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.
Be seduced by pop-up “beauty”, Restaurant Bellezza
Secreted away in a former warehouse down an alley in the Red Light District, you’ll find a slinky new pop-up where, against an arty digital backdrop, renowned chef Arturo Dalhuisen (ex-The White Room* and De Leest***, amongst others) combines his most successful signatures with titillating new creations in a sexy 7-course chef’s menu (€89). Imagine delicate though decadently flavourful dishes such as North Sea crab coupled with beetroot and watermelon, sharply dressed in redcurrant and kaffir lime (pictured). Reservations advised.
Restaurant Bellezza | restaurantbellezza.nl | Oudezijds Achterburgwal 99
Get a taste of old Beirut at Kalila Lebanese Deli
Named for the recently arrived Lebanese owners’ “beloved Beirut”, this new deli offers vegan versions of all the Middle Eastern classics, from mezze favourites such as smoky baba ghanouj, moreish muhammara and creamy labneh, to crunchy fattoush salads, crisp saj flatbreads filled with freshly made falafel (€6.50), and traditional Lebanese cakes and desserts, such as the turmeric-scented semolina cake sfouf. It’s mostly take-out, though there are a few tables out front if the weather plays along.
Kalila Lebanese Deli | kalila.nl | Eerste Oosterparkstraat 128H
Shop sustainable sneakers at Allbirds
After recent openings in Berlin and Tokyo, this San Franciscan shoe-wear and accessories brand opened its first store in Amsterdam this summer. Known for its minimalistic designs in all-natural materials such as ZQ-certified merino wool, renewable eucalyptus fibres and sugar cane, the 70m2 Amsterdam store–a clean-lined unisex space–will also carry a special edition “Dutch Canvas” (from €110).
Allbirds Amsterdam | allbirds.eu | Hartenstraat 15
Dine with the locals at Stek
Along the increasingly gentrified Wibautstraat, this pioneering daytime spot has now also opened its doors for dinner on Thursdays to Saturdays. Expect creative internationally-influenced food, such as grilled Greek feta with garlic toast, Indonesian sambal goreng telor with quail eggs and tapioca krupuk, North Sea by-catch with citrus beurre blanc and scorched spring onions, and Italian gnocchi with spicy nduja and artichoke-burrata cream.
STEK | stek-amsterdam.com | Wibautstraat 95
Discover the new menu at Pompstation
There’s a new chef at Pompstation, the Zeeburg landmark situated in a (still functioning) Amsterdam School-style water pumping station from 1912, and while the dry-aged steaks that have made the restaurant’s name are still on the menu, Karijn Molema has added lighter seafood and vegetarian options, from tuna tartare and grilled pulpo to Thai veggie trifle and crispy courgette flowers. Tip: Don’t miss the housemade bresaola, preferably paired with a classic Calabrian red.
Pompstation | pompstation.nu | Zeeburgerdijk 52
Get in touch with your inner warrior
With the launch of the first women’s collection by the fiercely outspoken Amsterdam online fashion brand Once We Were Warriors, the girls can now also battle the struggles of daily life in style. The so-called Warriors Collection is a mix of Japanese influences, army surplus and streetwear, from trendy tracksuits and loose fit bomber jackets (€229.95) to sweaters and slogan tees (€79.95).
Once We Were Warriors | oncewewerewarriors.com
Explore the new menu at Nazka
While this Peruvian specialist always has some sort of ceviche on offer as well as the signature Berenjenas BBQ (barbecued aubergine with aji panca sauce, smoked yoghurt, padron peppers and toasted peanuts), Nazka’s new 4-course menu (€55) now features such delights as oysters with salsa brava, tobiko (flying fish roe) and passionfruit; pulpo with squid ink quinotto (quinoa risotto), rocoto pepper mayo and chimichurri; and juicy 24-hour marinated chicken with coriander yoghurt and piquillo peppers. Don’t miss dessert: the sweet corn ice cream with salty Peruvian botija olives are a rare treat.
Nazka | nazka.nu | Van Ostadestraat 354
Stay a cut above the fashion crowd at The Good Shop
Shop a curated collection of circular fashion at the Fashion for Good Museum, including six sustainable brands (Emroce, Flavia La Rocca, Senscommon, The Fabricant, Unspun and Wires) that will be for sale in the Netherlands for the first time. Using 3D printers, body scans, digital fashion and modular clothing solutions, these brands aim to change the current linear take-make-waste fashion industry model to one that is innovative and sustainable.
The Good Shop | fashionforgood.com | Rokin 102
Enjoy accessible French food all day at Pequ
Whether you fancy oysters, steak frites, baked fish or a caramelized onion tarte Tatin for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s possible at this new eatery. With its extensive terrace on the scenic Noordermarkt it’s all too easy to drop by for a coffee and lemon meringue pie, only to find yourself staying for wine and cheese or a charcuterie platter. Should you stop by later though, the scorched leeks with basil, crème fraiche and toast is our favourite dish from the evening menu.
Pequ | pequ.nu | Noordermarkt 42
Support the local theatre, arts & food scene at Unxpctd
Head to Westerpark from 3-28 September for a pop-up that offers a podium to creatives who are not able to make their usual living at theatres and festivals due to the ongoing Corona measures. In the 1,200 m2 Zuiveringshal West you’ll find food trucks, a (alcohol-free) bar and a variety of family-friendly performances, acts and workshops.
Book a show via UNXPCTD | Pazzanistraat 37 (Westergasfabriek)
Enhance your daily routine with exclusive new must-haves
Thanks to the innovative new SH!FT vitamin shower kit, which filters tap water while adding 15 skin-enhancing components and therapeutic aromatherapy to your daily shower, it’s never been easier to create a luxurious spa experience in your (hotel or home) bathroom (from €15 for a mini travel kit, exclusively available in Amsterdam at Haru Haru Beauty). Extend that spa experience to the rest of your home by lighting the lovely new limited edition Balmain x Trudon scented candle, a mysterious medley of black rose and cedar, with leather and cigar notes for added savoir-faire (available from €110, exclusively in Amsterdam at Babassu Beauty Boutique & Spa)
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