The Legendary Supperclub Amsterdam is back with a new concept!

If you know your way around the nightlife in Amsterdam, you must have heard of the infamous dining club. With extravagant acts, overwhelming visuals and a grand 5-course menu, Supperclub has been able to surprise its guests since 1993. But from the 1st of July, they have updated concept with a changing theme every 3 months. We booked a dinner on one of their signature white beds.

The Concept

To begin with, Supperclub offers a unique dining experience that in our opinion you must experience at least once. Famous for their white interior and shared beds, you can enjoy an extravagant show curated by creative manager Marc van Loon. This results in a night full of surprises and because you are on a bed next to people you don’t know, it’s a great conversation starter!

Supperclub Amsterdam dinner show

Dinner in bed

You start off with a cocktail in the bar downstairs and you will be called over when your bed is ready. To begin with you will need to take your shoes off and get comfortable on the all white bedding. Your Supperclub host will be there if you want to order cocktails or if you have any questions. You don’t have to wait long for your first course because you can open the surprise box located at your table that includes pieces of sushi, bread & butter, crayfish and cheese. Obviously, the menu keeps changing, so you never know what you will get. Tip: If you have special dietary requirements, tell them when you make your reservation and upon arrival.

Supperclub food

In between the courses the resident DJ plays the best funky tech-house tunes and you will get to enjoy a total of 4 performances during the evening. What the show exactly consists off will be a little secret, but we can tell you it’s worth your while. (we especially loved the last part!)

Cost & Verdict:

Dinner is €69,- for 5-courses of exotic eats with culinary arts. Drinks are settled with you on the evening itself. Be sure to order one of their in-house cocktails! At Supperclub you don’t just come for the food. You come here for the whole experience. In short, we think Supperclub Amsterdam is the perfect place to bring your date. And with the new changing theme, you will never get bored! Are you ready to dream with your eyes wide open?

Love,

Wander-lust

Supperclub Amsterdam
Singel 460, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Read all about new hotspots in the Dutch Capital!

 

The Avocado Show Downtown | Open Soon!

After the first Avocado Show opened in De Pijp and their second extension The Avocado Show To Go on the Willemsparkweg in Amsterdam, The Avocado Show completes its formula when the new Avocado Show Downtown opens from 11th of July. 

Last night, the first lucky few could taste the menu of the brand new Avocado Show Downtown

It’s pretty healthy food

As with all other locations of The Avocado Show, every dish at Downtown is made with love from sustainable avocados – with a focus on taste, presentation and originality. Healthy dishes that also look nice on the plate. They call it pretty healthy food, and let’s be honest, it is! This results in classic dishes with an avocado twist like the bun burgers are also on the menu. But also innovative dishes such as avocado fries and vegan peanut butter avo ice cream. Every dish is carefully styled for color in order to make breakfast, lunch or dinner not only healthy but also pretty. Both at the table and at delivery or takeaway.

The Avocado Show Downtown food

On an iconic location, The Avocado Show Downtown serves a new dinner experience alongside the well-known breakfast and lunch dishes, including spectacular poké bowls, salads, burgers, avocado fries, tacos and truffle guacamole.

From waiting in line to reservations

While you still have to stand in line at the Pijp location, the Avocado Show Downtown location on Keizersgracht makes it easier than ever to score a spot. The sunny terrace and the restaurant with the signature interior, offers more than 100 seats for breakfast, lunch and dinner. As always, walk-ins are welcome, but at this location it is also possible to make a reservation via the website.

Avocado Show Downtown Amsterdam
Pretty food at the Avocado Show Downtown

The avocado style

In addition to a menu of pretty healthy food, juices and cocktails, guests at The Avocado Show Downtown also find the entire lifestyle collection of merchandise, cookbooks and own food items. Thanks to a flexible event space, developed in collaboration with MADE.COM, it will soon also be possible to attend avocado cooking workshops and celebrate special moments.

The Avocado Show Downtown
Keizersgracht 449, Amsterdam
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IJver Amsterdam | Opening soon!

There is a new restaurant striking down in Amsterdam North we want you to know about! Located in the former Scheepsbouwloods at the NDSM wharf, you will find IJver.

