Looking for all the latest openings this September? 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.
New pop-up store: Xupes at De Bijenkorf
Head to the new 58-square-metre pre-owned watches pop-up shop in luxury department store De Bijenkorf for Amsterdam’s most exquisite arm candy. Browse exclusive brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, IWC, Hublot, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Paneraien Zenith or ogle over 30 rare vintage Rolex Daytona watches.
Xupes at De Bijenkorf // debijenkorf.nl // Dam 1
New bar-restaurant: Ijver
In a former shipbuilding hanger on the edgy NDSM-wharf, this new bar-restaurant combines all that industrial heritage (think eight-metre-high ceilings and burnt steel walls) with an 18-metre-long bar, which features 34 copper beer taps and a tiled shipbuilding tableau, as well as comfy vintage leather couches, cool pendant lamps, and funky green and orange accents. A large indoor/outdoor terrace makes this an ideal choice for inclement or warm weather. Open for lunch, drinks and dinner, the Franco-Dutch menu features plenty of locally grown ingredients, much of it cooked on a charcoal grill, as well a decent selection of wines and more than 100 beers by the bottle.
New takeout: Oliver Green
Offering “plant-based food for busy lives” from house-made breakfast bowls to seasonal salads, as well as sandwiches, smoothies, freshly pressed juices and sweets – this recently opened spot is your new go-to for vegan take-out in Oost. “One of our USPs is that we make everything from scratch,” says co-founder Merel Keizers. “We hope to attract people who are looking for a quick, feelgood food fix, whether they eat meat the other six days a week or not.”
Oliver Green // olivergreen.nl // 1e Oosterparkstraat 7
New store: Levain et le vin
This West-based wild sourdough bakery and natural wine shop was canonised overnight as the new It gourmet store by local foodies, and with good reason. Ballymaloe Cooking School alum, Florence van Limburg-Stirum , who’s followed internships at Ottolenghi in London and Relea in Copenhagen with stints at Restaurant Choux and Café Modern in Amsterdam has previously made a name for herself with many of the city’s top chefs, who serve her crusty confections in their revered restaurants. Now’s your chance to get your mitts on these rustic round loaves yourself, but get there early – she sells out fast!
Levain et le vin // levainetlevin.com // Jan Pieter Heijestraat 168
New menu: Bord’Eau
Bas van Kranen, the talented young chef at Michelin-starred Restaurant Bord’Eau has just launched his latest menu concept inspired by three seasonal menus: Flore (vegetables, plants and fruit), Faune (game and organic meat) and Eau (fish and seafood). Instead of courses, diners choose from five to seven flavour profiles - ranging from stimulating, aromatic, ripe and intense to elegant, fruity and floral - from any or all of the three menus. This creates an identical taste experience for all diners as the meal progresses, no matter what they’ve ordered. Sure, it sounds complicated but the pleasure’s all in the eating. Expect a light touch and surprising combinations, such as langoustine, carrot and passion fruit or a dessert with grapefruit, Negroni and oyster, and don’t miss the epic cheese trolley. Now open for dinner only (Tues-Sat), Bord’Eau remains a top-notch destination for discerning diners who take pleasure in even the smallest details.
Bord’Eau // bordeau.nl // Nieuwe Doelenstraat 2-14
New pop-up event: Westergasjes Wednesday
With the launch of a new concept called Westergasjes (a Dutch play on the words “Westergas” and “little guests”) kids are king on Wednesdays at Westergas. Here, at the buzzing former gasworks-turned-cultural complex in Westerpark, you can treat your littles to the latest children’s films at Het Ketelhuis, a pancake feast at De Bakkerswinkel, an arts-and-crafts afternoon at Bar Kantoor, or a changing line-up of artsy activities for kids (aged 4–10) at De Club, including a drawing workshop by a tattoo artist, a paint-dancing class and a makeup and styling workshop hosted by a drag queen (yes, really!).
Westergasjes Wednesday // westergas.nl/en/westergasjes // Pazzanistraat 33
New menu: Brasserie De Roode Leeuw
We previously wrote about this century-old Dutch brasserie in March, just after its transformative renovation, but a new menu now takes the local cuisine concept here a step further. The Dutch Table menu allows you to try all the Dutch cuisine classics in a single sitting, from beef hachee stew and moreish mussels to steamed potatoes and fist-sized meatballs, presented on a generously packed plateau.
Brasserie De Roode Leeuw // brasseriederoodeleeuw.nl // Damrak 93-94
New product launch: BDK Parfums at Babassu Beauty Boutique
Launched in 2016 by the then-25 year old David Benedek (BDK is an abbreviation of his surname), this Parisian parfumier has quickly seduced fragrance snobs the world over with his next-gen vision of French perfumery. Now available in the Netherlands, you’ll find the whole range at Babassu Beauty Boutique, from the leathery unisex elixir Crème de Cuir and the sensual oriental Rouge Smoking to feminine and fruity Bouquet de Hongrie.
BDK Parfums at Babassu Beauty Boutique // babassu.nl // Spuistraat 207
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