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

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.

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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

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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
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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
Website / Facebook

Love,

Wander-Lust

8 x Natural Swimming Spots in Amsterdam

Give the Dutch one sun beam and you will feast your eyes on flipflops, shorts, skirts, bikini’s and white bodies ready to get tanned. People also seek water and options to cool down. Swimming in natural water seems to grow in popularity because the Dutch beaches can be too busy on hot summer days. Check out these 8 natural swimming spots in Amsterdam and you’ll never have to stand in traffic to the beach again.

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. We have to admit, it’s not the cleanest water in the world but as long as you don’t swallow the water, we think you will survive 😉

Natural swimming spots in Amsterdam, Blijburg
The new Blijburg 

‘T Twiske
I have been here recently and I love this place. 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.

Sloterpark 
I live here so I know this area very well. I think this park is one of the best parks in Amsterdam because the trees are high, so beautiful and ever changing. 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. There is also a newly refurbished beach area where you can also find Hotel Buiten. On sunny days, you can borrow free beach chairs, inflatables and inflatable armbands.

Natural swimming spots in Amsterdam, Sloterplas
Sloterplas

Gaasperplas
Did you know that the Gaasperpark and Gaasperplas are a 166 hectare together? Situated in South East Amsterdam, it might be a bit far out for you but if you love swimming, this is a great spot. Watch the sailboats and windsurfers though, because they love it here too.  There are showers, toilets and a farm for lunch called Boerderij Langerlust.

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Gaasperplas from above (Source)

Diemerpark Beach
This man-made beach area is in the far East of Amsterdam and is located in between the Amsterdam- Rijnkanaal and IJburg. It’s a place where nature get’s a fair chance so there are many fauna and flora around. The beach area is located on the north-side of the park. There are no showers but it’s perfect for getting your tan on.

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.

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Amsterdamse Bos
The water here is excellent and very safe for children. The water in the big pond is around 1 meter deep and one of the best swimming natural swimming spots in Amsterdam. The big lake is very popular for water sports and many people go here to enjoy the water. Come early or plan a trip during the week if you want to enjoy the nature and scenery when it’s still quiet. There are toilets but no shower but the water is sweet and very clean. 

Beach De Hoge Dijk
This area is located North of the village of Abcoude and South of the Amsterdam district of Reigersbos. The good thing here is that there is a small puddle-like area especially for children that is save enough for them to play in. If you have a dog that loves swimming, this is also the place to do it but only from October until April.

Natural swimming spots in Amsterdam
A better experience than swimming in pools?

Ouderkerkplas
The water is being monitored every year and this water hasn’t had the best results. Meaning, you might get some stomach problems if you swallow the water. Mind you, it is still a nice place to visit and it qualified as safe enough. The sandy beach is around 200 meters in length and 20 meters wide. There is a ATM, restaurants nearby and showers.

If you are looking for waterspots for little children, the Westerpark, Vondelpark, Oosterpark and Beatrixpark are also nice options. The water here is shallow and filtered daily. To find out more about the water and swim quality in the Netherlands, check this website: www.zwemwater.nl

Have fun swimming this summer!

Love,

Elke

More tips about Amsterdam? Check our Amsterdam Guide!

Karvan Cévitam opens the first Lemonade Bar in The Netherlands!

We love ourselves a good pop-up bar. Especially if it’s something to do with food or drinks! Karvan Cévitam just opened the first ever lemonade bar in The Netherlands and we were there to check it out.

To celebrate their 70 year anniversary, Karvan Cévitam will open up the doors of this colourful pop-up bar in the heart of Amsterdam. They’ve turned the place into an Instagrammable whahalah, with 2 lemonade bars. For the pink flavors you’ll have to head upstairs, where you can roll into the pink flamingo ballpit, and order your favorite pink mocktail. For yellow you’ll go stay downstairs, where you can enjoy a confetti shower (must try!). Visitors can order a FREE lemonade with added fruits, chilli flakes or herbs. 

Free mocktails at the Karavan Cévitam Lemonade Bar
Free mocktails!

