Antiquariaat Hoogkamp – The best souvenir

Strolling along the Spiegelgracht is a feast for the eyes — shops, locals, bikes, tourists. Tucked between the Rijksmuseum and the Prinsengracht, this peculiar shop stands out, with its stripped canopy and wooden boxes at the entrance. There’s nothing especially remarkable about it at first sight, until one sets their eyes on the contents of the boxes: … Read more Antiquariaat Hoogkamp – The best souvenir

Javastraat – Amsterdam’s melting pot

Amsterdam East (oost) has always been one of my favourite neighbourhoods for various reasons, and in recent years I’ve been enjoying it more and more. It’s one of the many areas in Amsterdam that has been subjected to the feared gentrification — the housing market exploded, and for a while I was scared that the … Read more Javastraat – Amsterdam’s melting pot

Hoofddorpplein – Cosy neighbourhood

Hoofddorpplein is only a few doorsteps from my apartment and has a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. Although this area is still part of the city center and not too far from touristic sights such as Museumplein and the Vondelpark, I experience there to be a local atmosphere in this neighbourhood. Once a year … Read more Hoofddorpplein – Cosy neighbourhood