Location & Interior

Where the IJhallen flea market is held every month, an eight-meter high restaurant with a large terrace is being build. Entrepreneurs Reinout Ezinga, Sikko de Jong, Tim Jongens, Herman Klukkert and Arne Kleijn, together with their designers, combined the authentic and industrial elements of the robust building with bright colours, plants, comfortable furniture and special objects. For a rugged look, the walls are covered with cold-rolled steel that has been manually worked with a gas burner. The restaurant space has a flexible layout so that costumers can have meetings, presentations and host parties from 5 to 500 people. Good news; there will be an outside terrace too!

IJver interior
Interior IJver Amsterdam

Quirky dishes

The menu at IJver is a fresh mix of Dutch and French cuisine, compiled by chef and culinary adviser Herman Klukkert. Herman uses ingredients from Dutch soil, with a nod to the quirky of Amsterdam. Beer is an important ingredient, in the bar and in the kitchen. Think of a Weizenbier stew in, a fresh hoppy IPA dressing with young veggies and a slush puppy made from cherry beer.

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Food at IJver

In addition to cooking on the charcoal grill, IJver distinguishes itself with special snacks: from authentic curry sausage to jerk chicken, from home-made piccalilly with old cheese to Dutch-made charcuterie. In addition, IJver has a selection of pickled, preserved and preserved fruit and vegetables. Not only to uphold the Amsterdam tradition of investing, but also to make optimum use of what the season has to offer.

Beer & Wine

IJver has 34 taps(!), serves beer cocktails and has around a hundred different bottled beers. Wine lovers will also find what they are looking for with a wonderful range of wines from a local wine supplier.

The building work is done, they are now looking for a great team to run the place! Are you still looking for a job and are you a beer lover that likes to work in a cool industrial ambience? Sign up: werken@ijveramsterdam.nl

IJver 
Scheepsbouwkade 72, Amsterdam
Website 

Love,

Elke

Amsterdam Event Calendar for July 2019

Hello July! Full of sunshine, flipflops, shorts and skirts. (ok, we will experience the occasional rain, because it’s a Dutch summer after all) But we are happy that July has arrived because there are so many cool events in Amsterdam! Here are our favourites!

Summer Nights in Artis (Zomeravonden)
When? June – July – Aug, Artis Zoo
What? Saturday evenings in the Zoo until the sun goes down.
Artis Zoo lets 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

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Zoo nights in Artis

Vondelpark Open Air Theater
When? from the 5th of May throughout summer
What? Concerts, performances and fun for children
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check www.openluchttheater.nl

Chin Chin Festival
When? 6h of July at Tuinen van West
Enjoy the second edition of the ChinChin Festival in the sunny Tuinen van West in Amsterdam. With 6 stages and music from all different genres, this is going to be a good one. Limited tickets are available for €43,-.

International Kids Festival
When? 7th of July DOK Amsterdam | 12.00 – 19.00
Did you know that there are many expat families living in Amsterdam? Kids can sometimes find it hard to adjust to the busy Amsterdam life, with Dutch being a difficult language to learn. This weekend, there is an International Kids Festival for kids of all ages and cultures. DJ’s, food & drinks and activities will bring kids from all walks of life together!

Sunday Market
When? Sunday 7th of July, Westergasterrein
Our favourite market in Amsterdam is back this month with local goods, foods and activities for young and old!

Rooftop Movie Nights
When? 5th & 6th of July, Floor 17
Sit down and relax in our comfy chairs by TERAPY while enjoying some good food & drinks on the rooftop of Ramada’s Hotel, Floor 17. This weekend you can pick rom 2 movies; The Silence of the Lambs on Friday and The big Lebowski on Saturday. Reserve your spot here!

Amsterdam event calendar for july 2019

Kwaku Summer Festival
When? 13th of July, Nelson Mandela Park

More than 100 tropical food stands, music that will make your hips (and bum) move, and it’s on every weekend up until the 5th of August. It used to be free but now you pay a small fee of 6 to 9 Euro that is so worth it! www.kwakufestival.nl

Trek Food Truck Festival
When? 12th – 15th of July, Amstel Park
What? Mobile trucks with great food
This weekend, the Amstel Park, one of our favorite parks by the way, is transformed into a food truck market with lot’s of delicious meals to choose from! This food festival is a moving festival and the Dutch capital is just one of the cities where they will strike down. www.festival-trek.nl

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Streetfood Festival
When? 13th & 14th of July, Johan Mynskenpark 12
Another food festival? Yes, but this one is new! It will be an open-air StreetFood paradise and if we have to believe the organisors, it will be a varied range of foodtrucks with a variety of dishes such as pokebowls, Surinams, vegetarian, organic pizza’s, royale BBQ and much more. Entrance is free!