Lemonade bar Amsterdam

confetti shower at the pop-up lemonade bar
Confetti Showers!

Karvan Cévitam was founded back in 1948, and I think almost every household has grown up with their lemonade. Did you know that they sell around 22,5 million bottles of lemonade each year? Oh, and most people prefer the pink flavours such as strawberry or raspberry. What kind would you go for?

The KC Lemonade Bar is open from the 18th until the 26th of May between 10am & 5pm.

KC Lemonade Bar
Prinsengracht 715, Amsterdam
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Roootin » The Healthy Middle Eastern Hotspot in Amsterdam

Hello hello newbie, warm welcome to Roootin. For weeks or maybe even months they were renovating their place…and the result doesn’t lie. Don’t expect the usual hotspot with eggs Benedict’s, croque madams and juicy burgers, nops. Time for something new, let’s introduce you to the Middle Eastern cuisine! I think I never had something Iranian or Kurdish before, so let’s zoom in on what they’ve in store for you!

Roootin
Interior Roootin Amsterdam

Roooting

The story behind Roootin Amsterdam
Roootin is an idea of one Iranian brother, his two sis and their mom. How cool a family have teamed up. During reading the intro you might have thought: Roootin with 3x ‘o’? Yes, and I tell you why. Roootin is a combi of roots and origin. It doesn’t only has to do with their Iranian roots, but also with their interest in the essence of humans, nature, healing power of products…let’s say the roots of things. Mix that with origin and Roootin is born, a place where you can meet the healthy Middle Eastern food.

Amsterdam meets Middle Eastern food
When it’s bedtime I can become such a happy kid by thinking of how my next morning will start: yaaasss breakfast is callin’! Recently my day started even better with a brunch at Roootin. I had no idea what to expect from a Middle Eastern inspired kitchen, I couldn’t mention one typical Iranian, Kurdish or Lebanese dish. A totally new food world opened for this girl with dishes like orange blossom pancakes, labneh, avocado toast the Iranian way and a Kurdish dish called Sawar. Choosing didn’t last long, pancakes for me. Defenitely one of the best I’ve had in Amsterdam, and I can know as probably one of the biggest pancake lovers in town (wink wink). Dropping by at Roootin means experiencing lots of new flavours, unknown homemade dishes and…a bright colour overload! Even when sometimes the sun is hard to find, you can find her here on your plate. Oh and I don’t discuss their complete menu in detail, because it has so much more charm to discover it by yourself.

Roooting
Pancakes Iranian style, love them!

Roootin
Vegan avo toast, worth tryin’

Roootin, place to charge yourself
Besides I really liked the pancakes and juices, for me the whole atmosphere stood out. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes, laidback music in a modern and above all warm place. East has some places where it is ‘see and be seen’, luckily they’re not that kind of a food spot. In terms of hospitality, they also score super high. In case you’ve a food allergy, nothing is too much to ask. They’re really supportive and focus on specific solutions for every vegan, lactose-intolerant or other special wish.

One last thing: Roootin hopes to further deepen the concept by initiating all kinds of projects that are in line with their philosophy. Think about workshops and yoga classes, you name it. I’ll try more of their brunch food and healthy guilty pleasures as soon as possible, and book a yoga class. Who wants join this beginner yogi?

Love,

Sharmaine

Roootin
Linnaeusstraat 16, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Tuesday till Sunday 09:00 till 17:00, Mondays closed
No reservations
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Amsterdam Event Calendar for May 2018

Spring is here and so are the outdoor event in Amsterdam. Of course we have the 4th & 5th of May, two important days where the Dutch remember the victims of World War 2, and where we celebrate our freedom. Besides that, we have food festivals, and we are selling our clothes at a bloggers sale!

5th of May (day of freedom) Special

When? 5th of  May, in and around Amsterdam
What? The 5th of May marks a special date into the Dutch history books. This was the day, The Netherlands was set free of World War 2. By celebrating we should also remember that it’s not always normal to live in a free world. The Netherlands is lucky, but in some countries this is not always the case. Please remember this when celebrating. ♥ Amsterdam celebrates big time and here are the best events to look out for.

