We love ourselves a good pop-up bar. Especially if it’s something to do with food or drinks! Karvan Cévitam just opened the first ever lemonade bar in The Netherlands and we were there to check it out.
To celebrate their 70 year anniversary, Karvan Cévitam will open up the doors of this colourful pop-up bar in the heart of Amsterdam. They’ve turned the place into an Instagrammable whahalah, with 2 lemonade bars. For the pink flavors you’ll have to head upstairs, where you can roll into the pink flamingo ballpit, and order your favorite pink mocktail. For yellow you’ll go stay downstairs, where you can enjoy a confetti shower (must try!). Visitors can order a FREE lemonade with added fruits, chilli flakes or herbs.
Karvan Cévitam was founded back in 1948, and I think almost every household has grown up with their lemonade. Did you know that they sell around 22,5 million bottles of lemonade each year? Oh, and most people prefer the pink flavours such as strawberry or raspberry. What kind would you go for?
The KC Lemonade Bar is open from the 18th until the 26th of May between 10am & 5pm.
KC Lemonade Bar
Prinsengracht 715, Amsterdam Facebook
Hello hello newbie, warm welcome to Roootin. For weeks or maybe even months they were renovating their place…and the result doesn’t lie. Don’t expect the usual hotspot with eggs Benedict’s, croque madams and juicy burgers, nops. Time for something new, let’s introduce you to the Middle Eastern cuisine! I think I never had something Iranian or Kurdish before, so let’s zoom in on what they’ve in store for you!
Interior Roootin Amsterdam
The story behind Roootin Amsterdam
Roootin is an idea of one Iranian brother, his two sis and their mom. How cool a family have teamed up. During reading the intro you might have thought: Roootin with 3x ‘o’? Yes, and I tell you why. Roootin is a combi of roots and origin. It doesn’t only has to do with their Iranian roots, but also with their interest in the essence of humans, nature, healing power of products…let’s say the roots of things. Mix that with origin and Roootin is born, a place where you can meet the healthy Middle Eastern food.
Amsterdam meets Middle Eastern food
When it’s bedtime I can become such a happy kid by thinking of how my next morning will start: yaaasss breakfast is callin’! Recently my day started even better with a brunch at Roootin. I had no idea what to expect from a Middle Eastern inspired kitchen, I couldn’t mention one typical Iranian, Kurdish or Lebanese dish. A totally new food world opened for this girl with dishes like orange blossom pancakes, labneh, avocado toast the Iranian way and a Kurdish dish called Sawar. Choosing didn’t last long, pancakes for me. Defenitely one of the best I’ve had in Amsterdam, and I can know as probably one of the biggest pancake lovers in town (wink wink). Dropping by at Roootin means experiencing lots of new flavours, unknown homemade dishes and…a bright colour overload! Even when sometimes the sun is hard to find, you can find her here on your plate. Oh and I don’t discuss their complete menu in detail, because it has so much more charm to discover it by yourself.
Pancakes Iranian style, love them!
Vegan avo toast, worth tryin’
Roootin, place to charge yourself
Besides I really liked the pancakes and juices, for me the whole atmosphere stood out. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes, laidback music in a modern and above all warm place. East has some places where it is ‘see and be seen’, luckily they’re not that kind of a food spot. In terms of hospitality, they also score super high. In case you’ve a food allergy, nothing is too much to ask. They’re really supportive and focus on specific solutions for every vegan, lactose-intolerant or other special wish.
One last thing: Roootin hopes to further deepen the concept by initiating all kinds of projects that are in line with their philosophy. Think about workshops and yoga classes, you name it. I’ll try more of their brunch food and healthy guilty pleasures as soon as possible, and book a yoga class. Who wants join this beginner yogi?
Linnaeusstraat 16, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Tuesday till Sunday 09:00 till 17:00, Mondays closed
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More foodie spots from Sharmaine? Check out Tasty Hotspots section!
Sarah enjoyed a week of sunshine in Los Angeles recently. Before heading to Coachella, she had some time to wander around and find the best lunch spots. (wandering for hours in the streets of LA makes you hungry!) I found some very nice ones that are worth sharing.
Have a look to our Top 6 lunch spots in Los Angeles!
