Hot spot Haarlem: Portrait conceptstore

Conceptstores are abound in Haarlem. One not to miss on your next shopping spree is conceptstore Portrait. The store is located in a former horse stable that was transformed into a robust space with bare walls, sleek tiles and a concrete floor. They promise beans, cotton and things. The beans refer to the coffee bar and […]

Hot spot Haarlem: Jutka & Riska

The Dutch city Haarlem is one of my favourite cities to shop. It has so many trendy boutiques, charming restaurants and coffee bars, and quaint little streets. Coming weeks (or maybe even months) I’ll be sharing my favourite places and hot spots with you. I’d like to start with fashion store Jutka & Riska. They recently […]

Rotterdam hot spot: Van Binnen

Sustainable designs are on the rise. More and more people are looking for home accessories and furniture that is produced in a sustainable way taking into account the environment and our health. That is why I love the home interior shop Van Binnen in Rotterdam. Their assortment consists of high quality, sustainable and durable products […]

Shopping Guide Berlin: Prenzlauerberg

When you are in Berlin, Prenzlauerberg should be on your list. It’s one of the hippest and most upcoming neighbourhoods. The Croco Blue bar I blogged about last week is also in Prenzlauerberg. There is a friendly and young atmosphere with lots of small boutiques, bars and eateries to choose from. But what I loved most […]

City trip Berlin

Berlin, the city of artists, hipsters, funky and eclectic crowds and hip and trendy scenes. My first visit to Berlin was in 1990, only a few months after the wall fell. I was there on an exchange program with highschool and lived with a Berlin family. Every day we went on field trips with our […]

The best of Paris in your pocket

It’s always a good idea to go to Paris, said Audrey Hepburn a long time ago. But her words are still very relevant. And instead of carrying around a heavy travel guide, you can now have the best of Paris in your pocket. At the shop Klevering in Amsterdam I found this cute gift box […]

Luxe City Guide

In 2008 kreeg ik voor het eerst een Luxe City Guide in mijn handen geduwd. Ik ging op vakantie naar Bali, en mijn collega, die er al eerder was geweest, leende mij haar reisboekje. Een dun en klein  gelamineerd hardkartonnen uitvouwboekje van maximaal 1 meter, dubbelzijdig bedrukt met piepkleine lettertjes, in een doorzichtig acryl hoesje. […]