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.
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)
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.
Add this one to your hotspot list!
Postjesweg 124, Amsterdam
Once the long winter comes to an end and we get into the early days of Spring, New Yorkers have one mission: to drink outside! The Standard Biergarten – located on the street level of the trendy Standard Hotel and directly under The High Line, is an unexpected outdoor oasis in the midst of the Meatpacking District. This area (typically known for its boujee nightlife scene) plays host to a relatable clientele of young business professionals, college students, and tourists. If you’re looking for a relaxed place to grab a beer, chat with old friends, and hopefully meet new ones – this is a great place to do it!
The Standard Hotel has really added a touch of Europe with their Biergarten
After lining up at the door to buy food and drink tickets, $9 each, and settle in for a German brew and tasty snacks (bratwurst, currywurst or pretzels!), bar-goers enter an open brick-walled space filled with picnic tables and benches. Groups gather for fun-spirited conversation as a festive staff, dressed in festive T-shirts and Oktoberfest-inspired dirndls, serves rounds of beer. The communal tables add to the room’s chipper vibe and make mingling and flirting that much easier, while two free games provide a great ice breaker for meeting other trendy but laid-back neighborhood regulars.
Although the place gets packed wall to wall and can be extremely noisy, the ambiance remains more playful and carefree rather than rowdy. Combined with the sociable crowd, open-air space, and casual atmosphere – makes The Standard Biergarten a solid, upbeat hangout for those looking to waste away the hours over a favorite brew.
High Line Walk
If the weather is particularly nice, make sure to take a walk along the High Line while you’re there! This 1.5 mile long, elevated park was built on an old NYC railroad line and is the perfect portrayal of urbanization. Since opening in 2009, the High Line has become one of Manhattan’s most talked about attractions and possibly the best location for sunset viewing since it’s located on the West side and overlooking the Hudson River!
From The Standard Biergarten to the Highline
Enjoy a bit of European fun in the middle of New York!
The Standard Biergarten
848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, USA
*Casey is one of our guest bloggers from New York. She’s a 25 year old that grew up in Long Island NY.
If you are following the latest food trends a little bit, you know that plant based food is making waves right now. Many cities around the world cater vegans and vegetarians with amazing vegan hotspots and Amsterdam couldn’t stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Watson is going to be a vegan food bar in the heart of Amsterdam and opening this coming July!
The idea to open a plant based food bar came only natural when founders Aleid Koopal & Kirsi Rautiainen discovered that there is only 1 vegan restaurant per 1000 vegans in Amsterdam while in Berlin and New York you can find vegan restaurants all over the place. They thought this was way to less of course and with the current knowledge about climate change, they knew something had to change. Did you know that the agriculture industry is causing more pollution than the whole transport industry combined together?? (yes, this includes airplanes!) Crazy right? No wonder people – that used to love meat, become flexitarians or even vegan.
So back to Mr. & Mrs. Watson. What will they serve and what can we expect from this vegan food bar? For a sneak peak you should check out their Instagram account! (looking goood) Expect vegan pizza’s, pad Thai, cakes, waffles, special drinks and even vegan cheese! Their mission: to make vegan food attractive and more accessible to a larger audience. They explain more in this video:
We are looking forward to this one when it opens and of course we will keep you updated!
Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Linnaeuskade, Amsterdam East
*Header photo by Mr. & Mrs. Watson
Ladies and gents, it’s time to suit up, put on your prettiest dress, polish your shoes, grab your highest heels and head over to Ferilli’s at the College Hotel. This new fine-dining hotspot will make you feel as if you left Amsterdam and ran away to upper-class Manhattan, chique bartenders included. A perfect, romantic night is waiting to happen. So, have something to celebrate? Or are you in need of a unique place to spend the evening? This Italian hideaway in the posh College Hotel is your perfect getaway for every special occasion (the fact that it’s Friday, weekend or whatever is also a special occasion if you ask me).
Just think of the most delicious Limoncello cocktails (Gin/Tonics are so last year), combined with Prosecco for that extra sparkle. And the perfect Italian appetizers, simple, pure flavors with that certain je ne sais quoi (yeah, I know, that’s not Italian) which will make you want to eat more and more. Oysters with lemon, tomato jelly with homemade pesto, polenta, tempura ansjovis, Italian sausage, oh such a pleasure. It’s perfect, and that’s no surprise with Michelinchef Donatella Zampoli at the reins of the kitchen. There is no doubt that you will find quality on your plate.
But that food won’t taste as good if you are not dining in a nice atmosphere. Well, they got that part covered. From the fully stocked bar (hello great wine and Peroni beers) to the lighting, to the crisp white tables to the art, the fireplace and the occasional mirrored wall. Even the powder rooms are high class. The whole of Ferilli’s just oozes style, classy cozyness and luxury. You go here to get pampered. And if the weather allows it, a big secluded terrace will welcome you for a sip, a laugh and a ray of sunshine.
