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10 hours in Amsterdam – starting point: Haarlemmerbuurt

A day in the Dam: strolling, shopping and eating

In Amsterdam there’s so much to do that you sometimes can’t see the wood for the trees – and end up being magnetically drawn towards the biggest crowd-pullers. On this ultimate day out in the Dam, we avoid the crowd-pullers by turning right from Central Station towards the Haarlemmerbuurt, with some fun forays into the centre in the afternoon.

In Amsterdam there’s so much to do that you sometimes can’t see the wood for the trees – and end up being magnetically drawn towards the biggest crowd-pullers. On this ultimate day out in the Dam, we avoid the crowd-pullers by turning right from Central Station towards the Haarlemmerbuurt, with some fun forays into the centre in the afternoon.

10:00 am. Energy boost at Vinnies

Before heading into town, you might want a quick energy boost. A five-minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station brings you to Vinnies, where you can enjoy a good cup of coffee or a fresh juice. And if you’re peckish, the menu offers oatmeal, eggs, homemade brioche and the most delicious cakes. There are vegetarian and vegan options too. All in all, it’s quite likely that you’ll feel right at home here.

Haarlemmerstraat 46HS and Scheldestraat 45BG, Vinnieshomepage.com

Vinnie's menu offers oatmeal, eggs, homemade brioche and the most delicious cakes
One of Amsterdam’s most beautiful shops: the window poem, wonderful displays and Nepali party flags

11:00. Shopping at Sukha

32 buildings further down the Haarlemmerstraat is Sukha. In my opinion, one of Amsterdam’s most beautiful shops. It starts with the poem on the window, and the wonderful displays. Inside, the space is light and spacious, with all kinds of different products – from hand-knitted woollen plaids from Nepal, to wooden bowls for the kitchen. But this place is also clothing, shoe and jewellery heaven. And who could forget the cheerful Nepali party flags? It’s the kind of place you don’t want to leave.

Haarlemmerstraat 110, Sukha.nl

11:30. Miniwarenhuis Six and Sons

You’ll find this  ‘mini department store’ a little further along, on the Haarlemmerdijk. Entering it, you face a wall full of travel bags in different sizes. If you walk downstairs, you’ll be overcome by consumer desire. There’s so much to see: coffee-table books, kitchen knives, marble shelves and an Earl Gray tea vodka kit. Plus, plenty of must-haves for your desk. Upstairs, you will mainly find items for your body, from socks and shoes to sweaters and t-shirts.

Haarlemmerdijk 31, Sixandsons.com

There’s so much to see: coffee-table books, marble shelves and an Earl Gray tea vodka kit
Here you can eat the tastiest Italian classics and enjoy freshly baked bread and homemade pasta

12:30. After-shopping lunch at Toscanini

If shopping has given you an appetite, head to Toscanini on the Lindengracht for lunch. Book a table early as this restaurant is a local favourite. Here you can savour authentic Italian cuisine in all its simplicity and honesty. Every day, except Sunday, you can eat the tastiest classics here, made with organic ingredients, and enjoy freshly baked bread and homemade pasta. The informal atmosphere makes you feel right at home and you could almost believe you’re in Italy…

Lindengracht 75, Restauranttoscanini.nl

14.30. Our House Dance Museum

On the Amstelstraat – in the same building as club Air – you’ll find the first and (so far) only dance museum in the world. This is the place to experience the story of creative dance culture through exhibitions, music, lighting and plenty of interactive fun. The museum, which is brand new, welcomes everyone. Mix your own album, step into the silent disco or have a blast with the life-size drum machine. From homegrown Dutch techno to Chicago house, once you’re here, you’ll just have to dance to the beats.

Amstelstraat 26, our-house.com

From homegrown Dutch techno to Chicago house, once you’re here, you’ll just have to dance to the beats
Have you caught the culture bug yet? Then you’ll probably find something at YellowKorner

17:00. Score some art at YellowKorner

Have you caught the culture bug yet? Then you’ll probably also find something at the YellowKorner photography shop. This store stocks prints by both young talents and famous snappers. Since these are sold in higher editions, they are a lot more affordable than you might expect. And yet you still get to own real art! All the photographs are numbered and have a certificate of authenticity. The collection is supplemented weekly with new works, so what’s on offer is always a surprise.

Singel 282, Yellowkorner.com

18:30. The perfect ending at Bleu bistro

The Prinsenstraat, with all its tiny shops, always makes me happy. But this year it has become even more fun, because Bleu is the newest addition here. A French restaurant with a playful accent – just like the menu, by the way. Take the DIY steak tartare, for which you mash the tartare, egg yolk, onions, capers and pickles yourself, and the chocolate crumble. At Bleu you can end your day in Amsterdam in style.

Prinsenstraat 10HS, Restaurantbleu.amsterdam

Take the DIY steak tartare, for which you mash the tartare, egg yolk, onions, capers and pickles yourself
Looselab

Written by: Looselab

Het handgeschreven lijstje met favoriete adressen van Marlous Beukeboom werd een eigen blog: looselab.nl. Je vindt er alleen bijzondere feelgoodplekken met bijvoorbeeld een te gekke inrichting of een fijne, persoonlijke sfeer.

Location & route
  1. Vinnies
  2. Sukha Amsterdam
  3. Six and Sons
  4. Toscanini
  5. Our House dance museum
  6. Yellowkorner
  7. Restaurant Bleu
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