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.

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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