Written by Joy Dayrit
The Zuidas district, in Amsterdam Zuid, is growing, and so is the plethora of places to unwind after a day of meetings or on a visit to this concrete jungle. Head to these hot hangouts to see Zuidas's casual-Friday side.
This full-body bicycle workout will get your endorphins pumping to a whole new high. Open seven days a week, their pay-as-you-go system welcomes drop-ins and newcomers to their vibrant community. Leave your cycling shoes and workout towels at home; the studio's got you covered. Music and ambiance are key, and so is the studio's focus on customer service. The much-lauded instructors will ensure a fun, sweaty workout packed in less than an hour.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 635 // rocyclestudios.com
Blush Beauty and Skin Clinic
Looking for some pampering? This beauty clinic offers the latest techniques to get you gleaming from head to toe. Body treatments, facials, skin care, manicures and pedicures are on their extensive menu – and yes, there are services for men too. If you're pressed for time, their popular 45-minute signature facials are great for a quick pick-me-up.
Gustav Mahlerlaan 316 B // beautysalonzuidas.nl
While Dutch fast food like bitterballen and patat have their merits, foodies looking for a fine-dining experience will love the farm-to-table concept at Bolenius, which serves up Michelin-starred local cuisine. Expect fresh fare that’s a colourful feast for the eyes and palate. If you have the time and deep pockets to indulge, enjoy a wine arrangement to complement your five- to seven-course menu.
George Gershwinlaan 30 // bolenius-restaurant.nl
Partake in what the Dutch love to call the vrijdagmiddagborrel (vrijmibo for short), the Friday afternoon drinks. Get your weekend started at one of the local watering holes around Zuidas, where power suits and ties are not required. The restaurant's modern and cosy interior offers a more relaxed vibe away from the corporate crowds around WTC Amsterdam. Here you'll find expats, students and corporates in the mix, all indulging delectable dishes and creative cocktails.
Gustav Mahlerplein 222 // limon.amsterdam
At Zuidas's doorstep is beautiful Beatrixpark. This is an ideal green haven for joggers and cyclists who are looking for some breathing space. If you want a more sedentary experience, take along a picnic and enjoy the peace and stillness of the lake. Should you have tots in tow, the children's paddle pool guarantees a splashing good time in warmer weather.
Diepenbrockstraat 21 // park information in Dutch: amsterdam.nl