These Are The Best Parties On Kingsday 2019!

If you’re not Dutch and you are visiting our country on the 26th/27th of April, you’re in for a treat..
Kingsday 2019 (previously called Queensday) is a true happening in the Netherlands. First of all, we celebrate the Kings birthday and everybody gets a day off work. Secondly, there are a large number of flea markets all throughout the country but the city Amsterdam is probably the biggest when it comes to selling “stuff” on the streets and organizing parties. 


Kingsday in Amsterdam last year


KINGSNIGHT:

Afterwork Kingsnight Edition at Bar Lely
When? 26th of April from 6pm till 3am
Bar Lely serves traditional Dutch Frikandelen and oysters. The in house Bar Lely DJ will play some disco-funky tunes until late..

Friendzone Kingsnight
When? 26th of April from 10pm -4am
Line-Up: Abstract / Lee Millah / Sergio Obergh / Jereno Joël / Alain Kuipers / Godzenzonen. Tickets are €16,- at the door.

Kingsnight at Le Patron
When? 26th of April 6pm – 1am
This year they host a Dutch night with many Dutch sing along numbers. The Line up? Quincy Schellevis, Danilo Kuiters, Robert Leroy Danny Plezier. Entree is free and the beers are cold!

P. King (restaurant) Kingsnight and Kinsgday
When? 26th of April 7pm – 1am / 27th of April 12pm – 8pm
Probably the best Kingsnight & Kingsday street party in Amsterdam if you ask us. For the last 10 years, this is the place to be on the corner of the Vijzelstraat & Herengracht. Deep house and techno makes this a yearly dancing event which attracts a large crowd. Be early or have a bad dancing spot. They also do a free party on Kingsday. for more info check: Facebook This is an outdoor event.

Oranjestad Kingsnight
When? 26th of April 10pm – 5am
With 3 area’s this party is going to be a bang! DJ’s like Geza, Heartbreak, DIO and Yung Internet will perform. Tickets cost €20,- and are still available!

Kingsday 2017
P.King on Kingsday


Best free parties on Kingsday 2019:
» Westerstraat for beer, music and games. Outdoor
» Vijzelstraat, in front of cafe P.King or Le Patron as mentioned above. Outdoor
» Noordermarkt, Rewind & het Partyfeest, outdoor
» King of the Jungle: de Tulp x Super Social, at Heineken Marieplein. In and outdoor
» 
Koningsdag FISSA at Waterkant, Hip-Hop tunes overlooking the waterfront in the middle is Amsterdam. In & Outdoor

» NDSM Vrijhaven, for a party called These Guys Indoor & Outdoor
» Pllek in North Amsterdam for escaping the mass, live bands and cocktails. Info Inside and Outdoor
» Koning Nieges – Baskèts / Jajem at Meneer Nieges. Enjoy a BBQ, cool drinks and lot’s of DJ’s. Info

» Kingsday Westerpark and in particular at Mossel & Gin where the gin is flowing and the music is free. Outside
» Anywhere alongside the canals of Amsterdam!


Best Kingsday 2019 paid parties:
» Oranjebloesem at Olympish Stadion, is sold out but check ticketswap for last minute tickets. In and Outside
» Nassua Festival 

» Loveland van Oranje (Techno) at Meerpark for 25 euro Info Outdoor
» Cartel Kingsday 2019: Indoor, Outdoor, Day & Night with 18hours of non-stop music. Tickets and Info. In and Outdoor

kingsday events 2016


Best Flea markets on Kingsday 2019:

»Vondelpark (large and best flea market for children)
» Jordaan (flea market along the canals for all)
»Beethovenstraat (flea market for all in South Amsterdam)
» Apollolaan is a huge street where you can walk for hours
» IJhallen flea market at the NDSM (for children) Inside
» Erasmus Park, with live music and food, from 10am
» Westerpark, on the grass and anywhere else


Kingsday After Parties

» Audio Ubscura & Adriatique, Temp Amsterdam from 10pm, tickets.
» The Breakfast Club at Bret from 7am till 6pm on the 27th of April. Tickets are €17,-

Have fun and take some pictures!! 