1. The Butchers Daughter
You must visit this spot when you’re in LA. The interior, the food, it’s a dream. Min you, it can get pretty busy so you might have to wait to be seated. They have one location in New York and one in Venice California. But during the busy months, they also have a food truk driving around Los Angeles to easy your hunger. They serve the perfect brunch meals like avocado on toast, poched eggs, pizza’s to die for, Acai bowls and lot’s of veggie options. Come here for breakfast, brunch or cocktails.
My friend told me to go to this juicery place on trendy Abbot Kinney boulevard. ‘This juicery really provides healthy and delicious drinks designed to invigorate the body and mind! Kreation only uses 100% certified products, which include natural protein, vitamins and trace minerals.’ What? Yes very healthy juices and they all looked so dam good! That’s not all, they make their own cold-pressed raw almond and coconut milk with no added sweeteners and also serve tasty sandwiches and salads. You feel incredible when you walk outside, Health boost to the max! They also do delivery and take away, but the seats inside are very pleasant.
FOOD & COFFEE & HEALTY JUICES
1202 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice
176 S Lake Avvenue, Pasedena
This is one of the places that I will always remember; I love these kind of shops where you can get high quality charcuterie, french cheese & excellent wines, my favorites! Joan’s on third is a market place where you can stroll around for hours. Once you have your perfect food they offer seating inside & outside and take away. Next to cheese etc. they also have healthy tasteful sandwiches, crunchy bread, sweet cupcakes and they also sell cook books & coffee mugs. I really enjoyed being here, everyone was very friendly and the food is amazing! What do you think we ordered?
Gjelina Take Away puts you smack in the middle of one of the hippest shopping streets in Los Angeles, Abbot Kinney Boulevard
4. Gjelina A few local people mentioned this place, the restaurant & take away around the corner on Abbot Kinney is one of the trendy places on Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Impressive from the inside & outside. Immediately when you open the wooden doors you feel at home. If you normally can’t choose your dish directly, to many options are mentioned, you are at the right place! Gjelina has a seasonal menu with small plates, cheese and charcuterie, pastas, and pizza. Try the pizza, really!
5. The Sycamore Kitchen One of the places that I wanted to visit but didn’t had the time for is this bakery close to Beverly Boulevard.The passionate couple Karen and Quinn, also owners of Michelin star restaurant Hatfield’s, started this urban bakery-eatery in 2012 where they serve wholesome pastries (daily homemade), delicious lunch, or simply a great cup of coffee. The rustic and industrial space & apparently very nice people makes this place even more special! My friend told me that I should try the Mediterranean Chicken Salad; made with kale, dates, hazelnuts, radicchio, blue cheese and red wine vinaigrette. This makes my mouth water.…. First thing what I will do next time is visit this impressive spot! It has everything that I want for breakfast and lunch!
Located in one of the most high end streets in Los Angeles, expect to pay a little more. Good thing is, you are going to get worth for your money. Rosaliné is a contemporary Peruvian restaurant. The place looks amazing because of the hanging plants from the glass ceiling, white floors and modern use of space. Chef calls it the “next phase of Peruvian dining”. You better go check it out.
Hello sunshine! We have missed you dearly (you have no idea). It’s that time of the year again, Festival Season! Some oldies have returned, some have gone and there are plenty of new ones to check out! We’ve highlighted our favorites and obviously included festivals around the world. This is our Wanderlust Festival Guide 2018!
