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Sunday, 27 May 2012



A while ago I got approached by Belgian Flair magazine to share my favorite, mostly affordable, new hotspots in Amsterdam. Off we went, me and a photographer, to capture those Amsterdam gems and this is the result! It's a mix of fashion, interior and lifestyle stores. The feature is in Dutch, but here I've listed my hotspots with a short English description. (There are many more hotspots - my city has so much to offer! - these are the ones featured in Flair)


Amsterdam hotspots 

Rika 
With effortless Scandinavian style at it's best, Rika sells leather biker jackets, mohair jumpers, printed pants and perfect basic tees and party dresses. Even just looking through the window I can feel my credit card melting a bit.

Options 
This concept store is stacked with goodies, big and small, like golden notebooks, funny magnets, interior design and clothing. Everyting in little design warehouse is carefully selected with a great sense of style and uniqueness. Fun fact: it's located in the new, trendy Exchange hotel.

Eye
Just opened and a welcome addition to the city: Eye. In a spectacular, abstract building located next to the IJ-waters, you'll find a cultural meeting point where a cinema, work spaces, a film museum and cozy restaurant come together brilliantly.

Hout & Nieuw 
Old, characteristic wooden furniture is hot - as we're all well aware. Same goes for the founder of this shop, who recently opened the first 'real life' store after running a successful online shop. You'll find industrial lamps, pretty old wooden tables and other furniture with a special story behind it.

Taschen 
After Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Londen and New York, the pleasure is ours. Super glamorous publisher Taschen recently opened it's doors to a fab flagship store, packed with extraordinary books about art, fashion, photography, music and more. Legendary Philippe Starck did the interior design, so reading a book (or just browsing pictures) is done in style.

REM eiland
Amsterdam is off to REM-eiland en masse and it's for a reason. This is where you'll eat and drink on a former flight deck while spectacularly overlooking the Amsterdam IJ waters. It doesn't get any more exciting, location wise. And with affordable menus, good service and a industrial feel REM is rightfully listed as a new hotspot.

Labels
Labels is a cozy boutique in one of the finest streets Amsterdam has to offer: the Utrechtsestraat. Each brand stocks just a few items so that adds up to a great mix of pretty jackets, dresses, jeans and tops. Go here for mostly European brands with a decent price tag such as Gestuz, Cheap Monday, Minimum and Mina UK.

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