Sissy-Boy is hosting a Summer Night Market in Amsterdam!

We love the Sissy-Boy Christmas and Spring Market, so when we heard the news that one of our favorite concept stores is hosting a night market, we just had to tell you about it!

It’s going to be the ultimate Sissy-Boy evening because the location of the market will be at the Sissy-Boy headquaters in Amsterdan North.The summer Night Market will be located beside the Amsterdam waters, Het IJ. Summer Night Market is aan het zonnige IJ, waar de Sissy-Boy Daily en Hangar zorgen voor drinks en bites.

Sissy Boy market

So What to Expect?
Well, discounts! And many! From fashion to furniture, it’s all there. The velvet schel or egg chair in your home for only a small price? Yep, on this night it’s possible. You can also find many fashion and home accessories and items to pimp your bedroom with. Drinks and bites will be served by the Sissy-Boy Daily and Hangar.

Entrance is completely free but you need to order your tickets in order to gain access. The Sissy-Boy Summer Night Market works in different time shifts so items can be re-stocked. 

See you there?

Sissy-Boy Night Market
Aambeeldstraat 34, Amsterdam North
When?  28th of  June 2018
Time: 17.00 – 22.00 
Free Tickets

14 x Vintage Stores in Amsterdam you must check out

Vintage is hot and we love it! First of all, it’s sustainable, and such a great excuse to wear something that was also cool a few seasons ago. Let’s check out the 14 best vintage stores in Amsterdam at the moment.

The Thriftshop
Albert Cuypstraat 187

The new kid on the blog! The Thriftshop is run by PR lady Tedje Fliers and her companion Dina El Basri. Did you know that women only use about 10% of their closets? Crazy right? Well, the main thing we love about this store, is that you can bring your clothes that are just hanging there, so you can make someone else happy with it. Whatever is sold, you get 30% from the profits! (yes, I also  brought my old Levi’s!) They only opened yesterday, so all the good items are still there (but hurry). Facebook / Instagram

Vintage stores in Amsterdam
Source: The Thriftshop

We Are Vintage
Kinkerstraat 193 & Eerste v Swindenstraat 43
We love this store because it’s such a nice layout! You can easily spend more than an hour in this store without realising. Denim dungarees, floral dresses, cowboy boots, hats, men & women, it’s all here! Instagram

Jutka & Riska
Here they sell vintage combined with a new collection. Clever! At Jutka & Riska you will find bold and funky colours, the latest styles, and many cute accessories. They also have an online shop, which is great for the lazy shopper. There are 2 stores in Amsterdam, one in Haarlem and one in Antwerp. www.jutkaenriska.com

Vintage stores in Amsterdam

Episode
4 locations in Amsterdam

This vintage store has been around for a while and has several locations in Europe from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. It’s the one vintage store in Amsterdam that everybody knows. It’s amazing to find army jackets, vintage Levi’s, tropical shirts from the eighties, and many many accessories. Find one of the 4 locations in Amsterdam on their website. www.episode.eu

Zipper
They sell some of the best trousers in our opinion! Baggy comfortable trousers you wear on a Sunday…or every day for that matter. (guilty!) Also check out their jewelry, watches, sunglasses and hats! www.zipperstore.nl

Vintage stores in Amsterdam
Source: Zipper

Marbles Vintage
3 locations in Amsterdam

This store scores well with vintage lovers throughout Amsterdam. Why? Because there are real treasures to be found! Both men and women can shop here, and they have a great selection of leather handbags and shoes. They have a total of 3 locations in Amsterdam so get yourself to it! Facebook

I love Vintage
Prinsengracht 201

This retro style vintage shop is perfect for those Bettie Page summer dresses and if your looking to wear something for a special occasion. They sell all the way back from the twenties up until the eighties. Check out the online shop where you can also check if they have your favorite item in stock. Easy peasy Vintage! www.ilovevintage.com

Kilo Shop
Waterloopplein 189
Instead of buying your items at a set price, you add your items on the scale and pay per weight! This can be super affordable if you choose your items the right way. Prices are ranged in different color and style categories. The Kilo Shop imports their clothes from all over the world and sells brands from London, Paris, and Tokyo. www.kiloshop.nl

Bij Ons Vintage
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 150 / Reestraat 13
If you want to go festival shopping, this store is your spot! Men can go crazy on tropical shirts, while the women can go for jumpsuits or cool summer dresses. New arrivals everyday! www.bijons-vintage.nl


