temporary Baut completes Amsterdam’s Fleet Street

London has Fleet Street, Amsterdam has its Wibautstraat. In the years after WWII all national daily newspapers had their main offices on this rather ugly street. Things have changed by now: all dailies relocated leaving the premises vacant for new and hip restaurants, clubs and bars. Baut opened the other week in the former Parool building. We like it: it’s delicious, young, and temporary: just for the coming 800 days. Other clubs, in the same area are temporary as well: in the building next door Club Trouw opened two years ago, in the same cool format. On the other side of the road is Canvas, located in the old Volkskrant building. Great to see that Fleet Street is thriving again!

Baut, Wibautstraat 125, 1091 GL Amsterdam
Reservations: +31 (0)20 46 59 260
Baut is open for breakfast, lunch an dinner, 7 days a week from 09:00 to 01:00 (weekends 03:00).

expanded design shop: Hôtel Droog

The popular design shop Droog has expanded and is now called Hôtel Droog. New are the café, the gallery, the fashion shop, the beauty shop and the beautiful garden; all in the same building and filled with great design stuff. On top of that (and on the top floor) there is the new mini hotel: an apartment with a pure Droog Design interior.
Hôtel Droog is like a design department store, but nicer. In fact it’s more like a complete design experience.

Staalstraat 7a
1011 JJ Amsterdam
(+31) 020-5235050
Open: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00-18:00, Sunday 12:00-17:00

possibly the best apply pie on the planet

photo by Rik Panganiban

Winkel 43 serves the best apple pie (in Dutch called Appeltaart) in Amsterdam, possibly on the planet. They use real Dutch Rode Boskoop apples. The restaurant and the terrace can be crowded, because of that famous apple pie, but it is worthwhile waiting a little. Winkel 43 is located on Noordermarkt 43, the same square that houses a nice flee market on Monday morning and a farmers market on Saturday. Of course lunch is great at Winkel 43 and all their other stuff too, but we suggest strongly you take that apple pie, with or without whipped cream.

Did you ever taste a better apple pie, somewhere in Amsterdam?
Please let us know and leave a reply!

burgers 2.0: great burgers at Burgermeester

Burgermeester serves really good tasty burgers, made with honest ingredients. 3 friends started the initiative and now, 5 years later, you can find three “burger resto’s” around town. Burgers at McD are certainly cheaper, but never as delicious as at Burgermeester’s. The place has a cozy yet modern look. Open from 12:00 to 23:00 only in Amsterdam at Plantage Kerklaan 37, Elandsgracht 130 and Albert Cuypstraat 48

breakfast, lunch and high tea prepared with care


Photo: gartine.nl

Gartine  is an oases of calmness, in the middle of the hectic centre of Amsterdam. They serve mainly organic, sometimes slow cooked food that’s mostly grown in their own kitchen garden. Worth a visit and because it is located in the centre of the centre of Amsterdam, you are always nearby.

Do make reservations, Gartine is quite popular: 020-3204132

Taksteeg 7, Wednesday through Sunday 10.00 – 18.00 hours.

lunchtime concerts

Amsterdam Concertgebouw

A cultural way to rest your feet from walking through the city, museums and shops. Just a short break, about an hour or so. The locations are all in the centre of Amsterdam and therefore easy to fit into your plans. These concerts are free (except some at the conservatorium). You can find lunchtime concerts at the:

Stopera: every tuesday 12.30

Concertgebouw: every wednesday 12.30

Conservatorium: almost every day at different times/locations; various sorts of music