Bottlerock Festival When? 25th of May – 27th of May Where? Napa Valley, USA
Wine and music is a great combination and that must have been the exact thoughts of the organisers of Bottlerock Festival. Napa Valley is a beautiful wine region but next to wine there will be food, silent disco, spa time and even art. Headliners are Bruno Mars, The Kilers and Muse, to name just a few. The festival is sold out, but maybe it’s something to add into your diary for next year? www.bottlerocknapavalley.com
We are FSTVL, UK When? 25th – 27th of May Where? Upminster Greater London
It’s a huge festival with a lot of big names is dance and techno music. Expect 50.000 people in London’s best festival. Tickets are about £60 and almost sold out so if you’re heading over to London you might as well check this festival out. www.wearefstvl.com
We Are Festival in London
We Love Green 2018, France When? 2nd – 3th of June Where? Paris, France
This festival focuses on sustainability and uses solar power to generate energy. With We Love Green can show you that sustainable festivals will be something of the future and that it can be done. It will celebrate it’s 7th year and headliners include Björk, Jamie XX, BECK, Nina Krevitz and many more. www.welovegreen.fr
Komm Schön Alter When? 9th of June Where? Tuinen van West, Amsterdam
This festival is one of Elke’s favorites. It’s small, intimate festival and welcomes a crowd from 24 years old and over, only. By doing so, the festival has a wonderful family feel to it, with no (too) drunken teenagers running around. This year, the line-up includes Budakid, Eagles & Butterflies, Lövestad LIVE, Michael Mayer, Olivier Weiter, Miss Melera and more. www.kommschonalter.de
Komm Schön Alter Festival last year
Secret Solstice When? 21st of June – 24th of June Where? Reykjavik, Iceland
Are you ready to dance in the light? This festival takes place on the longest day of the year where it’s just dark for about 3 hours. Secret Solstice is for festival goers with a passion for the natural beauty of the great outdoors. Each year the festival welcomes an eclectic lineup to the naturally breathtaking country for main stage sets, glacier raves, lava tunnel shindigs, midnight sun boat parties and secret lagoon blowouts. Enjoy this surreal phenomenon and feel at-one with nature during the festival which showcases the international artist alongside the best homegrown talent. year’s lineup includes Slayer, Stormzy, Gucci Mane, Clean Bandit, Bonnie Tyler, Death From Above, Steve Aoki, Goldlink, J Hus, Skream and more. www.secretsolstice.is
It’s always daytime at Secret Solstice
Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria When? 7th -10th of June Where? In the mountains of Bulgaria
If you want something different and special you should check this festival out. Right near the Greek border, this is a festival hidden away in the mountains where you will see day turn into night and the morning fog fall over the trees. A truly encompassing and unique music and arts festival that brings to life the possibility of real adventure embraced by guaranteed sun and friendly faces. Unlike UK festivals our accommodation, food and drinks prices are affordable also because Bulgaria is yet to convert to the Euro. www.meadowsinthemountains.com
Awakenings Festival, Netherlands When? 24th – 25th of June Where? Spaarnwoude, near Amsterdam
The best names in the Techno, minimal and deephouse gather each year to make this festival a huge succes. stages are huge and the sound is spot on. A must visit if you love Techno music! www.awakeningsfestival.nl
The sunset at Awakenings Festival
Neversea Festival When? 4th – 7th of Juli Where? Constanta, Romania
After the success of the first edition in 2017, Neversea will be back for their second edition in 2018. It’s the biggest beach festival in Romania and will take place in Constanţa. Dance, HipHop and Electronical music will have the center stage with DJ’s like Axwell & Ingrosso, Hardwell, Nina Kravitz, Jamie Jones, The Script and even Scooter will make you dance. www.neversea.com
Firefly Music Festival When? 14th of June – 17th of June Where? Dover, England
It seems like all the artists that are looking for a comeback, are performing here. Eminem, The Artic Monkeys, Lil Wayne, MGMT and The Killers are all on stage at Firefly Music Festival this June. It’s in the woods, so this gives the festival a cool vibe and we wish we could be there as the festival celebrates it’s seven year anniversary. Weekend tickets are still available but be quick! fireflyfestival.com
EXIT Festival When? 12th – 15th of July Where? Novi Sad Serbia
EXIT Festival has been around for a while but they managed to win the European Festival Award for “Best Major Festival”. This year headliners include Grace Jones, Ziggy Marley, Martin Garix and David Guetta. The infamous Dance Arena includes Nina Kraviz, Richie Hawtin, Maceo Plex, Adam Beyer & Ida Engberg, Amelie Lens en Solomun. In total, you can enjoy 20 different stages that vary in music styles. GIVE AWAY; In collaboration with Festival.Travel, We are giving away 2 FESTIVAL TICKETS including a camping stay for this year’s EXIT Festival!! Check the bottom of this article for all the details! www.exitfest.org