For all the food festivals in The Netherlands this summer check our food festival guide!

On The Roof 
When? From the 12th of July up until the 7th of Sept
What? Music with a view
Enjoy jazz sounds and world music on top of the Op Zeezand with a fantastic view over ‘T IJ. Ticket are available from €14,-. The capacity is limited with only 100 seats per show, so make sure to book your tickets in time. www.on-the-roof.com

Summer Breeze Latin Night
When? 11th of July, Westergas
Every Thursday night, you can shake your hips at this outdoor latin party at westergasterrsas. (with rain it’s usually cancelled). You can learn and participate in Salsa, Zouk, Bachata and Kizomba dancing. Entrance is free and dancing outside starts at 7pm and moves indoor at 11pm.  

Latin Breeze

Climate Tribe by Wicked Thoughts
When? 18th of July at Wicked Grounds Warehouse
An evening filled with music, inspirational talks, real food and group meditation to heal ourselves and the world. Funds raised will be donated to If Not Us Then Who. Reserve your spot here!

Milkshake Festival
When? 27th & 28th of July in Westerpark

What? LGTB Festival for all
If your milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, you’re at the right address because this LGTB friendly festival is bright, pleasantly shocking and fun! www.milkshakefestival.com

Pride Walk Amsterdam
When? 27th of July, Amsterdam
Every year, by tradition, Pride Amsterdam is opened by the Pride Walk. With the Pride Walk we want to draw attention to the situation of LGBTIs in countries where homosexuality is included in the penal code, by carrying the flags of those countries. www.pride.amsterdam

Enjoy the event calendar this month!

Love, 

Wander-Lust

*This calendar will be updated weekly

5 hotspots in Curacao you need to visit

12 days of sun, food and relaxing before my baby is due. I can recommend that to anyone! Curacao isn’t new for me. I actually visit the island every year to see my friends and family. So you could say I’m quite familiar with this small Caribbean island. Every time I’m there I love to check out new places to spend the day or go for a bite. And that’s exactly what I did this time! These are my 5 favourite hotspots in Curacao!

Madero Ocean Club

People who travel to Curacao for quite some years now probably know Mambo Beach. Well, say goodbye to Mambo en welcome Madero Ocean Club. This stylish beach club is part of the renewed Beach Boulevard and very popular among tourists. If we’re talking about hotspots in Curacao, this is it! I love coming here on Sunday afternoon when the DJ is playing my favorite lounge tunes. www.maderooceanclub.com

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8 The Experience

This place is my number one must-visit when I’m in Curacao ad I recommend it to anyone who is planning on going. 8 The Experience is an exclusive Spa, which opened in early 2015. It’s located on the west side of the island on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Talking about dramatic views! I love to take a massage in the morning and literally spend all day on their comfortable beds next to the meditation pool. Refreshing cocktail anyone? www.8curacao.com

Spa hotspots in Curacao

Karakter

If you take the path down to the beach from 8 The Experience you will arrive at beach club Karakter. If you’ve have ever visited Curacao you know this island has a lot of beach clubs from all different kinds, but Karakter is definitely one of my favorite. Not necessarily to swim but I love that it’s located in a quiet bay. The beach club really has a relaxed vibe and the lunch menu is worth the car ride! www.karaktercuracao.com

karakter hotspots in Curacao

Mosa

My friend took me to this new restaurant and I’m so thankful that she did! Mosa can best be described as intimate, personal and delicious. Mosa is a small shared dining restaurant with an introduction to Bistronomy (bistro + gastronomy). Try the red beet salad with mango and feta cheese or the octopus with chorizo and black olives aioli. Definitely one of the new hotspots in Curacao! Facebook

BijBlauw

Romantic dinner for two? Go to BijBlauw in Willemstad. This restaurant is part of a boutique hotel and a favorite among locals and tourists because of the ambiance and service. Enjoy your dinner on the outside terrace listening to the sound of the ocean hitting the rocks. BijBlauw is actually located in a street with the beautiful colorful houses the island is known for. Make sure you have the time, before or after dinner, to takes some pictures. Believe me, this whole street is Instagram worthy 😉 www.bijblauw.com

bijblauw hotspots in Curacao

Love,

Gala

*Gala is one of our guest bloggers from from the Netherlands who lives on the island Curacao. She knows everything about beachwear and shares her best finds and summer essentials for Wander-Lust this season. You can follow Gala on Instagram for bikini inspiration!

Zarautz Surf Village | The ultimate Spanish Surf Camp

Once you have experienced the surf culture, you will be hooked. Whether you’ve tried it in Bali, Australia, Portugal, France or Spain, surfing is something we highly recommend. There are many surfing spots around the world, but if you’re a first timer, we have a wonderful tip for you; Zarautz Surf Village.

Zarautz
A secluded beach at Zarautz

Zarautz Surf Village
Never taking them off again

Become part of the surfer community

Zarautz is located between the 2 Spanish cities Bilbao and San Sebastian. It’s surfing culture started a long time ago, and it’s one of the best European surf locations, with several surfing competitions held yearly. Zarautz beach is long stretched and very wide, so also very popular for sunbathing.

The Surf Village

The camping area is located on top of the hill, overlooking Zarautz coastline. Waking up with this view is priceless. At Zarautz Surf Village you have a few accommodation options; You can sleep in a tent, a camp-inn, a tipi dorm, a deluxe tipi, or you can bring your own camper van. Being the glampackers that we are, we opted for the deluxe tipi. You’ll find all different nationalities at the camp. From Belgium to Greek, they all seem to find out about this place.

Zarautz Surf Village

Tipt Zarautz Surf Village
Our amazing Deluxe Tipi

Basic or luxury; you can decide

When you book your stay at Zarautz Surf Village, breakfast (9 – 11) and dinner (7 – 9) are included and the food changes everyday. There is even a champagne breakfast if you’re up for it. Don’t miss out on the BBQ or burger night, as they are pretty good! Drinks at the bar are bought with a drink card, that you can purchase for €15,- and you’ll get a plastic cup that you need to keep until you depart. Thinking about the environment!

Chill or Party

The village is not so big, but very cozy. There is a chill out area with 2 hammocks, several cushions and a skate ramp. Beer pong is played at night, and there is always room for a themed evening with fun & games. Remember, it’s a camping area, so the noise has to stop at midnight. Not ready for bed yet? No worries, Zarautz has a few bars to enjoy yourself and San Sebastian is only a 25 minute taxi ride. 

Chill
The chill zone

Surfing & Yoga

Most people book at least one week at the camp, but we had only 3,5 days. For this reason we only managed to take one surf lesson and one yoga class. Surf lessons are held in the morning and is perfect for beginners. As the day passes, the waves become bigger, so the afternoon is better for the more advanced. There are 2 free yoga lessons included within a basic package, and the classes are great for stretching your body before you get ready to surf.

Surfing in Zarautz
Trying to look like pro’s. All wearing Protest Women

The Surroundings

Zarautz has a stunning scenery, with cliffs, green open hills and turquoise water. Take a morning off to walk around before heading to the beach where you can eat a healthy açai bowl at the Shelter Surf Bar. They also serve coffee, wraps, salads and a few pincho’s. Zarautz beach is quite long and you will find several café’s and eateries where you can have breakfast or lunch.  

Zarautz
Stunning backdrops. Wearing Protest Women. Fanny pack is from Eastpak

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Walking down to the beach

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Endless hills in Zarautz. Backpack is from Eastpak

Shelter
Salad from Shelter

San Sebastian

Because San Sebastian is very close by, we recommend you go here for half a day at least. It’s great for shopping, eating out, and it’s easy accesible by train which is about 20 minutes walk from Zarautz Surf Village. The train takes you to San Sebastian in only 30 minutes and costs around €2,50 per person. Ask the staff for details.

San Sebastian, Zarautz
San Sebastian

Zarautz Surf Village is open until the 3rd week of September and the new season starts in June 2019. Bookings are available from €259,- (drive-inn) which includes a full week camping and breakfast and activities. (Dinner can be bought extra for €95,- per person for a week). A Tipi Dorm: € 379 and the Tipi Deluxe is only available per week from: € 895

Tip: Bring a warm sweater and pants with you, as it can get quite chilly at night

Zarautz Surf Village
Calle Monte Talai Mendi, Zarautz
Website / Instagram

Love,

Wander-Lust

The best of Mykonos

Everybody has heard of Mykonos once in their lifetime. The island is part of the Cyclades islands and called the Ibiza of Greece. Known for its lavish parties and the jetset life, it has a lot more to offer than just that. Like many of you, I dislike mass tourism, so finding some less crowded spots on Mykonos seemed to be a quest. Lucky enough I did find some and I love to share these with you.

