scariest outfit out of the closet, because it’s time for Halloween! There are many events and parties in Amsterdam but some of the highlights are the official Halloween Parade, Mokkum Halloween, The Amsterdam Dungeon, and the Toyland Halloween Party.

Expat Republic Networking Drinks
When? 19th of October, from 6pm at Market 33

What? A cool way to get to know expats and professionals in Amsterdam
Join Expat Republic (check their website for more events!) an evening of professional networking, social networking and fun. This event is for those looking to expand their professional as well as personal network. This event is about connecting you with folks who can be of assistance and vice versa. Need a sounding board for something? come by. The event is free but you need to buy your own drinks at the bar. More info here

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Enjoy this month’s events calendar and remember to check it every weekend as we will add new events throughout the month!

Love,

Wander-Lust

7 x New Hotspots in Amsterdam to visit this October

Is an ongoing thing in Amsterdam, new hotspots. They are like freakin’ mushrooms popping up as they do, but you don’t hear us complaining! We’ve selected 7 new hotspots that have just opened or will open soon so you have plenty of new things to try this month!

Vegan Junkfood Bar, Marie Heinekenplein 9 – 10
This is the second location for the Vegan Junkfood Bar and this one they are situated in De Pijp area. It’s also a lot bigger than the location on the Overtoom and the interior is pretty funky too! What to expect? Lot’s of junk food (don’t we love it) but no animals were harmed. Win Win situation right? Plant based burgers, Pizza, Nuggets, Bitterballen and coconut-milk ice-cream is all included on the menu! www.veganjunkfoodbar.com

Vegan Junkfood Bar
Photo by Indvdu

Dr. Pieper, Kinkerstraat 142H
Let’s stay with comfort food shall we? Because there is a seriously tasty fries shop opening October 14th. We walked by and noticed the rather special interior. It’s like walking into a Frankenstein lab.. for potatoes! You will be greeted by men in long white coats that will take your order. The menu is displayed on a TV screen and potatoes are floating around in watertanks as well as the jellyfish in the wall. You can order your fries that are  in coconut oil with different dips like truffel or vegan mayonaise. The traditional Dutch croquette is also available with vegetarian or vegan options. Stay tuned! www.drpieper.nl

Dr. Pieper
The interior of Dr. Pieper

Chin Chin Club, Rozengracht 133
Dimsum and karaoke is always a great combination and the owners of the ChinChin Club must have noticed because the Asian trend is growing in Europe. Expect confusion Chinese food, quirky cocktails, nostalgic games and late-night dancing. Chin Chin Club is the place where that one last drink turned into one too many. Go here with friends and sing while you eat! www.chinchinclub.nl

Mr. Haz TacobarEgelantiersstraat 24
From Asian food to Mexican. For all day taco’s and cocktails, you need to visit Mr. Haz. On weekends they stay open as late as 3am so it’s the perfect place to hang around. You can also come in for a freshly brewed coffee and specialty beers. Oh, and they serve mescal! What’s not to like?! Facebook Page

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Mr. Haz Source

Mook Pancakes, Jodenbreestraat 144
They have opened a second location! At Mook you can get some of the best breakfast and lunch pancakes and this one located is right in the city center so that’s good for everyone! Hopefully this will also shorten the que at De Clerqstraat. They are open from 9am to 9pm. Facebook Page

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Eating at MOOK Pancakes

Nacarat, Rokin 49
Renowned restaurant owner and chef Ron Blauw has opened Nacarat back in May but with just opened department store Hudson Bay, it’s really the time to go now. A restaurant with Middle Eastern influences where you can indulge your taste buds. It’s located on the top floor where you can go for lunch and dinner while enjoying the view of Amsterdam. At night, when Hudson’s Bay closes, make sure you walk into the small alley to find the entrance. www.nacarat.nl

Restaurant Nacarat, Hudson Bay

Corner Bakery in Amsterdam West, Koningin Wilhelminaplein 60
Damn, I used to live right at this new location. But no worries, I will be back for the famous freaky shakes, amazing bread rolls and colorful brunch dishes. The corner Bakery is an insta famous brunch spot in Amsterdam South next to the Museum Square. They became so popular that it could be difficult to get a table around lunchtime or during the weekend. They have said to open in October so we can’t wait! Facebook page

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At the Corner Bakery in Amsterdam South

Have fun discovering these new places!

Love,

Wander-Lust

More Amsterdam? Check our Amsterdam Guide for hotspots, events and news!

