Studio Piet Boon designs Omoda flagshipstore | South area

Dutch successful shoe retailer Omoda developed its vision for a luxury flagship store in the atmosphere of a luxury hotel or restaurant together with Studio Piet Boon. This week the flagship store (the twentieth Omoda store) opened at Van Baerlestraat and I visited their festive opening party.

Studio Piet Boon, responsible for the interior design of the new Omoda flagship store of over 500 square meters, created a unique shopping experience that feels like a combination between a museum and a personal walk-in closet.

This feeling was realized by providing the interior with large, low and apparently floating presentation blocks that vary in height and pedestals with glass roofs on which "pieces" can be displayed. The blocks are contrasting in both color and material, creating an exciting dynamic. The low presentation tables emphasize the height of the ceiling (5 meters), which gives the interior a theatrical appearance. The side walls show straight cabinets, the back wall in the store has a green silk plant wall. Round freestanding open walk-in closets in different heights and  without a back wall give the store secluded corners with a transparent character.

Van Baerlestraat 60
1071 BA Amsterdam 

Happy Happy Joy Joy South | Pijp area

After the location in the Eastern Harbour this is the latest location for the colourful restaurant chain Happy Happy Joy Joy. The restaurant offers a cheerful collection of colours and typical Asian flavours in a lively atmosphere.

Happy Happy Joy Joy
Ceintuurbaan 256
1072 GH Amsterdam +31 (0)20 344 6406
Opening hours
Sunday - Thursday: 5PM till 1AMFriday & Saturday: 5PM till 2AM
From the 17th of September '18 we are also open for lunch
Kitchen Sunday through Thursday till 10:30PM, Friday and Saturday till 11PM
website: Happy Happy Joy Joy 
area: Pijp area

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A hotel with a WOW factor | Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam | Eastern Docklands

Definitely build on one of the best hotspots close to and with an amazing view on the Amsterdam city centre is the new Jakarta Amsterdam hotel. With its huge tropical courtyard that was realized in collaboration with the Hortus Botanicus, the hotel can proudly call herself the greenest hotel in the Netherlands. 

La Cabra X Frama Pop-up cafe | Pijp area

For the occasion of the World of Coffee festival, taking place in Amsterdam this week, Danish La Cabra Coffee Roasters teamed up with Frama  and opened a pop-up coffee bar at the Amsterdam Pijp area In the store next to some great coffee, I had my first ever cup of coffee from Burundi! selected furniture and lighting from the Frama collection and cups by KHWürtz especially made for La Cabra. 

Salt Water Amsterdam small store & cafe | Haarlemmerdijk

A mix of the Far East and France probably discribes Salt Water Amsterdam, the store of Malaysian born Wanting Choo, best. After having lived in different places around the globe she is now combining her passions for art and design and her love for the ocean and natural products in Salt Water Amsterdam - a city she now lives in. 

At Salt water you will find a selection of well-made clothing from independent designer brands in small quantities. Organic, handmade and well-designed home goods, and vintage objects collected from her travels. 

Wanting: "We discover inspiration where we may. We provide a space where you can come have a coffee, browse unique items we found around the globe and get inspired to create art in any forms. Be it a sketch, a photograph, or even a beautifully written love letter. Why not?"

Salt water Amsterdam
Haarlemmerdijk 66
1013 JE Amsterdam
+31 20 2236740
Website: Salt Water Amsterdam
Area: Haarlemmerbuurt

Kauf Dich Glücklich Conceptstore | Jordaan Rozengracht area

Raadhuisstraat, just behind Dam square walking in the direction of the Jordaan area and Rozengracht just welcomed another great concept, with stores as Bolia, Pelican Store, We are labels and X Bank at Spuistraat and Magna Plaza where you can find Sissy Boy in the basement the small area behind the palace offers a nice shopping area away from the over crowded Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk.

These are the kind of stores that are not only good for the tourist who likes to shop downtown but also for us, the locals who are kind of tired of seeing the inner city and beautiful canal belt changing into an entertaining area with little eye for the original inhabitants. Let's hope Raadhuisstraat will not be the next area where cheese shops (just go to the Supermarket to get your cheese) or Nutella stores (it's not a Dutch thing!) will follow.

This first store of the German concept Kauf mich Glücklich in the Netherlands offers a curated selection of products. Women's fashion, men's fashion, home accessories, natural cosmetics, jewelry, books, stationery and much more. With great attention to detail, all stores are build by the team of Kauf Dich Glücklich who started their concept and first store in Berlin and now proudly run 20 stores around Germany and Austria.

Kauf dich Glücklich
Raadhuisstraat 40
1016 DG Amsterdam
Opening hours
Monday 11AM - 7PM
Tuesday - Wednesday 10AM - 7PM
Thursday 10AM - 9PM
Friday - Saturday 10AM - 7PM
Sunday noon - 6PM
website: Kauf dich Glücklich
area: Dam area