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A Weekend in Amsterdam

Small in size but brimming with character, Amsterdam is famously home to Stroop waffles, canals, clogs and Europe’s most brazen red-light district. Most tips for tourists include a visit to Museum District and Ann Frank’s flat but if you want to live like a local these are the haunts to head to for an authentic Dutch experience. From health food cafés to quirky concept stores, consider this your checklist for a stylish weekend in the capital. 

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STAY
Boutique brand, Sir Hotels, have a reputation for being the style-savvy travellers destination of choice for good reason; interiors are well curated, attention to detail is apparent (we recommend trying the local Urban Cacao chocolate from the mini bar at this particular recommendation) and locations are expertly chosen. Amsterdam boasts two options but the Sir Albert sits in the heart of trendy De Pjip, a creative district home to small but lively eateries, bars and boutiques. Bedrooms feature signature dark wood panelling, angular concrete features and an urban, industrial feel but books, wall art and plush furniture make them homely enough to relax in. It’s just a ten-minute walk from Vondelpark, which comes alive with tulips from late spring, and arty hangout Coffee and Coconuts, where you’ll find the district’s urbanites indulging in matcha lattes and buckwheat pancakes any day of the week. 

Sir Albert hotel, Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, 1072 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands

EAT
Thanks to establishments like Dignita, the days of hunting for good vegetarian dishes are no more. The casual, wonderfully welcoming eatery pinpoints the courgette and chickpea fritters and its ‘golden glow’ pancake stack as specialities and offers a selection of fresh juices infused with buzzword ingredients like turmeric and wheatgrass to complement its recipes. For vegans, there’s a riff on the Caesar salad and an Asian-inspired avocado recipe served with homemade nut bread that are both worth tucking into, and staff are well-versed in making alterations to certain dishes if you’re keen to switch things up. Food aside, the crockery is everything we love about Dutch design; rustic ceramic crafted to teardrop-shaped saucers and bowls presented on wooden serving boards that somehow make everything seem all the more appealing. Take a book, order a coffee and enjoy a leisurely morning in one of two locations; Vondelpark or Hoftuin.

Dignita, Nieuwe Herengracht 18a, 1018 DP Amsterdam

DRINK
Step back in time with a trip to Wynand and Fockink. It features a gin distillery, bar and liquor store, dating back to the 1600s and it remains a popular tasting destination for locals and visitors alike. Old-age charm bequeaths the space and makes a welcome change to the clean-cut, minimalist design of the city’s newer pubs and bars. Its walls are stacked with hundreds of gins, ranging from sweet and fruity to rich and spicy and each bottle has a story behind its name. The bar tenders’ knowledge is unrivalled and they take care in finding the right choice of flavour for every customer who walks through the door. A full measure of liquid sits right to the brim of the small, curved glass and by way of tradition, the first sip is taken from the table. Contrary to any other straight spirit, it’s enjoyed slowly and at room temperature.

Wynand Fockink, Pijlsteeg 31, 1012 HH Amsterdam, Netherlands

SHOP
Tracking down a city’s most forward-thinking concept stores is always worth the effort and Hutspot captures Amsterdam’s effortless fashion, furniture and homewares style in one curated space. Complete with an in-house barber, beautifully branded gin bottles, furniture you’ll want to try and cram into your carry-on and clothes by Dutch fashion labels like Selected Femme and Antidote, it’s a one-stop shop for a life overhaul. Take your cue from impeccably dressed sales assistants and invest in understated yet beautifully made clothing, adding a coffee table book on the art of home interiors to take home for good measure.  

Hutspot, Van Woustraat 4, 1073 LL Amsterdam

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SUSTAINABILITY 
QO Hotel is positioned in the south of the city, an up-and-coming area filled with new, high rise buildings. What makes this 76-floor skyscraper different is its dedication to sustainability. Inside, guests will find energy-saving lifts, self-sufficient plants and healthy snacks in every room as well as carpets made from recycled Thai fishing nets and a food menu devised using locally-sourced ingredients. There’s even a greenhouse on the top floor and its produce is used to add a personal touch to bespoke cocktails, which can be sampled while enjoying an outstanding view of the city below. Whether you’re booked to stay overnight or not, QO’s restaurant, bar and considered interiors are all well worth a visit. 

QO Hotel, Amstelvlietstraat 4, 1096 GG Amsterdam, Netherlands


DO 
If you’re a Soho House member then Amsterdam’s destination is absolutely not to be missed. Positioned in the heart of the city just a stone’s throw from the Ann Frank museum, it makes the perfect pit-stop for those in need of a rest bite after a day exploring. Behind its large wooden doors, the rooms capture everything we know and love about these prestigious establishments – the elegant interiors, the laid back atmosphere and the option to settle in with a laptop, magazine or friend for as many hours as you care to is of course, what makes it so appealing worldwide. The roof, however, offers exceptional views of the city and gives this location a unique twist. In summer months use the pool to cool off or order drinks from the bar downstairs and source yourself a table outside to enjoy the best sights from up high. 

Soho House Amsterdam, Spuistraat 210, 1012 VT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Credits

Words by Sarah Leigh Bannerman
Photography provided by respective brands