Why you should visit ADE Green this year

ADE (Amsterdam Dance Event) is around the corner and with that comes the important conference that is ADE Green. Subjects like sustainability, innovation and social change are discussed and shared in a one day conference on the 18th of October. The conference is kicking of the Amsterdam Dance Event and includes inspirational speakers, ideas and practical workshops. Time to let you know why you should go this year and what not to miss.

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ADE Green last year

Climate Change, the giant awakening
what? A lecture by professor Chris Rapley, climate scientist at University College London
When & where? 10.15 – 11:00, De La Mar D5 Panel Room
Professor Chris Rapley, former director of the British Antarctic Survey and one of the world’s leading climate scientists, has been warning the world for years that lack of action on climate change will have catastrophic impacts in future decades. His theater play “2071: The World We’ll Leave Our Grandchildren” looks at how climate has changed in the past, how and why it is changing now, and the need for humanity to act to avoid dangerous disruption in the future. In this lecture he will perform sections from his theater play and talk about his belief that creativity must be at the center of shaping our future climate.

ADE Green is bringing innovating heads together to create something great for our future

Sustainability Management in a nutshell, the how-to-guide from a Greener Festival Founder
What? Claire O’Neill is the founder of A Greener Festival, a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of music festivals and events.
When & where? 11:45 – 12.30, De La Mar D11 Panel Room
Working with a wide range of festivals and events in various management and co-ordination roles for over 10 years, Claire has a vast amount of experience in event management, production, logistics and operations. In this interactive session she will be offering an overview of sustainable event management, touching on a broad range of topics including policy, power, procurement, waste management, water use, traffic and transport, external reach and behavioral change. The workshop aims to frame and define sustainability as the thread that runs throughout the life cycle of an event. If you want to make your event more sustainable but don’t know where to start or how to up your game, join us for this definitive ‘how to’ guide on event management, all in one hour-long session.

Pussy versus Putin, Documentary film
What? A documentary about the female band Pussy Riot who were sentenced to two years in a Russian labour camp for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”.
When & where? 13.15 – 15:00, Melkweg
In addition to the live interview with Nadya Tolokonnikova later in the day, there will also be a screening of the documentary ‘Pussy vs Putin’ in which each step of the feminist punk band’s battle against Putin is portrayed, including their first disruptive performances on a trolley bus wearing brightly colored balaclavas (emblazoned with the motto “Kill a Sexist”), scenes of them shooting their video about transparent elections, their controversial performance in the cathedral in Red Square, and footage shot from behind bars. A must see!

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Nadya Tolokonnikova

Designing Out Waste, How to Become a Circular Festival – presented by DGTL
What? This panel will propose and discuss solutions for  identifying and redesigning materials to fit the needs of festival producers.
When & where? 14:00 – 15:00 De La Mar Theater, D8 Panel Room
Festivals are temporary cities whose organizers have started to look into how they can make the transition towards circular production in every area.  Beyond the music, organizers must provide infrastructure and facilities including energy, sanitation, catering, water, mobility, and waste management. Transitioning these mini-cities into sustainable events isn’t easy. Take for example the fact that the average  festival visitor generates up to 2,3 kg of waste per day (more than the average citizen). How can we look beyond the current “take, make, dispose” mentality employed in festivals to design out waste? Where can we redefine products and services in order to minimize the negative impact of a festival?

dgtl at ADE Green
DGTL Festival, a pioneer when it comes to sustainability

Can Festivals Help To Improve Humanitarian Assistance?
What? In this interview, Duncan Stutterheim, founder of ID&T and chairman of the board of Open-House, and Juriaan Lahr, Director of International Operations at The Netherlands Red Cross, will discuss how we can further explore humanitarian innovation in a festival context and what is needed to bring this to scale.
Where & When? 14:15 – 14:45, De La Mar Theater, D1 Panel Room
For the past 18 months, innovation platform Open-House and the Netherlands Red Cross have worked together on a pilot project to identify new ways to bring humanitarian assistance. Although seemingly worlds apart, this pilot has shown that festivals can offer a safe and accessible testing ground for humanitarian innovation. A successful demonstration was held at Mysteryland last summer and, thanks to our collaboration, a solar energy unit was deployed during the Irma response in Sint Maarten. Something we need to talk about.

Art For Social Change
What: An interview with Nadya Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot

When & Where? 16:45 – 17:30, De La Mar Theater, D7 Panel Room
Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist and a political activist. Most people know her from the infamous Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot. The group staged performances of provocative punk rock in unusual public places, which were edited into music videos. These events included themes like feminism, LGBTQI+ rights and opposing the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The collective gained international attention when they were arrested in 2011 for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a Moscow Cathedral and were consequently sent to Russia’s harshest prison for two years. This is going to be an interesting talk for sure.

