Pompet via Facebook

The creative culinary collective that brought you Asian streetfood pop-up Dum Dum Palace and a thousand tasty festival feeds have now found a permanent home from which to tickle Amsterdam’s tastebuds – and it’s just over the IJ in Amsterdam North. If you’ve ever tasted Hotmamamahot’s cooking (and cocktails) then you’ll know you’re in for a treat, and the venue’s festivally location smack bang in the middle of Noorderpark is just made for sunny afternoons, balmy, firewood-scented DJ evenings and jeu de boules tournaments.

Pompet, Floraparkweg


NOMADS via Facebook

Just in time for summer, this travel-themed restaurant with its large waterside terrace opened in Amsterdam Oost this month. The name comes from the fact that every six months the travelling kitchen looks to a different country for inspiration, with the entire menu changing along with each new destination. First stop: Peru. Think ceviche, lomo saltado and suspiro. The restaurant itself looks gorgeous, all teal, turquoise and exotic greenery befitting the South American theme. Will the decor change along with the menu, I wonder? Grab your passport and find out.

NOMADS, Oranje Vrijstaatkade 55


De DAKKAS Haarlem

Ok it’s not open quite yet, but it’s so close we can almost feel that rooftop breeze. DeDAKKAS is the success story of a huge crowdfunding scheme to turn a carpark rooftop into Haarlem’s most beautiful roof terrace, complete with a huge greenhouse restaurant built on top of the carpark, a rooftop garden and an exciting programme of cultural events. Owners say that it will be open within a month - watch this space for updates!  

DeDAKKAS, De Witstraat 1A (Haarlem)

Kauf Dich Glücklich

kauf dich gluecklich via Facebook

Just when you thought Amsterdam couldn’t squeeze in any more concept stores, this German retail beauty opens its 19th store right here in the Dutch capital. The chain’s second store outside of Germany is located on the Raadhuisstraat, just around the corner from the Anne Frank House. With its eclectic range of fashion, vintage-inspired homeware and gifts, Kauf Dich Glücklich (‘Buy Yourself Happy’) is a little slice of Berlin right here in Amsterdam. And I for one can’t wait to buy myself very happy indeed.

Kauf Dich Glücklich, Raadhuisstraat


Roxanne via Facebook

Adjacent to the Marktkantine in Amsterdam West, in the space which used to be Graceland Barbecue (RIP), Roxanne is a new restaurant by the former chefs of Cafe Panache and the Conservatorium hotel. So we know the food’s going to be on point. The space was originally the workers’ canteen for the nearby World Food Market, so Roxanne returns to its original canteen-style decor with tiled walls and bare concrete floors (no red lights here) and uses ingredients from the market in its dishes. A cherry on top is the large sunny terrace outside, and the next door Marktkantine where you can dance until the small hours every weekend. 

Roxanne, Jan van Galenstraat 8