Amsterdam holidays for design lovers
Your Amsterdam holidays will be memorable with this handpicked list of hidden restaurants, cafés, shops, nightlife, activities, hotels and apartments. Your guide for this trip will be Raquel Cayuela, who is a local authority on all that is elegant and underground. Let her take you on a personal tour of beautiful design, original concepts, and amazing products.
However, this is only small sample of the 140 spots featured in our Amsterdam App : City Guide & Map (available on the App Store). If you love design and want to see the full list, get the app now!
1-. The Hoxton
Inside a charming 17th-century building, overlooking Amsterdam’s central canals, lies the Hoxton Hotel. Here, guests are immediately greeted with an eye for detail and impeccable comfort: everything – from the vintage wall art to the fine textile design seating – is simple, but well-thought-out. With 111 diverse, well-designed, beautiful rooms, on-site guests can also enjoy the unpretentious high quality of Lotti’s restaurant, along with a daily complimentary breakfast, and consistently cool cultural events, for the perfect mix between relaxing and memorable.
2-. Pillows Anna Van Den Vondel
For boutique lovers searching for the newest and the best, the Anna Van Den Vondel hotel by Pillows is one of the newest – and most awaited – additions to the city. Just across from Vondel Park, it’s all calming blue hues and clean white walls, white marble and velvet furniture, gorgeous hardwood floors and decadent carpeting. With one of the best value ratings in Amsterdam, breakfast all day, and a sunny garden terrace, you might just have found your new home away from home.
Link : pillowshotels.com
3-. Hotel not hotel
Always dreamt of having your own secret room behind a bookshelf? In Hotel not Hotel, every room is a work of art, and a testament to design and comfort: from hidden compartments, to repurposed tram cars, to church-like cabins, each space is like a little cottage with a theme. Designed by the renowned Collaboration-O team, closely connected to the city’s creative life, featuring a terrace and a quality hotel bar/restaurant, Hotel Not Hotel in Amsterdam West is the most fantastical welcome you’ll ever find.
Link : Hotelnothotel.com
1-. The Wouwermanstraat Residence
The Wouwermanstraat residence is so stunning that the pictures don’t even do it justice. Kid friendly and relaxingly spacious, displays a high standard Dutch and Scandinavian design with a touch of New York. The 1900s three-storey locale is near the Museumplein and hosts up to nine people (with sleeping accommodation divided between 2 king, 1 bunk, 1 toddler, and two 2 air beds), its playrooms, common spaces and sleeping areas all flooded with sunlight and expertly decorated.
Link : Goo.gl/HJRxD2
2-. Hôtel Droog
The opportunity to spend the night at the Hôtel Droog penthouse is a trip-defining experience. Created by the eponymous design foundation, the apartment’s impressive interior was done by Droog, including a bedroom, a bathroom, a living area, and a fully equipped kitchen. Hôtel Droog is also a veritable cultural hub: the hotspot often organises workshops and events, held in one of their various shops, exhibition space, design garden or delicious café, all curated to museum-like perfection.
Link : Droog.com
3-. Sofie’s place
Sofie’s place is not only beautiful, it’s also inspiringly innovative. The result of a communal project to renovate a schoolhouse, it retains historic features like terracotta floors alongside the latest technologies (including rooftop solar panels!) and modern design touches like black steel, blonde wood, and lots of plants. With a workspace, a fully-equipped kitchen, modern bathrooms, three bedrooms, and a rooftop patio, this entire loft is for rent, serving as a vibrant example of the Amsterdam spirit.
Link : Airbnb.es/rooms/7324648
Calming, white, minimal, and jaw-droppingly beautiful, Cotton Cake opens its arms to hungry travellers, discerning shoppers, and Instagram bloggers alike. This concept store and café sells food – the buckwheat waffles are especially delicious – also offering gluten-free options. Needless to say, their coffee is expertly pulled, and you can sip a cappuccino while eyeing their curated collection, including books, accessories, and clothing featuring names like Samsøe & Samsøe, Mimi et Toi, One Teaspoon and Monocrafft.