Plenty of food for thought and innovation. See you on the 18th of October?
Tickets cost €35,- and are available here. To find out more about ADE Green and the rest of the program, visit the ADE website.

Love,

Elke

Airbnb Experiences, now also available in Amsterdam!

Most travelers I know, have slept in or rented out an apartment via Airbnb once or twice. Airbnb has basically become part of our travel experience and they’ve recently added another feature to make your travel experience that extra bit special. Airbnb Experiences. Amsterdam follows cities like San Francisco, Paris, Rome, New York and launched Airbnb Experiences and is now one of the 12 cities that offers this latest feature.

Airbnb Experiences, how does it work?
Do you want to experience or host? That choice makes a big difference. On the Airbnb website you can select both. And while joining an experience is really easy, (just select and book) hosting one is another piece of the pie. You need to have an experience on offer that meets the Airbnb guidelines. So think about what you have to offer because not everyone is making the cut. For example; do you work at an aquarium? Maybe you can talk about the marine life and what people can do to save it. Do you have a talent like drawing or do you know everthing about cheese? Sign up! You might host an Airbnb Experience in your hometown. Besides the normal experiences, you can also offer an experience that help local non-profit organisations. This is called the Social Impact Experience. You can help fish plastic out of the canals in Amsterdam or offer cooking lessons for refugees, the options are endless.

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Together with a small group of journalists, I was able to test some of these cool experiences at a special Airbnb event in Amsterdam last week. We could choose between 3 different experiences that are currently offered on Airbnb. I decided to join the perfume workshop where I could create my own personal fragrance from scratch. The workshop was given by Frank Bloem from The Snifferoo who teaches you everything you need to know about making a perfume. I’m not sure if I created the best smelling fragrance in the world, but it was certainly fun doing it!

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The Snifferoo giving a perfume experience

One of the the most booked Experience in Amsterdam at the moment, is the Motorcycle Tour with a sidecar which takes you along unseen country roads outside the city in the side-car of a vintage motorcycle. Airbnb Experiences gives people a chance to really get to know a city in a unique and local way, meet new people and give something back.

Have you booked your first Airbnb Experience yet?

Love,

Elke

Top 5 » Parks in Amsterdam

Summer is pretty much over…that’s a damn shame, but no reason to stay inside! I want to talk about the parks of Amsterdam for a minute. We have so many, and we almost forget how rare this is. I was talking to a friend from New York recently and she told me, if you live in Brooklyn, you need to travel at least one hour for the nearest park. Did you know Amsterdam has a total of 50 (!) parks? We can’t mention them all but these are some of our favorite parks in Amsterdam.

1. Amstelpark
For tourists coming to Amsterdam, this might be a park they have never heard of. It’s not located in the center and it’s also not near any interesting attractions, so we understand it’s easily overlooked. Time to check it out! Amstelpark is located next to the highway and a business district called The Rai Amsterdam. It has a lot of green but what I love about this park, is that it has so many different features all in one. It has a maze, a mini golf course, a restaurant, a cafe, a small train for kids, a cool playground and many beautiful flowers and statues. No wonder that many events are held here. Festival Trek, Taste of Amsterdam and the Sunday market are some of events you will find here. 

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Festival TREK at Amstelpark

2. Sloterpark
If you don’t live in Amsterdam West, there is little chance that you have been here. It’s the park next to my house and I only realized it was so amazing a few years ago when I moved to the area. The park is around 6km long if you walk all around the lake. Sloterpark features a man-made beach and several water sports can be practiced here.  There is a lot of development going on right now which means the council is really doing their best in make this area as attractive as possible. Hotel Buiten, a community restaurant with activities, will be finished in a few months and Paviljoen Van Eesterenmuseum is opening this fall, as well as a small coffee house across the Meer & Vaart theater. Sloterplas also has many natural swimming spots that are surrounded by trees, many bunnies sand many runners use this park for a “rondje Sloterplas”. 

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Natural swimming area’s at Sloterplas

3. Vondelpark
It’s the most popular park in Amsterdam and everybody knows about it. Yes, it’s busy and full of tourists that try to cycle around on a rented bicycle, but that doesn’t make it any less charming. The park dates back from 1865 and is lovely if you go to the right spots. Vondelpark has many great restaurants such as De Vondeltuin, Het Blauwe Theehuis and Park 3 where you can enjoy in and outside seating. During summer you can listen to free concerts and performances at the Open Air Theater. Since a couple of months ago, the council decided to prohibited BBQ’s from the park and with good reason. The grass was being destroyed plus a lot of people didn’t clean up after themselves. With the ban, it’s a lot more relaxed. Something you probably didn’t know: After the war in 1947, the council decided to build a bunker underneath the Vondelpark bridge what was then rebuild into a club named Line 3 in 1968 where even Pink Floyd performed! It is now called The Vondelbunker and is mainly used for expositions and cultural purposes.