Photo by Kirsten van Santen

Klein Berlijn
Middenweg 36

I used to work with the lovely owner of this cute store. She had the idea years ago, and even used her home to host a few vintage sales back then. Her cool style never seemed to fade because she’s been running Klein Berlijn ever since. Okok, the clothes are not real vintage and old, but they have a cool vintage look, and that’s why Klein Berlijn belongs in our list. www.kleinberlijn.com


For Kids
Kids grow fast AF. I know, because I’m a mother of a baby boy and don’t want to buy brand new clothes each time around. I never knew that vintage shopping for your child could be such a bargain! Sometimes I buy 4 items for just 12 euro! (and this includes jeans, jumpers, shoes and high end brands). Secondly, it’s super sustainable! Here are some of my faves;

Old West
De Clercqstraat

By far my favorite vintage clothing store for kids! The concept is great; I bring my son’s old clothes to them, they check, and you get a code. Each time when I return, they can check how much I’ve sold and use that money to buy new items in the store! They only take on clothing that is in tiptop condition and they prefer good brands like Impf & Elfs and Le Petit Batau. All the clothing is divided into size and colours, and moms and dads all over Amsterdam bring in new stuff on a daily basis. Friends Floortje and Sofie run this fantastic store that also sells some new items for a great price. www.oldwestamsterdam.nl

JunJun
De Clercqstraat 97

Situated in the same street as Old West, you can find another great vintage store for kids with the same concept. You can find clothes, toys, baby stuff, strolers, baby seats and more. www.junjun.nl

Wollepop
Bosboom Toussaintstraat 49
Another great kids store with high quality clothing, toys and children accessories. Sustainability is key here and besides the concept, they also provide led lighting and better isolation. www.wollepop.nl

Kids & Queens
Rietwijkerstraat 32

If you are looking for high end kids brands such as Vingino, DNKY, Burberry, Tumble & Dry, you should definitely visit Kids & Queens. Their sizes go from 50cm until 140cm. Prices are (understandably) a bit higher than the above mentioned kids vintage stores in Amsterdam, but nevertheless, it’s nice to spoil you’re kid now and then! www.kidsandqueens.nl

Enjoy your shopping peeps!

Love,

Elke

 

 

SNCKBR IV Utrecht, The largest vegan restaurant of Europe

Vegan food is hot hot hot! Everywhere you look, a new vegan restaurant pops up in Holland. We already wrote about the Vegan Junk Food Barand some secret vegan spots in Amsterdam. But there’s now also a new vegan restaurant in Utrecht, which is the biggest plant based restaurant in Europe: SNCKBR IV.

SNCKBR
SNCKBR already has three other restaurants in the Netherlands, two in Amsterdam and one in Eindhoven. But the one in Utrecht is very special, mainly because it is 100% vegan ánd has 110 seats which makes it the biggest vegan restaurant in the whole of Europe. So it’s 100% VGN and 0% BULLSHIT, to use their own words. The place is a perfect hotspot for people who like both guilty pleasures as well as healthy and cruelty free food and snacks. The name might suggest a snackbar kind of place, but that’s not the case at all. They serve all kinds of international classics like Chinese bao buns, Indian curry, but also Dutch kapsalon and various pizza’s. Everything is cruelty free, so you don’t have to feel guilty. Even the interior is 100% vegan and the clothes of the staff are fair-trade.

SNCKBR

100% VGN, 0% BLLSHT

Delicious vegan bites and dishes
I have to admit: I think I have never eaten vegan before. Shame on me, I know…Every time I’ve eaten a vegetarian dinner, it was topped with cheese, cream or eggs. I am curious about vegan food, but never cooked something for myself nor did I try it in a restaurant before. You can imagine my excitement when I got invited to the press dinner in the new SNCKBR. I really had no idea what to expect.

SNCKBR Utrecht Avo Toast
Avo special on toast anyone?

SNCKBR Utrecht 2

The restaurant arranged a six course menu for us so we would be able to taste a variety of nice dishes. We started off with Gyozas, made with spiced tofu, shiitake, leek and peanuts. Then we got the Peking Luck which were thin pancakes we could fill with soy protein, spring onion, cucumber and plum sauce. The protein really tasted like duck, which was very surprising. My favorite dish was the third one, the Bao Bun with eggplant, panko zucchini, mayo and cucumber. It was very crunchy and tasteful. And it didn’t stop there!

