New restaurant: Sjefietshe
The popularity of ceviche in Amsterdam isn’t news, but what’s ever-evolving is the quality on offer. And one of the best new places to get it is at the former pop-up Sjefietshe, which specialises in “ceviche with an Amsterdam twist”. On a blue-skied August day, we can’t think of a more appealing meal than a cooling bowl of citrus-cured fish with a great glass of (natural) wine. Whether you grab a quick bite at the bar, settle on the sunny terrace (who’s that hungry in the late summer anyway?) or stay for the full 4-course experience, you’ll be glad you did. We loved the tiradito (a sashimi-style dish of Zeeland-raised hamachi, seared flat beans and furakake spices), El Classico (cod, leche di tigre, sweet potato, tomato, onion and corn) and a wonderful waffle with crème fraiche and trout caviar. Highly recommended.
Sjefietshe, Van Ostadestraat 1
New beauty salon: It’s a Beauty Affair
Dashingly decorated in warm earthy tones and tactile fabrics with plenty of hanging plants, this plush De Pijp salon is your new go-to for every beauty need, from spa pedicures to skin treatments, lash lifts and botox. There’s also a hair salon, where you can kick off your weekend with a little hair flair thanks to the Fusio Fridays concept, which includes a personalised Kérastase Fusio Dose hair treatment, signature blow-out and a glass of bubbly.
It’s a Beauty Affair, Van Woustraat 197H
New store: Hop & Stork
This chocolate atelier comes hot on the heels of other exciting openings at the rebooted Magna Plaza (a beautiful 19th-century post-office-turned-shopping centre), which include upscale food court The Food Department and locally focused lifestyle store Hutspot. Here, you’ll find all kinds of cacao-based confectionery, including over 30 types of chocolate bark, 25 different pralines, bonbons and rochers, 12 flavours of ice cream and at least four styles of pastry. Or simply stop by to admire the impressive latte art on your frothy single-estate origin cappuccino (it comes with complimentary pralines and a tiny taster of chocolate mousse).
Hop & Stork, Spuistraat 139
New pop-up: Belvedere x Schilo van Coevorden
An exclusive collaboration between Belvedere Vodka and the always-chic Conservatorium Brasserie sees chef Schilo van Coevorden “taking inspiration from the heritage of the premium vodka brand and the natural flavours of Poland”. Think rye waffles with smoked trout egg, sour cream and a turmeric-dusted pomme highball cocktail, or pierogi dumplings with Schiphol goose, girolles and gooseberries with a smooth Polish martini. The four-course menu (€78, cocktail pairings an additional €60), is available this month only. Book online.
Conservatorium Brasserie, Van Baerlestraat 27
New restaurant: The Avocado Show Downtown
Following its successful eateries in De Pijp and Zuid, Amsterdam’s Insta-famous avocado specialist has a new all-day concept off the busy Leidsestraat. You’ll find all the usual avocado-themed burgers and bowls, plus avocado fries, waffles and even purple pizzas. The desserts, including a vegan peanut butter and avo ice cream cone and a cheesecake with Oreos, blackberries and avocado, are an unexpected and truly delicious delight.
The Avocado Show Downtown, Keizersgracht 449
New pop-up: Frank’s Fantastic Lobster Brunch
Baltimore-born Frank Heyn has gained some renown over the past 20 years for hickory smoking everything from wild Alaska King salmon and North Sea halibut to Porc au Grain pork and even beer, butter, cheese and chocolate (yes, really!). You can taste it all at his shop, deli and café and during his regular seafood-themed feasts. On 18 August, Frank will be hosting a lobster brunch, where you can put on a bib, grab a hammer and lobster cracker and enjoy a relaxed lobster boil with smoky cocktails. Book online.
Frank’s Smoke House, Oostenburgervoorstraat 1
New store: Nubikk flagship store
Known for its classic nubuck sneakers and trendy boots with a clean look and comfortable fit, this local footwear brand opened its first retail location in the famous 9 streets shopping district in July. A bright, white interior creates maximum impact for minimalist displays of footwear for men and women.
Nubikk flagship store, Keizersgracht 233
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