Wander-Lust

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15 x Best Terraces In Amsterdam West

The sun is out and so are the people. During the week, people run out of their offices when the clock hits five, trying to find the best spots to enjoy the last sun-rays of the day. So where exactly are those places? Well, as Amsterdam West is my hood, I did a little research and came to the conclusion that these are the best places where you can enjoy the sunlight until it goes down.

Hotel Buiten
Hotel Buiten is not just any hotspot, it’s a creative hub, build from raw and used materials, designed by Lenka Dittrichova. It stared with a few neighbours a few years ago, that wanted to do something with lost space full of weeds and grass. After a temporary set up, they managed to get more people involved and eventually 180 people and businesses helped fund the project. This resulted in a wonderful spot to relax in the sunshine whilst enjoying organic lunch and drinks.


Hotel Buiten

De school
Too cool for school? Well, not this one! Not far from Yumler, you will find this hotspot. Besides being an awesome nightclub with some of the biggest underground DJ’s, it’s also the house of a wonderful restaurant, cafe and gym with a large terrace! www.deschoolamsterdam.nl

Bar Kosta
If you live in Amsterdam, and you’ve been around the Overtoom, you must have seen the large terrace on the corner of Surinameplein. It used to be Café Ter Brugge, but it has completely changed it’s look, menu and name. Bar Kosta is just in time for the sunny weather this weekend! For all the pics and the menu details click here.

Bar Kosta Amsterdam
Plenty of space at Bar Kosta

Cafe Zurich
Probably one of my favorite terraces in Amsterdam West! It’s large and wide with many seats available. The service is good and the drinks are cold. Just what you need when the sun is out. Read more about Zurich here.

Cafe Zurich terrace Amsterdam
Part of Zurich’s large terrace Source

Frits
Across Zurich you will find bar Frits on the same square they call “Mecatorplein”. They serve a large range of beers so it’s always buzzing until the sun goes down and that’s when people go inside the bar. www.frits-amsterdam.nl

Bureau
Opened last year, this is rooftop heaven. You must visit Bureau if you haven’t been! Enjoy the garden, chickens and sunshine. It’s probably one of our favorite terraces in Amsterdam West. For more pictures and impressions, check our article.


Sunset at Bureau

Oslo Beers
Good news because Oslo Beers is open again and right in time for summer! They coped with a big fire 15 months ago but managed to build a brand new and better Oslo which resulted in a wonderful Oslo Beers 3.0. There is a nice outside seating space outside next to the bridge of Surinameplein with sunshine up until about 3pm. On the menu there are speciality beers and simple but tasty breakfast and lunch. www.oslobeers.nl

Oslo beers Amsterdam West

Corner Bakery
A bit tucked away in between the World Fashion Center and an apartment complex, but it’s the perfect terrace for after work drinks or your afternoon coffee in the sun. The corner Bakery can be quite busy during the weekends so be early if you want to enjoy brunch in the sunshine. More info about this Instagrammable spot here.


The Corner Bakery West

De Bakkerswinkel
Great coffee, and tasty scones! We love this place right at the entrance of Westerpark. Oh, and the outside area at the back of the Bakkerswinkel is pretty good too. Nothing fancy but great for friends and people with babies. www.debakkerswinkel.nl

Mossel & Gin
Oysters and Gin are a great combination and you can get the best over at Mossel & Gin. Drink cocktails and eat until the sun goes down. Right on the Westergas area, this cozy terrace is great for catching up with friends! www.mosselengin.nl

mossel en Gin Amsterdam
Mossel & Gin Source

Westergasterras
Also on the Westergas, you will find this extremely large terrace that is partly covered and there is an open lounge area where you want to sit for days, looking over the water. They have just restyled so have a look!  www.westergasterras.nl

Best terraces Amsterdam West

Bar kantoor
The building dates back from 1885, and was used as an office and assistant engineer’s house of the original Westergasfabriek. As an ode to the former destination and to keep it’s authenticity,  they named the location “Bar Kantoor” – meaning Office in Dutch. Every detail in Bar Kantoor has been carefully thought of. The menu, the accessories and the cool ceiling painting. (check it out!) When I entered, they were still painting and working on the outside terrace.  About that terrace..it’s located at the perfect spot and with Pacific and Westergasterras always full, this new terrace, that has space for 150 people, is more than welcome! More info about Bar kantoor here.