SNCKBR Utrecht food

We also had the delicious Mushroom Wellington, which tasted much like beef Wellington, but without the meat. And we had two small burgers, one made of chickpeas, miso and chestnut mushrooms and one which was filled with mushrooms, seaweed, beetroot and soy protein. We finished with a tasteful Chocolate Ganesha made of chocolate, dates, mixed nuts and custard together with a scoop of rice ice cream.

Vegan desert SNCKRBR

Wow, who knew vegan food tasted so good! I really liked it and I am definitely going to check them out another time to try something else from their big menu. SNCKBR’s menu changes every few weeks so make sure you check them out regularly. They have many delicious recipes coming up!

Love,

Merel

SNCKBR IV Utrecht
Vredenburg 28, Utrecht
Website

*Merel is one of our guest editors from Utrecht and describes herself as a daydreaming student who has wanderlust ever since she traveled sround Jamaica for 3 months. She can’t wait to travel the whole wide world after she finishes her bachelor. Follow her on Instagram!

The Pressroom Amsterdam, Upgraded!

INK Hotel Amsterdam just launched their new edition of their very own restaurant, PRESSROOM. It’s not an extreme make-over but definitely an upgrade! Here’s what changed:

Interior upgrades
The interior only got a few upgrades but just enough to change the atmosphere. It now breaths more “full grown restaurant” instead of only the dining lobby of a restaurant. The decoration is modern but not too hipster. It’s the place to go to for a late night chat, a serious work discussion or a good meal (and not only for your Instagram feed). 


Open kitchen at Pressroom

Cocktails at Pressroom Amsterdam

Fun fact: Did you know that INK hotel is located in the building which used to belong to the former printer press of the newspaper ‘De Tijd’? You can find some nice details in the hotel that honor this history. So talking about late night chats; if you’re out of subjects to talk about of your date is getting awkward, try finding all those details.

The menu
Good food without difficulties: you see what you eat and you taste what you see. The chef finds inspiration around the globe but uses local ingredients, which I  very much encourage. There are not many good restaurants around Dam square where you can have a good meal with fresh products, without being designated to high society (read: expensive) hotspots. At PRESSROOM you will find a good price to quality ratio, accessible for all types or company. 

Pressroom Amsterdam
Too pretty to eat?

Dinner at Pressroom
Cheers!

Tip: unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to go, yet. But this one is definitely on my wish list: The Bottemless Brunch at INK hotel. For only €29,- p.p. you can drown yourself in bubbles, pancakes and savory dishes. And all that on a Sunday! In the end the best weeks starts with a hangover. 

See you at Pressroom?

Pressroom
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 67, Amsterdam
Website

Love,

Eva

*Eva is one of our guest bloggers from Amsterdam. She’s a city girl who only leaves her heels at home when wearing a backpack. Living by the urge to be where she’s not, to explore, experience, fall and get up. You can follow her on Instagram.

LUST Spots

Bali With Kids » 5 Activities to do with your Family

Last month our guest editor Cheryl flew to Bali with her family & friends. Two years ago, her group of 38 friends (that also have kids) decided to get together at a destination outside Europe. The destination was quickly picked decision: Bali. Back in Holland, with a bag full of tips Cheryl will share her best tips on what to do in Bali with kids.

Go Surfing
If you’re kids are older and love the ocean: go surfing. Ok, I must admit, this was actually a dream come true for myself (and I persuaded my daughter of twelve, to come along). I always wanted to learn how to ride the waves. In the South of Bali there are many surf schools to choose from. I found my surf teacher, as cheeky as it sounds, on TripAdvisor. For a two-hour private lesson, you’ll pay around 450K IRP(which is about €27,-) per person.  In these two hours, I’ve learned to stand on the board while surfing. (worth a shoulder brush right?)

