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Edel by Dennis
Culinary bad boy Dennis Huwaë shows off his rebellious side at his street-art splashed new bar-restaurant. With all the gastronomy you'd expect from a chef of his calibre but none of the fuss or formality, this De Baarsjes-based boite is “the opposite of a concept-driven restaurant”, says Huwaë. “Just my favourite dishes from Amsterdam to Ambon, made with the same premium ingredients, techniques and unexpected twists I’d use in fine dining, but simpler and slightly less refined”. Think Reblochon flammkuchen, fancy fish tacos and gourmet chicken satay.
edelbydennis.nl // Postjesweg 1
What happens when you combine a Michelin-starred chef, sweet potatoes, pecans, artisanal Dutch apple butter, three grills and an open fire? You get a sticky marshmallow, Wils-style (pictured). And that’s just one of the culinary surprises awaiting you at Joris Bijdendijk’s new wood-fired wonderland. At this hot new star on Amsterdam’s bright-burning culinary scene, you’ll be coddled with casual fine-dining that has the kind of subtle smoky edge only cooking on an open fire can bring. The flames improve the flavour of everything, from the crusty bread to charred Brussels sprouts and from roast kohlrabi to shio koji-marinated quail with roasted wild mushrooms.
restaurantwils.nl // Stadionplein 26
Lindt Boutique Amsterdam
The city’s first Lindt store, which opened in October off the busy Kalverstraat high street, offers the largest assortment of the Swiss chocolate maker’s wares in the Netherlands, including a rainbow-hued selection of Lindor balls, whimsical advent calendars, gift tins, gold teddy bears and premium bars.
Lindt Boutique Amsterdam // chocolate.lindt.com // Heiligeweg 22
Fondue van De Kaaskamer
Any of the five varieties of fondue at this winter pop-up by one of Amsterdam’s best cheesemongers will have you bubbling back to life in no time. There’s a Dutch fondue, of course, but also French and Swiss versions as well as a goat’s cheese option and, on Mondays, a mild Mont d’Or fondue, all served with tender-crisp vegetables and organic sourdough bread. Tip: start with the charcuterie platter, which is packed with regional hams, artisan patés and housemade pickles.
dekaaskamerfondue.nl // Gosschaalklaan 7
Gray Label Store
Known for its GOTS-certified unisex apparel “for the little minimalist” (ages 0-10), the Amsterdam label recently moved its brand store from the Jordaan to the 9 Streets. Explains founder Emily Gray, “In this space, I can show my collections, but also collaborations, art and products from other designers, whose vision I find inspiring. I also think it is important that the room appeals to children themselves: they should feel comfortable in our clothing but also our store.” Everything in the 58-square-meter boutique is “timeless” and “sustainable”, while the restful colour scheme, child-sized cupboards and a book corner make it attractive for shoppers big and small.
gray-label.com // Huidenstraat 22
Asian afternoon tea at Hotel Okura Amsterdam
East expertly meets west at Amsterdam’s finest Japanese-owned hotel, where a recently launched “Asian afternoon tea” includes premium teas and a succession of sweet and savoury treats. Presented in a sleek walnut box by kimono-clad servers, you’ll find tuna tataki, shirred egg with lemon cream and cured salmon roe, matcha-yuzu roulade, and expertly crafted French pastries, among other delights.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam // okura.nl/afternoon-tea // Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
Hermitage Museum x RIJKJE
The Amsterdam arm of the world-famous Saint Petersburg institution has launched a jewellery collection to coincide with its current exhibition, Jewels! The Glitter of the Russian Court. Inspired by three antique pieces from the exhibit, local label RIJKJE brings a contemporary twist with its designs in metallic/transparent Perspex and gold. Check it out at the much-admired Museum Shop, which is well worth a visit in its own right, too.
hermitage.nl // Amstel 51
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