maandag 17 februari 2014

Lazy weekends in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is one of the best cities to live. Especially when it's not raining. So what to do in Amsterdam on a dry sunny weekend day in winter?

Neighbourhood Food Market

Sampling fine food in a relaxed, cozy setting.
There is almost something going on at the Westergasfabriek all the way in West. It's a good thing it's one of my favorite hang outs in the city, and not only because it's an urban brownfield redevelopment project. Last sunday Westergasfabriek hosted the Neighbourhood Food Market. Inside the Zuiveringshal West a wide variety of food stalls were put up, a DJ spinned old vinyl records, outside there were french fries, pancakes, mexican burritos were made in rolling kitchens.

The atmosphere is relaxed but it gets quite crowded after 3pm, so get there early. There is also some second hand stalls in the western half of the hall. The place is pretty kid friendly, and a photograper was taking cool pictures of families on the southern part of the building. 

Some of our favorite stalls: the pinxtos, vegetarian Indian and definitely the Vietnamese spring rolls.

Six and Sons

Cool retro vintage concept store for men.

 Coffee and vintage furniture, clothing, decorations, fragrances... This is a gentlemen's store with a living room look and feel. Browse through the unique collection downstairs, rest and relax in the coffee bar upstairs with a coffee, sandwich, cake...

Cool stuff, good coffee, great prices!


Kids love animals, and you don't need to venture to Artis or to the countryside to find some sweet animals your toddles can pet and play with. Off De Clercqstraat, in the Kinkerbuurt there's a quaint little wooden city farm called the Zimmerhoeve. Before there was a petting zoo and playground installed there was a factory making iron cast potholes.

Free entrance, cute place, there are sheep, rabbits, chickens, pigs, goats, guinea pigs... Outside the petting zoo there is a large play ground, some ruins of the old pothole factory are visible on the playground. Warm up with a nice coffee, or a good glass of Belgian beer at nearby Cafe Louter.

Jan Eef

Amsterdam West is turning into a happening place, not only food wise, but also shopping wise. Jan Pieter Heijestraat, Kinkerstraat, Ten Kate market are slowly changing in hip shopping areas. The area now stretches towards Jan Evertsenstraat where pop up concept store Jan Eef emerged on the corner with Witte de Withstraat. 

About 20 small designers and craftsmen/women have an in-store shop. OF course there's a coffee, and wide variety of lemonades. It's all very laid back, very hip. These are the participants: BrĂ»t Amsterdam | Chezatelier| De Fiksie | Dee’s Things | Doing Goods | Cup of Jo | FEZamsterdam | Flink Netherlands | Gray Label | Icon Brand | Jan & Jacob | Keepcup | Label C | Moluccan Islands| Margery Genevie & Joy | Max Beerman photography| Puur de Fiets | The Material List | Up Up | Van der Borne | Viteaux Originals | YanFlorijn Wijn | Zeep & Zaligheid

You can enjoy lunch or dinner at Fa. Speijkervet across the street. There are snacks and drinks on Thursdays. 

Design Icons|Affordable Art Fair|Winterparade (KROMHOUTHAL)

Design, art, theatre, food in Noord.

Sometimes one needs to cross the IJ river and venture north. North is very different, but cool things happen here. At the Kromhouthal, at one of the old Stork factory sites, a lot of interesting stuff is organized. In February we checked out the Design Icons fair. A very nice venue, but a lot of the same or similar stuff offered by the different vendors. Bring your platinum credit card(s). After looking at hundres of Eames chairs we rested and had drinks at Stork. Made a mental note to check out the restaurant in the near future (aparently the fish is very good). There was a not very exciting funky jazz band soundchecking... sunday jazz.  Some of the other things organized here are the winter version of Holland's roaming theater festival De Parade. There's also the affordable art fair at this location.

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