Conscious Hotel Westerpark

Cedars
Not many people have heard of this restaurant because it’s situated below the A10 highway and the road that leads to Hoofddorpplein. It has some of the best outside seating in Amsterdam West, believe me. It’s overlooking the water and you can order some tasty Lebanese bites. Service can be a bit slow but if you don’t mind that, you will love it! www.cedars.nl

Cedars Amsterdam
The hidden spot, Cedars. Source

Floor17
On top of the Armada hotel, it’s the highest outdoor terraces in Amsterdam West. Drink cocktails, enjoy tunes and stay for dinner! www.floor17.nl

Brandstof
If you want to enjoy the good looking people of Amsterdam, you should go here for a beer. For the girls, there is a fire station next door (read: cute firemen watching all day!) www.bar-brandstof.nl

Cafe Brandstof Amsterdam terrace

Plenty of choice we think! Enjoy the sun y’all!

Love,

Wander-Lust

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10 x Easter in Amsterdam 2019

With Easter coming up, comes the egg hunting for young and old(er)! It’s more popular than ever and some are quite special with great prizes to win! Besides the hunting, there are Easter brunches, and special Easter coffees! Here is a full list of Easter in Amsterdam this weekend.

Easter Brunch at Bar Kantoor
When? 21/22 April, 11am Westerpark
What?
 Easterbrunch with livemusic

Bar Kantoor belongs to Conscious Hotels so this brunch is vegetarian. There will be live music, cocktails and food is also served out on the large terrace of Bar Kantoor. Facebook

Egg Hunt X Pulitzer Amsterdam
When? 1st of April 2019, 11am – 12.30pm Pulitzer Amsterdam
What?
 Chocolate Bunny search for adults & kids

A ‘Chocolate Easter Bunny’ escaped from the Pulitzer gardens but left a trace of chocolate Easter eggs. A shout-out to our youngest fans; come and help us find the Easter Bunny and its lost eggs! All children 10 years of age and younger are invited to participate in the Egg Hunt. Before the hunt kicks off, children will have the chance to festively decorate their egg collecting bag, while feasting on some lemonade & cookies. The lucky finder of the Easter Bunny wins a voucher for lunch at Jansz, a Toddler Push Banwood Bike or a Chocolate Easter Bunny for the entire family! Pre-register before the 12th of April by sending an email to marketing@pulitzeramsterdam.coFacebook

Easter Disco at Chin Chin Club
When? 21st of April 2019, 11pm Rozengracht
What?
 Dancing on Sunday

Enjoy Disco, Hits & Classics, Extravagante live-acts and Confetti all night long. We can’t wait for this one! Facebook.

Easter Egg Hunt at Vondeltuin
When? 21st of April 2019 from 10am – 11am at Vondeltuin
What? Traditional egg hunt for kids
Bring your kids to this traditional Easter egg hunt at the Vondeltuin, located in The Vondelpark. Be on time because the hunt is only on for 1 hour. Dress up your little one and bring your own basket. There is a play garden next door for playtime afterwards, plus kids can get their face painted. Facebook

easter egg hunt

Easter Brunch at Het Rijk van de Keizer
When? 22nd of April 2019 from 11:30am
One of our favorite spots out of the city! Tucked away in Amsterdam West you will find Het Rijk van de Keizer, a place where food meets art and art meets events. From 12pm adults can feast on a delicious Easter brunch with live music. There will be a special kids lunch with children songs and stories, face painting, egg hunt, crafts and a DJ workshop for the older kids. €37,50 for the adults Easter brunch (including bubbles, fresh juices, barista coffee) and €24,50 for kids including the kids program. Reserve your spot via email or phone. More info on the Facebook Event Page.