Bali with kids

Chasing Waterfalls
Kids love visiting waterfalls during holiday’s. I’ve did some research before we left and decided to go for 2 waterfalls:

  • The Sekumpul waterfall is the most breathtaking waterfall I’ve ever seen. Mind you, this waterfall is not suitable for little children (babies or toddlers) because of the difficult hike to get there. But my O my, what a view! Be prepared for this trail. Make sure you have good shoes and enough water for the kids! Costs: 20.000 IRP p/p.
  • At the Aling-Aling waterfalls are some thrilling activities for adults and older children (+8). Cliff jumping (5 and 10 meters) and there are also natural water slides. After I tried the 12-meter-high waterslide, my little daredevil also took her chance for this once in a life time experience! For this waterfall we had to pay 125K IRP p/p because there are many guides who help with the activities and watch the children.


The impressive Sekumpul waterfall with the kids

Waterbom Park
Personally, I’m not a waterpark kind of girl. But this one you have to try if you go to Bali with kids. This Waterbom Park happens to be number one in Asia and number three in the world! It had 22 rides and attractions and you can even relax, eat or just go crazy on all the rides. For the adrenaline junkies; go to the Climax. Stand in a small chamber before the trap door opens, and you plummet 16 meters down a near vertical drop. Fly through the rest of the ride at 70kph, and don’t forget to breathe again when you get to the end. For more info and video’s check www.facebook.com/Waterbom


WaterBom park (source)

Visit Menjangan Island
Even though you have some coral bleaching here too, it is still a fantastic place to dive or snorkel! The ridges and slopes are super dramatic, and the fish are beautiful! You can also spot the occasional reef shark or sea turtle if you’re lucky, so all in one: a great and exiting place for kids. Also, you can actually find Nemo. Snorkling here will cost around 15,- per person.

Bali with kids
Hey there little buddy!

Spot Some MANTA’s (or not)
We traveled to Nusa Lembongan to spot some manta’s. Most of time they are easy to spot (they said). Unfortunately, not always. It’s difficult to predict their presence but in July, August and September is the best time to spot some manta’s. If you book a day-boat and can’t spot the manta’s: don’t be sad: there are also lots of nice snorkling places with nice coral around the area. Don’t miss out the spot where the Giant Trevally Fish swim. It might be bit scary at first, because these fish can become 1.7 meters long! I was assured that they are not dangerous so took a dive with my little daredevils! 200K IRP (per person).

Bali with Kids
Bali with kids and friends? A vacation not to forget!

Don’t forget to love, enjoy and treasure every moment with your loved ones. After all, LIFE IS A PARTY, also when you have kids!

Love,

Cheryl

*Cheryl is a mother of 2, with a love for travel. Having 2 kids didn’t stop her from traveling the world and she has become somewhat of an expert when it comes to traveling with children. She will write for Wander-Lust once a month where she will provide you with the best traveling tips for and with children! Find out more on her blog: travellingwithkids.nl

7 Swimwear Trends for 2018

I can’t believe we are in May already and summer is just a few months away! Time to start with some preparations ….
Next to the Levi’s 501 shorts, flared trousers, loafers, sandals, kimono’s, kaftan’s, short skirts and silk dresses, We really love to spend my time finding the perfect bathing suit. It’s one of the many obsessions I have » looking gorgeous during summer in the perfect bikini or bathing suit!

Where does summer takes you and which bikini will suit your travel plans the most?

I’ve done all the work for you! Have a look at the Swimwear Trends for 2018.

The Low Cut Bathing Suit
We knew that bathing-suits were back since last year, but this time the cut is getting lowwwww! If you have smaller breasts, you can certainly get away with it, so therefore we love this trend. Get a sexy plunge that Benthe Liem is wearing here.

Swimwear trends 2018
Benthe Liem wearing Gooseberry Seaside

The Strappy Bikini
Get ready to look like you’re about to walk into a beachparty, cause this bikini is on trend and everybody will ask you where you got it. Good thing, that Strappy Bikini’s are already available for less than 10 euro, like the one below

Swimwear trends 2018
Source: ASOS

The Belted Swimsuit
Love, love, love this swimwear trend of 2018. It really compliments a women’s shape and it was the perfect swimsuit for Elke when she just became a new mum. Too insecure to wear a bikini? This might be the solution for you! The best ones are a little more pricey, but sooo worth it! 


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The Belted Bikini
Yep, there is the belt again. This time on your next bikini. It’s not the first time we’ve seen something like this before, nope, many years ago a pretty James Bond girl flaunted her Belted Bikini for the world to take note. Now, in 2018, you will see this style on the beach or by the pool. Buy it here.

