yet undiscovered vintage shop just outside of Amsterdam

Vintage Brands 2

Monnickendam is a beautiful authentic village a little north of Amsterdam. It is known by tourists because of it’s beauty and it’s harbour. Recently nice shops have opened their doors, making a visit even more worthwhile.

In a former outbuilding of a primary school in Monnickendam you can find a great vintage store. Currently, sustainable business is trendy. This also fits the new shop: Vintage Brands owned by Babette Schellekens. It comes to women’s fashion brands in the higher segment; Humanoid, Repeat, Hale Bob, Moncler, Marccain, Burberry, Marlene Birger, Day, Diesel and even Gucci. And you also can go there for nice shoes, bags and scarves.

Vintage Brands
Noordeinde 22
Monnickendam (North of Amsterdam)
Opening hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 12.00-18.00 hours
Saturday 10.00-17.00 hours

Christmas shopping just outside of Amsterdam

White Romance
Monickendam is a beatiful authentic village a little north of Amsterdam. It is known by tourists because of it’s beauty and it’s harbour. Recently nice shops are opening, selling brocante, vintage clothing and more, making a visit even more worthwhile.

On December 7th another new shop opened her doors: White Romance, for those who like romantic stuff, this is a beautiful shop with flea market things, beautiful crockery, candles and pretty dresses. Besides the used stuff they also sell new things like nice cards, forgings, small gadgets, romantically tinged tea towels of brand Claire & Eve, scarves and ponchos. All this in a romantic atmosphere with lots of white and powder shades.
Interested in a romantic party? They do organize high teas for maximum 12 people or parties for little princesses.

White Romance
Noordeinde 48
Monnickendam (North of Amsterdam)
Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10.00-18.00 hours

hidden gem in Amsterdam


Yes, this in in the city of Amsterdam

Hidden in the Flevopark in the eastern part of Amsterdam, is the Distillery ‘t Nieuwe Diep. Unknown by tourists; but the average Amsterdam citizen has no idea of it’s existence either. And that’s a shame, because the distillery is located in a monumental former water pumping station, at an idillic location on a lake in a park and most important: the distillery produces authentic jenevers and liqueurs that are surely worth a try. What about Dutch Dynamite – a 20% liqueur with a licorice taste, must be Dutch! That’s just one of the many genevers and liqueurs they produce and sell in the distillery. For anyone interested: they do serve coffee, tea and soda’s too.

Spring and summer: Tuesday – Sunday 15:00 – 20:00 hours
Fall and winter: Tuesday – Sunday 15:00 – 18:00 hours

Distilleerderij ‘t Nieuwe Diep
Flevopark 13, Amsterdam

What happened to Queens Day?












We used to have Queen’s day in the Netherlands – at April 30st.
Now that we have a king, we have King’s Day – officially at April 27th.
But this year (2014) Kings Day was at April 26st because the 27th is a Sunday.

It’s complicated. That’s why yesterday April 30st, several tourists, beautifully dressed up in orange, were spotted in Amsterdam. Wondering where that great Queen’s Day street party was happening.

I feel sorry for them. They missed it all.
To make sure nobody comes to Amsterdam on the wrong dates next year:

King’s Day 2015: April 27th
King’s Night 2015: the night of April 26st
Queen’s Day: no longer exists

the Guardian: Amsterdam City Archives in top-10 of best free museums in the world

StadsarchiefThe Guardian has named The Amsterdam City Archives as one of the 10 best museums in the world that are free of admission.

This is what the Guardian writes about the City Archives:
Amsterdam’s Stadsarchief (city archive), is housed in an imposing, though gritty-looking building, originally the headquarters of an investment bank. Inside, its tiled rooms are decorated with bold, jagged, graphics and patterns. The Treasures of Amsterdam exhibition is a collection of artefacts in the underground Treasury that help tell the story of the city – worth a good nose around while anxiously hoping the heavy vault doors stay open until you’re done., Tues-Fri- 10am–5pm, Sat-Sun noon–5pm

authentic local Christmas market in Amsterdam 22-12-2013

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREThis is not just another tourist trap. No, this is an authentic, local Christmas market in a beautiful church, just outside the city center of Amsterdam. It’s a ‘Fair’ Christmas Market, because all participants are charities and local voluntary organisations.
Besides the market there are all kind of activities that you can join, like:
– a sing a long choir
– a small Christmas cribs exhibition
– story telling
– activities for the children
and much more.
And to make the Christmas Market feeling complete you can enjoy some nice hot coffee, Glühwein, Dutch pea soup called ‘snert’ and some delicious snacks.

The location of the church is worth a visit in itself. A courtyard with the church in the middle, which is very rare in Amsterdam. And if you don’t know it (or read a blog post about it), you will not find this hidden gem.

Sunday December 22th, 12.00 – 17.00 hours
Admission: Free
Address: Hofkerk, Linnaeushof 94, Amsterdam
How to get there: Tram 9 (less than 10 minutes from Dam Square).
Get out at tram stop ‘Hogeweg’, from there it’s a 200 meter walk to the church.

While you are in the neighbourhood, you might just as well want to visit the Pure Markt, that has its Christmas version of the monthly farmers market, at Frankendael Park – just a few hundred meters from the Hofkerk church.

Amsterdam’s oldest church restoration finished

DSCF3696oude_kerk_amsterdamDe Oude Kerk restoration has finally finished. It is Amsterdam oldest building, dating from the 13th century and certainly worth a visit. The church has a beautiful wooden roof and the floor is actually made of old tombstones (see here for a map). Rembrandt was married here and famous old Dutch admirals are buried here. The location is peculiar because the church is situated right in the middle of the Red Light district, not a typical area to worship. Opening hours are daily from 11 to 17, sunday 13 to 17. Check on the agenda because the church hosts ocassionally big events like World Press Photo.