Dancing at EXIT
Panorama Festival When? 27th of Juli – 29th of July Where? New York, US
Dua Lipa, Cucci Mane, Janet Jackson (hellooo), The Killers, The XX and The Weekend are amongst some of the performers of this amazing island festival. There will be a massive open air club, a lab where technology brings music and people together, and an amazing food program 9as they like to call it) So grab your blanket, sit on the grass and enjoy! www.panorama.nyc
Sea You Festival, Germany When? 14th – 15th of Juli Where? Freiburg, Germany
Just around the corner of the black forest, lays a lake where summer will be celebrated to the max. It’s an intimate festival with 2 stages but the biggest names in dance/techno music. It’s about 6-7 hours drive from The Netherlands so a nice roadtrip that’s well worth it. You can also wakeboard if you’re up for it and cool down in the big lake. www.seayou-festival.de
Source: Sea You Festival
Wildeburg Festival When? 3rd – 6th of August Where? Kraggeburg, Netherlands
This festival is getting more popular every year. With so many commercial and massive festivals, Wildeburg is something refreshing. It’s going to be the third edition with 150 acts that haven’t been announced yet. Although the weekend tickets have been sold out, last minute Sunday tickets will be made available so keep an eye on their website and social media! www.wildeburg.nl
OASIS Festival When? 14th – 16th of August Where? Marrakech, Morocco
Just imagine a place where you can see lush gardens, vibrant colours, palmtrees, sand and swimming pools all into one place. Sounds like an Oasis maybe? Oasis festival takes place in the luxurious Fellah Hotel in Marrakech and attracts an international crowd. There will be multiple music stages, daily yoga and reflexology, delicious street food and pop-up restaurants, a champagne bar, craft cocktails, henna, hookah and its very own secret souk. Sounds good? Weekenders are on sale now and cost around €180,-. www.theoasisfest.com
Lowlands Festival 2018 When? 17th – 19th of August Where? Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands
Set in a remote location in The Netherlands just over an hours drive from Amsterdam, Lowlands allows attendees to disconnect from the real world in a
township with thousands of inhabitants that arises in the middle of the country for three days in August. Lowlands is a festival for everybody that loves music. It doesn’t matter what festival you’re into, because you can find it all. HipHop, Techno, Rock, Jazz, Pop and Indy. There are about twelve stages (going by the names of Alpha, Bravo, Heineken, Lima, Juliet, X-Ray, Echo). Offering a unique selection of film, stand-up comedy, visual arts, literature, and street theatre. This year’s lineup includes appearances from the likes of Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, N.E.R.D, The War On Drugs, Dua Lipa, James Bay, Bonobo, Patti Smith, Rag’N’Bone Man, Richie Hawtin, Stormzy, Tom Odell, Charlotte De Witte, and many more. Wow. lowlands.nl
LolaPallooza Berlin When? 8th – 9th September Where? Berlin, Germany
This intimate festival is striking down in Berlin for the 4rd time and with succes! Names like The Weekend, Kraftwerk 3D and Imagine Dragons will be on stage. Book yourself a comfy hotel in Berlin and explore the city! www.lollapaloozade.com
Photo by: Stephan Flad
DGTL Festival Tel Aviv When? 17th – 19th of September Where? Tel Aviv, Israel
Set in the vibrant capital of Israèl, this is the 2nd DGTL edition. The industrial, yet sustainable festival, will invite some of the best DJ’s to showcase their best sets. DGTL is always very well organised, plus they also give a stage to up coming talent. More info soon as tickets aren’t on sale yet.
In need of a comfy hotel while you’re at it? For accommodations, check out Booking.com where you can now use our discount code of €25,- on each booking you make!
In collaboration with Festival Travel, we are happy to announce that we are giving away 2 festival Tickets for EXIT Festival! Can it get any better than this? Well yes! The give-away includes a four day stay at the festival camping! If you want to win this amazing festival package, leave a comment below and follow @Wanderlust.nl and @Festival.Travel on Instagram. Winners will be announced on our Instagram stories after 3 weeks. Good luck!
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A few weeks ago I found my first grey hair. I panicked just a little. Being in my thirties, I’m confronted with the fact that I’m getting older, and it’s literally the first time that I started to look for ways to slow down the process. Not that there is anything wrong with getting older, but I would like to do it gracefully and the time has come to give that little extra attention to..well, me! In collaboration with Treatwell, I’m going to spend the next few months testing different treatments that are suppose to make me feel and look better on the in and outside. Last month I reviewed a Microdermabrasion treatment and this month I tried a Lypossage, a touch massage that smoothes out your skin and reduces cellulite.
Lypossage sounds like a treatment you’re having done at a plastic surgery clinic
What is Lypossage?