Mykonos Old Man

The Beaches:

Mykonos is surrounded by the Aegean sea so there are plenty beaches to choose from! But not all are suitable for what you might be looking for. If you have small children, you might want to visit the south east coast for example. For the best quiet beaches check these out:

The North:

» Fokos Beach (quiet, plus one small and tasty restaurant!)
» Merssini (private beach best for couples! No restaurant)

Mykonos has some quiet beaches
Staring in to the sea and feeling the warm sand at Fokos Beach

The South beaches:

» Kalaftis (beautiful, windsurfing, good for children)
» Kapari beach (great for couples, to get there you must go off road a little bit)
» Agios Ioannis Beach (some nice beach bars like Hippiefish but very chilled out and not crowded)


Kapari beach Mykonos
The hard to find Kapari beach. Ssst, it’s a secret!

The water on Mykonos is like.. wow.

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Eating well and enjoying the sound of children playing at Kalaftis beach

Accommodation:

Hotels can be expensive in the high season so if you’re looking for the best budget deal, check out the Paraga Beach Hostel at Paraga Beach. The view from the poolside is amazing and you won’t spend more than 120 euro’s for 3 nights depending on what accommodation type you will get. I slept in a 2 persons tent (TRB) with electricity but you can also hire a small tent for as little as 15 euro’s per night.  The only thing to be aware of is that on the left side of paraga beach you will find the infamous Paradise beach which is full of youngsters getting their groove on until 4 in the morning. Bring some earplugs and you should be fine though. The service at this hostel is great and they serve food all day long and even have a small supermarket.

Paraga Beach Hostel
The view from Paraga Beach Hostel was pretty amazing!

glamping at Paraga Beach Hostel Mykonos
Very basic but you can’t get a better deal in Mykonos than this one! 🙂



Paraga Beach Hostel Mykonos
Laying by the pool at Paraga Beach Hostel

Luxury Stay:

Next door to this hostel is an amazing boutique hotel called San Giorgio. This is a completely different experience and a big upgrade! I was lucky enough to get a tour and taste the amazing breakfast buffet. The hotel manager (who happened to be Dutch) explained to me that a lot of her guest come here to get that comfortable “home” feeling that large hotels don’t offer. San Giorgio’s architecture suits any type of traveller because it’s warm, stylish screams hippie chic.

San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos
The bohemian entrance of San Giorgio Hotel

Their pool area is by far my favorite place of the hotel. Overlooking the aegan sea, you can chill here on large beds or relax at the bar next to the pool. I enjoyed my first healthy smoothly here and it cured my cold which I brought back from The Netherlands.
For rooms check their amazing website: sangiorgio-mykonos.com. 

San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos
Endless views from the pool area

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A colorful vitamin boost!

San Giorgio also has a stylish little brother called the Scorpios beach club just on the other side of Paraga beach. Same architect, different management.
They just opened in May and it already attracts celebrities and the elite. I danced at sunset which is something you must do when coming to mykonos. Read about the best beach bars in Mykonos here. In the “club” they also have an amazing clothing shop where they sell one Mexican label called Caravana Montaecristo. They offer an exclusive capsule collection for luxury-minded globetrotting travelers.


Caravana Mykonos
The beautiful collection of  Caravana

Where to eat

The main town of Mykonos is called Chora. Be aware that it’s crowded at nights and you will walk through the small street at a slow pace. The best time to visit is in the morning. I have to be honest and I have to say I was a little disappointed by the food in this area and it was overpriced when you compare it to the more secluded areas. One restaurant I can highly recommend is Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna. The food is amazing. Try the moussaka or the fresh fish from the grill! It’s situated at the left beach next to Chora and it can be busy. If you want a table with sea view, you must make a reservation.

Budget Tip:

Try and visit your nearest bakery and order a feta and spinach roll or if you like something sweet, try the pastry filled with cream. Both are typically Greek and this way you can have lunch on the beach and save some cash! A win win right?

Verdict:

Mykonos is a must visit if you like the jetset life, don’t mind to spend a little more cash than usual and dance until sunset. This island hasn’t lost his raw beauty yet so definitely check out the afore mentioned beaches and enjoy the white and blue houses! If you’re looking for a more quiet island, check out Naxos, or Folegandros which are nearby.