The Belted Bathing Suit
Fashion Icon, James Bond vibes by Ursula Andress

Retro Swimwear
Let’s go back to the 90’s with this look. Retro is hotter than ever and even if it’s something to get used to a little bit, it’s something you will see more of. O’Neill just launched their re-issued swimwear, pretty out there but we kinda like it! Shop it here.

Swimwear Trends 2018

Tropical Prints
Tigers, palmtrees, pineapples and even unicorns have been spotted on swimwear this year. Get ready for summer and pick your favorite print. We love this one from COSTES Fashion. Buy it here for just €15,-

Swimwear trends 2018

Monday Swimwear
Not just one piece but a brand that is suuuuper hot right now. The girls behind Monday Swimwear might sounds familiar to you. Tash Oakley and Devin Brugman are the hottest bikini girls out there and their swimwear line is really taking the leas this year. You will see many girls wearing Monday Swimwear this summer, just check bikini!

Swimwear trends of 2018
Our favorite bikini of the year!

Beach proof ready? Wear your swimwear with:

» Pair of lovely cute sandals
» Long translucent kaftan or kimono 
» Sunnies
» Oversized sun hat
» Handbag

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Don’t forget to share your pick with us via @wanderlust.nl

Enjoy summer y’all!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Amsterdam Event Calendar for June 2018

The Taste Of Amsterdam
When? 1st – 3rd of June, Amstelpark
What? Restaurants, chefs and foodie brands showcase the best of the best
Another food festival? Yes, but this one is a bit different. A bunch of amazing restaurants and chef’s introduce their best flavors to the public. You can think of it this way; going out for dinner or lunch, but at several places at on the same day! Besides eating there are workshops and many many great drinks from coffee to G&T’s! www.tasteofamsterdam.com

Amsterdam Event Calendar for June 2018

Amsterdam Bodypaint Art Event
When? 3rd of June, NDSM in Amsterdam North
What? Live Bodyart
About 100 body painters and live canvases are on display at this rather special event. Good thing it’s going to be warm outsite! Entrance is free!

Live At Amsterdamse Bos
When? All summer, Amsterdamse Bos
What? Theater and music performances in the open air theater in the forest. Check the programma and ticket info here

Festivals, markets, drinks, theater and more..

Summer Nights in Artis (Zomeravonden)
When? June – July – Aug, Artis Zoo
What? Saturday evenings in the Zoo until the sun goes down.
Artis Zoo let’s people enjoy Saturday evening until the sun goes down by opening up their doors to the public. There will be performances, music, storytellers and you can learn about the animals and their nightly activities. Check the website for more info

Artis Zoomeravonden

The Kloffie Market
When? 2nd of June, De Hallen Passage
What? Vintage Sale & local goods
Find something pretty even if you were not looking for it, or discover a new label! Locals are selling it all this weekend! Info

Red Light Jazz Festival
When? 1st – 3rd of June, Various locations at the Red Light District
What? Jazzy sounds in and around the red light district
Red Light jazz is an annual jazz festival in and around Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. Started in 2014, initiated by local entrepreneurs, Red Light Jazz highlights the rich tradition Amsterdam has as a true jazz city. For tickets and more info about all the locations and artists, check www.redlightjazz.com

Red Light Jazz Festival

Vondel Festival
When? 2nd of June, Vondelpark
What? Discover the Vondelpark, for young and old!
One day before the festival starts, you receive an email with the meet-up location. From there you will walk around and discover 3 secret locations in and around the Vondelpark. Once found, you can enjoy performances of 30 minutes that vary between theater and music. Meanwhile you may see other surprises along the way.. For more info check www.vondelfestival.nl

Fried Bao Ice0Cream Pop-Up Bar
When? 9th – 10th of June, Shanghai Bistro

What? Crispy Golden Fried Sweet Bao Buns filled with Various Ice Creams and Toppings.
No need for an Ice Cream Cone here. Shanghai Bistro will also have an Asian Street Food Menu and Specially created Cocktails for the event. Info

Q2; Het Freelance Bedrijfsuitje
When: 7th of June at Noorderschip
What? The place to be for freelancers
This is the place to be if you are a creative freelancer that would like to connect with fellow creators or businesses. It’s held in Amsterdam’s newest club, The Noorderschip. Expect inspiring speakers, bingo, a mini workworkwork workshop, cool prizes to win, drinks, bites and tunes! Tickets are only €13,- and available to buy via the Facebook Event Page.