Lypossage sounds like a treatment you’re having done at a plastic surgery clinic, but don’t worry, it’s nothing like that. It’s in fact a massage that is gaining popularity amongst many women, especially when bikini season is starting. It’s a deep and touch massage that loosens up these touch and stuck area’s so it can then start to break down and leave your body. Lypossage also detoxifies the body of stalled lymphatic fluid (Lymphoedema) that can create the lumps and bulges we know as cellulite. Besides that, it also tones the muscles, lifting and firming sagging tissue. It’s part of a healthy lifestyle and even though it’s not the most relaxing massage you’ll ever have, it’s something that (especially) women stand in line for.
I had my first Lypossage treatment at Vitalíté Amsterdam. This salon, located on the canals of Amsterdam, is run by a wonderful “local” lady named Nancy. She first got into this treatment back in 2005, when the US founder Charles W. Wiltsie came to Amsterdam to introduce Lypossage to the European market. Nancy followed an intensive workshop and since then she is offering the treatment in her own salon. Funny enough, Lypossage is recently taking a center stage in the beauty treatment world, because several celebrities have recently posted on social media about it. I was curious and made my appointment.
She is working my body as if she is preparing bread dough!
No Pain No gain
There are 3 different zones; zone one is focusing on your legs, bum and tummy. Zone 2 is for the upper body and Zone 3 is for the face. I went for Zone 1, because after my pregnancy, I started to see some small signs of cellulite, something I had never seen before. Time to get into it! After filling out a short questionnaire, it was time to lay down on the treatment table. The massage starts on the legs and works up to the bum and tummy. “It’s all about the fast movement”, she says. And fast she is! She is working my body as if she is preparing bread dough! Besides the heavy massaging of the skin, she also “hits” it short and fast with the outside knuckles of her hands. This sounds painful but it’s actually not. The massage is less enjoyable if I had to compare the two. Especially when she arrives next to my hips, an area where my fat likes to store itself. (hello chips & pizzas). Those kind of problem area’s tend to be more sensitive.
My tummy is the thing that affected me the most. Not at the time, but afterwards. During the treatment she lifts my tummy between her fingers when I exhale, I needed to tense my tummy muscles (I do have them somewhere), and she pulls it. She does this three times after massaging it. I don’t want to get into details, but I had to see Mr. Toilet 3 times that and the next day. My body was literally detoxing and I really felt my body was getting rid of anything that didn’t belong there anymore. It’s important to drink a lot of water or herbal tea after the Lypossage, so that’s what I did.
The treatment itself wasn’t so bad as I thought it would be. After a while, you don’t even feel discomfort. Nancy told me, that her customers feel less every time they come in for a treatment because everything starts to “loosen” up. A Lypossage treatment at Vitalíté is 45 minutes long and costs €60,-. You can also buy a package of 10 treatments for €575,- which gives you a discount of 25 euro. Would I do it again? Yes I would. I really felt the effect it had on my body, so something was going on. My legs feel & look firmer and my skin felt smooth, even after a week. I think it’s the perfect treatment to do before a beach holiday. I would suggest getting at least three Lypossage treatments to get the best result. Book your here!
We all know, that any traveler is in need of a travel bag, suitcases or just something pretty to walk around with and put all your stuff in. There are plenty of options and brands, but wouldn’t it be great if you could find everything into one place?
Duifhuizen Tassen & Koffers is a store and webshop from The Netherlands where you can find the best brands when it comes to bags and suitcases. The company was founded back in 1953 and has 26 locations around the country. Not having experienced the online platform before, it was time to purchase our first “online” suitcase.
Whatever your pick.. Duifhuizen has it!
We love the pastel colours and 50’s retro feel of SUITSUIT, and because Sarah was traveling to Coachella, we decided to purchase one of their suitcases. Mind you, there is plenty of choice, so don’t limit yourself! From Fjälraven, Eastpak and The North Face, to Samsonite or Delsey. They have it all! Ordering was easy peasy, and there were no shipping costs involved. Sarah’s suitcase was delivered the next day, which was awesome because it was a last minute thing. (Last-Minute-Girl is Sarah’s nickname). They can even deliver your purchase in the evening slot for free! Want to send it as a gift? Wrapping it, is also free. Ok! This saves you a lot of hassle, let me tell you.
