We can’t even be mad about the chill when there are so many exciting new launches and openings this month. Dutch golden boy chef Joris Bijdendijk is warding off the cold with his new wood-fired concept, Restaurant Wils (opening on 7 October, more about that next month!) while the rebranded Taiko Bar (formerly Tunes) is keeping us cosy with Japanese whiskeys and Asian cocktails. Meanwhile, Karin’s been braving the rain to visit all the new spots and bring you her monthly round-up of shopping, dining and drinking news.
Interested in a broader list of places to eat and drink? Explore our comprehensive coverage of bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.
New store: CODA
Almost 20 years after launching the now internationally renowned retail chain, Skins Cosmetics, entrepreneur Barbara Kerseboom has finally given Amsterdam its own beauty apothecary, CODA, short for Cosmetics Drugstore Amsterdam. In a clean, serene space on the increasingly relevant Gerard Doustraat, there’s a curated collection of beautifully packaged eco-conscious drugstore classics at an accessible price point. You’ll find names like Glossworks vegan nailpolishes, The Scent Doctor fragrances, Einhorn condoms, biocol health essentials and Carl & Johan tattoo care products.
Codacosmetic.nl // Gerard Douplein 12HS
New restaurant: Oriole Garden Bistro
Tucked away between the Red Light District and Dam Square – yes, in one of the busiest parts of the city – is a garden bistro that exudes charm in everything from its recently renovated interior to its menu of Mediterranean dishes (think baby gem a la plancha with baba ganoush, sumac and Manchego or seared scallops with swede, beurre noisette, toasted hazelnuts and briny bottarga) and classic cocktails with a botanical twist. A secret garden terrace only adds to the appeal so be sure to request outside seating should the weather gods be on your side. With views of a part of the building that used to serve as the City Hall of Amsterdam, a meal here truly is a monumental experience.
oriolebistro.nl // Oudezijds Voorburgwal 197
New store: Levi’s® Store
The new 9 Streets store isn’t the American denim brand’s first in Amsterdam, but it does boast the city’s premiere “premium vintage corner” in a Levi’s® Tailorshop. Here, customers can have their (vintage) jeans customised with “statement panelling” and there’s a free “rip & repair” service for any Levi’s® jeans with a rip or tear.
Levi.com // Hartenstraat 9
New family menu: Aan Tafel (“At the Table”) at Carstens Brasserie
Take your family on a culinary journey of discovery with the new monthly Sunday lunch concept at Carstens Brasserie. While you and your partner relax and enjoy a multi-course meal at one of Amsterdam’s best Dutch brasseries, your littles will learn about Dutch food in a playful way. They’ll don an apron and prepare two Dutch dishes, which they’ll present to you. They’ll also get to choose their own meal from a special menu, make their own dessert and play in the kids’ corner. While we think the concept is best suited for kids aged 2-10, children of all ages are welcome. Book via [email protected]
carstensbrasserie.nl // Hasselaerssteeg 1
New store: Hart & Ruyt
Hart & Ruyt’s geometric glass and metal terrariums, candle holders and lamps are sure to become real eye-catchers in your home. Made on-site in the small Amsterdam atelier and just-opened shop, it’s all surprisingly affordable (with prices starting at €59.00). Most designs come in your choice of copper or black metal.
hartruyt.nl // Hazenstraat 70
New cocktail menu: Pulitzer’s Bar
Every season, Amsterdam’s much-admired Pulitzer’s Bar launches a new cocktail menu, often inspired by a famous novel. This autumn, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express provides a thrilling cast of characters including The Secretary, a sparkling spritzer with Earl Grey Aperitif, Italicus and bitters; The Actress, an exotic seductress with Tanqeray 10 Gin, blueberries, Yuzushu, wasabi and Champagne; and The Nurse, a refreshingly unusual creature with Diplomatico Mantuano Rum, coffee, red wine and passionfruit. Criminally good.
pulitzersbar.nl // Keizersgracht 234
New brunch menu: Asian Boozy Brunch at Happyhappyjoyjoy South
Brunch time at this colourful and enduringly cheerful pan-Asian street food eatery now brings bao buns brimming with Peking duck (or crispy chicken, five-spiced pork or fried tofu), spicy Thai fishcakes and steaming bowls of pho for €17.50 per person. There are also sriracha-spiked Bloody Marys and yuzu sakes. Every last Sunday of the month at the South location only (book online).
happyhappyjoyjoy.asia // Ceintuurbaan 256
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