Row NYC Making you feel brand new featured

Running a hotel in a city that never sleeps might sound like a bad idea. But firstly, it’s only a catchphrase people. And secondly, there’s a new breed of hotels that are harnassing rather than fighting the raw energy of the city – without sacrificing even one of your forty winks.

Since opening towards the start of 2014, Row NYC is a front-runner is this regard and as part of a…

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 project hub and part artisan coffee bar, 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. And if the burden of browsing has left those eyelids drooping, you can kick back for a caffeine hit courtesy of the several specialty blends available from the in-house coffee bar.

&Foam Life through a lens featured

For those who’ve been to the cutting-edge contemporary photo gallery Foam and considered taking the hit of a lengthy jail term to take something off the walls and home with them, &Foam is the ice-cool all-legal answer to your problem. The retail extension of the gallery proper, it stocks boutique photography magazines, limited editions of Foam’s exhibitions, photographic prints and the odd piece of up-and-coming designer clothing as well. Also a gallery in itself, &Foam’s carefully designed matte-grey warehouse space has become one of Amsterdam’s main creative hubs for the city’s lensheads; holding quarterly collaborations that explore photography’s interplay with other creative disciplines and throwing many an exhibition launch bash.

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.

Hotel de Goudfazant Industrial dining featured

Epitomizing industrial-chic, Hotel de Goudfazant is no pension, rather a converted warehouse in city-north serving up some of Amsterdam’s most refined eats.

A giant glass-bottle chandelier hangs over the 1,200 square meter space, setting the tone for the creative, polished food to come as the seasonal dishes spin out of the kitchen and onto the tables of the city’s dapper diners. Fried sweetbreads with apple-rhubarb sauce or veal cheeks with green asparagus and tarragon mayonnaise are some of the menu’s stars, but the card changes with each season so expect quality quality produce whatever the time of year. Come summertime and the linen-clad tables are freed up, as patrons move outside to dine waterside.

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…

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