Month: May 2015

NDSM Wharf, Amsterdam

This post has been long in coming. NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord has always been my favourite part of the city. This is why I’m inviting you to accompany me there today. Amsterdam is known for its beautiful canals and idyllic old buildings but I must admit I could easily exchange this part of town with the industrial wharf you reach by a ferry from Amsterdam Centraal at no charge. Even though this place is very popular particularly with the young citizens of Amsterdam, it never feels as crowded as the city centre. Coffee, food and further spots are located here but much less than in the areas across the water. So where to have coffee? Noorderlicht or pllek! They are both established within containers, which gives those places quite an edgy atmosphere. Noorderlicht is a bit hipstery with (seem to be) arrogant waiters. pllek is a little more relaxed, serves good food and decent coffee. A plus: the raised beach right in front of the water. One of the best things about this neighbourhood is …

AMSTERDAM COFFEE FESTIVAL

Food festivals and food truck festivals in particular are springing from the ground like mushrooms in Amsterdam lately. When food makes way for a market full of coffee, there is no holding back. At least not for me. So accompany me to Amsterdam Coffee Festival, which has been taking place this weekend at beautifully industrial NDSM wharf (by the way, my favourite corner of Amsterdam! Read about it later this month on the blog). Amsterdam itself is a gem of excellent coffee. Lot Sixty One, Back to Black, white label coffee – they all brew sublime flat whites into my cup every day. Having the best of the beans combined in one place had me caffeinated (emotionally as well) all over. Next to simply tasting there was a lot of coffee science to discover at the festival. To be honest: I’m happy to get the best out of my Chemex on Sunday mornings but that’s how coffee-hipstery I get. When it comes to the correct angle to drip my boiling water onto the freshly roasted beans, well …

BACK TO BLACK, Amsterdam

My favourite hobby: exploring new places. Last weekend I discovered one of this rare kind where your guts instantly signalize: You are going to be here very often. And my guts know me quite well. Alarm bells ring when I enter a spot that is hip but not too hip, busy but not crowded, a place I could easily exchange for my living room. Black to Black is such a place. I love the furnishings, the colours and the easy atmosphere here. Big tables where you can work a little, cozy armchairs that invite you to grab a magazine or just have a decent cup of coffee. Such places are scarcer here in Amsterdam than one might think. From the plants in pineapple form via adorable interior design through to locally roasted coffee Back to Black has won my heart. Make sure to check them out or get a sip of their coffee at Amsterdam Coffee Festival this weekend! Back to Black Weteringstraat 48 1017 SP Amsterdam

The cosmic space of my own four walls

I love travelling far away, getting to know foreign cultures, different scenes and new people. However, there are also times when I prefer some time at home, building castles of blankets, reading magazines for hours and having favourite food. This weekend I treated myself with a little time of comfort and quiet. I put my bed into the living-room and looked out to the sea. Sometimes your own four walls invite you to the best travels. I’m an introvert to the core and have always loved starting on an adventure through a new book. At the end of the day I find myself strengthened by this little solitary time. Not least because I’m rewarded with a night sky which you can best appreciate sitting on your cosy mattress in front of the panoroma window, sipping on a hot cup of tea.

Spring in Amsterdam

Slowly but surely, spring is conquering the canals of Amsterdam, which makes me fall in love with the numerous beautiful facades of the city even more. Particularly when they proove spring’s arrival: What’s more, Amsterdam is blossoming everywhere! I adore my adoptive home for its obsession about plants.  I’ve always been engaged with urban gardening and Critical Mass (a cycling movement) – two things which are redundant in Amsterdam. Why? The streets are under control of the cyclists here anyway. And: I have hardly ever seen a city greener than this. See for yourself: Less pleasing about spring in Amsterdam: the weather. Rain clouds alternate with sunshine easily and quite spontaneously, so it was time to purchase something waterproof after all. I’m still amazed I survived more than 3 years in Hamburg without a hooded parka. By the way: If you plan to live the real Amsterdam experience, do without the hood. I seem to be the only one holding an umbrella when it’s raining cats and dogs. But despite the weather, be sure that Amsterdam loves you: