straight out of Amsterdam brought to you by our Guest Hunter, Jristian Cruz Limsico. He’s Manila born, Australian raised, creative and relaxed (unless if aggravated!). He lives in Amsterdam with his partner and his much-loved dog Atilla. Jristian loves wandering around the world, and enjoys a can of cold coconut juice. I worked alongside Jristian many years ago, and he is a true talent, understated cool and just an overall fun person to be around. He has personally snapped these lovely photographs and shares with us some of the gems he’s uncovered in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. So, if visiting here is on your to do list, or even if you just want the inside track from a resourceful local, you’ll want to continue reading and keep this list handy.
HOME: FROZEN FOUNTAIN
‘honey I am walking the dog’ often means I am going to Frozen Fountain to
check if there are ‘things’ that the apartment may need. This place is filled with “I need this” furniture and other homey things that keeps me coming back with my dog Atilla.
Hay, Piet Hein Eek, and Studio Job Ceramics are enough reasons to starve for the next months or two…
Wonder-full in every way of wooden rarity and all things collectible – this store is a usual stop after a Saturday brunch with mates. It exhibits a collection of furniture, and gadgets from the 40’s 50’s and 60’s. This visit got me taking home a Vaca Valiente leather dog desk friend and a dog night-light from the 50’s. The trouble of saying no to wonderful things at Wonder Wood.
Supportive of my girl friends – I have been spotted in Sky advising whether an
Isabel Marant dress is better in grey or green. A hard choice I know – but
someone has to make it… The owner is wonderfully friendly and reflects the store that she runs, eclectic, sweet and charming! They also have their own brand She Rebel, and check out their new website launching soon, complete with
an online shop.
HIS: TENUE DE NIMES
Anything Nigel Cabourn is enough to drive me into a shop in a frenzy. Tenue De Nimes is the only shop (as far as I know) that carries it here in Amsterdam.
So suffice to say that it is on my list of places to see. The shop is around the corner from my place in the Jordaan – so every time Atilla and I are off for our weekend walks, I stop in here and wander the racks, for Ralph, Acne, Nigel and Hillside.
A must for any tourists to visit – they serve coffee and cupcakes reason enough to come in and say hello.
FOOD: DE DRIE GRAEFJES, AKA DAN THE COOKIE MAN’S BAKERY
No doubt the BEST American baker in town, and being the best comes at a price. He is also the grumpiest baker in town, so one needs to tread carefully when entering and ordering. But no amount of abuse (ok I’m exaggerating) will keep me away from this man’s carrot cakes and red velvets, oh and his white macadamia chocolate chip cookies. NUM NUM.
Have you ever seen the Seinfeld episode of the Soup Nazi? Enough said!
Run by Eric and his wife Leslie, this is one place that I go to if I need a FIX!
There is no hiding that I have an addiction to everything sweet, and chocolate is the choice of drug for this self-confessed addict. No 12 step program will keep me away from this place – besides the thought of me in my swimmers come summer time. The place to be if in need of a chocolate fix or a friendly chat!
– HONORABLE MENTION – APHRODITE GREEK RESTAURANT
Loes has been running this place forever, tucked away in LangeLeidsedwarsstraat near Museumplein – this is the best Greek restaurant
in town. hearty home cooked meal is what I get every time I come and eat here.
Never disappointed by the food nor Loes’ company, and her littler Boston Terrier
GREAT THINGS: GERDA’S
the place for all things flora!