Category Archives: amsterdam

amsterdam’s first snowfall






It was cold in Amsterdam this past February. The temperatures dropped. Then it snowed, a lot. The Westerpark was beautiful. And it was even cold enough that the canals froze over and we were able to skate on them. It was a wonderfully wintery February. Wishing for another one in 2013!



recent in 5 (#31) pink

A few photographs in pink to celebrate my mother’s birthday! Happy Birthday to you! Photographs were taken on the Haarlemmerdijk (1&2), at Two For Joy Coffee Roasters (Haarlemmerdijk 182; see previous post) where I tried their new Iced Chai Latte and read the latest issue of The Gentlewoman (3), at the LIKESTATIONERY Pop-Up store at the Strawberryblonde design studio (Prinsenstraat 24) (4) and  at the Noordermarkt, where I bought these beauties.

weekend in 3 (#59)

This weekend… A quiet Friday morning // with this song on repeat // finally making it over to the Oude Kerk (see photo) for the World Press Photo 2012 Exhibition (until 17 June) // biking home on the Haarlemmerstraat/Haarlemmerdijk and popping into the recently opened store without a home. (Haarlemmerstraat 26), the wonderful concept store Restored (Haarlemmerdijk 39) and the only and only Two For Joy Coffee Roasters (Haarlemmerdijk 182; see previous post) to try their new Iced Chai Latte // finally making it to the EYE Film Institute (see views here and here) on the northern banks of the IJ river to see the Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom (watch the trailer or read the review) on Friday evening // a perfect brunch at G&T’s really, really nice place (Goudsbloemstraat 91) with a dear friend on Saturday morning // before heading to the LIKESTATIONERY Pop-Up store on the Prinsenstraat 24 (LIKESTATIONERY is the online store of design-studio Strawberryblonde) and the Noordermarkt, where I bought these beauties // a quiet Saturday evening // a visit to de Appel Arts Centre (Prins Hendrikkade 142) at their new location for the new exhibition Topsy Turvy, Long live the upside-down world! (read more about the installation featured above) // warming up with hot chocolate at Brood Bar (Kloveniersburgwal 18) // before meeting an old friend from high school at Cafe van Zuylen (Torensteeg 4-8; love this corner) // and ending the day with this movie. Happy Monday!

weekend in 3 (#58)

This weekend… A stop by Brouwerij ‘t IJ on Friday afternoon // followed by a picnic in the Oosterpark until late in the evening (previous Oosterpark picnic) // breakfast on the roof on Saturday morning // lunch with my parents before a preview of the newly renovated building of the Stedelijk Museum, designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel (the museum will finally open its doors on Sunday 23 September!) // more afternoon rooftop hangouts // another picnic in Vondelpark for the last of the day’s sun // before heading to Melkweg (Lijnbaansgracht 234) to see Beach House, the dreamy pop duo of French-born Victoria Legrand and Baltimore native Alex Scally, perform their latest album, Bloom (an incredible show!) // a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon spent, again, on the roof // headed home on Sunday afternoon for a dinner with my grandparents // making the most of the long-weekend by visiting The New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibition at Foam (Keizersgracht 609) in its last days (watch this video of director of the magazine and curator of the exhibition, Kathy Ryan) // a walk down the Utrechtsestraat before stopping by Frozz (Utrechtsestraat 27; see previous post) and sitting along the Keizersgracht watching the boats (and swans!) go by…

recent in 5 (#30) coffee, macarons & saphartipark

A few Amsterdam discoveries in De Pijp… A coffee and slice of carrot cake at corner cafe Kofi-T (Ferdinand Bolstraat 149) across from Inkt en Olie (Ferdinand Bolstraat 151; they sell the best postcards!) // the shops Cotton Cake (1e van der Helststraat 76), Charlie + Mary (Gerard Doustraat 84) and Zublim (Gerard Doustraat 86) // sampling delicious macarons at the recently opened Poptasi Pastry // grabbing a delicious fresh sandwich at Foodware (1e van der Helststraat 63) // and finding a park bench in the neighboring Saphartipark.