Vegan Easter Brunch
When? 21st & 22nd of April 2019 at Mr. & Mrs. Watson
On Sunday the 21st of March and Monday 22nd of April this Vegan Hotspot will serve a completely vegan sharing buffet! A brunch with scrambled tofu, breadrolls, homemade vegan cheese and enough for those with a sweet tooth! This bunny brunch in Amsterdam will cost you €21,50 p.p. Reserve via www.watson.bar and they will save you a spot!

Bottomless Easter Brunch at INK
When? 21st & 22nd of April 2019 (yes, on Monday) at INK Hotel
It’s time for INK’s Hotel monthly Bottomless Brunch! This edition will be entirely dedicated to Easter and has 2 days to choose from. What better way to enjoy these days than a delicious brunch with your friends and family? The Bottomless Brunch package (€ 37 p.p) consists of a combination of one savoury and one sweet dish, including a cocktail and unlimited bubbles! Book your table via http://pressroom.amsterdam/reservations/.

Easter Mimosa Brunch
When? 21st & 22nd of April 2019 at Hoed & Krelis
Mimosa’s, Mimosa’s and more Mimosa’s. For those not familiar with Mimosa’s; a Mimosa cocktail is composed of one part champagne and one part chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. Thanks Wikipedia! What else do you need for the weekend? 

Easter egg

Eggs and Beer at Ceuvel
When? 21st of April 2019 at Café Ceuvel
For young and old! After the egg hunting there is an Easter beer hunt for adults! Spread out at Ceuvel you can search for the hidden beer bottles from Brouwerij het IJ. If you find one, you can drink it, for free! Now, this is something you can sign us up for! 

Thuishaven Easter Weekend
When? 20th & 21st of April 2019, Contactweg 68
If you are not into brunches or you want to dance those extra calories off, you can do it at Thuishaven. Tech-house and more in and outside. The weather is going to be sunny, so get your tickets.

Good luck with finding the eggs and enjoy your Easter in Amsterdam together!

Love,

Wander-Lust

Full Moon Garden brings their Dim Sum to Amsterdam

If you have Asian roots like me, you know that “Asian” brunch is a thing. Eating with family & friends is very important and the Chinese understand this more than anyone. It’s no surprise that they invented Dim Sum, small bite-sized portions of food served in small steamer baskets or on a small plate, that is served with a hot pot of jasmine tea. You can imagine how happy I was to hear that the traditional dim sum restaurant Full Moon Garden opened in Amsterdam this week.

Full Moon Garden
It all started in Hong Kong back in the 90’s. Mr Kwok opened his first restaurant in the city that is considered to be the birthplace of dim sum. After a few years he and his family decided to start a new life in The Netherlands and in 2011 they opened their first Full Moon Garden restaurant  in the city of Den Haag, where Full Moon Garden has become somewhat of a household name. With the success they manage to open 2 more Full Moon Garden restaurants in Den Haag, but it is the first time that they open one in Amsterdam.

Full moon garden amsterdam
Full Moon Garden is located on the Leidsestraat 

The Menu
Do you have a couple of hours? There are two menu’s; one dim sum menu, and one dinner menu. On both menu’s you will be able to find all the traditional dishes, as well as some modern style Chinese cuisine. Some of Full Moon’s signature dishes are the Peking Duck, streetfood style Scallion Pancakes, silken tofu, crispy noodles and of course the steamed dumplings.

Dim sum full moon garden

For desert you must try the Mango Pudding that is served in a koi fish shape, symbolising wealth, harmony and happiness.

The dumplings taste exactly like they are suppose to, and if you like veggies, try the Chinese broccoli or eggplant with peppers. Yum!

Dim sum full moon garden Amsterdam

The new restaurant is located in the middle of the Leidsestraat, next to the MacDonalds. A long staircase takes you upstairs where there are seats for about 180 people. The view isn’t bad either, if you like some people watching.

I will definitely come back for some Sunday dim sum with my friends!

Love,

Elke

Full Moon Garden Amsterdam
Leidsestraat 94, Amsterdam
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Little Plant Pantry | The new Plant-Based wholefoods store in Amsterdam

New spots in town deserve a moment to shine. Especially when it’s a green newbie lead by Irish do-gooders. Let’s say hi to Little Plant Pantry, a plant-based speciality food store and café in Amsterdam city centre, which absolutely is worth a visit.

The story behind: bye bye plastic
A couple of weeks ago Little Plant Pantry had their soft opening. Without too much fanfare and fuss. Just to warm up, see how the shop operates and what needs to be fine-tuned. A very appealing place with an almost zero plastic policy. Let’s say 99% (having a fully zero-waste business is more of an aspiration than reality, they discovered). Thereby, they try to minimize waste by selling in bulk and finding compostable alternatives to traditional packaging. Six months ago Maria and Winter had the idea to start their own plant-based, minimal waste bulk wholefoods store. A store with full focus on ethical consumerism and sustainability. A mouthful.

We wanted to turn our lifestyle into a job, engage with more people to have a dialogue and together find better ways of living.

Why not open our store in Amsterdam where a green, sustainable lifestyle is a rising star?’ And so the adventure started.

Little plant pantry bags

Little Plant Pantry store and café
Bit more about their range of different products. From ingredients for a healthy vegan diet, till handcrafted foods, teas, coffees, fruits, veggies, grains, nuts and even a own 100% natural cosmetics line. Don’t expect an overload of different brand labels. It isn’t their intention to be an advertising Valhalla. Main focus lies on the products and their pure stories. One by one made by Little Plant Pantry and other like-minded local artisan producers. Be prepared: There’s a change you get hungry after watching all the colourful products. Have a seat at the back of the store, and enjoy freshly prepared hot food – your granny would make if she was a vegan -, drinks and desserts to satisfy your cravings.

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instagram little plant pantry Amsterdam

Little Plant Pantry zeep

To be honest, I’m not the most ‘green’ person you can imagine. Not yet. Doing my best to make little baby steps for a more sustainable lifestyle. Little Plant Pantry is there for diehard vegans till do-gooders and everyone who loves to know more about living a healthy lifestyle. The amazingly kind owners are pleased to help you answer all your questions, I noticed it myself.

Little Plant Pantry oil

At present, Little Plant Pantry is a charming ‘work in progress project.’ But not for long. Sunday the 7th of April they’ve their official launch. And you’re invited! So mark your calendar and discover this new green kid in town.

Love,

Sharmaine

Little Plant Pantry
Bosboom Toussaintstraat 45-H, Amsterdam
Facebook / Instagram

Opening hours:
Tuesday till Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 12:00 – 18:00
Monday: closed

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5 x Korean Food in Amsterdam

I first discovered Korean food in New York about 10 years ago. I don’t even remember what the restaurant was called, but it was out of this world. After a few years an Asian friend of mine introduced me to this secret Korean BBQ spot in the heart of Amsterdam called Yokiyo. It was Korean Food at it’s best. The location was small but intimate, with only seats for about 20 people. But secrets never stay for too long in this city, so before I knew it, magazines picked it up and Yokiyo decided to expanded into Bar Sue in Amsterdam East. Unfortunately their big plan didn’t work out and they are now permanently closed. The end of an era. Luckily, Korean Food has become more popular over the years, and there are a few spots where you can feast on some Korean style dishes. 

