Lot Sixty One Coffee Roasters Life measured with coffee spoons

Intimately-sized though this coffee joint may be, they’re big on beans and sure as hell know how to tease the very best out of them. The hulking, 12 kilo Probat roaster — accessible via a small staircase leading down from the main white, lacquered tile and grained woodblock furnished space — provides proof of that, before a sip of coffee’s even passed your lips. When the time for tasting does come, though, you’ll be left in no doubt that Lot Sixty One is the real deal. Globally sourced beans are served up (post roast) in inventive blends that guarantee a compelling breadth of flavor, whatever caffeinated concoction you choose.

Harvest and Company Vintage reimagined featured

Part vintage furniture store, part gallery and part project hub, Harvest and Company has come to market in a big way in Amsterdam’s Oud West. Throwing accepted notions of interior goods shops out of a very high window (so that you wouldn’t be able to recognise them even if they survived the fall), they went back to the drawing board to create a bold new breed of design boutique.

The white-walled and polished-concrete floored space (dotted here and there with potted plants and cacti) plays home to a curated collection of wall decorations, custom-made tables, and industrial lights and chairs—all more than worthy additions to even the slickest of pads.

SLA Eat, share, live

People are becoming more and more discerning concerning what they decide to chow down on these days. The age of the Big Mac has bitten the dust and nutritious nosh is back on the menu. Tangible proof, perhaps, that maybe we humans aren’t so intent on ploughing headlong into an early grave after all. On a mission to nurture these late-germinating seeds of conscientiousness is the green-fingered, organic eatery SLA.

A carefully curated mish-mash of vintage re-used furniture and custom-made pieces on the inside (look out for the neon-topped greenhouse), the space radiates a healthy vibe as well as offering healthy eats. And what about those eats? Lip-smacking DIY salads are the name of the game here, created from a diverse selection of organically-sourced fruit, veg, meat, fish and cheese that lines the monstrous metal-rimmed salad bar. And if you feel like you have to supplement your wholesome meal with a beer, at least you can feel content in the knowledge that it’s organic too.

Rush Hour Tasty twelves inches featured

Originally making a name for itself in the late 90s by importing obscure records from abroad and exporting similarly unheard of Dutch sounds in the other direction, Rush Hour has since matured into a multifaceted electronic music monolith. Though they’ve jabbed fingers into multiple pies with aplomb—they run their own record label and are a respected distributor and broadcaster—it’s their vinyl store that remains the primary base of operations and the symbolic center of its other projects. Stocking a diverse array of 12s—predominantly electronic music from both their own artists (Carl Craig and Tom Trago amongst) and other international heavyweights—the sounds gracing these shelves all share a common groove that the folks at RH have coined the ‘Rush Hour Flavor’. Go on, give your ears a taste.

Canal House Upgrade your slumber featured

Chic doesn’t even begin to cover what this boutique stopover is all about. With its gothic-luxe interior and sumptuous spaces, it’s no wonder awards have been raining down on the hotel. Don’t be fooled by the room grading system, the rather underwhelming titled “good room” is a treasure trove of velveteen bedding and handpicked artworks. While the “best room” offers a postcard-picture canal view and a freestanding bath that could only be more decadent if it were filled with Dom Pérignon. The real clincher, however, is the oasis of green outback; a rare treat in central Amsterdam and one of the largest in the city to boot.

Proef Restaurant Cuisine by design featured

It’s a “flavor meets form” affair at Proef Restaurant; “eating designer” Marije Vogelzang’s fresh, kitsch and oh-so-pretty dining venture in the Westergasfabriek complex.

Vintage floral china, marshmallow art installations and beverages served in jam jars—an abundance of cute and arty details consistently fill the entire dining experience. With a kitchen so open you’re practically sitting in it, the relaxed atmosphere extends right through to the menu with their offerings of casual tapas style dishes. The focus here is on keeping the presentation true to the way Mother Nature herself designed food, while proving modesty and innovation are a perfect pair in creating flavours that will make lasting impressions. Ingredients are always seasonal and organic and are likely to be grown right out the back in their vegetable patch.

Ensure you kick off your dinner with a civilised aperitif—no where else will serve you cocktails with edible flowers and floating peas. Behold the ‘Full Frontal Flower Shower’ or ‘Rubarbarella’, and beware, their innocence lies solely in their appearance. Simplicity never looked or tasted so good.

Blijburg Welcome to Happyville featured

This extremely cheerful restaurant/café/party place is uniquely located on an artificial beach in the far northeast of Amsterdam. With lots of quirkily decorated parties in the summer, and a roaring fireplace and live performances on wintertime Sundays, it’s a perfect city getaway all year round.

Surprisingly the food at this alternative beach-club is great (thank chef Rene Pronk for that). And though the service can be slow, the retro-hippie atmosphere more than makes up for it.

Allowing both swimmers and those who prefer not to get their hair wet to dry off or warm up in front of beach bonfires amidst, Blijburg always attracts interesting crowds rarely found in town.

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