Looking for all the latest openings this August? Karin's monthly roundup of cool new bars, restaurants and shops is always packed with Amsterdam's most exciting new additions and launches. Interested in a broader list of places to eat and drink? Explore our comprehensive coverage of bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.
Shoot for the (Michelin) Stars at a new restaurant pop-up
This week, Thomas van Santvoort of Michelin-starred Restaurant Flicka in Kerkdriel hosts a “once in a lifetime experience” in Amsterdam under the glittery glass ceiling of the 17th-century National Maritime Museum. This is your chance to indulge in a blow-out six-course dinner (from €212 pp) in a unique historic setting by Van Santvoort and some of The Netherlands’ most revered chefs, including Richard van Oostenbrugge (3 August), Erik van Loo (4 August), Dennis Huwaë (5 August), Sunil Bahadoer (6 August) and Menno Post (7 August).
Dine at Amsterdam’s must-try new trattoria, Graziella
You can’t go wrong at charming new eatery Graziella, with its warm hospitality and timeless dining room, which marries modern and antique elements in a way that makes it feel like it’s always been around. Chef di Cucina Luigi di Benedetto, who hails from Siano and heads an all-Italian kitchen team, brings “the taste of the pure Italian kitchen” to the heart of Amsterdam with classic, and surprisingly well-priced dishes, such as vitello tonnato (thinly sliced veal with tuna sauce, capers and Taggian olives, €8), homemade agnolotti stuffed with green peas, speck and summer truffle (€16) and a feather-light babà al rum (a boozy syrup soaked cake, €8) with strawberries and fresh Chantilly cream.
Trattoria Graziella | trattoriagraziella.com | Nieuwe Doelenstraat 12-14
Shop aviation-inspired arm candy at the Breitling Brand Boutique
The luxury Swiss watch maker recently opened its third brand store, after New York and Berlin, in Amsterdam, with an interior inspired by mid-century industrial design, the period during which Breitling became known for its high-precision chronograph watches. Says Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling, “Amsterdam was high on our wish list as we expand internationally. The stylish, cool and informal character of the city fits our brand well.”
Breitling Brand Boutique | breitling.com | P.C. Hooftstraat 130
Race to Rivierenbuurt for dinner at VINNIES
Local food lovers may already count lunch restaurant VINNIES among their long-time favourites but owners Vincent de Cloet and Jules Ex are now also opening their Rivierenbuurt location for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. Every week, there’s a new local, seasonal menu (from €36.50 for 3 courses), with optional, though highly recommended, (organic) wine pairings. One of the highlights of last week’s menu was rosy lamb fillet in a robust ruby jus with whipped pea puree, Opperdoezer Ronde heirloom potatoes, scorched peas, and kumquat, which came with a very chuggable chilled red by Puszta Libre!
Vinnies Scheldestraat | vinnieshomepage.com | Scheldestraat 45
Enjoy an urban beach barbeque at The Grand Beach
This summer, Sofitel is paying homage to its roots by inviting guests to “Live the French Way” at its hotels around the world, and at the chain’s historic Amsterdam location, this translates to a new urban beach pop-up, inspired by the French Riviera. Located in the centuries-old Het Prinsenhof courtyard, and open until 13 September, The Grand Beach offers a seaside escape in the heart of the city. It’s the place to linger over garlicky grilled gambas, barbecued lobster or flame-baked aubergine, with a bottle of chilled Provençal rose and sand between your toes.
The Grand Beach | thegrandbeach.nl | Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
Take the beauty express at Blowdry Brow Bar
After an extensive renovation, this hair- and beauty salon is one of the best places in De Pijp to pamper yourself from head to toe, and one of only a few in town where you can conveniently get an expert blow-out and manicure done simultaneously.
Blowdry brow bar | blowdrybrowbar.com | Ceintuurbaan 23
Go glamping in a chapel at Camping at Olof’s
No stranger to the quirkier pop-up, chef Chris Naylor of Michelin-starred Vermeer, has temporarily transformed an events space in Amsterdam’s oldest chapel into an ersatz campground. For €15 pp punters get their own campsite complete with a tent (for effect - no sleepovers!), table and platter of mezze for the evening. There’s also bingo, jou de boules and other entertainment. Drinks and additional bites off the BBQ–think black cod with miso, roast cauliflower with spicy peanut sauce and posh passionfruit campfire marshmallows – are extra.
Sint Olofskapel | campingatolofs.nl | Prins Hendrikkade 59-72
Score exclusive new summer cosmetics
Put your glowiest face forward while terrace hopping this month with clean beauty brand ILIA’s new super plumping tinted serum with SPF40, hyaluronic acid, plant-based squalene and niacinamide (now available at COSMANIA Amsterdam). Or discover the latest perfume brand to take the international beauty world by storm. Touted by insiders as “the next Le Labo”, A.N. Other (pictured) has stripped away all the marketing mumbo jumbo that drives up the prices of quality perfumes, combining the who’s who of the world’s perfumers with responsibly sourced ingredients to create a range of truly unique unisex fragrances at an accessible price-point (available at De Bijenkorf).
Sip on canal-side cocktails at The Wat of Why
When Deus Ex Machina, the Aussie brand known for its motorcycle and surf culture schtick, opened its first Dutch store on Herenstraat late last year, it came with a curiously named all-day restaurant, where the vibe is chilled out, the bites menu includes hummus with crudites, avocado fries, and scallop tempura, and kick-ass cocktails come affordably priced by Amsterdam standards (from €8). With a terrace overlooking the canal and a new cocktail menu packed with plenty of interesting options, from a Lavender Pisco Sour and a Cucumber Gimlet to an Awaken Negroni (infused with coffee from local roastery Lot Sixty One), there are plenty of reasons to head to handsome Herengracht.
The Wat of Why | deuscustoms.com/cafes/deus-amsterdam | Herengracht 88A
Make all your chocolate fantasies come true
Amsterdam’s favourite feel-good chocolate brand has just opened its very first chocolate bar. Located at the Beurs van Berlage, the site of the world’s first stock market where cacao beans were traded some 400 years ago, the historic building now plays home to a restaurant dedicated to 100% slave-free chocolate, with streaming chocolate taps, sweet chocolate burgers, bubble waffles and decorate-your-own chocolate cakes. Afterwards, visit the downstairs Tony’s Super Store to customise a chocolate bar to take home or stock up on the brand’s latest products, including the new Tiny Tony’s snack packs.
Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar | chocolatebar.tonyschocolonely.com | Damrak 23
Try a Dutch low-cal spiked seltzer
Made from only a few organic ingredients—vodka, sparkling water and cucumber or lemon/ginger—without any other additives, the just-launched Dutch drinks brand Carlett Elix aims to be the ultimate low-cal alternative to the overly sweet canned ABV offering out in the market right now. Available at most liquor store chains and larger Jumbo supermarkets.
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