Baya Simons. My family moved to Holland from England when I was. I studied here in Amsterdam and I had my first house on the same canal in the Jordaan where we now have our de studio.
The city still has something very alternative about it. You come across so many different kinds of people. In the 17th and 18th centuries, we were the most forward-looking country in the world, and seafaring brought in all these different cultures.
It definitely still has that feeling. As soon as I drive into Amsterdam, I feel a surge of energy. Nowadays, my husband Thomas and I like to book a hotel in the city every once in a while. One of the great small hotels is Rika.
I also love the Pulitzerwhich is opposite our studio on the Prinsengracht. Soho House has the best spread for breakfast, especially at the weekend — a beautiful buffet with everything you can imagine which will reopen once restrictions are over.
I love the atmosphere and we always run into a million people we know. What I love about Amsterdam is that as soon as the weather turns, everything that floats goes out onto the canal. He even built a small organ on there.
That, for me, is the definition of Amsterdam. Conservatorium conservatoriumhotel. Maison Rika rikastudios. Pulitzer pulitzeramsterdam. Soho House Amsterdam sohohouseamsterdam. Breda bredagroup-amsterdam.
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Skins skins. My family keeps an antique boat on the Achtergracht, a small canal off the Amstel. Amsterdam is one of those places where people will make a roof garden out of three square metres. Having a fresh herring, for instance, which you traditionally eat upside down, holding its tail. Lots of people have an impression of herring from how the Scandinavians eat it: really tough and pickled. Van Dobben is another landmark spot.
Van Dobben is one of those places that everyone in Amsterdam knows.
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Bredaon the Singel canal, is one of my favourite restaurants. Another place I really like is Brut de Mera tiny fish restaurant on a square in the Pijp that has amazing oysters. I always buy flowers from a guy who has a market stall in the Pijp.
A short walk away is another shop I love called Azzurro Duewhich is owned by a friend of mine who has a very good eye. I bought a Valentino bag there that I love, and a thick Celine turtleneck that I practically live in.
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Skins is another great store, but for beauty products. It sells my favourite perfume, Mister Marvelous by Byredo. Another place we go to a lot, often with our team from the studio, is the Duke of Tokyo on Reguliersdwarsstraat.
It has a great bar — you drink Japanese beer — and there are all these different rooms you can rent for karaoke. Near Brut de Mer is the big market, the Albert Cuyp. I love to get fresh stroopwafels there — the famous caramel cookies, like very thin waffles. You can get big warm ones too. Our biggest art museum is the Rijksmuseum.
Normally, they organise a lot of events there.
They had a beautiful concert by a Dutch musician called Joep Beving. You reach it by going through the house and up into the attic, which is really high, with a beautiful altar. And of course, the other place that is so special and so connected to Amsterdam is the Anne Frank House.
My family actually owned the building, but they donated it to the city. Manage cookies. How To Spend It Travel. Jewellery deer Bibi van der Velden gives her guide to the Dutch capital. Baya Simons July 16, Rika — a clothes brand and, outside of the pandemic, a hotel The Concerto Two bedroom suite at the Conservatorium Hotel One of the great small hotels is Rika.
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