Bevrijdingsfestival / Het vrije Westen at Westerpark (free entree) www.hetvrijewesten.eu
Vrijland Festival
At Blijburg Beach vrijlandfestival.nl
Het Amsterdams Verbond
At the Tuinen van West hetamsterdamsverbond.nl
Bevrijdingsdans Festival
Dancing around Museumsquare! bevrijdingsdansfestival.nl


Vrijland Festival (source)

Vrijheidsmaaltijden (Freedom Meals)
Another nice thing to do on the 5th of May, are the Vrijheidsmaaltijden. Basically, you have breakfasts, lunch and dinners around the city, hosted by different organisations, restaurants, hotels, museums or centers. This year, the theme is “De Lieve Stad”, like the late mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard called it. There are too many to mention so visit This Website and pick your favorite. Some meals are free and for some you need to buy tickets. It’s also a chance to meet fellow Amsterdammers while you enjoy a good meal.


Vondelpark Open Air Theatre
When? from the 5th of May onwards
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

Vegan Amsterdam Festival
When? 6th of  May, Overtoom 301
What? It’s a small festival with limited capacity so if your into veganism or you are thinking about it, this is a great starting point for you. Info

Sunday Market May Edition
When? 6th of  May, Westerpark
What? After a day of celebration, the Sunday market continues, but with food and drinks. Take your kids, take your whole family! 

Opening: Zomer in de Tuin (summer in the garden)
When?
 9th of  May, Tolhuistuin

What? The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North is opening up their outside area which will see many events happening this spring/summer season. From 17.30 you are welcome for drinks and bites and hear what’s happening. Entrance is free but you to get to register here.

Rollende Keukens
When? 9th – 13th of May at Westerpark
What? Amsterdam famous foodtruck festival
Busy as always but still worth visiting is the Rollende Keukens (The Roling Kitchens). hundreds of foodtrucks will fill the Westerpark in Amsterdam. When the sun is out, you can bet on it that everyone is having their after work drinks here! Entrance is free but you need to pay for your first glass which you can then re-use. This year, the bars only accept cards! Facebook 

Blogger Sale X 24H Oost + Lowlander Beers
When? 12th of  May, Student Hotel East
What? Yes, Yes, we are going to sell! You can find us and 11 other influencers (hate that name btw), in the lobby of The Student Hotel is from 12:00 onwards. It’s going to be one big shopping mecca with the most beautiful brands for super nice prizes. Be early because the most beautiful items are quickly gone. Will we see you there? Facebook Event.

Wanderlust Festival Guide 2018
Sarah and Elke will sell their clothes!

24H Oost
When?
 12th of  May, Amsterdam East

What? A full day of celebrating Amsterdam East! From food to arcitecture, there is something to do for everyone. Discover the Eastside of Amsterdam. Info

Pure Markt
When? 13th of May, Amstelpark
What? Locally produced and honest goods in the best park in Amsterdam!

De IJHallen Fleamarket
When? 19th & 20th of May, NDSM Werf
What? The biggest fleamarket in Amsterdam!
Last month we strolled around and found some cool items and vintage clothing so we can’t wait for this month! Pay 5 euro per person to get in. Kids pay 2 euro. Parking is free. Want to sell stuff? You can order a stall on the  Website.

Gin Festival
When? 18th – 20st of  May, Amsterdam Undercurrent
What? Try different gins, enjoy music, foodtrucks and meet new friends. Get your tickets in pre-sale, saves you € for more G&T’s!  You get a nice tasting glass upon entry and tasting of all spirits is included in the price. Get your tickets here.

Gin Festival

Vegan Foodie Festival
When? 23rd – 27th of May, Several 
What? Yep, another vegan festival. It’s more popular than ever and it’s great for our planet so why the hell not! Selected restaurants, eateries and vegan friendly places across the city will create a special menus / entertainment programs / special offers for the event. Participants will engage with the festival by visiting places, eating delicious foods, sharing their experiences on social media and voting best dishes! Info

Enjoy these months events!

Love,

Wander-Lust