Komm Schön Alter
When? 9th of June
Where? Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
This festival is one of Elke’s favorites. It’s small, intimate festival and welcomes a crowd from 24 years old and over, only. By doing so, the festival has a wonderful family feel to it, with no (too) drunken teenagers running around. This year, the line-up includes Budakid, Eagles & Butterflies, Lövestad LIVE, Michael Mayer, Olivier Weiter, Miss Melera and more. www.kommschonalter.de

wanderlust festival guide 2018

Veggie Festival
When? 15th – 17th of June, NDSM
What? The first Veggie Festival in Amsterdam North
Veggie everything at this new food festival. The usual tasty veggie food plus cocktails, speciality beers, good tunes and perfect for kids too! (and even the meat eaters will love it) www.veggiefestival.nl

Veggie festival Amsterdam

Mystic Garden Festival
When? 16th of June, Sloterpark
What? A mysterious music festival in the woods
Last year we had a look at Mystic Garden Festival and it blew us away. The setting is in Sloterpark and stages are hidden in between the trees. Smoke machines and dreamcathers hanging from the trees, made the experience feel like a fairy-tail. The line up includes Gaiser, Egbert, Mees Dierdorp, Monika Kruse, Noir, Oliver Weiter and many more. There are a few tickets left! www.mysticgardenfestival.nl

ITS Festival
When? 19th – 24th of June, Brakke Grond
What? Young theater makers showcase their pieces
The ITS Festival 2018 is a six-day-long vibrant place where a new generation theatre makers, professionals and their audience meet. The festival is hosted at the Brakke Grond in Amsterdam, which is a place for art, food & drinks. Graduating artists from theatre and dance schools in The Netherlands and Belgium will present themselves on the stage, definitely worth checking out! www.itsfestival.com

Roef Festival
When? 22nd of June, various rooftops in Amsterdam
What? 
An intimate festival celebrating the best rooftops in Amsterdam
Rooftops participating are QO, Bureau, The Student Hotel, Volkshotel, ADAM Tower,  NEMO, W Hotel, Zoku , and more. On the 8th of June there is an exclusive dinner called the Drie Draken Diner, where you have dinner on the rooftop for €60,-. For more info visit their website

AMCAT Festval
When? 30th of June – 1st of July, Westergas
What?  Culture & Talent
This is the first time the fashion, music & lifestyle festival is held. Experience the latest in youth culture while being a part of history and creating future. AMCAT will educate both brands and the youth by bringing together forward thinking leaders in fashion, art, sports and music. We are exited to see what it will bring. www.amcatfestival.com

Where will we see you this month?

Love,

Wander-Lust

For all the best festivals, check our new Festival Guide!

Venster33 » Not a new spot, but definitely a hotspot!

Normally when it comes to brand new hotspots, I’m like a fish that sees the bait. As soon as they pop up, I want to drop by. But this time I shine some light on an established one: Restaurant Venster33. I hear you think ‘why not a new spot’? It’s the older family member of Miss Moneypenny, and because my boyfriend and I were so enthusiastic about their shareable food, ambiance, and hospitality, they invited us immediately for a dinner at Venster33. We said yes! (obviously)

The story behind restaurant Venster33 Amsterdam
Two years ago I moved to the increasingly popular Eastern part of Amsterdam, hello hello lovely Javastraat. Since that moment I’m not a frequent cyclist to De Pijp. But sometimes it’s great to go back to my old neighbourhood, brings back good memories. Enough, let’s talk about restaurant Venster33. They’re up and running since 2015. This month they celebrate their third anniversary on the 26th whoop whoop! Good job Cas Jansen and your two companions / childhood friends. All three are Amsterdammers in heart and soul. The city love was an aspect they really wanted to highlight in their laid-back restaurant. That’s why all what they do has something to do with Amsterdam. Think about the famous Holtkamp bitterballen (by far my faves), tasteful wines of the colourful wine brand Grapedistrict, and daily fresh fish from the Albert Cuyp market.

Venster33 outside
Venster33 has enough space to sit outside Source

All day long up and running
The three food Musketeers had the idea to create a relaxed place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. Recently they switched their whole menu. They’ve extended their assortment of small dishes to mix and match. And besides that, they’ve ’put some new more diet-friendly main dishes on the menu. More and more often they got the question for vegetarian, gluten- and lactose-free options. So voilà, they’ve taken it into account in their new menu.

