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  • Intro Blah Blah LUXE Insider LUXE Loves LUXE Loathes Fab vs. Drab LUXE ItinerariesP1 / LUXE AMSTERDAM

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    Amsterdam

    FLAT, COMPACT, AND EASILY WALKABLE, THE STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL CITY OF AMSTERDAM AMAZES WITH ITS METROPOLIS HEAD AND VILLAGE HEART.

    At once formal yet liberal, the city

    beckons with its vibrant but laidback

    Dam Square, dazzling Canal Ring, and

    arty, gentrified Jordaan. It’s easy to get

    lost along the labyrinthine canals, the

    cycleways with their steady stream of

    bikes and pedestrians, and the artisanal

    boutiques and markets, but find yourself

    beyond the city centre and you will be

    rewarded with lush parks and true Dutch

    hospitality. So saddle up and pedal hard!

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    • Weather-wise, May-Sep is the best

    time to visit, the glorious outdoors

    is in full swing, though so are

    the hordes.

    • Winter can be chilly, grey and

    drizzly, but crowd-free.

    • AMS Airport to city 20 mins / €45 by cab. Train 20 mins / €4.

    • Just about everyone speaks English

    well, and often.

    • Best place to get a taxi is at stands

    but can be a lottery. Beware of

    scams, especially around

    Centraal Station.

    • Trams are easy, regular and cover

    most of the city. Buy tickets on-

    board or at ticket machines; trip

    planner at www.gvb.nl

    Blah blah • Buy a 1-4 day pass for unlimited

    tram, bus and metro rides. Check

    in and check out EVERY time

    you board/exit.

    • Most shops close Sun and Mon am,

    but open late Thu.

    • Thu/Fri best nights out, Sat can be

    vile, quiet other days.

    • Service levels can be woeful and

    tipping is not required. Though

    5-10%, left as cash, is nice when

    it’s good.

    • Most restaurants offer value set

    menus on top of à la carte.

    • Several establishments don’t accept

    credit cards, and some don’t even

    except cash, though most take PIN/

    ATM cards.

    • A café is for coffee, a coffeeshop is

    for marijuana.

    • International code for Netherlands

    is +31; Amsterdam landlines begin

    with 020, most mobiles begin

    with 06.

    • In emergencies, call 112.

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    Esther Coppoolse is fashion director at

    ELLE Netherlands. Over the past decade

    she has brought style to the casual view

    of the Dutch, and also introduced the

    ELLE Style Awards as a stylist platform

    to Holland. Esther was also the brain

    behind pop-up concept store ‘little black

    boutique’ and the founder of ‘CLUB

    14 A’, a small but charming creative

    community/label in Amsterdam.

    www.elle.nl

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    Esther Coppoolse / FASHION DIRECTOR

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    1) WHAT’S THE ONE THING EVERY VISITOR TO AMSTERDAM MUST DO AND WHY?

    Hire a bike or a boat. It is great to see

    the city from the canals, or to bike

    along like the locals. Amsterdam feels

    like a village.

    2) WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND ON A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY MORNING?

    In the Westerpark (Westergas fabriek).

    This is the best park in Amsterdam –

    full of nature, but also cultural events.

    Great coffee places like Bakker Baard

    and De Bakkerswinkel, and very nice

    restaurants like Proef and Rainarai,

    plus there is a lot of space to have

    a picnic and for children and dogs

    to run around.

    www.bakkerbaard.com

    www.debakkerswinkel.nl

    www.proefamsterdam.nl

    www.rainarai.nl

    3) WHAT ARE 3 OF YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN AMSTERDAM AND WHY? WHAT DISHES DO YOU ORDER AT THESE PLACES?

    Wilde Zwijnen is a relaxed restaurant

    in the east of Amsterdam.

    They serve great tasting dishes

    from local farmers (I love their

    steaks) in a raw and industrial but

    cosy atmosphere.

    www.wildezwijnen.com

    4) PONT 13

    Is a restaurant situated in an old

    ferry. The view over the water and old

    harbor is beautiful and romantic. If

    the weather is good you have to book

    a table outside. Their fish dishes are

    simple and good.

    www.pont13.nl

    5) LE RESTAURANT

    Is very charming and so perfect

    that it’s difficult what to say. Please

    book a table as soon as you can

    and be surprised by the talented

    French style kitchen and elegant but

    cool atmosphere.

    www.lerestaurant.nl

    6) WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD TO VISIT FOR A DAY OF SHOPPING?

    You should start at Haarlemmerstraat,

    a great street for all different

    boutiques and independent shops.

    Then you go to Noordermarkt,

    where there’s a market brocantes

    and biological food every Monday

    morning and Saturday. Then you walk

    over one of the canals to De Negen

    Straatjes, which is a very dynamic

    shopping area with a creative mix

    of people and places.

    7) WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVORITE SHOPS IN AMSTERDAM? WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT THEM?

    Lock, Stock and Barrel is a multi brand

    boutique, mid segment labels, with a

    Scandinavian/French authentic style.

    SPRMRKT for fashion, interior, books,

    music and art. This exciting concept

    store is a raw essential place in the

    Amsterdam scene. Azzuro Due is a

    deliciously decorated shop for fashion

    lovers and great for high-end labels.

    www.lockstockbarrel.nl

    www.sprmrkt.nl

    www.azzurrofashiongroup.nl

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    Esther Coppoolse / FASHION DIRECTOR

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    RON BLAAUW Dining

    Relocating closer to the heart of

    Amsterdam and winning his second

    Michelin star has placed Ron Blaauw at

    the very forefront of neo-Dutch cuisine.

    His molecular gastronomic delights are

    stylistically presented in a procession

    of bite-sized palate-pleasers.

    DE KAS Dining

    Locavore lovers flock to this stunning

    nursery and glasshouse restaurant

    situated in the middle of Frankendael

    Park, which serves solely organic,

    locally sourced and homegrown fare.

    Leave the growing to the green-

    thumbed owner, and exchange that

    garden rake for a knife and fork.

    DE KAS Dining

    Locavore lovers flock to this stunning

    nursery and glasshouse restaurant

    situated in the middle of Frankendael

    Park, which serves solely organic,

    locally sourced and homegrown fare.

    Leave the growing to the green-

    thumbed owner, and exchange that

    garden rake for a knife and fork.

    NEL Dining

    While the simple comfort food menu

    and service can be a tad hit or miss,

    it’s all about Nel’s happening terrace

    overlooking the Prinsengracht canal.

    Check ahead for the varied live jazz,

    music or dance performances that

    keep this pretty C.17th wooden

    ex-church busy and buzzy.

    Sophialaan 55 / Old South /

    +31 20 496 1943

    www.ronblaauw.nl

    Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 / East /

    +31 20 462 4562

    www.restaurantdekas.nl

    Amstelved 12 / Canal Ring /

    +31 20 626 1199

    www.nelamstelveld.nl

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    FROZEN FOUNTAIN Shopping

    Contemporary furniture and

    décor jackpot with top designers

    from Netherlands’ art academies

    and beyond, featuring bespoke

    commissioned pieces and permanent

    collections from internationally

    renowned talents like Piet Hein Eek

    and Tom Dixon.

    THE OTHERIST Shopping

    A wonderfully eclectic shop of curios,

    botanics, mounted insects, ceramics

    and artisanal knits, soaps, stationary,

    yarn and more. If you’ve ever yearned

    for a ‘vegan’ cardboard human skull,

    or a porcelain skunk cranium with 16k

    gold teeth, now is your chance to get

    your hands on it.

    VAN RAVENSTEIN Shopping

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