Love,

Elke

Citytrip Almere | What to see and do

When you first think of a citytrip Almere you might think of modern and innovative architectonic buildings, a shopping area without much ambiance, and always a breeze at hand. In all honesty, we didn’t know Almere as well as we thought. But the youngest city of the Netherlands has more to offer than meets the eye.

How Almere captures your heart

Recently, I received a secret invite for a ‘Destination Unknown Experience.’ Obviously, it triggered my interest. Little did I know that together with some other nosey parkers we got on a speedboat – a rapid Rib with 100 km/h on the meter – and after an adrenaline rush for 30 minutes, we arrived in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature. ‘Welcome to Almere ladies!’ This wasn’t in line with the City I met years ago. I had to give this municipality a second chance.

Almere citytrip
What a way to enter the city!

One of the things I was mostly surprised by, was the immense natural character

A 24h citytrip in Almere

If you are planning a city trip to Almere you have many options, but I will give you a glimpse of my one-day citytrip. The city is surrounded by five natural areas: Oostvaardersplassen, Lepelaarplassen, Pampushout, the Vroege Vogelbos and Almeerderhout. Consequently, nature-lovers will dig this. And did you know that Almere has twice as many bridges as Venice? After floating through the canals, we arrived at Boathouse Almere. A beautiful place where you can dock your boat. I can tell you, you’ll stay here a little longer than initially planned. Expect a menu with something for everybody. From a club sandwich to fish & chips or bao with pulled jackfruit. After an appetizing lunch break we continued our journey by…Segway! Thanks to Segs in the City (see what they did there?), we drove around Almere’s many cycle paths, which is a great way to explore the city.

The boathouse Almere
Boathouse Almere

Segway Tour Almere

Did you know that Almere Centrum won the title Beste Binnenstad 2017 – 2020?

High Tea & Bubbles

Being a segway driver makes you hungry, so our next stop was at a culinary gem: The Black Cockatoo. It’s the first 100% vega(n) hotspot in town where you can indulge yourself with lots of treats. Mostly locally produced and – as far as possible – organic ingredients. The black Cockatoo will always be marked as the place where I had my very first ever vegan hot chocolate milk with whipped cream. And they also had me at ‘vegan brownie.’ Heavenly soft inside, literally and figuratively finger lickin’ good. 

Champagne Almere
Cheers to Almere!

The Black Cockatoo, Almere

High Tea Almere
Happy tummy, happy sweet tooth at The Black Cockatoo 

Lifestyle Salon and Spa knows how to pamper you!

Take a break and Relax

Almere has a lot of shopping opportunities (there are more than 400 stores!) and after all that walking around the city center, your body may need a little pampering. Go to Lifestyle Salon and Spa. Firstly, you can get your hair and make-up done or get a fresh haircut. Secondly, the ladies at the salon offer head and full body massages. Pedicures? You name it, they have it. And all with the idea that beauty is a combination of inner and outer well-being. The crew is very professional, honest and has a ‘what you see is what you get’ mentality. You will love the laidback vibe here, as it is the perfect spot to recharge yourself.

Beauty salon Almere
The ladies at Lifestyle Salon & Spa know how to treat a lady

CULTURAL: visit Vis à Vis open air theater

In the evening we went to Vis à Vis, a theatre company which plays open air shows at a permanent location at Almeerderstrand. Light-hearted comedy, astonishing spectacle and ingenious storylines lead the audience with a wink to the abyss of serious dilemmas. Even though I’m always in for some theatrical violence, I’ve never seen something like this before. Never. In 1,5 hours you’ll be amazed again and again. Step into a world full of extraordinary humor and surprises. Even the air is part of the decor and this is not comparable with a traditional indoor show. In case you’d love to have a complete night out, you can reserve a spot in De Rode Haring with simple (buffet) dishes and long Biergarten tables, a much-vaunted food formula.

Vis a Vis Almere
A must see in Almere!

Where to stay

After a very long, but overwhelming day, we were dropped off at Lodgerie Het Groene Geheim. This is exactly what you need after a full day Almere. A luxury lodge with all comforts including a huge bubble bath with a fantastic view over the countryside. When I woke up I didn’t had the idea I stayed in in a city. Nature everywhere, and this was suppose to be a city trip? Well, I’m sold.

Accommodation Almere

Lodgerie Het Groene Geheim Almere
Heart shaped bubble bath at Lodgerie Het Groene Geheim

Maybe it won’t be love at first sight if you stroll through city centre, but a citytrip to Almere is absolutely worth a try. Nature, city beaches, wellness, shopping, culinary spots makes me wanna say; see you soon?

