Category Archives: Favorite Spots

Portrait, a concept store in Haarlem

Portrait 1This afternoon I visited a new spot in town; Portrait (Haarlem, raamvest 29a). Portrait is a concept store where you can shop for amazing design items, work or just have a coffee. They are situated in an old building in the city center that once was used as a horse stable. Thanks to a big renovation of the whole building, I have to say, it looks pretty amazing! I had a cappuccino and Rene had a latte macchiato and we shared a brownie together. The coffee was great, too bad they didn’t have latte art (yet?!) and we got some tiny Tony’s chocolates on the side (they scored some serious points with that). Lovely spot to hang out and get some work done. I guess I will be hanging out here a lot, especially since it’s yet another lovely spot just around the corner of our house.

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Favorite spot in Amsterdam

Time passes by so fast! I can’t believe the weekend is already here.. I’ve had a good week, hope you all had a good one as well. Last tuesday I went to see Fanfarlo perform at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam. They recently released their third album called Let’s Go Extinct and I’ve been listening to it a lot.

As some of you might know, I am the editor-in-chief for Musicspotter (a Dutch music website), so if you would like to read my review about the concert of Fanfarlo make sure to visit Musicspotter (it is in Dutch though, sorry English readers). Here’s a picture we took of frontman Simon Balthazar.

simon balthazarWednesday was also spend in Amsterdam. I love walking through the city, watching people pass by and visit inspirational hotspots. One of my favorite spots at the moment is Six and Sons (Haarlemmerdijk 31). Downstairs they have a shop where they sell the most amazing interior and furniture items. They also sell magazines like Kinfolk, Cereal, Another Escape and Smith Journal. Upstairs is a great looking space where you can drink coffee, have lunch, work or read magazines (they have the previous mentioned magazines lying around!). My love for this place is beyond comprehension and I keep coming back to it every time I’m in Amsterdam. Sometimes you visit a place and you feel at home right away, that’s what happened when I walked in for the first time here a couple of weeks ago. When you visit make sure to try the hummus sandwich because it’s delicious.

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Another nice fact about the cafe upstairs: every thing you see there is for sale. Including the furniture, prints on the walls and even the cups where they serve their coffee in!

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Scenes from the NeighbourFood market

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Last sunday Rene and I went to the NeighbourFood market at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The Westergasfabriek is an old industrial area that was once used for gasworks but now it’s an area filled with culture (cafe’s, restaurants, cinema, theater etc). The NeighbourFood market (every third sunday of the month) offers some great food, coffee, vintage items and vinyl from retailers that are based in Amsterdam.

puchlightsWe came across a Portugese food stand and got ourselves a puff pastry with piri piri chicken in it. Delicious!

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After the puff pastry we got in line for some cappuccino’s at the Espressobus. The Espressobus is one of the most famous foodtrucks we have here in the Netherlands and it is known for their great coffee and their awesome vehicle (an old Citroen HY).espressobuscappuccinoespressobus cappu

I love their paper cups!chocolatevinyltablewaffels op wielenFor more information about the NeighbourFood market make sure to check out the Facebook page