Category Archives: shops

r e s t o r e d (amsterdam)

R E S T O R E D is a wonderful little shop on the Haarlemmerdijk in the center of Amsterdam (Haarlemmerdijk 39). “Restored is all about beauty, balance and originality. We believe in an honest approach and a sincere interest in people and products.”  A unique collection of products are sold here, ranging from gold feather rings to Herschel Supply Co. backpacks to plaid blankets by Mae Engelgeer and a great selection of magazines including AnthologyFrankie and Smith Journal.

Be sure to take check out this round up of great shops, cafes and restaurants on the Haarlemmerdijk and Haarlemmerstraat before you head that way!


friday next (amsterdam)

Design and lifestyle store Friday Next has been on my to-do list for quite some time now. Known for its new approach where “interior, fashion, design and hospitality come together,” I was curious to check this concept store out for myself.

Just off the busy Stadshouderskade (close to the Leidseplein), you’ll find Friday Next at the  beginning of the Overtoom.

The store has a beautiful collection or products and “the combination of big (inter)national brands and exclusive collection of small Dutch designers displays a fine balance in the store.” From books to bicycles, pillows to light fixtures, you’ll find just about everything for your home here, as well as some jewelry, bags and clothing.

Friday Next offers a platform for new designers, features established brands like Fritz Hansen, CappelliniArketipo and Arflex, and even has their own label. Click here to see their collection, and shop online here.

You’ll also find a lovely café in the middle of the store, where you can enjoy an all-day breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, prepared with the fresh products of Marqt next door (Overtoom 21; see previous post), or simply cup of coffee and a magazine.

Additionally, the Friday Next Studio gives interior advice and creates interior designs for private homes and companies. Friday Next can be found on the Overtoom 31. The store is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.

puccini bomboni (amsterdam)

The other day on my way home from school, I biked up Singel on my way home, past the Torensluis, home to the lovely Cafe Van Zuylen (Torensteeg 4-8) and the chocolatier Puccini Bomboni (Singel 184).

Amsterdam has a number of delicious chocolatiers, including Unlimited Delicious (Haarlemmerstraat 122) and Jordino (Haarlemmerdijk 25) on the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk. But Puccini Bomboni’s location on the Singel makes it worth a trip in itself.

In addition, their chocolates are incredibly delicious. Their original bomboni are made on the premises according to traditional recipes using only the finest natural ingredients. And their products have a wide variety of flavors including cranberry, vanilla poppyseed, thyme and apple to name a few.

Puccini Bomboni has two locations: Staalstraat 17, open Monday and Sunday from 12-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Singel 184, open Monday and Sunday from 12-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.

fashion&foam (amsterdam)

The newest initiative of the photography museum Foam (Keizersgracht 609), &Foam, opened its doors on Thursday 26 January. Remember the Foam Pop-In store at the Museumplein? &Foam is a unique new shop located at the Vijzelstraat 78, that sells photography magazines, books, prints and more.

Four times a year, &Foam will engage in surprisingly new collaborations and following Fashion&Foam, there will be Music&Foam, followed by Design&Foam and Film&Foam later in the year.

The new concept store has a collection of a photography books including those by fashion photographers Terry Richardson and Richard Avedon. The guest curator for the exhibition was Niels Klavers, head of Fashion at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. He has put together a small exhibion, ‘ONDER ANDEREN…’ or ‘Among Others,’ where he invited 20 alumni of the Rietveld Academie to provide a distinctive item from their collection and has resulted in “a unique installation [that] contains applied art pieces and original designs and reflects the vision of the Academie’s fashion department over the past 20 years.”

Additionally, Foam Editions (Foam’s very own gallery) presents a selection of unique signed prints by young talented photographs at reasonable prices, and has included work by like this portrait of American actress Chloe Sevigny by Anouschka Blommers & Niels Schumm and a photo series Seven Feet Under by Philippe Vogelenzang.

&Foam is located on the Vijzelstraat 78, just around the corner from the museum which is located at Keizersgracht 609 (see previous post). The store is open Monday and Sunday from 12-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Thursday evenings till 9pm. This second edition of &Foam will take place mid-April, when it becomes Music&Foam, curated by Antal Heitlager of the record label Rush Hour.

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raw materials (amsterdam)

In December, when out shopping for Christmas presents, I took the tram into the center from my apartment. When switching trams over by the Rozengracht/Marnixstraat, I saw Raw Materials (Rozengracht 231) out of the corner of my eye, so I decided to take a look. Raw Materials isn’t just any furniture store…

They sell unique products from all over the world. My mom and I reminisced about Indonesia and how we just wish we had brought back more from when we lived there, like batique prints…

And old tins…

From wooden cabinets to old school chairs, Raw Materials has a collection of beautiful products, including floor rugs, textiles and decorations.

“Cabinets, gym lockers, kitchen racks, coolers, pots, curtains, fabrics, dining tables, lamps, chairs and sofas at Raw Materials arouse sentiments: they have a history behind that can hardly be bought in a normal craft store” (Cosebelle).

Raw Materials can be found on the Rozengracht 231 and is open Monday from 12-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Thursdays till 7pm. On Sunday they are closed. Click for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday

stock & options (amsterdam)

Last week I posted about the opening of a new hotel on Damrak (where I took these photographs), Hotel The Exchange. The other day I went to check it out.

First stop, the “contemporary department store” Options (Damrak 49).

And right next door is the cafe STOCK (Damrak 50).

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boekie woekie (amsterdam)

I recently discovered this artist-run bookstore for books by artists in Amsterdam, a little shop on the Berenstraat in the Nine Streets, called Boekie Woekie. Then, when browsing my copy of Amsterdam: Made by Hand (purchase book on or, a small book of 10 wanders through the city through the eyes of Australian stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk, I came across Boekie Woekie again.

“In Dutch, the name Boekie Woekie (pronounce ‘boogie woogie’) translates as ‘shaky business,’ and the founders, book artists themselves, thought that was exactly what their ‘business’ would be – uncertain and unsteady. Amsterdam, however, thriving as it is with artists and travelers, embraced Boekie Woekie; today, twenty-three years later, the shop stocks more than 8,000 titles,” writes Pia Jane Bijkerk.

Those 8,000 titles are made up of books (including artists’ books, catalogues, folders, editions and periodicals), audio-video (including CDs, audio tapes and video tapes) and prints (including portfolios, single prints, postcards and posters).

There’s just about something for everyone in this small shop, including a selection of artists’ postcards and old found postcards “that have been scrunched up, washed by hand and then ironed out to form completely reinvented cards” says Bijkerk.

Boekie Woekie (Berenstraat 16) is open daily from 12 to 6pm. I’ll be sure to feature other stores and creative ateliers and boutiques featured in ‘Amsterdam: Made by Hand,’ but I recommend purchasing the book and undertaking one of the 10 wanders. For those living/studying/traveling to Paris, Pia Jane Bijkerk has also published, ‘Paris: Made by Hand‘ and has recently written the memoir, ‘My Heart Wanders‘ of uprooting her life in Sydney to live in Paris and Amsterdam.

Click here for more Amsterdam Insights, published every Wednesday.