Zeedijk – Hidden central

The most important street connecting Amsterdam Central Station with the Chinese Area around Nieuwmarkt is de Zeedijk. I used to cross this street very often and during these walks I discovered some interesting places. First, SKEK is a cosy place run by students offering a changing menu of unique dishes, daily specials and speciality beers. Latei … Read more Zeedijk – Hidden central

Wibautstraat – Good food at the main road

During the period I studied at the University of Amsterdam I’ve spent most of my time in the eastern part of the city and more specifically the area around Roeterseiland. In order to make those college days more bearable, I treated myself from time to time with a nice lunch, coffee, or pastry. Most of … Read more Wibautstraat – Good food at the main road

Tolhuistuin – Cultural garden

This is literally a hidden hot spot in Amsterdam. Cross the water by ferry (already a treat by itself!) to ‘Buiksloterweg’ and you’ll hit the Tolhuistuin Restaurant to your left-hand side. Downstairs is a concert hall, a successful branch of the legendary club ‘Paradiso’ in the center. But since ‘tuin’ means ‘garden’ in Dutch, the curious visitor … Read more Tolhuistuin – Cultural garden

Concerto – For extensive record shopping

Concerto is simply the best place to go for vinyl shopping. It’s a music store spread out over half a city block on the Utrechtsestraat filled with -both second hand and new- vinyl, cds, books, dvds even a café – for when your arms grow weary from flipping through those endless aisles of music. Although … Read more Concerto – For extensive record shopping

Bar Botanique – Good food in the tropics

For the good coffee and the big, healthy breakfast I often visit the lush, green and stylish Bar Botanique. The vintage furniture complemented with the green walls and plants everywhere will make you feel as if you’ve bought yourself a ticket to the tropics! There are artifacts hanging from the ceiling that remind me of … Read more Bar Botanique – Good food in the tropics