Link : Cottoncake.nl
Sukha means ‘joy for life,’ and this boutique conveys it perfectly. In the centre of Amsterdam, this concept store is one of the most peaceful and beautiful you’ll ever see; its oft-changing interior is all soft hues, white accents, and poetry, with each transformation more beautiful than the last. Both an eco-label and a shop, Sukha sells gifts, fashion and interior items of wood, paper, and handcrafted materials, donating part of its profit to help Nepalese children.
Link : Atelier-sukha.nl
Blom & Blom
Lighting is the key to a beautiful atmosphere, and no-one understands this better than Blom & Blom, in Amsterdam-Noord. Housed in a refurbished warehouse, this hotspot finds forgotten items and restores them, specialising in industrial lighting and furniture. With a team of craftsmen, designers, and engineers, Blom & Blom invites you to be immersed in history and surrounded by beautiful objects, each with its own rich backstory and unlimited future potential.
Link : Blomandblom.com
Restaurant Jansz is the simple luxury you didn’t know you could have. Inside the Pulitzer Hotel, this restaurant exudes a uniquely sober yet laid-back Amsterdam feel; its beautiful interior, accented by muted hues and beautiful paintings, displays bell jars and glass bottles as an homage to its past as an apothecary. Overlooking the Keizersgracht, its staff notoriously attentive and professional, Restaurant Jansz creates beautifully crafted modern classics.
Link : Janszamsterdam.com
The seafood bar
There’s nothing like an expertly prepared seafood dish. Nobody knows this better than the ex-fishmonger restaurateur behind The Seafood Bar. Using exclusively day-fresh products, his restaurant strives to work with fish that has been line-caught and responsibly sourced. Enjoy the locale’s minimal, sophisticated interior and choose from the vast wine and catch of the day selection for a truly satisfying experience; then, stay till dark for music, oysters, and cocktails!
Link : Theseafoodbar.com
The roast room
A meat eater’s utopia, the Roast Room prides itself in serving the best cuts of meat, burgers, charcuterie and sausages from its very own butchery. This space combines two floors: on the bottom, a bar/brasserie, and above, a fine dining hotspot. The Roast Room itself is absolutely beautiful: Van-Gogh-blue mixes with tile floor design, shining brass, modern design, and vintage elements. Open all day and in the centre, the Roast Room is sure to hit the spot.
Link : Theroastroom.nl
Amsterdam coffee shops
Lot Sixty One
Lot Sixty One is for true coffee lovers. This Australian-owned hotspot is known throughout Amsterdam as one of the best purveyors of beans or drinks, and you can even watch coffee being roasted on site. Situated in the buzzing culture of Amsterdam West, Lot Sixty One’s comfy space is well-used, and feels both modern and vintage. Come here for their chocolate chip cookies, cold brew, flat white, and of course, for their renowned beans.
Link : Lotsixtyonecoffee.com
Monks Coffee Roasters
Monks Coffee Roasters is a corner of Australia in Amsterdam. Situated in the up-and-coming Oud West neighbourhood, it’s defined by stunning design: cozy yet industrial, lit-up copper piping spelling out the café’s name on a slate-grey wall, a garden out back, even a full-size kitchen for brunch. Just wait till you try the coffee: perfectly prepared by a knowledgeable staff, it will leave you looking forward to your next chance to have some Monks coffee.
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White Label Coffee
White Label Coffee is one of the most stylish and well-loved cafés in the city. Its interior is minimal, cosy, but incredibly unique: a composite of vintage and modern furniture, geometrical shapes and high ceilings, oriental carpets and blonde wood floors. Its coffee is renowned throughout Amsterdam and used at various specialty coffee shops – even the tea is expertly brewed, and their home-made baked goods will put your grandmother to shame.
Link : Whitelabelcoffee.nl
Amsterdam App : City Guide & Map
Curated by a visual storyteller
Through our award-winning Amsterdam City Guide & Map, you gain access to an Amsterdam visual storyteller hand picked list of hidden restaurants, cafés, shops, nightlife, activities, hotels and apartments. Your guide for this trip will be Raquel Cayuela, who is a local authority on all that is elegant and underground. Let her take you on a personal tour of beautiful design, original concepts, and amazing products.