Seoul Food
Kinkerstraat 73A

We love this spot because its intimate and has kept the traditional look and feel of a Korean style café. At Seoul food you can order take-out, or join the long table and eat your quick lunch. In the cafe they serve Korean home made warm and cold drinks and they sell Korean snacks, facial masks and K-Pop merchandise. (you know, that crazy popular boyband from South Korea) www.seoulfoodamsterdam.nl

The Bap
Camperstraat 63

This new Korean kid on the block opened up last week and is hopefully here to stay. At the moment they are still collecting valuable feedback form their costumers, so they can offer the best service and quality Korean food. The menu isn’t large but it’s enough to try something different every couple of weeks.Bap means rice and this is what you can certainly find here! Try the Bibimbab, a selection of seasoned vegetables, half cooked fried egg with choice of tofu or beef. They will be open on Mon~Tues & Thurs~Sat between 11.30 and 8pm. www.thebab.company

The Bap Amsterdam
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Miss Korea
Albert Cuypstraat 66-70

If you want to enjoy a Korean BBQ with friends, this is the place to do it. The menu is large, and so is the restaurant. It may not feel so traditional because its an all you can eat restaurant, but you will find many traditional Korean dishes on the menu such at kimchi, but they also serve sushi to attract a wider audience. www.misskorea.nl

Miss Korea
Source: Miss Korea

Hwa Won
Nederhoven 13

Hwa Won is located near Amstel and is described as the most authentic Korean restaurant in and around Amsterdam. Don’t expect a fancy decor or cozy ambiance, people come here to enjoy some great Korean food. They have no website but you can reserve your spot by calling 020 642 3142.

Restaurant Korea
van Boshuizenstraat 207
The name says it all. Here you will find a variety of Korean food. Located near Hwa Won, restaurant Korea has been around since 1983 and is run as a family business. If we have to believe the reviews, you can taste the love and effort that goes into the dishes. Soups, salads, bowls, BBQ and silky tofu, they have it all. www.restaurant-korea.nl

Have fun eating!

Elke

Paaseiland Amsterdam | A beachy spot opening this April!

Summer it’s on it’s way, and with that comes a new hotspot that everyone is waiting for. Paaseiland Amsterdam is opening this April is is set to become THE place to be when the sun shines. 

Location
Paaseiland Amsterdam is calling themselves a beach resort so they needed a location near the water. They found it at Het Stenen Hoofd, which is located near Central Station and overlooks the IJ. This location is often used for food festivals, open air cinema’s, and was originally build for the Holland-America cruise liner back in the day.

So what to expect?
A few days ago, a few lucky people could have a few taste of the menu at Skatecafé in Amsterdam. On the menu? They served Laska curry soup, fish burgers and a vegan crispy tempeh burger. For dessert they finished the evening with a delicious coconut-guava cake. One thing that stands out, is that they will be serving non-alcoholic drinks. We think it has something to do with the permit, but we’ll keep you posted on that.

Paaseiland

Is Paaseiland going to be the new Pllek?

What we know now, is that Paaseiland is going to have an intimate terrace with hammocks where you can enjoy the pacific menu. Relax on the grass, with palmtrees and chillout music. One thing is for certain, the view is going to be worth your while. Passing boats and long hours of sunshine with beachy cocktails.

See you at Paaseiland Amsterdam when the sun’s out!

Happy weekend,

Elke

Paaseiland
Westerdoksdijk 707
Amsterdam West | Stenen Hoofd
Website / Instagram

The Gaia, new the Amsterdam nightlife scene

This week a brand new restaurant and cocktail bar in Amsterdam became a new hotspot in just a couple days. Picking a location like Rembrandtsquare definitely works in their advantage, but they also know how to combine flavours, shake unique cocktails and serve wine you won’t have words for. Say hello to The Gaia.

About The Gaia
The Gaia, like the name, this refers to the Greek primal mother, is inspired by the traditions of the Mediterranean. Original flavors from Southern Europe get a new and refined face in a modern cuisine when they meet the herbs and spices from the East. The staff told us they want to give everything a special twist, and they definitely managed to do so. Dare to discover The Gaia for yourself in the lounge, restaurant or even the (late night) bar.
There’s no shame in daytime drinking here, they also serve delicious virgin cocktails.

Cocktail Gaia

The Gaia

Every dish is a real experience for the tongue.

