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Discover Amsterdam’s latest It-restaurant

Nela is situated in the new "vertical village" Valley, which has just nabbed the annual Emporis Skyscraper Award for “best new skyscraper in the world”. Much discussed amongst the local foodie set, this is the new restaurant by Hari Shetty and Ori Geller, who are known for their work at Nobu (London), Yaffo (Tel Aviv) and Mr. Porter, Izakaya and The Duchess* (Amsterdam). The chef duo set out to create a space where they could “celebrate the union between live fire cooking and high quality ingredients”. And where the “pure gastronomy” and “carefully hand-crafted” décor provide “the perfect backdrop for gathering round the fire to share good food with friends”. While we’re really over so-called shared dining as a "concept" we liked the food at our recent visit, especially the veggie options, which included crispy lavash flatbread with giajillo chilli butter, amber charcoal-roasted artichoke, and charred baby leeks with mustard dressing and Belper Knolle cheese. Tip: the seabass sashimi with beet and watercress is not to be missed. Considering its seriously impressive setting and fire flavoured cuisine, we think Nela has potential to become a shining star in Zuidas.

NELA, Beethovenstraat 515

Take a first look at upcoming autumn fashions

Now that the days are starting to cool, it’s time to stock up on Knit-ted’s wearable Dutch fashion to “wear now or later and have forever”. The new collection features reversable quilted sherpa styles, luxurious pastel knits and soft, neutral layers (from €49.90 via knitted.com). Inspired by snowy landscapes, the new collection by Amsterdam-based fashion brand Another Label is dominated by soft earthy tones, punctuated with cheerful cobalt blues and festive reds (from 24.95 via another-label.com). To match all those cool weather hues, Amsterdam-based jewellery label The Finds has selected natural gemstones such as citrine, smoky quartz and moonstone for its Autumn/Winter collection (from €22 via thefinds.shop).

Sample some of Amsterdam’s finest fondues and more

What started as a collab between the cherished cheesemonger De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam and the historic brown café Café Doffer has become one of the city’s best places to indulge in cheese fondue. In a cosy candlelit room at Smelt (Dutch for “melt”), you can now choose from five fondues, including the just-launched truffle fondue (€21) and pale ale fondue (€20) – all served with tender-crisp blanched vegetables and awesome artisanal bread from Bakkerij Mama. At lunchtime, there are now also fondue toasties (from €7). But, if all that cheesy goodness is a little too rich for your blood, there’s also pasta and salad or you can make a meal of the starters, including smoked butterfish with pickled fennel and red onion (€10), pomme caviar with crème cru and Dutch caviar from De Steurhoeve sturgeon farm (€10), and an excellent charcuterie platter (€14).


Soothe tired late-summer skin with the latest beauty finds

Faace, the unisex vegan skincare line, is now available in the Netherlands. Developed for “skin disrupted by life”, we particularly like the specificity of the products. There’s a face mask for every occasion: Dull is a multi-tasking cream cleanser and mask that brightens and purifies, Sweaty mattifies shiny summer skin and works well as a pre-workout primer, Period and Menopause are just the ticket for hormonal or inflamed faces and Tired will turn around even the dullest epidermis in a jiffy (from €31 via bioplaneet.nl). Meanwhile, the 100% certified natural cosmetics brand Dr Hauschka’s gentle new gel-to-milk cleanser with apricot, birch and chalk from the island of Rügen thoroughly cleanses all types of skin (€18.95 via drhauschka.nl) with a mild formula and fantastic texture! Collagen specialist QMS Medicosmetics’s Active Exfoliant Resurfacing Fluid has a gentle peeling effect, perfect for sloughing off sun-ravaged dry spots and pigmentation so you can enjoy that post-summer glow (€88 via qmsmedicosmetics.eu) for longer.

Enjoy a Groovy Social Sunday Brunch

If you can’t face your hotel’s boring breakfast buffet one more time and regular eggs and OJ simply aren’t going to cut it, head to THE BUTCHER Social Club, Noord’s self-proclaimed “urban playground”, for vodka-based cocktails, live DJ beats and a generous brunch (€40 pp, every last Sunday of the month from 12:00-16:00). Here you can indulge in fluffy pancakes, shakshuka with pita, mini beef and falafel burgers, and ooey gooey Eggs Benedict while sipping a Bloody Mary, mimosa or blackberry smash and enjoying eye-popping views of the IJ River. Frankly, we can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday.


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