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Hi! I am Kira. I am an Amsterdam treasure hunter, a wine lover, a matchmaker and a mother. On this site I blog about my life in Amsterdam. Groetjes, Kira. 

 

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Tuesday
Jun172014

review: zouthaven

it’s a perfect place for: Enjoying the sun from a superlarge terrace set right along the Amsterdam waterways 't Ij. You can see the back of Amsterdam Central Station with the ferries bringing people to Amsterdam Noord. The Muziektheater is located above the restaurant, where diners can enjoy the food and seafood dishes inside. 

bike score: 3 - when the sun shines or need some fresh air. 

best feature: the terrace and personally I also like the modern architecture of the indoor, light and glass-walled restaurant. read more >

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Monday
May262014

review: de bosbaan

it’s a perfect place for: enjoying the sun!

bike score: 3 – when it’s sunny

best feature: set in the Amsterdam woods at the start of the rowing track ‘Bosbaan’, this terrace has sun from ‘dusk to dawn’, that is… when there are no clouds covering our beautiful town.

ambiance & clientele

Whereas Het Bosch with their Waterfront Bar attracts ‘the cool and the trendy’, the Bosbaan attracts a more mixed crowd read more>

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Saturday
May102014

review: vondelpark 3

it’s a perfect place for: breakfast, lunch, dinner with friends and/or a drink on the terrace.

bike score: its terrace scores a 3, the restaurant as such a 1.

best feature: the terrace, the location (IN the Vondelpark) and general chill, funky ambiance. In addition, the bar-restaurant is set in the very charming former Filmmuseum. Also, I can’t imagine a better location to have a breakfast - when the park is still tranquil with only a few runners and dog-owners walking around.

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Saturday
May102014

review: Skybar Blue 360

it’s a perfect place for: brunch, lunch, coffee or chardonnay with a view or a private party. It’s also a “secret” gem to rest from shopping. 

bike score: 3 – the best view in town for those who don’t wish to pay E8 for a tea!

best feature: the view and the homemade ginger ale (EUR3, alcohol free)

ambiance & clientele it’s surprising how many tourists and visitors out of town know how to find this. What a shame that so few Amsterdam locals have ever set foot into the lift going to this sky bar.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

review: hugo's bar & kitchen

it’s a perfect place for: cocktails and stylish bar-dinner food. 

bike score: 2 (and for those who dig being trendy: 3)

best feature: the cocktails – by far. It also has a terrace, but as I visited this bar-restaurant on a dark rainy February evening, I didn’t dine & drink al fresco.

ambiance & clientele: hip, hipper, hipsts… yeah, this is a real incrowd place, quite like door 74 used to be (back in, what was it, 2008?).

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Saturday
Mar012014

review: marathonweg

it’s a perfect place for: a casual drink or breakfast/lunch/dinner in a slightly hipster ambiance.

bike score: 2 (and for those who dig being trendy: 3)

best feature: the modern woody interior featuring many nooks, making each and every table a pleasant spot to relax. The menu features both international hits, such as a Ceasar Salad (E8.5) , and less-ordinary combinations such as a Pita bread with goat cheese, couscouse and loads of veggies (E8.5). The portions are ... read more >

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Monday
Feb032014

review: cafe restaurant amsterdam

I have this thing for giving buildings a second life. Particularly, when that ‘second life’ has the purpose of making people happy with food and drinks. Café Restaurant Amsterdam is set in the former engine room of the pump station that would pump clean dune water to the Amsterdam houses (from 1897 till 1996).

The engine room was so well-maintained that “not even the fish decoration over the water fountain needed repainting. Only the old control panels and three pumps had to make way for a kitchen, bars, tables and chairs, everything else was left intact" to quote the restaurant's website. read more >

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Monday
Jan132014

review: thai phutakun

type of restaurant: Authentic Thai food

it’s a perfect place for: Enjoying authentic Thai food, which for me is enough reason to blog about this restaurant. Ever after my visit to Thailand a decade ago, my body needs a regular Pad Thai fix. However, here in Amsterdam few chefs can bring me back to the streets of Bangkok with their stir-fried rice noodle dish. As at many Indonesian restaurants, chefs tend to Dutchy their cooking, meaning adjusting the recipes to make them more appealing for cheese heads. read more >

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Monday
Jan132014

review: de vredespijp

De Vredespijp is actually an Art Deco/Jugendstil design shop dating back to 1971. Since a couple of years the shop turned half of the venue into a lounge & lunch room. The concept of offering bites & drinks in a design shop is not new in Amsterdam (just check out Hotel DroogFlinders and Friday Next). De Vredespijp is very different with its dissimilar chairs and tables. Without overwhelming their guests, you find vintage-like design goodies (hats, posters, cabinets, coat hangers, etc) in different corners of the shop. In combination with the warm service approach, De Vredespijp is one of the most homely places in Amsterdam.