Vondelpark, top 5 parks in Amsterdam

4. Westerpark
This park gained immens popularity over the years and that’s thanks to the many great food and drinks spots around the park. Westerpark is not a park with lot’s of trees but has a large open field, a shallow water spot for children to play in and enough space for markets and events. The Westergas area that is located next to the park is home to many creative businesses and agencies. From the park, you can also hire boats such as Boat4Rent at a good price. Every 1st Sunday of the month you will find the Sunday Market here, where you can buy food, drinks and local goods. If you are around, check out Mossel & Gin and the secret city farm and hideout Buurtboerderij Ons Genoegen

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Westergas terras, next to Westerpark

5. Frankendaelpark
Located in Amterdam East, this park is a habitat for many types of plants, animals and insects. You could say that’s it’s the most ecological park of Amsterdam. It’s not large but Frankendaelpark has lot’s of small trails with quiet area’s where you can sit down. There are 2 amazing restaurants located in this park. De Kas and Merkelbach, which are known for their organic produce. Back in the 1600’s, the park used to be part of a wealthy estate and you can still see the old land house Frankendael (built in 1659), that is now used as a cultural complex.

For the full list of all the parks in Amsterdam visit this website.

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QO will be one of the most sustainable hotels in Europe

Last week I was invited to the QO Amsterdam that is set to open at the end of this year. Fully under construction, i got an exclusive tour and even managed to see one of the finished rooms. I’ve been to many hotels in my life but there has never been a hotel I’ve looked this forward to. Why? Because it’s set to be one of the most sustainable hotels in Europe.

At the entrance of QO I meet Inge van Weert, the general manager of the hotel. She tells me an important detail. “There won’t be a reception downstairs but on the first floor”. “People don’t like to walk into hotels because too often they walk into a reception, and hotels, that’s something for tourists right? We want to change this. Our guests should feel comfortable, meet friends for a coffee or enjoy a dinner”. I can totally relate to that. It’s proven to be an effective strategy that you also see at successful hotels like the Hoxton and the W Hotel in Amsterdam.

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An impression of how the entrance and restaurant Persijn will look like

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QO is going to grow it’s own vegetables, herbs and even fish in the rooftop greenhouse

Sustainable, yet luxurious
The QO Amsterdam reaches 22 floors and is partly build with the old concrete from the Shell tower, now known as the ADAM Tower. The hotel will have 288 rooms with stunning views over the city. QO wants to show people that sustainability and luxury can go hand in hand. The outside of the building is extremely innovative and very special to say the least. It’s provided with revolutionary climate control through the innovative moving panels is making savings on heating, cooling and ventilation possible. The moving Aluminum panels on the outside of the windows respond to time and climate. I had a look at one of the finished hotel rooms and it looked amazing and super cozy, with warm colors, designed by the Conran Design Group from London. The interior of the open spaces and restaurants are designed by award winning agency TANK.

suite QO Amsterdam
One of the suites at QO

Raw Food & Cocktails
On the 21st floor you will find Juniper & Kin, the hotel bar that will serve cocktails with a combination of small “raw food” dishes, meaning that they are only heated up 41 degrees. The ingredients will come from the greenhouse, situated on the top floor. This will be an important element of the hotel, as they will grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and eatable flowers here. When I was there I was able to taste at least 4 different basilicum leaves, so I can only imagine what else they will grow! Besides plants they also grow fish (omega perch) in the greenhouse. This means they are growing fish and plants together in a mutually beneficial way. The fish waste provides an organic food source for the plants, and the plants purify the water for the fish. So it is a circular greenhouse. They aim not to waste anything at the QO; so once the fish have lived their natural lifecycle in the tanks, you’ll get to enjoy them on your plate. You can’t get anymore local than this! Downstairs on the groundfloor, you will be able to enjoy an exquisite Dutch menu at restaurant Persijn. There will be plenty of vegetables on the menu that will have the overhand, with fish and meat as a side. It’s perfect for a Sunday brunch but also great for a business lunch or dinner and will be able to seat 140 guests.

QO Amsterdam, rooftop bar
Juniper & Kin

We can’t wait for this hotel to open!

QO
Amstelvlietstraat 2, Amsterdam
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Love,

Elke

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