living room of amsterdam gets a compleet renovation
Who hasn’t heard of this café? The icon of the Leidseplein, Café Americain Amsterdam, will close on November 6 for a complete renovation. In the 50s this was already thé spot where Amsterdammers came together. Now it’s transformed into a modern brasserie that again will be a second home for all people of Amsterdam. The menu and interior get a fresh twist and we can’t wait for the end result. The restaurant will be reopened in mid-December 2017. Exciting!
What can we expect? High quality, accessible style and lots of personality, according to Café Americain. The kitchen team is from the reopening under the leadership of signature chef Peter Gast. The classic dishes get a new twist like the bouillabaisse, vitello tonato, French onion soup, shrimp cocktail and the new signature tartar. Amsterdam products are complemented with Dutch ingredients. Nice: three different trolleys are introduced: a tartar, patisserie and dessert trolley!
The bar will soon be the new center of Café Americain Amsterdam. The bar will have a creative cocktail menu and coffee from Vascobelo. Not familiar with Vascobelo? No problem, because soon you can have tastings of local spirits and products of him. The modern design was designed by Studio Linse and combines the rich history of Café Americain with new influences. The current Art Nouveau decor will remain, but gets a modern twist. But don’t worry, the original Tiffany lamps and stained-glass windows of the current Café Americain will stay.
THINGS TO DO:
⋙ Canal Cruise by day or in the evening
⋙ A bike tour through Amsterdam OR Rent a bike by yourself
⋙ The best view over Amsterdam from the A’DAM Lookout
⋙ Visit Artis Royal Zoo
⋙ Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
⋙ Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
⋙ Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
⋙ MOCO Museum for street art
⋙ Photography museum FOAM
⋙ Amsterdam Light Festival (during winter months)
⋙ Cruise like a local with your own boat (great with good weather!)
ONE OF A KIND:
⋙ Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
⋙ Red Light District tour
⋙ Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
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Our favourite hotels:
AFFORDABLE // €
☾ Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
☾ The Student Hotel: budget proof in trendy East.
☾ Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
☾ CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
☾ Motel One: budget design hotel with locations at
VERY VERY NICE // €€
☾ Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
☾ Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam.
☾ Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
☾ Park Plaza Vondelpark: located next to Vondelpark and beautifully renovated.
☾ Hotel Dwars: small scale around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
☾ Pillows Anna van den Vondel: great hotel close to Vondelpark.
☾ Hotel Mercier: new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
☾ INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city.
☾ The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals.
☾ Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel in Amsterdam West.
☾ Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
☾ QO Amsterdam: eco design hotel with a great skybar.
TOP LUXURY // €€€
☾ Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
☾ Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
☾ L’Europe: this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
☾ Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
☾ W Amsterdam: with great restaurants and a rooftop bar with swimming pool.
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I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.
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Photocredits: Café Americain
Leidsekade 97Amsterdam (Amsterdam City Center)
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