The kitchen
Meet Chef Erdogan, he uses the five Chinese elements as a line in his dinner menu. Each element stands for specific tastes, colors, and textures. Wood for fresh acid, fire for bitter, earth for sweet, metal for pit and water for salt. Where traditional element cooking only chooses one per dish, The Gaia makes the bridge between traditions and gastronomy by combining two. Every dish is a real experience for the tongue. We tasted flavors we’ve never tasted before. Black tea, ponzu, truffle, Peking duck, buddha’s hand, manti, mashed potatoes a la Robuchon and harira, they were all brought together in the menu. At first, we had to get used to it and after the second bite, we loved it. Erdogan: ‘The elements balance each other, but they mainly force me to even more inventiveness. You can not always make the correct choices when you are bound to certain flavors or ingredients. Because of this, I always find flavors and techniques again.’

Food at The Gaia
By @chef_ayt_ems

My personal highlight
The wine was for sure my favorite part of the evening (and close after the dessert). They dare to serve wine originated from different regions, the wine menu is taking a completely unexpected course. It’s full of unknown grapes and wines. I especially loved the Sauvignon ‘Comte Henry D’Assay’ from Touraine (2017). Usually, Sauvignon has the aftertaste of green apples, just a bit sour. This one has the aftertaste of red apples, sweet but still fresh. Where can I get the bottle?

The Gaia Amsterdam
Rembrandtsquare 26, Amsterdam
Website / Instagram

Love,

Larissa

The Meets Amsterdam has opened their second location!

Three years after they started their journey in De Pijp, they proudly popped up a second one in Amsterdam Eastside. A place for both vega(n) aficionados and meat eaters. How great if you can mix the tasty with the healthy? The Meets in Amsterdam has proven that added sugars and additives are somewhat of the past.

The Meets’ 80/20 rule
Meet the new little brother of The Meets De Pijp in a side street by the lively Javastraat. As their neighbour behind I can tell you this is exactly what we Eastsiders needed. Something totally different. The Meets likes to follow their 80/20 rule: 80% plant-based, 20% fish, meat, diary, and above all 100% finger lickin’ good. A perfect way to pamper the vegans, fish ánd meat fans, genius. Treating yourself doesn’t mean lots of needless E numbers, greasy dishes and very few nutrients. For the latter it’s maybe even a great culinary escapade to switch to the plant-based treats, and discover whole new taste variations. It’s worth the try!

Juice at the Meets

Homemade and free from bullshit
Back to their concept: all their dishes are homemade from locally sourced, honest and, if possible, organic ingredients and free from refined sugars and other nasties. So, no I-can-dream-the-menu with eggs Benedict’s, grilled sandwiches and bombastic burgers. The Meets has put together lots of mouthwatering, out-of-the-box green creations, like the Pad Thai, Mexican veggie burger and the avocado sweet potato wrap. Culinary masterpieces both for your eyes and taste buds. And If you’ve got some room left, you definitely have to say ‘YES’ to one of their desserts. All your sweet craves will be saturated by the creamy cheesecake, fluffy carrot cake or vegan twix.

The Meets, food
Vegan sushi

On weekdays they’re also open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their lunch menu offers a bunch of showstoppers. From Kim-Cheezie toasti till an açai blueberry bowl and an Instagrammable stack of spirulina buckweat pancakes. All the wholesome way. Go for a blue latte, funky tea or the veggie bomb ‘Apple on the Edge’ – my fave – and you’ll claim your comfy spot for the rest of the day. This is immediately a nice bridge to the interior (wink)

Blue Latte

pancakes at The Meets
A good reason to drop by at The Meets captured in two shots: the spirulina pancakes and blue latte

Good humoured interior
At entrance mood will be good in a sec by seeing their lush colourful, (inspired by the retro 80’s) interior with loads of super comfy chairs and couches. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes and a very warm place. The creative concept is set by Studio Noun – known from the styling for, for example, Restaurant C and Baut – in collaboration with top illustrator Piet Paris. Thumbs up.

The Meets interior

In case you’d like to end your chaotic workday or start your lazy weekend with a healthy boost, The Meets is your new favourite kid in town. More of this please!

Love,

Sharmaine

The Meets Eatery
Sumatrastraat 28 – 30, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Mondays till Fridays 17:30 – 23:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 – 23:00
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*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!