I saw a lot of pretty cocktails leaving the bar

From a quick bite, till an extensive dinner
After my visit at Miss Moneypenny, my expectations were high with a capital ‘H’ for Venster33. The two have a totally different style, but the same welcoming vibe. Unfortunately, both of us were in a ‘no alcohol period’, so ginger beer it was! I did see a lot of pretty cocktails leaving the bar, so definitely don’t hesitate to go for the Grab Some Grape GT, the Apes and Apples or The Young Cuban cocktail. 


Pretty tasty drinks at Venster33

Food at Venster33 Amsterdam
Steak tartar

We started with some shareable food. Especially the steak tartare was very tasteful. For round #2 we decided to choose individually a main dish. I’ll never be the biggest meat lover, but my juicy leg of lamb was as it has to be. Tha boyfriend also appreciated his manly Picanha steak Brazilian BBQ style. Love to spice up your food? The last one is your match made in heaven. And surprise, surprise: we shared the choco lava cake and one of my favourite cheesecakes in town. Well hello food baby!

Yes, This golden oldie is worth visiting, no doubt. Thumbs up for the concept: mix and match or go for whole dishes, it’s totally up to you. Special likes goes to the sincere staff, bizarre how it can make or break your whole experience. So one more must-try for your food bucket list, no thanks!

Venster33
Eerste van der Helststraat 42, Amsterdam

020-3626423
Facebook /Instagram

Sunday till Thursday 10:30 till 01:00, Friday and Saturday 10:00 til 03:00

Love,

Sharmaine

*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on Instagram!

12 x (outside) Water Fun in Amsterdam

When temperature rises in Amsterdam, everybody is looking for a place to cool off. And even though you are in the middle of an urban jungle, the city offers a wide variety of places to enjoy some water fun in Amsterdam.

Sloterpark Beach
I live here so I know this area very well. The water is around 35 meters deep and the East and West side of the Sloterplas are available for swimming from the grass, where you will find actual swimming-pool-like-stairs going in the water. The newly refurbished man-made beach is better than ever with newcomer Hotel Buiten, that serves a tasty lunch, but also sells ice-cream and drink to take to the beach area.


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Sloterpark bad
Staying in the Sloterpark area for a second, because Amsterdam New West has one of the swimming pools in Amsterdam. There is a huge grass area for kids to play or people to sunbath. For the little ones there is a wading pool with shallow water. www.optisport.nl/sloterparkbad

Blijburg
If you live in Amsterdam, you have probably been here. Blijburg at sea had a makeover last year so the restaurant looks amazing right now. The beach is cleaner than ever and there are more parking spaces. Unfortunately, it’s the last summer to enjoy Blijburg. It’s closing after 15 years because of a new housing project. They close on the 1st of October, so enjoy it until you can! www.blijburg.nl

Blijburg aan zee

Oeverlanden / Nieuwe Meer
There are 3 main swimming spots here and lot’s of tiny little places to lay down and jump in the water. You find yourself in the middle of nature and you won’t even realize you’re in freaking Amsterdam. If you have a boat, it’s a great place to stop relax. The best way to get here is by bicycle but there is also a bit parking lot. Swimming here is at your own risk because there is no supervision.

De oeverlanden

There is even a nudist beach area so.. if you want to swim in your birthday suit, you can do it here!

‘T Twiske
There are several man-made beaches with many natural swim spots. There are many relaxing activities such as playing golf, fishing, hiking, cycling or  you can enjoy a BBQ. There is even a nudist beach area so eh..if you want to swim in your birthday suit, you can do it here! Parking cost €3,50 for the first 3 hours. www.twiske-waterland.nl

Flevoparkbad
It almost disappeared, but because of a few loyal customers, the Flevoparkbad is here to stay, for a while longer at least. It’s a great place to cool off and even has a small waterslide that the kids love. www.flevoparkbad.com


Flevoparkbad

Sportplaza Mercator
In Amsterdam New West, you can find Sportplaza Mercator. Besides the indoor swimming pool, there is also an outdoor pool available for when the weather conditions are warm and sunny. Mind you, the swimming pool is not suitable for young children, and is mainly used for fitness swimming. www.sportplazamercator.nl