Special thanks to Visit Almere for this wonderful trip!

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!

Learn more about the Netherlands here!

 

 

 

11 x rooftops in Amsterdam

When you want to see Amsterdam from a new perspective, you go up! We tried & tested several rooftops over the years and we came down to this selection. Complete your summer drink and dine under the stars this season.

HoogtIJ

This new rooftop location in Amsterdam North is mainly used for events and pop-ups. It has a beautiful glass greenhouse in the middle which is used for hosting dinners and workshops. However, this summer you can enjoy the Groovy Tables concept, a collaboration between chefs of restaurant Daalder and De Artiesten. Enjoy a 6-course menu with performances and music while sitting underneath the stars. There are only 2 weekends per month available to book a table, so don’t wait too long!

HoogtIJ Rooftop Amsterdam

NEMO

Good news because the rooftop from science museum NEMO is open all summer until 9pm, with live music on Thursday! The summer roof will be opened on Thursday the 4th of July with music and bites. More info about the NEMO rooftop here.

NEMO summer rooftop Amsterdam
Summer at NEMO

Bureau

This hidden spot is rooftop heaven. You must visit Bureau if you haven’t been! Enjoy the herb garden, chickens and sustainable design. Besides being selected as one of the best outside terraces in Amsterdam West, Bureau also has one of the best rooftops in Amsterdam. 

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Maximum sun hours at Bureau

Skylounge at Double Tree Hilton

Located next to central station, this rooftop on top of the Double Tree Hilton hotel has one of the best views of central Amsterdam. Dress up nicely because this is not your local hang out. You pay a bit more than usual, but you will feel like royalty (they serve the best sweets with their coffee!). For events and more info visit the website.

W Amsterdam

The WETDECK has recently re-opened so you can enjoy your cocktails on top of the W hotel in Amsterdam. This is the only rooftop in Amsterdam with a pool and people always return to this trendy hotspot. Go here for cocktails and champagne or a jump in the pool. www.wamsterdam.nl

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W Amsterdam

Floor 17

On top of the Ramada Hotel in West, you will find Floor 17. Although it’s a popular hotel for tourist and business trips, this is a rooftop that’s worth the visit. You can sit inside where you can eat in the restaurant or you can enjoy the sunshine outside. They host several events per year and at the moment they feature a huge air-bubble on one side of the rooftop that you can sleep in.

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The Air-Bubble at Floor 17

Hopp at Hotel Casa

A hidden gem if you ask us! Situated near Amstel Station, this is a wonderful rooftop for after work drinks with your friends. No need to dress up, because casual chill is the dresscode. Just enjoy the sunshine on the 8th floor of hotel Casa and have a good conversation. They are only open if it’s dry so check the weather forecast before you head over! 

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Source: Nest

Blue Amsterdam

Right in the heart of Amsterdam, you will find Blue. You wouldn’t know this place has a rooftop, if no one has told you about it. Many tourist discover it by chance because it’s located near the popular shopping district, inside the Kalvertoren. www.blue-amsterdam.nl

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Source: Blue

Zoku Amsterdam

It’s not one of the largest rooftops around but it’s innovating and a must visit if you’re around. Zoku is great for breakfast, lunch or for staying the night. If you want to find out more about this place, check our article.

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Photo by lucasvasilko

Canvas at the Volkshotel

This rooftop restaurant/bar has been around for years. It still has what it takes. Dinner or lunch, it doesn’t matter because the mood is always good. Their outside area isn’t huge but good enough for us! More info here www.volkshotel.nl/nl/canvas

Adam Tower

Let’s not forget about the ADAM Tower across the Central Station. This rooftop is not free to go to the top, but the view from is magnificent once you get there. What you can also do is, swing over the edge. Only for daredevils though! 


Bonus: Club Jack

In Amsterdam South East, you’ll find the lesser known Club Jack, where art and music comes together. The rooftop is a green oasis with a terrace and bar. During summer you will find a lot of parties on this rooftop. Nice to know: Enjoy the first rooftop night market on the Friday 28th of June from 5 till 10pm. The market is inspired by the colourful rooftop markets in Johannesburg South Africa and the night markets in Bangkok. 

 

 

 

Are you ready for summer in the city?

Love,

Wander-Lust

5 x Alternative City Trips in France

When you think of a city trip in France, people often think of Paris. Yes, Paris is a wonderful city to explore, but there is so much more! Think of art and culture for example. We’ve lined up 5 French cities that are worth adding onto your city trip list.