Sarah in LA with her SUITSUIT suitcase
Not traveling and still in need of a quirky handbag of some sort? What about this must have festival pouch! The good thing about buying your travel essentials here, is because you know the quality is solid and you always have a great return policy. Shopping online for travel bags has never been so easy!
The musthave for this festival season! (source: Duifhuizen)
We’re curious if you have ever shopped online for your travel purchases, what was your experience?
*This article was written in collaboration with Duifhuizen. We only collaborate with brands and organisations that we believe in and offer a good product, so we can tip it to you, our readers in an honest way.
Spring is here and so are the outdoor event in Amsterdam. Of course we have the 4th & 5th of May, two important days where the Dutch remember the victims of World War 2, and where we celebrate our freedom. Besides that, we have food festivals, and we are selling our clothes at a bloggers sale!
5th of May (day of freedom) Special
When? 5th of May, in and around Amsterdam What? The 5th of May marks a special date into the Dutch history books. This was the day, The Netherlands was set free of World War 2. By celebrating we should also remember that it’s not always normal to live in a free world. The Netherlands is lucky, but in some countries this is not always the case. Please remember this when celebrating. Amsterdam celebrates big time and here are the best events to look out for.
Vrijheidsmaaltijden (Freedom Meals) Another nice thing to do on the 5th of May, are the Vrijheidsmaaltijden. Basically, you have breakfasts, lunch and dinners around the city, hosted by different organisations, restaurants, hotels, museums or centers. This year, the theme is “De Lieve Stad”, like the late mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard called it. There are too many to mention so visit This Website and pick your favorite. Some meals are free and for some you need to buy tickets. It’s also a chance to meet fellow Amsterdammers while you enjoy a good meal.
Vondelpark Open Air Theatre When? from the 5th of May onwards What? Concerts, performances and fun for children
This open air theater in the middle of the famous Vondelpark has been organizing music performances since 1974. For the next 5 months you can enjoy performances and concerts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For all the dates check www.openluchttheater.nl
Vegan Amsterdam Festival When? 6th of May, Overtoom 301 What? It’s a small festival with limited capacity so if your into veganism or you are thinking about it, this is a great starting point for you. Info
Sunday Market May Edition When? 6th of May, Westerpark What? After a day of celebration, the Sunday market continues, but with food and drinks. Take your kids, take your whole family!
Opening: Zomer in de Tuin (summer in the garden)
When? 9th of May, Tolhuistuin What? The Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North is opening up their outside area which will see many events happening this spring/summer season. From 17.30 you are welcome for drinks and bites and hear what’s happening. Entrance is free but you to get to register here.
Rollende Keukens When? 9th – 13th of May at Westerpark What? Amsterdam famous foodtruck festival
Busy as always but still worth visiting is the Rollende Keukens (The Roling Kitchens). hundreds of foodtrucks will fill the Westerpark in Amsterdam. When the sun is out, you can bet on it that everyone is having their after work drinks here! Entrance is free but you need to pay for your first glass which you can then re-use. This year, the bars only accept cards! Facebook
Blogger Sale X 24H Oost + Lowlander Beers When? 12th of May, Student Hotel East What? Yes, Yes, we are going to sell! You can find us and 11 other influencers (hate that name btw), in the lobby of The Student Hotel is from 12:00 onwards. It’s going to be one big shopping mecca with the most beautiful brands for super nice prizes. Be early because the most beautiful items are quickly gone. Will we see you there? Facebook Event.
Sarah and Elke will sell their clothes!
When? 12th of May, Amsterdam East What? A full day of celebrating Amsterdam East! From food to arcitecture, there is something to do for everyone. Discover the Eastside of Amsterdam. Info
Pure Markt When? 13th of May, Amstelpark What? Locally produced and honest goods in the best park in Amsterdam!
De IJHallen Fleamarket When? 19th & 20th of May, NDSM Werf What? The biggest fleamarket in Amsterdam!
Last month we strolled around and found some cool items and vintage clothing so we can’t wait for this month! Pay 5 euro per person to get in. Kids pay 2 euro. Parking is free. Want to sell stuff? You can order a stall on the Website.
Gin Festival When? 18th – 20st of May, Amsterdam Undercurrent What? Try different gins, enjoy music, foodtrucks and meet new friends. Get your tickets in pre-sale, saves you € for more G&T’s! You get a nice tasting glass upon entry and tasting of all spirits is included in the price. Get your tickets here.