Noorderparkbad
Located in the Northern part of Amsterdam, this swimming pool is fully sustainable, because the rainwater is collected and then filtered and used in the swimming pool. Once voted as one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world, Noorderparkbad is definitely one to check out. The outside swimming pools are open until the 2nd of September. www.amsterdam.nl/noorderparkbad


Perfect for some water fun in Amsterdam. Source

Mirandabad
The outside pool area at Mirandabad in Amsterdam East, is open until the 1st of September and has one large pool of 50 meters for adults, and 2 pools that are suitable for children. www.amsterdam.nl/demirandabad


For Small Kids:

Children’s Pool Vondelpark
You can find the children’s pool in the middel of the Vondelpark, which is always a lot of fun. 

Children’s pont Westerpark
This long stretched water front is being filtered and is very popular with many parents that have small children. 

Aldo van Eyk Oosterpark
A great round wading pool for kids that has been newly refurbished. Around the pool is a grass area where parents can relax while their kids play.

I hope you have a lot of water fun in Amsterdam!

Elke

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Soho House Amsterdam is finally opening!

Soho House Amsterdam has been under construction for a few years now, but because of neighbours objecting to the project, the building was put to a hold. Today, after a few years of endless discussions, they finally got the green light to open this summer.

What is the Soho House?
The Soho House is an exclusive members club, located in grand capitals around the world. Soho House describes themselves as more than just another hotel and they put their money where their mouth is. The first ever “House” opened back in 1995, and now you can find at least 20 Soho Houses across the globe. London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, Toronto, Miami, Istanbul and the list goes on..

A Soho House membership can cost around €1800,- per year

Members Only?
There are four types of memberships available: Local House, Every House, Under 27 Local House and Under 27 Every House. The most expensive membership, Every House, can cost around €1800,- per year plus a registration fee of around €500,-. In order to get one, you must be nominated by 2 other members. Yup, it’s pretty expensive and hard to get in, but hold on, this is giving more than just the entrance fee. Hotel rooms are available with a members discount, you gain access to cool events, all the facilities such as the gym, spa, rooftop, screening room etc. So can you visit the Soho House as a non-member? Well, the way it usually works is like this; A member can bring up to 3 guests to the Soho House. Your guest need to stay with you at all times (ok, you can visit the toilet), and the reception must be notified. With a membership you can visit all houses around the world. 

Soho House

Rules
There are a few rules at the Soho House and to be honest, you got to love them for it. Ok, here we go:

  • No cameras, video or recording devices may be used while in the House. This also means, no phone pictures or social media. (On boy, the insta-babes are going to hate this one). If you are caught, you have a problem. The reason is, that members like to feel comfortable. The occasional celebrity will stay at the Soho House, so I guess it’s understandable. 
  • To protect the relaxed atmosphere within the House, members may not take or make phone calls and phones should be in silent mode while in the House.
  • No ties. We heard a rumor that men aren’t encouraged to wear them. It’s a place to feel at home, and ties aren’t something you wear at home do ya?
  • No smoking is allowed inside the House at any time. Fair enough.
  • No animals will be allowed in the House except for assistance dogs. Fair enough 2.

Soho House Toronto
Soho House Toronto Source

Soho House Amsterdam
So, Amsterdam is happening, finally. We’re happy to say that we cannot wait. Yes, despite all the rules, regulations and expensive fees, we are super exited that the Soho House Amsterdam is finally going to open it’s doors. Most Houses have a rooftop swimming pool, and Soho House Amsterdam will be no exception. ( see header) Let’s pray for some sunshine! There will be a total of 79 bedrooms, all with their own features. Expect victorian style bathtubs in the middle of the room, large beds, exclusive art on the walls and a place to work. If you are a member, you will feel like you’re at home 3.0.

Soho House Amsterdam bedroom
A sketch of one of the bedrooms in Soho House Amsterdam (courtesy of Soho House)

Soho House Amsterdam will be more inviting though. On ground floor there will be a restaurant that will be open to everyone, member or not. The Spa is also for everyone that would like to relax and there are conference and creative rooms for hire. The plan was to open this summer, that means only a few months. We’ve heard that the rooms are more and less ready and the kitchen equipment has been installed. When it does open, you’ll be the first to hear about it!

Soho House Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210, Amsterdam
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