Hotspot Haarlem; OU Boutique by Val + Rose

Haarlem is one of my favourite cities for shopping. The city is packed with small independent stores and cozy lunch rooms and coffee places. Lately a new wave of shops and restaurants has upped the like-ability of Haarlem even more. On my latest shopping spree in Haarlem I fell in love with OU Boutique by Val + Rose, on Kruisstraat 40. This uber hip concept store is the perfect stop for browsing unique gifts, trying on original designs, or getting a vitamin boost at their juice bar. The … [Read more...]

Hot spot Leiden: The Wonderful Nature Store

Wonderful Nature store Leiden

Last week I already blogged about one of the three new shops in the Breestraat in Leiden (read here). Today I would like to highlight the second one: the Wonderful Nature Store. It's a shop packed with natural home decor accessories. Besides the taxidermy - lions, birds, turtles and crocodiles, you can buy shells & gem stones, pottery, hides, framed feathers, and other small gifts and decor items. But naturally, the taxidermy are the focal points in the shop. Expect being eye to eye with a … [Read more...]

Hotspot Leiden: WOW duurzaam design conceptstore

WOW duurzaam design Leiden

The Breestraat in Leiden is getting more fun by the week. On April 1st three new stores opened, one of them being WOW duurzaam design. It is a conceptstore selling only sustainable Dutch design. The products at WOW duurzaam design are created by young designers and small labels mainly from the Netherlands and Belgium and with an eye for fairness and nature. WOW duurzaam design curates unique items, unusual things, used things, and recycled products made with love and craftsmanship. You'll … [Read more...]

Miscellaneous, refined goods for the home and desk

Are you also a notebooks hoarder and do you have more pens and pencils than you could use in a lifetime? I'm guilty of both, not to mention the collection of stationery that I will never use because honestly, when do I send a handwritten letter anyway? Nevertheless, I continue shopping at stores like Miscellaneous in Amsterdam West. This shop is not the ordinary stationery shop, its collection assures to take your work space or desk to a sophisticated and refined space in a blink. Who wants … [Read more...]

Rotterdam hot spot: Maak Rotterdam

Looking for a cozy spot to hang out during a cold winter day? Maak Rotterdam is a tiny store with the sweetest pastel colored interior. Comfy chesterfield couches and a coffee corner with fresh flowers invite you to sit down right away. The smell of a freshly baked cake wafts your way, but your attention quickly shifts to the middle of the store where all kinds of colorful goodies are laid out on a table.  This store sells about anything that makes owners Femke and … [Read more...]

Hot spot Rotterdam: KEET

Conceptstore KEET Rotterdam

After hearing so many positive stories about conceptstore KEET Rotterdam, I felt it was time to go and see for myself. And I have to agree with all the other bloggers who already tipped it, this is not a conceptstore you would want to miss when you go shopping in Rotterdam. What I love about KEET is that it has different styles of products but still has a clear concept. I noticed that in Rotterdam the conceptstores differentiate from those in Den Haag or Amsterdam. In general they are more raw, … [Read more...]

Hotspot Haarlem: Atelier 8

As the holidays are approaching we go out shopping again. But fear not, because I know all the good places to go gift shopping! One of my favourite addresses in Haarlem is the lifestyle shop Atelier 8. The shop is in a cute little street but locals know their way towards the shop. Atelier 8 has so much to choose from: large and small home decor items like vases, throws, lamps, and chairs. But also bathroom essentials like hamam towels and kitchenware like mugs and tea towels. And ofcourse there … [Read more...]