1. Marseille

This French and sunny city belongs to the five largest cities in France. Subsequently, it’s also the oldest city in France and this is the charm of Marseille. Situated next to the Mediterranean Sea, the harbour plays an important part to the daily life of Marseille. Eating fresh fish is a must and the same goes for walking around at old Le Vieux-Port harbour and the historic Fort Saint-Jean. A footbridge high above the sea links the Fort Saint-Jean to the emblematic MuCEM, the first museum entirely dedicated to Mediterranean civilizations, directly located by the sea. Don’t miss out the panoramic rooftop terrace which offers an amazing view on Marseille and the sea! From here you can also walk to the MuCEM, which is also an  architectural highlight from the outside. Marseille is also known for its many artist and in the neighbourhood Le Panier you’ll find many ateliers where you can buy art. Talking about crafts, the relatively new Soap Museum shows visitors how it’s made with the traditional tools. Entrance is free for individual visitors and of course you will be able to buy a large variety of soap. Small streets and squares make Le Panier a great place for a coffee on one of the outside terraces. No visit to Marseille is complete without a visit to the beach though. You have a few options but the most popular is Plage des Catalans, a sandy beach close to the city.

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Saint Jean Castle and Cathedral de la Major and the Vieux port in Marseille, France

2. Metz

We passed Metz on our way back to the Netherlands last year and it was a great stop if you have a day or two. Metz is a city full of culture, many restaurants and worth a visit to the epic Gothic Cathedral. Did you know that Pompidou-Metz, has become the most visited cultural venues in France outside Paris? This contemporary and modern art institution is a must see on a rainy day (or any day for that matter). Metz has a lot of options when it comes to food. Market stalls, food events and restaurants are reasons why people in transit stop over. Are you planning to go to Metz this summer? With the digital arts festival Constellations de Metz the whole town becomes an exhibition. With the three different routes through the city you get to discover the city, as well as various impressive artworks, like the 5 km ‘Street Art’ route, which takes you past impressive sculptures, murals, installations and expositions.

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Metz

3. Montpellier

The medieval streets of Montpellier are perfect for those who love to shop, but the city also offers the sea at just 10km away. For those that have an active lifestyle, Montpellier offers lovely cycling routes that pass vineyards and lakes that will bring you to the Mediterranean Sea. Montpellier is also proven to be hip & happening with the Marché Du Lez, a creative hotspot area where artist, shops, food trucks, restaurants and startups come together. Each month you will find a new exhibition or art show here. Check their agenda for more info. Are you into art? Pay a visit to MoCo Montpellier Contemporain, a multi-site institution dedicated to contemporary art that has opened on the 29th of June! Check out iLa Panacée, one of the three sites where you can have a drink or brunch and see an exhibition.

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Creative hub March du Lez

4. Tours

Like most French cities, delicious food and wine is in overload in Tours. Modern French cuisines will make you eat until there is no tomorrow and if we need to believe critics, you must try restaurant QG that uses local and seasonal products, making the flavours out of this world. In the same vein, but less high end, you could have lunch and drinks at La Guinguette, located at the foot of Pont Wilson. They also offer workshops, DJ’s and are open every day from May to September! A must visit is the central Place Plumereau in the historic centre of Tours, a pretty square surrounded by 15th-century half-timbered houses which are all listed as historic monuments. Secondly, Tours is located in the Loire Valley, so you can easily reach the castles. Don’t forget to check out the CCCOD, a contemporary art center and exhibition space with various exhibitions every year!

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Tours, France

5. Nîmes

Let’s go back to ancient Rome shall we? Nîmes used to be an important outpost for the Roman Empire and is well known for it’s well preserved Roman monuments such as the Arena of Nîmes. The impressive arena was built about 2000 years ago arena but is still used for festivals and events. It comes as no surprise that Nîmes has a museum full of Roman history, the Musée de la Romanité which faces the Arena. But there is more. The Temple de Diane and La Maison Carrée are also great examples that ancient and modern style go well together. Don’t be fooled by the modern/abstract building, inside you can admire Roman pieces that date back thousands of years. From the rooftop you have a wonderful view over the city. Tickets are only €8,-.

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Musée de la Romanité and Arena of Nîmes

So next time you are thinking of France, skip the usual city trips and go for something a little different!

Au revoir!

Elke