nNea Pizza

This new West-side pizzeria has been awing local foodies with its perfectly blistered crusts and creative toppings. The kitchen combines age-old Neapolitan traditions with modern bakery science – the dough is left to rise for 38 hours – for the very antithesis to fast food. All that effort is rewarded with a crust so impossibly light and fluffy, you’re expected to snip it in pieces yourself with scissors. The Margherita (San Marzano, fior di latte di Agerola, and basil) is, hands-down, the best in town, but we also loved the ‘Cabo Noord’ with cod, Taggia olives, fried capers, lemon and cherry tomatoes bursting with the flavour of Italian sunshine and the minerality of volcanic soil. There is also a small wine list of wonderful, yet affordable, Campanian wines.

nNea Pizza, Bilderdijkstraat 92

Juniper & Kin

Enjoy sweeping city views, locally inspired cocktails and the sultry tones of singer Joyce Stevens at this sleek rooftop bar’s new weekly Juniper & Jazz night, every Tuesday in March from 21:00.

Juniper & Kin, QO Amsterdam hotel, Amstelvlietstraat 4c

Chabi’s

The inspiration behind this new specialist kids’ shoe store was the owners’ own struggle to find quality footwear with sufficient support for their child who started walking precociously early. Situated in the popular 9 Streets area, you’ll find all the best Italian, Portuguese, Danish and Dutch labels here, in sizes 19 to 27.

Chabi’s, Runstraat 3

Brasserie De Roode Leeuw

Dutch cuisine is finally having its 15 minutes. After its transformative renovation, which boasts the only conservatory on the Netherlands’ most peopled pavement, De Roode Leeuw is the fourth(!) new Dutch restaurant to open in the city in just over a year. While a meltingly tender beef cheek with oniony hachee-style gravy, celeriac puree, carrots, and roast cauliflower, and a crumble of rhubarb and advocaat are well-executed classic local comfort foods, the skate wing with eel broth, Chinese cabbage, and chanterelles, and the risotto of Alkmaar pearl barley with Le Petit Doruvael cheese and pumpkin seed powder, offer an elevated take on local flavours.

Brasserie De Roode Leeuw, Damrak 93-94

Fenicie Restaurant

Bringing the best of Lebanon to Amsterdam, this Leidseplein-adjacent eatery offers shareable mazza-style spreads, including 24-hour hummus dip, peppery 12-hour fire-roasted muhammara spread, meaty morsels of kibbeh, and a drinks menu with Lebanese wines and regionally inspired cocktails. The knafeh, that syrup-soaked cheese pastry with its nest-like phyllo crust, adorned with pistachios and ice cream, is not to be missed.

Fenicie Restaurant, Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 11

Amsterdam Cocktail Week

With some 45 of the city’s best bars offering signature cocktails for €8 from 11 to 17 March, Amsterdam is a cocktail lovers’ Valhalla this month. Tip: catch one of the special events during ACW, like a  rooftop whisky tasting at Andaz Amsterdam’s exclusive penthouse suite (13 March).

Amsterdam Cocktail Week

The Gaia

Situated on neon-lit Rembrandtplein, this glitzy restaurant and late-night bar attracts a young clientele of scantily clad blondes and muscle boys in tight t-shirts, who come for the pumping DJ beats, bar bites and ‘Pornstar Martinis’. With blue velvet banquettes and rich, jewel-toned hues, The Gaia takes its décor cues from the abundance of original Jugendstil and Art Deco architecture throughout. Chef Ayt Erdogan’s self-described “Ottoman fusion” cuisine translates into dishes such as the ‘Spring in Istanbul’ veal with aubergine, moussaka and puree Robuchon.

The Gaia, Rembrandtplein 26

Preview: Otentic Perfumes

This bright and airy Amstelveen store, opening on 16 March, offers an alternative way of finding the perfect perfume to suit your personality. Pick from 73 unisex fragrance compositions in eight fragrance styles – all created by the 8th-generation French parfumier Jean-Denis Saisse, whose family have been creating fragrances in Grasse since 1785 – aided by interactive touchscreens, glass balloon snifters or the expert staff.

Otentic Perfumes, Binnenhof 35

Check out more of this month’s hottest happenings with our list of March highlights.