I have to say, Ferilli’s really pulled it off at the College Hotel. Everything is designed for you to make memories. I can’t wait to find an excuse.. euh, occasion to go there to enjoy a special night, can you?
Roelof Hartstraat 1, Amsterdam
As Los Angeles continues to grow and evolve, it seems that around every corner, a new restaurateur is aiming to fulfill his or her dream of owning a successful haven for the SoCal foodie. And sometimes, whether you’re a settled local or an eager traveler, it’s a challenge to keep up with each innovative establishment. Some things, though, are unwavering…like the occasional need for an amazing breakfast experience!
I’ve had my share of Los Angeles breakfasts out (it’s hard to pass up the opportunity with almost 300 sunny days a year; who can blame you for not wanting to stay inside to cook?) And, while I may be biased toward the leisure of the beachy west-side life, I have solidified my choices for the TOP BREAKFAST SPOTS, and here’s my first!
With the picture-perfect Playa del Rey Beach as its backdrop, Playa Provisions is one of my favorite places to enjoy a sunshine-filled breakfast or brunch. Executive Chef, Brooke Williamson, of Top Chef, alongside her equally-as-talented Chef husband, Nick Roberts, opened this multi-concept space a couple years back, after seeing huge success with their other two gastro pubs, The Tripel and Hudson House. A restaurant, bar, café, and even creamery, Playa Provisions never fails to have just what you’re looking for, whatever the occasion.
While Dockside, Playa Provisions’s seafood-based restaurant, is an ideal dinner spot, Grain, the back bar, offers a variety of whiskeys and other signature cocktails, and Small Batch, a creamery with myriad homemade dessert options, reminds you what it’s like to be a kid in a candy store. But, it’s King Beach, Williamson’s and Roberts’s café, that puts this eatery at the top of my LA Breakfasts list.
The King Beach’s Breakfast Sandwich at Playa Provisions is mouthwatering..
When I find myself frequenting the same local spots to get my fill, I like to make my way around the menu to discover my favorites. At Playa Provisions, my top picks have never let me down; first up is the Breakfast Sandwich… King Beach’s Breakfast Sandwich is mouthwatering. A masterfully-cooked egg, turkey and bacon sausages, melted Gruyere, vinegar-cooked collards, avocado, and house-pickled habanero hot sauce on a precisely-toasted ciabatta roll; this is surely the sandwich from which cravings are made.
Coconut Chia Seed Pudding and coffee for two? Yes, please!
Looking for something a bit lighter? The Coconut Chia Seed Pudding, topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, in-season kiwi, a bit of ripe mango, and sprinkled with Hemp Seeds, is surprisingly filling, totally satisfying, and just sweet enough to feel indulgent.
And, for those moments when that sugar-yearning really takes over, the homemade Cinnamon Rolls and the Dulce de Leche Biscuits are made fresh and are undeniably delicious.
Okay, so Playa Provisions sure knows how to deliver. Still, there are top contenders for the best breakfast place, and a few are nestled comfortably on Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice… More on this soon!
119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
*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
Amsterdam, booming more than ever! Brand new hotels are popping up like mushrooms. Especially the small boutique hotels grab my attention. I don’t like the ‘room factories’, those grand hotels with hundreds of rooms that lack of personality. If I have to choose between these giants and the small, intimate ones, I definitely pick the last, no doubt. Are you also a ‘boutique lover’? Lucky you! Last springtime week – (my gosh, wish we had this kind of flowering, friendly season all year around) – I took a look at the newest boutique gem in Amsterdam. Say hi to Anna van den Vondel, the first scion of the completely new (inter)national hospitality brand ‘Pillows’.
Expect a cozy, luxury and an Instagramable, pastel colored interior
Anna van den Vondel, situated next to the lovely Vondelpark in one of the most authentic, decadent neighborhoods of Amsterdam. With a total of 31 luxury rooms she certainly deserves the title ‘boutique’. Upon arrival I was positively surprised by the bright, stylish entrance. I didn’t get the feeling I walked into a ‘normal’ hotel. No reception immediately in your face, no obtrusiveness, just a relaxed ‘feeling like home’ vibe and genuine hospitality. Pillows has given the definition of ‘hotel’ a whole new twist! Expect a cozy, luxury and an Instagramable, pastel colored interior. Hands up for the amazing styling skills of the hotel owner, all my credits for her. At the moment I’m busy with furnishing my own little house in the lively East of Amsterdam and I can tell you that’s hard enough..
Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Good news! At Pillows Anna van den Vondel they serve all day breakfast, ye-hesss! They create all the yummy food and bites in their beauty of a cooking island in the middle of the living room. I’ve never seen something like this before in a hotel and I love it. Imagine you can eat poached eggs, croissants and Greek yoghurt at 7 a.m, 1 or even at 7 pm. Would you rather have dinner in the morning, afternoon or night? No worries, there’s also a clock-less dining menu. During the tasting menu which I had last week I tried the juicy mini-burgers and fresh Caesar salad with very tender grilled chicken breast, keep these two in mind! Side note: all the staff is multi-functional trained. This means they can play any hotel role, so cool! Besides I’m very enthusiastic about Anna, her rooms and food, it’s noteworthy that she isn’t accessible for wheelchairs or for people who have difficulty walking.
I definitely keep this hidden gem in mind when family or friends are coming over. Oh and when I’m around I’ll certainly do a drink (or two, or three) with a mini-burger on the side. See ya there?
P.S. Currently they’re working on a webshop. This is the place to be where you can buy all the amazing, stylish (interior) stuff of the boutique hotel. I’m already a fan of the scented candle, whose scent you can smell through the hotel hallways. Shopaholics beware!
Pillows Anna van den Vondel Amsterdam
Anna van den Vondel 6, Amsterdam
Innovating seats, a Scandinavian and Japanese look plus healthy homemade food. Koala Republic has opened their doors on the Jan Evertsenstraat in Amsterdam West.
The Jan-Eef, as locals call it, is one of the most developing streets in Amsterdam at the moment. 5 years ago it may have looked a bit miserable, but once the Mercatorsquare was re-done, the rest of the neighborhood followed the example and new entrepreneurs saw the light. One by one, new shops and coffee bars started opening (like T’s where we love to drink our popcorn tea!)
Koala Republic is one of those new hotspots and you may discovered it by chance because it’s a bit tucked away next to a döner shop and a jewelry store. We walked inside for a quick peek and immediately took note of the cool interior. There is a sky high table for 2 where you’ll need to climb the stairs, and there are seats with swings for your feet. You can also sit on the bright orange cushions, chill at the bar or grab a larger table in the back.
The food menu at Koala Republic is very healthy but far from being boring. Everything is homemade. From eggs to a Indonesian style chicken broth (Soto) and a corn tortilla wrap, they even serve healthy fries made from vegetables served with a wasabi mayonaise. Besides eating in, you can also buy some of their products like coffee and peanut butter.
Go and check this new place out, even if it’s only to climb up those stairs and drink your coffee from a new perspective.
Jan Everstenstraat 115, Amsterdam
I live in Amsterdam New West and although this is outside the infamous “ring” road in Amsterdam, it is slowly becoming a place for new businesses, start ups and cool places. Last year De School and restaurant Bureau proved that New West is developing and the locals love it. This week it was time to add another name to the area and Yumler openend. Time to check out what this place is all about.
Eat In, Take Out & Delivery Concept
You can describe Yumler as a fancy/ hip & happening food canteen. It’s a 3.0 canteen version that is now situated in an old building that used to function as the gymnastic class from a technical University. The idea behind Yumler is that the food is good, healthy but reasonably priced. There is no table service but you order and pay at the bar where you can take your own drinks and sandwiches to your table. The concept was designed for the YOUNG URBAN CITIZEN that doesn’t always have the time for grocery shopping and cooking. You can eat in, take out or use the Yumler app to order your food and get it delivered at your doorstep.
“Yumler is not there for the ‘guilty pleasure’. We are here for all those other times in the week, when you want to eat healthy but do not have the time to cook. ” – Andras Caron, founder Yumler
Yumler is an idea from entrepreneurs Andras Caron
We really love the interior which features a lot of green combined with trendy lights, steel furniture that will make this canteen look slick yet cozy. Andras Caron told us that they will also use the space to host parties and Friday after work drinks. And even better, they have a huge terrace that will open as soon as the sun is out. We can’t wait for the app to be live so I, Elke can finally order some decent food even though I do not live inside “The Ring” of Amsterdam.
Jan Evertsenstraat 747, Amsterdam
Open 7 days per week from 10.00 till 22.00 and in the weekend till 00.00.
About 1 month ago we were the first ones to tell you about the soon to be open Avocado Bar, The Avocado Show. The restaurant that will open their doors this February, gained a lot of interest from all over the world. Blogs, online magazines and platforms couldn’t stop talking about it.
Co-owner Ron Simpson recently revealed a few of their test tastings on Instagram and all we can say is; holy guacamole! (see how we did that? ;-))
They haven’t confirmed their dishes just yet but The Avocado Show has posted a picture of a Poke dish that will probably make the cut!
During the test tastings last week, they tried Avocado Pizza, Avocado Ice-Cream (this looked sooo good), Avocado Salads, Avocado Rolls and more.
Yes, we are thinking the same as you are. Is it February yet? For more info and updates check Facebook.