Tuesday, 27 October 2015

QUICK UPDATE AND MY GUIDE TO AMSTERDAM



Sadly my poor little blog has become a bit of a desolate place full of tumbleweed and dust these last few months. Although I have had this burning need to write some new content, I don't want to write something for the sake of it. I hate the thought of this 'little space' generating a load of irrelevant blog posts that make me seem disconnected in some way. In all honesty, I have found balancing a blog with my moving around fairly difficult so I have stepped back for a while and focused on getting the most out of my internships. Although life has taken over for a little bit which has in turn taken my attention away from posting, I'm slowly but surely getting settled back in to my blogging ways. So as 2009 Britney famously said, "I'm back bitch" (or something along those lines).




If you follow my Instagram and blog I'm sure you'll be quite aware that I have spent the summer in Amsterdam (soz for the endless scenic photo spamming). I have now returned back to the UK and I'm living in London undertaking a new internship as part of my year in industry (which I looove- if anyone wants some more information about doing a sandwich course, drop me a comment and I will be sure to write a blogpost on my experience!). Whilst I'm looking forward to settling into busy London life (and my quite less than cosy mattress on my friends living room floor- no glam bloggers life for me but I'm not complaining), Amsterdam has well and truly stolen my heart so I want to share with you some of my favourite spots for those of you who are planning to visit!

My Guide to Amsterdam:

Eat and Drink

Coffee and Coconuts
Ceintuurbaan 282-284, 1072 LR Amsterdam


Located in the trendiest area of Amsterdam, De Pijp, Coffee and Coconuts is a hipsters haven with where you can sip fresh coconuts whilst lounging on big-ass beanbags. The attention to detail on the interior is impeccable (the toilet doors are distinguished with two coconuts for women and, well, I'm sure you can guess what artistic direction they took for men) and is worth a peek even if you're not feeling too peckish.

Roest
Jacob Bontiusplaats 1, 1018 PL Amsterdam


Roest is a bar thats not really a bar. It's a bunch of everything that makes you dream of summer, thrown together into a small area in the East of Amsterdam. With features of an urban beach, a convenience store where you can pick up hummus and crisps to picnic to your hearts content, a BBQ and even a playground that leads to a canal where you can swim, it's hard to think of what's missing to complete the perfect holiday package. A prime time to his this sweet spot is at night when they bring out the campfire.

p.s. you can also buy marshmallows and sticks from inside the bar so you can literally roast at Roest. These guys thought of everything.

Pllek
Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam


If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busy tourists in the centre of the city, a great place to go is Pllek which is located in the North of Amsterdam. Although it may sound a bit of an inconvenience as you have to catch a ferry to get there, don't let this put you off as this is an amazing chance to view the city's architecture from a far (plus, the ferry's free so quit complaining). The bar is made up of empty shipping containers stacked to form a C shape. In the summer you can sit outside under the fairy lights and hanging lanterns or sit on the beanbags by the water and watch the boats go by.

The Breakfast Club
Bellamystraat 2, 1053 BL Amsterdam


Not to be confused with the chain in London, The Breakfast Club will cure you Sunday hangover with their selection of deliciously stacked pancakes and copious amounts of different coffee.

Headfirst Coffee Roasters
Westersraat 150, 1015 MO Amsterdam


Coffee lovers, meet the coffee of all coffees (whilst nice pretty men with beards serve you).

Hummus Bistro
Westersraat 136, 1015 MP Amsterdam

Homemade hummus, homemade pitta and a cosy atmosphere. My tip- go for the long cooked beef and tahini sandwich.

Sky Lounge
Centraal Station, Oosterdoksstraat 4, 1011 DK Amsterdam

For the best view of Amsterdam (especially at night), heres your go to. The cocktails aren't too shabby either.

TOKI
Binnen Dommersstraat 15, 1013 HK Amsterdam


You'll want to Instagram the shiz outta this place. Your coffee comes with cute little tortoise shell spoons too.

Where to Shop

HutSpot
Van Woustraat 4, 1073 LL Amsterdam

When I think of a concept store, HutSpot is always the first to spring to mind. It has a skandi inspired interior and is jam packed with premium labels. Think Wood Wood, Le Specs and Ace and Tate. If all the shopping gets a bit too much, you can also retreat upstairs and grab yourself a cup of coffee in their cafe.

De Pijp

This is an area in Amsterdam full of cool bars and concept stores (see the two below). You're bound to pick up something original.

Baskéts
Elandsgracht 57-59, 1016 TN Amsterdam

We Are Labels
Utrechtsestraat 36, 1017 VP Amsterdam


Hôtel Droog
Staalstraat 7B, 1011 JJ Amsterdam


A hotel, cafe, restaurant, shop, opticians, lecture hall AND a beautiful garden ( and BREATH). Another random concept store mix that Amsterdam has smashed.