by Siobhan Gunner
posted on February 17, 2019
With its historic canals and narrow, crooked houses, Amsterdam’s charming center might be what convinced you to visit in the first place, but the surrounding areas are just as notable (and far less touristy). One of our favorite neighborhoods, De Pijp, is a mere ten minutes away by tram. Bustling and youthful, it’s a sought-after spot for boutique business owners, baristas, and creative chefs to set up shop. In this itinerary, we’ll take you on a tour of the best places to eat, drink, shop, and relax.
Relax on a beanbag chair or sip water from a coconut shell as you sit at a table suspended from the ceiling at this eclectic cafe. Three stories fill this former cinema, where breakfast is on the menu all day long. Don't miss the coconut pancakes.
Checkout: Scrambled eggs with avocado on sourdough, lavender latte, espresso, affogato, french toast with fruit and almonds
Photo courtesy: Coffee & Coconuts
It's easy to feel overwhelmed at this market, what with vendors touting their products as you pass by, but that's half the fun. Clogs, flowers, stroopwafels, fries—this street market's got it all, 260 stands in fact. Just make sure to pace yourself.
Photo courtesy: albertcuypmarkt
Adorned by art and Scandinavian furniture, this crisply-arranged store sells women's clothing and accessories. If the rigors of retail therapy have you famished, there's a cafe in the loft that serves mainly vegetarian victuals until afternoon.
Photo courtesy: zuid.nl_insta
This growing chain of streetwear is here to supply all your wardrobe makeover needs—if you're willing to break the bank a little to do it. Familiar and up-and-coming brands are neatly displayed in this bright space making splurging that much easier.
Photo courtesy: basketsstores
Run by a mother and daughter team, this colorful boutique is like your favorite Etsy shop come to life. Chic retro furniture, clothing, and jewelry are on offer; some items are vintage, while others are sourced from up-and-coming designers.
Photo courtesy: meredithmake
If you're seeking chia pudding and avocado toast, look elsewhere. Here you'll find good vibes and over-the-top vegan takes on fast food staples like burgers, loaded french fries, and bitterballen (a traditional Dutch bar snack).
Checkout: Notorious Sumo, Daddy Mc Chik'n, Loaded Kapsalon Freak Fries
Photo courtesy: crudelitas10
You may have to queue up for this bit of brunch heaven, but you can sip on coffee (or something stronger) while you wait, so no worries. Everything's made from scratch here, with nice Brazilian and New Zealand twists to dishes and a fun open kitchen.
Checkout: Banana nut bread French toast, Kiwi breakfast, blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros, matcha latte
Photo courtesy: BR
It's nearly-impossible to be in a bad mood while sipping on a beer at de Tulp. Good vibes abound at this vibrant-but-cozy bar, where an eclectic mix of tropical plants, artfully-mismatched grandpa furniture, and a tire swing make up its decor.
Checkout: White Mamba, Mannenliefde, Funky Falcon
Photo courtesy: Your Little Black Book
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