Looking for all the latest openings this October? Karin's monthly roundup of cool new bars, restaurants and shops is always packed with Amsterdam's most exciting new additions and seasonal menus. Interested in a broader list of places to eat and drink? Explore our comprehensive coverage of bars and restaurants in Amsterdam.
Go California dreamin’ at Celia
Now that the leaves are brown and the sky is grey (to loosely quote The Mamas & The Papas) you should take a walk Nieuwendijk way, where stylish lifestyle hotel Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam finally has a restaurant worthy of its status. Previously known for his work at Casua Casuarina in Miami and Rino Casati in Cologne, chef Wolfgang Birk’s “internationally influenced Californian cuisine” is light and bright, veg-led yet comforting: expect dishes such as cauliflower steak with yuzu and feta (€9), a cracking crab cavatelli (€17), corvina crudo with a jalapeno kick (€13) and the signature crispy fish tacos with jackfruit slaw (€12). Celia’s décor reflects the Cali vibe with sunny yellow touches and plenty of warm wood. Oh, and don’t miss the cocktails: start with the cucumber margarita or habanero paloma and finish with the mezcal negroni (all €12).
Celia | celia.com | Nieuwendijk 60
Check out Amsterdam’s first Freitag store
Known for its cyclist-friendly messenger bags made from used truck tarps (from €125), Amsterdam’s bike culture seems like a natural fit for Freitag. Everything revolves around recycled materials at the Zurich-based bag manufacturer’s first store in the Dutch capital. In addition to choosing from over 1,000 bags and 1,200 accessories, you can also rent refurbished Roetz bikes (fitted with bike bags of course) at the 70-square-metre shop.
Freitag | freitag.ch | Runstraat 24
Attain Dutch streetwear cred at In Gold We Trust
Embraced by Dutch youth culture and beloved by rappers like Future, Tyga and French Montana, Amsterdam streetwear brand IGWT just opened its first flagship store. You’ll find the label’s bestselling GOTS-certified hoodies, sweaters and tees (M/F, from €74.95), as well as a garden gym and artwork by local tattoo artist Ben de Boef at the new West-based location.
IGWT | ingoldwetrust-official.com | Kinkerstraat 120A
Dine with the locals at Vanderveen
On the corner of Gerrit van der Veenstraat (hence the name) sits an all-day neighbourhood restaurant that’s recently upped its game by hiring a new kitchen team. Bringing a “refined funky touch” to the Zuid-based bistro is George Kataras, who was a Sous Chef at RIJKS after spending time at renowned London restaurants such as Fera by Claridge’s, The Greenhouse and Chiltern Firehouse. With his obsession for a yakitori grill and use‘ the finest seasonal ingredients, you can expect dishes with smoky flavours and a sassy touch. Kataras’ pastry chef precision shines through in a delicate surf ‘n turf tartelette filled with perfectly cooked North Sea shrimp, tart tiger tomato jam, creamy lardo and salty herring roe. Charmingly, the contemporary vs. classic theme extends to the wine list, which features both old world options and funky, modern labels. While you can order a la carte, try the seven-course tasting menu (€49) with wine pairing (€36) if you have the time.
Vanderveen | vanderveenbarkitchen.nl | Beethovenstraat 27A
Find some great jeans at Casa Lois
The denim brand known for its sexy fit and flare jeans has recently redesigned its Amsterdam store to reflect its Valencian roots. With a style reminiscent of rustic Spanish finca homes in warm, Mediterranean clay colours, the rebooted shop combines curated objects and accessories with the full Lois jeans range (M/F, from €49.95).
Casa Lois | loisjeanstore.com | Gerard Doustraat 74
Support the Pink Ribbon campaign at Hunkemöller
This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Hunkemöller continues its Pink Ribbon partnership with a new padded soft bra and matching knickers modelled by cancer survivor Dayenne Bekker and 10% of profits will be donated to help raise awareness. Also, the EVEY Pink Ribbon bra (€29.99) is part of a promotion where shoppers can purchase two bras and receive a third for free.
Hunkemöller | hunkemoller.nl | Various locations
Stock up on sourdough at Rise Bakery
Hidden behind the stalls on Amsterdam’s most famous street market, there’s a new bakery-café that is well worth seeking out. Owned by an international trio, including a baker from Italy, a Peru-trained chef from Brazil and a store manager from South Africa, the focus is on French-style bread and pastry. The locally-roasted Stooker coffee (from €2.30) is made with Brazilian beans, the steak sandwiches (€10) are excellent even by the most exacting meat snob’s standards and the bread (from €2 for a sourdough baguette) has that perfect balance between crunchy and chewy. “We wanted to bring good sourdough bread to De Pijp, where there’s a lot of bread that looks good from the outside, but then you slice it and it’s like a rock. Our bread tastes as good as it looks,” says baker Frederico Benevenuto (25).
Rise Bakery | risebakeryamsterdam.com | Albert Cuypstraat 208H
Keep your October cool at Amsterdam’s fast-food icon FEBO
Combining almost 240 years of craftsmanship, two Dutch icons are launching a special treat this month: moreish FEBO ice cream with chocolate sprinkles from Koninklijke De Ruijter (from €2). Yum!
Febo | febo.nl | Various locations
Bring the outdoors in at Bar Kartel
This hip new hotspot offers a carefree vibe, a flower-bedecked indoor pergola inspired by boho festival culture and an eclectic all-day menu of food truck-like creations - think crispy mushroom tacos and merguez-marmalade hotdogs (yes, really!). With its central location near Leidseplein, it’s a good place to kick off your evening over Oedipus beer and bitterballen (those bite-sized mini croquettes beloved by locals) and should you be peckish for more later, the churrasco (Brazilian-style skewered steak with a green herb sauce, €18) awaits you.
Bar Kartel | bar-kartel.nl | Overtoom 28-30
Spook yourself silly at HEMA
There’s a new HEMA range with spooky decorations, candy and Halloween costumes, from vegan Dracula teeth to glow in the dark socks and giant window spiders. Halloween is fast gaining ground in Amsterdam, especially among older kids and young adults, but you’ll also find products for Dia de los Muertos and the local Sint-Maarten holiday at Holland’s most beloved retail chain.
Hema | hema.nl | Various locations
Give your bathroom a boost with all-natural Dutch products
With its recyclable bags and refillable spray bottles, the new vegan cleaning products by ZO offer an easy and sustainable way to keep your bathroom (and the rest of your home) clean without any harmful chemicals (from €1.90). In related news, you can now find Sen & Zo in Amsterdam at MJ Salon. The all-natural range of home and body products are available in five fragrances inspired by nature – from the flower-scented “sunrise” hand and body cream (€10.50) with cacao butter and coconut oil to the mossy “forest” scented pressed cotton diffuser sticks (€17.95).
Get your local caffeine fix
When Richard Jones launched his organic, Fair Trade coffee brand in Amsterdam in 2013, his mission was “great taste, no waste”, so it only makes sense that the latest product launch by Jones Brothers Coffee continues on that path. His new 100% plant-based compostable capsules for Nespresso machines offer all the convenience without planet-clogging plastics or toxic aluminium (from €3.80/10 capsules). Meanwhile, Amsterdam-based brand About Coffee & Tea, known for its Rainforest Alliance certified coffee beans and its attractive CO2-neutral packaging, has just launched a range of quality loose-leaf teas, including an Earl Grey with bergamot and safflower blossoms and a rooibos with pineapple and ginger (available at Hutspot).
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