Hotspot Valencia: Bluebell Coffee

Bluebell Coffee Valencia

The best place for Sunday brunch, and a popular healthy food spot in Valencia is Bluebell Coffee. The cosy hotspot with a sunny courtyard garden is situated in the Ruzafa neighbourhood in Carrer de Buenos Aires no.3.  For breakfast and brunch you can choose from different smoothies, an acai bowl, pancakes, and granola, just to name a few. During lunch they serve delicious salads, avocado sandwiches and more. Besides that everything is super yummie, it is also presented in a pretty way with … [Read more...]

Dinner at the Amstel Boathouse

Amstel boathouse

Amsterdam has a new hidden gem in the restaurant scene: The Amstel Boathouse. Located a few steps from the Amstel river, and just around the corner of the De Miranda aquatic center I instantly felt a connection with the restaurant. :-) The restaurant has an ambiance that transports you right to the Hamptons. The interior is super cozy with a fire place surrounded by inviting armchairs, warm wooden tables, navy blue dining chairs, and many nautical accessories. In winter the perfect sanctuary for … [Read more...]

Paris hotspot: Brasserie Le Brebant

Le Brebant Paris

Paris is packed with good brasseries, but on my last trip to the city of lights, I had dinner at a quite unique one. Brasserie Le Brebant at 32 Boulevard Poissonnière (metrostation Grand Boulevard) has a quirky, tropical meets vintage interior that caught my eye when looking for a place to eat. Later I found out that this brasserie is one of the oldest in the city dating back to 1865! There's an always busy outside terrace, that is great for people watching. In the split-level inside area it … [Read more...]

Paris hotspot: Yeeels Restaurant & Bar

Last week I had lunch at Yeeels, a newly opened restaurant in Paris. The place consists of 2 levels. The top, street level floor is a restaurant, and the basement level is a bar and nightclub. The design is sophisticated and contemporary with velvet Gubi chairs, brass details, and marble accents, yet evokes a classic Parisian chic feel. Most impressive is a glamourous gleaming brass stairs between the two levels with an oversized lamp leading you towards it. I instantly fell in love with it. The … [Read more...]

Hotspot Leiden: Brasserie Buitenhuis

Brasserie Buitenhuis Leiden

I have a new favourite hang-out: Brasserie Buitenhuis. This lakeside restaurant opened the beginning of July and is bound to become very popular, mark my words. Officially, the brasserie is located just across the border of the municipal Leiden, in adjacent village Valkenburg, but that's just a minor detail. Due to its location at the Valkenburger Lake, it attracts people from Leiden, Voorschoten, Valkenburg and Wassenaar. No matter where you're from, Brasserie Buitenhuis is a lake house for … [Read more...]

Bar Botanique in Amsterdam

Bar Botanique

Earlier this week I spent the afternoon in Amsterdam East. East is upping its game with a lot of new hip restaurants and interesting stores. One of those new edgy places, is Bar Botanique, café tropique on the corner of Eerste van Swindenstraat and Pontanusstraat. As the name already suggests it is  a tropical escape in the city. The interior is packed with lush tropical plants. But that's not all. Designed by Studio Modijefsky, the interior design of Bar Botanique also has many … [Read more...]

Hip design in Brooks Brasserie Amsterdam

Brasserie Brooks Amsterdam

Discovering good breakfast places in Amsterdam has been one of my latest obsessions. However, finding a breakfast place that also has a compelling interior design is the cherry on top of my hunt. In my favourite shopping neighbourhood, Old South (oud zuid), there is Brooks Brasserie. The stylish restaurant is actually part of a small boutique hotel. Besides breakfast, you can also drop by for lunch, dinner, or just a cup of coffee. The interior design of Brooks Brasserie is of the hands of … [Read more...]