Yerba Amsterdam

Vegetables are the stars of the show at this gorgeous new fine-dining restaurant in classy Oud Zuid. Yerba is all about creative, responsible and seasonal dining so expect an ever-changing tasting menu offering exciting dishes based on the yummiest vegetables of the moment, grown by local farmers and producers. The restaurant actually opened quietly at the end of February – although only for dinner at first. Now they’re also welcoming diners for brunch at weekends, so if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to the full evening experience this could be a better option. Yerba, Ruysdaelstraat 48

New York Deli

New York Deli Amsterdam

Based on the original Jewish delis of the Lower East Side, the latest addition to Haarlem’s food scene (that’s Haarlem NL, not Harlem NYC) is all about kosher comfort food; hot sandwiches overflowing with pastrami or Philly Cheese steak, bagels, pickles and baloney. As with all good New York delis the pace is fast but the food is slow – everything here is slowly and lovingly cured, pickled, smoked and baked in-house and oozing with nostalgic, homemade flavours. Oh, and there’s even live comedy on the first Friday of the month. The American Dream is alive and well guys, and it’s just 15 minutes from central Amsterdam by train.  New York Deli, Wagenweg 3, Haarlem

Duke of Tokyo

Duke of Tokyo Amsterdam

We still have a tiny bit longer to wait for this one, but my golly will it be worth it. Due to open on 23 April, Duke of Tokyo is (finally!) bringing Japanese-style karaoke booths to Amsterdam, and I for one can’t wait to belt out some Bonnie Tyler in the privacy of my own booth.  The bar promises cocktails and sake, eight private karaoke rooms and all the neon-lit magic of a Shibuya alleyway until late into the night. Reservations are via the website. Duke of Tokyo, Reguliersdwarsstraat 37


Kebabi Amsterdam

Vegan doner kebabs and ping-pong. I repeat, vegan doner kebabs and ping-pong. I’m really not sure I need to say anything more. Oh, the address is Overtoom 428. Race you. KEBABi, Overtoom 428 (photo: @DamVeganHarpist)

Tony Chocolonely Super Store

Tonys chocomaat Amsterdam

DANGER DANGER. Not content with tempting us from every counter in town, Amsterdam’s best-loved chocolate brand are opening a colourful new Super Store in the iconic Beurs van Berlage building where all of your chocolate dreams can and will come true. Find out how Tony’s is fighting slavery in the cocoa industry, taste new (and old) flavours, and gawp at the giant, Willy Wonka-esque chocomaat machine. Resistance is futile, my friendsBeurs van Berlage

Hudson’s Bay Haarlem

Hudson's Bay Haarlem

Get excited, Haarlem: the Canadians are coming. Following successful openings in The Hague and Amsterdam, the iconic department store has now taken over seven floors of Haarlem’s iconic V&D building, offering 18,000sq ft of retail and pamper space filled with a gobsmacking array of clothing, homeware, beauty products and everything in between. Oh, and there’s a lovely restaurant with a roof terrace overlooking Haarlem’s skyline. Hudson's Bay, Grote Houtstraat 99