Amsterdam Event Calendar for March 2019

We went straight from winter into Springtime! March is here and it is set to be the warmest yet. Everybody is outside and there are plenty of events to visit in Amsterdam this month. Enjoy the Amsterdam Events Calendar for March 2019!

Coffee Festival
When? 1-3 March at Gashouder
Coffee takes the center stage at this festival. Top coffee roasters, barista competitions, coffee cocktail workshops, mindful coffee tasting, live latte art and more. Of course there is a food village, a chance to buy various coffee and music. Tickets cost €15,-. www.amsterdamcoffeefestival.com

We Planet!
When? 2nd of March, Museumsquare from 11am

Remember the IAmsterdam sign at museumsquare? Well, a few initiatives have organized a day where everyone is invited to clean the city. The plastic soup is taking its toll and with this event, it brings people together that want to fight the plastic practise by picking up trash. The idea is to build a new sign saying; We Planet. Are you joining in?

we planet amsterdam

Boozy Brunch at EDEL
When? Every Sunday, Lokaal Edel
You can describe this brunch as a chaotic livingroom where you can take your friends to, eat, drink and play games while listening to music. It’s child friendly so bring your little ones! Facebook

Sunday at Mr Nieges
When? Every Sunday, Meneer Nieges
Fine tunes, fries with “stoofvlees”, cocktails, the everlasting menu and good company. If you haven’t been yet, you should start (or end) your Sundays here. Feel free to bring everyone, from grandma to your kids. It’s all possible at Mr. Nieges. Facebook

Sunday Brunch & Livemusic at Bar Kantoor
When? Every Sunday, Bar Kantoor Westerpark
Brunch & livemuziek is back! Each week, one of Bar Kantoor’s local musician will sing and play some relaxing songs, live! This is how a Sunday should be; good food, nice music and wonderful drinks to go with it. Entrance is free of course and each week there will be a different musician so you can never be bored. From Jazz & blues, to Rap or a soulful singer-songwriter. www.barkantoor.nl

Brunch

Kloffie Market
When? 2nd of March, De Hallen from 12pm
Shopping in Amsterdam? We got you covered with Amsterdam’s finest clothing market. Once a month De KLOFFIE Markt takes place at De Hallen Amsterdam. Each edition you can find the finest second-hand designer clothing, vintage treasures and rare collector’s items. Facebook

Womens March Netherlands
When? 9th of March, Dam Square
2019 is not just about women. It is about all of us (f/m/x). In every way. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 Because all oppression is connected. March along with inspirational speakers, be motivated and feel connected. The walk will march from the Dam Square to Museum Square and starts at 12.30pm. For all the details and speakers visit the Facebook Page.

Climate March Amsterdam
When? 10th of March, Dam Square
From one march to another! On the 10th of March you can join the largest climate strike in The Netherlands yet. The Climate March is important because it’s your chance to show the government that you are done with empty promises. We want more sustainable solutions without having to wait for many years. It is also about the future of our children. Will we see you there? For more info and to make more impact check www.maakdeklimaatmarsgroot.nl

Climate March

IJhallen Flea Market
When? 9th & 10th of January, NDSM
Looking for that cool vintage jacket? Or perhaps some clothes for your little one? (as they grow out of them so fast!) Or maybe you’re searching for that unique retro style chair? The IJhallen fleamarket is the place to be! It opens at 9am and there is a €5,- admission fee. Info

KLM Urban Trail Amsterdam
When? 17th of March, Amsterdam North
After the successful first edition last year, the KLM Urban run is back in the Northside of Amsterdam. Run under and over obstacles with exiting new locations. You can still sign up! www.amsterdamurbantrail.nl

klm urban trail

Amsterdam Wine Festival
When? 22nd – 24th of March, Gashouder
Whether you are a beginner or a real wine connoisseur, Amsterdam Wine Festival is a day out for everyone who loves wine. So enjoy all the beauty that the Northern Hemisphere has to offer! www.amsterdamwinefestival.nl

See you around this March!

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