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Monday
Jan132014

review: de wasserette

it’s a perfect place for: breakfast (yes, another place to add to our breakfast in Amsterdam list), a coffee or sandwich in a stylish, up-beat trendy hotspot.

bike score: 2

best feature: the young & urban vibe, as well as the heated terrace (for the smokers amongst you).

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Tuesday
Nov192013

review: zina

it’s a perfect place for: a romantic dinner without being ‘over the top’ romantic. Hm… may be this comment does not make sense. What I mean is that Zina is not a ‘white linen’ type of place where a man nervously goes down on his knee and pop the question. At the same time, Zina is a dimly lit with lamps from Marrakesh and candles – they are beautiful, but they don’t give much light and do create an intimate ambiance.

bike score: 1 – there are more places like Zina in Amsterdam

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Thursday
Nov072013

review: the coffee corner of kade 6

it’s a perfect place for: have a peaceful coffee break (or breakfast/brunch) in a spacious and light setting decorated with durable (kitchen) design elements.

bike score: 2 – The feeling of space and light, while still being in the city is definitely worth a bike ride.

best features: the interior and the fact that it’s (still) undiscovered.

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Friday
Oct112013

review: bosco

it’s a perfect place for: meeting friends in a surrogate living room setting. Like a stamcafe, Bosco functions as the neighbours’ second living room. Unlike a stamcafe, Bosco is not a brown bar, instead its interior is open, colourful and light. There are board games to play, free wifi to surf on, many Dutch magazines to read and the apple pies are homemade. There’s a large terrace, which catches a lot of sun (when nature cooperates) but unfortunately located on the busy 1e Constantijn Huygenstraat.

bike score: 1  

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Thursday
Oct032013

restaurant review: ron's gastrobar

it’s a perfect place for: it's the best bistro dining in The Netherlands. Hands down.

bike score:

best features: passion and culinary expertise, without loosing oneself in a superior attitude.

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Thursday
Oct032013

restaurant of the week: nrc cafe restaurant

name restaurant: NRC cafe restaurant, which is the bar-restaurant of the newspaper for the most intelligent and intellectual Dutch people.

it’s a perfect place for: a quick & decent bite between 8h and 22h, or ‘intellectual’ entertainment with a glass of wine in the eve.

bike score: 1 - or 2 for the intellectuals amongst you

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Friday
Sep272013

restaurant of the week: 't stuivertje

name restaurant: Bistro ‘t Stuivertje 

it’s a perfect place for:  A wholesome dinner in a super-relaxed Amsterdam environment. No table linen, no arrogant staff, no look-at-me-people. Yes brown bar (without actually being a brown bar), yes happy-spirited waitresses, yes local people of all sorts and an occasional tourist. 

bike score: 1
(or 2 in my case, as all bistro’s in my area score too high in the snobbism factor and charge a leg and an arm for a simple meat ‘n fries).

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Friday
Sep202013

restaurant of the week: rosa & rita

name restaurant: Rosa & Rita

it’s a perfect place for: a quick bite (steak or pizza), group dinner (steak or pizza), dinner with kids (steak or pizza).

bike score: 1 - it's an ideal neighbourhood restaurant.

best features: friendly service, fresh food served quickly, terrace and urban herb garden, the simple menu, and overall no (unpleasant) surprises.

 

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Friday
Sep132013

restaurant of the week: hotel de goudfazant

name restaurant: Hotel de Goudfazant

it’s a perfect place for:  experiencing a stylishly different side of Amsterdam’s culinary scene 

bike score:

best features: overall off-the-beaten-path feel without having to give up on comfort.   

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Tuesday
Sep032013

restaurant of the week: marius, table d'hote

name restaurant: Marius, table d'hote
bike score: 3

best features: great wines, 

it’s a perfect place for: a romantic dinner, a special (family) celebration or an impulsive 'culinary splurge' (but do reserve!). 

what i love about this place: the intimacy and culinary passion of kitchen and staff. There's a daily changing menu for E47.50, called the 'Market menu'

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Monday
Aug262013

Worst Wijncafe, a sausage & wine bar in amsterdam

name restaurant: Worst Wijncafe, Dutch for Enoteca, Bar a Vin or Sausage Wine Bar.
bike score: 2 

best features: great wines, inspiring sausage dishes, informal bar-like ambiance

it’s a perfect place for:  eating sausages – probably the best you’ll ever have in town – accompanied with a lovely glass of wine, which are best enjoyed with easy-going friends. Plus they serve a Sunday brunch/lunch.

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