My latest fashion duties took me to one of my favourite European capitals: Amsterdam. With its world famous canals, gabled facade houses, bike-friendly culture, innovative design and some of the best museums in the world, what’s not to love about this city? Despite an intense fashion week schedule, I found time to venture into the city and discovered interesting sites that are worth sharing with you. I hope you enjoy my Amsterdam City Guide!
The Art ‘Otel Amsterdam was my home for my stay in Amsterdam. This luxurious and artsy hotel recently opened in the city centre and is a blend of design and art. The high level of comfort made me feel right at home. They managed to throw in all the extra pampering and spoiled me in the most desirable ways. Returning to the room each evening, with such amazing art pieces on the wall was like staying in a gallery. The art was not restricted to the room, it permeated the entire hotel. They have an unrivaled collection of art that manages to complement all of their spaces and add to the perfectly stylish décor. The signature artist, Atelier Van Lieshout is largely responsible for the artwork in the public areas and guestrooms. In addition, the hotel hosts and promotes the work of established and emerging artists in the in-house gallery space. There is even an interactive art curtain in the lobby complete with sensors that capture movement and incorporate them into art pieces. What more could you desire?
The Anna + Nina window display tempts you to enter and discover their eclectic space dedicated to jewelery, accessories, stationary and lingerie pieces. Beside their own brand label, Anna + Nina also carries Jewel Rocks, Amano Trading and The Old House.
Dutch cheeses are such an iconic culinary trademark that there is an entire museum dedicated to them. The Old Amsterdam Cheese Store with its folksy features, wide range of products and tasty samples should not be missed!
One of the coolest and most creative hubs is the Volkshotel in East Amsterdam. Defined as the place where there is life 24/7 and creativity flows, locals and travelers come to eat, sleep, drink, work and play. With Werkplaats (café & co-working spaces), Doka (nightly basement cocktail bar), Canvas (club & restaurant on the 7th floor), Broedplaats VKG (85 work spaces for creative minds) and 172 hotel rooms, 9 of which are specially theme-designed by local artists, this former newspaper building is more than just a place for tourists to crash. I particularly liked the Canvas restaurant and club with its breathtaking 360-degree view of Amsterdam. Canvas is a versatile place ideal for both a romantic dinner or a working lunch.
De Hallen Amsterdam was once a tram depot and it is now a centre for art, food, fashion, craft and media. The century old building has been stunningly renovated: the iron track lines are still visible and contrast with the smooth cement floor. It is definitely a place to check out as it hosts some of the most creative initiatives in the capital. It is still under construction but will soon be home to the House of Denim. A project that aims at building a Denim City with an up-cycling and master workshop, an archive of denim and media, a Blue Lab and a ‘Embassy’ for connecting industry players. De Hallen also hosts Food Hallen, a food market that offers a wide range of local and international gourmet street food. Green Brothers Food with their already famous and acclaimed vegetarian burgers are also a worthy mention.
For who of you blessed (or cursed) with a sweet tooth as I have, you cannot leave Amsterdam without succulent Dutch chocolate. Jordino sweet specialties were the perfect sweet distraction from fashion week as their chocolates range in shape from glittered stilettos, fancy purses and other stylish accessories.
I really hope you enjoyed my Amsterdam City Guide. I am already looking forward to my next visit to this northern jewel.