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.

Battalion Boutique Art imitating life

Part showroom and part boutique, Battalion is an interactive art gallery and shop in the Westerpark. In an instance of art imitating life, the imaginative renderings inside Battalion walk the fine line between mainstream appeal and underground edge. The gallery’s two floors are flooded with light as its walls and shelves pay homage to inspiring and innovative design.

Small World So small, after all... featured

They weren’t kidding when they named this place. The tiny facade of this catering company and cafe belies the huge range of tasty treats designed to have you dabbing at the corners of your mouth with a napkin.

Standard, fresh fare including house made lasagnas, sandwiches and salads are spruced up with thoughtful ingredient combination (such as tuna, tapenade and arugula foccacia), while grilled vegetable dishes, quiches and sumptuous cakes will surely have you pondering over one course or two.

Australian-owned, the cafe is frequented by ex-pats and Amsterdamers alike, creating an intimate, international atmosphere. Be warned: with such limited space and so many fans, it can get crowded and waiting is, at times, inevitable.

Droog The razor's edge of Dutch Design featured

It didn’t take long after the conception of Droog in 1993 for it to become one of the flagships of Dutch Design. Droog focuses on the design and production of day-to-day objects like mops and bird houses, and funky lighting like their famous clothes hanger and milk bottle lamps. They are also well known for their limited edition objects and furniture, and publications such as coffee table books filled with the finest in Dutch design.

While most of Droog’s products are fairly expensive, if you’re looking for a special gift for a design-minded friend, there are a couple of fun items that fit any price range.

Droog also has outlets in New York and Tokyo, and their products are available at associated stores throughout the world, so if you get bitten by the Dutch design bug, you don’t necessarily have to go to Amsterdam every time you need a fix. But you’re more than welcome to…

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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