The Eastern Mediterranean formula famous from Vienna to Berlin just opened in a huge former Citroën garage Zuid-side, where there’s now an all-day restaurant, bakery-café, and bar. Imagine everything from eggy Anatolian breakfasts (pictured) and sabich (fried aubergine, tahini, pickled mango, egg, and tomato-coriander salad on fresh flatbread) to full-on family-style mezze feasts.
Neni Amsterdam, Stadionplein 8
Babassu Boutique & Spa
At the fifth location of the city spa and niche perfumery that won ‘Best Spa 2018’ in the Dutch Beauty Awards, you can expect signature treatments using Italian label Santa Maria Novella and the organic skincare brand Tata Harper. This is the only spa where you can find these luxury care products in the Netherlands. The beauty boutique has many hard-to-find and elite cosmetics on offer, including iconic brands ByTerry, Nudestix, Lorenzo Villoresi and Perricone MD. Says founder Heidi Olijerhoek, “It’s a concept that appeals to cosmopolitan men and women who take good care of themselves and want to discover new and exciting cosmetic brands, fragrances and treatments.”
Babassu, Spuistraat 207
This new establishment by Central Station gives brasserie classics a Dutch twist in delicious dishes like kale Caesar salad, spice-rubbed goat shoulder, and Baambrugge pork cheek stew, all made with premium ingredients fresh from Lindenhoff farm. One of four new Dutch restaurants to open in the last year – others include casual fine dining restaurant 101 Gowrie, Frisian café-restaurant Thuskomme and the recently renovated Brasserie De Roode Leeuw – it’s looking like Dutch cuisine is finally getting the dues it deserves.
Carstens Brasserie, Damrak 1-5
Head to the 9 Streets for fabulously affordable jewellery at this popular Belgian brand’s first store away from home. Says co-owner Margaux Spruyt, “My family’s in the high-end jewellery business, and as a young woman, I thought it was unfair that I couldn’t afford that kind of jewellery myself. So I wanted to make something beautiful and timeless that’s also quality. Our price point means that women – even young girls – can treat themselves without having to wait for a special occasion.”
I.Ma.Gi.N Jewels, Runstraat 29
Toni Loco Pizza
With pizzas as big as bicycle wheels, Amsterdam's first serious slice joint slings sesame seed-studded crusts blistered in a 350-degree oven with Italian-American-style toppings like pepperoni and the spinach-based Popeye. Toni Loco is part of The Entourage Group, which you may know from burger bar The Butcher, Michelin-starred The Duchess and achingly trendy Asian spots Momo and Izakaya. Judging by the enthusiastic reactions we’ve seen so far, they may have yet another hit on their hands.
Toni Loco Pizza, Albert Cuypstraat 59