Grand Café ‘De Tropen’ | Oost area

Saturday September 5 Amsterdam Oost's newest hotspot will open it's doors. Situated in The Tropenmuseum, one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums, Grand Café 'De Tropen' will be a lively hotspot with a terrace directly at Oosterpark. The cafe will be open for coffee, healthy sandwiches or Asian and couscous salads for lunch and dinner. I won't be there that day but will share some real pictures asap! | Pictures added with thanks to the Tropen 

The interior of 'De Tropen' is designed by Studio Piet Boon, respecting the historical elements of the building he found the right balance between park, recreation and the Grand Cafe. A large dark green bar with impressive museum pieces in the middle of the restaurant connects the cafe with the museum, the light flows in through the large windows which offer a perfect view on the park. Piet Boon is also responsible for the renovation of the rooms of the prestigious Mariott Hotel

De Tropen
Linnaeusstraat 2
1092 AD Amsterdam
Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 9AM-11PM
Saturday-Sunday 10AM-11PM

Website: De Tropen
area: East | Oost

Pictures ©Studio Aico 

Must see panoramic view | “The Garden Which is the Nearest To God”

There is always something happening in town, and I really wanted to show you the wonderful pictures Silvia made of the project of 
Taturo Atzu on the roof of the oldest church in town. Silvia is an Italian photographer and we previously worked together on some blogpost for my interiors blog Vosgesparis and an article about Amsterdam Next, that will come out at the end of September.

These pictures were made during a photo shoot on the roof with Tania, a jewellery designer from Sydney. You can see those pictures on Silvia's website, and maybe you love a photo shoot with her yourself, she made some lovely portraits using Amsterdam as a backdrop!

Japanese artist Taturo Atzu is internationally renowned for his temporary art projects which transform our experiences of monuments, statues and architecture. Atzu's first public project in the Netherlands centres around the historic weather vane and the small roof turret, with the Angelus Clock, of the Oude Kerk. 

The Garden Which is the Nearest to God
Oude Kerk Amsterdam
Oudekerksplein 23
1012 GX Amsterdam
website: Oude Kerk 
Running time: June 27 to September 6 2015
area: Dam area

Come Closer is a series of public gatherings on the roof of the Oude Kerk. The evening programme, running from August 13 to September 6, brings together thinkers, musicians, artists, Amsterdammers, neighbourhood residents, and the curious up in art installation “The Garden Which is the Nearest To God”

by Japanese artist Taturo Atzu: a panoramic terrace with a spectacular view over Amsterdam. In the midst of a city in motion, Come Closer offers a moment of reflection. For 12 evenings special guest speakers share a new perspective, a unique story or a performance with the public. High above the city in the open-air, a sort of contemporary hagenpreek (open-air sermon), Come Closer invites you to listen, look, experience, think collaboratively and to speak up. You will find more information on the events here | text and info via de Oude Kerk

pictures ©Silvia Falcomer

Ashes to Snow Hair atelier and gallery | East area

The Eastern part of Amsterdam is welcoming many young entrepreneurs lately. One of them are the owners of Ashes to snow, an hair atelier with a relaxed, artistic atmosphere where you will also find selected design, objects and art pieces from like-minded creatives from various disciplines.

The gallery presents, promotes and sells the work of young artists, photographers, designers and craftsmen. You can get you hair done by one of the stylists but also pop in for a coffee and a read and enjoy the various exhibitions and installations.

At the moment we visited them to make these pictures, almost six months ago, the Dream Scapes | Memory Lapse exhibition with photography by Ramona Deckers and Liza Nijhuisthe 
was displayed in the totally white space, a beautiful contrast with the huge window that is covered with black paint, an amazing environment! 

Ashes to Snow

Javastraat 72
1094 HL Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0)20 3621480
Opening hours:
Monday closed
Tuesday to Wednesday 10AM - 7PM
Thursday to Friday 10AM - 9PM
Saturday 10AM - 6PM
Sunday Noon - 5PM

website: Ashes to Snow 
area: East | Oost

               pictures © silvia falcomer for amsterdam next

Enter the loft | A sneak peek in Mr. Benjamin's home

The Loft is back, and after a private dinner and party afterwards at Cristofori on the Prinsengracht this Friday, Mr.Benjamin's loft will open it's doors from August 22 till September 6.

This is the third edition of the loft, and this time the apartment is fully decorated with Mr. Benjamin in mind... Get to know him while wandering through his home, see what he reads, what art he likes, and sit on his couch, just like in the previous Loft editions everything will be for sale from the smallest note book to the furniture and carpets.

The Loft
Cristofori Concert Hall
Prinsengracht 583-V (ring the bell)
area: Negen straatjes