Vegan Foodie Festival When? 23rd – 27th of May, Several What? Yep, another vegan festival. It’s more popular than ever and it’s great for our planet so why the hell not! Selected restaurants, eateries and vegan friendly places across the city will create a special menus / entertainment programs / special offers for the event. Participants will engage with the festival by visiting places, eating delicious foods, sharing their experiences on social media and voting best dishes! Info
The club will be based on a schip that dates back from the sixties. The ship has been docked in Amsterdam North for many years but is finally making it’s comeback. It used to be called the Veronica Schip, because it used to be home to independent Radio Veronica, where the DJ’s did their show from. After a storm, the ship lost anchor and stranded on a sandbank. The radio station left the ship and after that it was rented out for events and concerts up until 2017.
This is how the dancefloor used to look, we are curious to see what’s changed! (source)
The dancefloor can be looked at from above (source)
More than a Club
Noorderschip is going to be a place to eat, drink, learn, watch and dance. The idea is to give local and less knowner talent a stage. The ship has 3 floors, with the dancefloor at sea level and has a total space for 300 people. During the day the ship is used for (art) exhibitions and workshops, which is pretty cool. More clubs should do this don’t you think? The restaurant will have an outside terrace on deck and will serve locally produced vegetarian meals.
We can’t wait for Noorderschip when it opens on May 11th!
It’s no secret that we are crazy in love with Amsterdam. Even though we travel around the world and have seen so many amazing places, it’s such a good feeling to fly back to Amsterdam, the city we call our home. Like most cities, Amsterdam is at it’s best during summer. There are ton’s of events, places to sit outside and summer festivals. We have lined up a few reasons why Amsterdam is our favorite city in..well, the world!
Yep, that’s Amsterdam’s little Venice. There’s nothing like it and during summer you can’t miss out on the many boats floating around the canals of our city. It’s very common for a group of friends to hire a boat where everybody brings wine, snacks and music to enjoy the day until the sun goes down. At night you can enjoy the canals as most of them are lit up by romantic lights.
It’s Foodie Heaven
New York, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, London you name it, we’ve all been there but Amsterdam seriously has some of the best food divided over different area’s. Because it’s so multicultural, you can literally find all sorts of cuisines here. From Asian, Moroccan, Italian, French to Tapas or Vegan. It’s here. If there is a new food hype, you can probably find it here in Amsterdam. Some of our favorite restaurants are BAK, Cottoncake, A-Fusion and Bo Nam.
On Friday nights you can find us at Bo Nam!
Green, Greener, Greenest
Because Amsterdam is so wide and open, we have a lot of space for green. Meaning, we have a park in almost every part of the city. If you live in West you have Westerpark, If you live in East, you have Oosterpark, if you live in South, you have Amstelpark and the center has the famous Vondelpark of course. We haven’t even mentioned the large Amsterdamse Bos which is more of a forest! Check out our green urban route in Amsterdam.
In the forest of Amsterdam
Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it’s a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin. ― John Green
Unlike a city like New York, we have a lot of space in between the buildings and houses. Therefore many restaurant and bar owners have a licence to serve drinks and food outside. This is what makes Amsterdam extra special. If the sun shines, everyone is outside. Check out the best terraces in Amsterdam West and Amsterdam East or look a little higher and find out where the best rooftop terraces are.
One of the reasons we love Amsterdam: Terraces!
It’s Close to the Beach
Another BIG reason to love Amsterdam. If it’s more than 25 degrees outside and you’re in need of a sea breeze to cool you off, you can drive to the beach within 25 minutes. You have many options to choose from but we love Wijk aan Zee, Zandvoort and if you want to stay really close, you can visit Blijburg beach which is actually IN Amsterdam!
At Timboektoe Beachclub, Wijk aan Zee
We have some of the best Museums in the world
This is actually a fact. The Van Gogh Museum is one of the most visited museums in the world with more than 2.000.000 visits. Besides that we have the Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk for modern art, FOAM for photography and of course the famous Anne Frank house. Nemo is a science museum for kids and Amsterdam hosts many exhibitions throughout the year at various locations.
If you like summer festivals, Amsterdam is perfect for you! Our city hosts a stagering 300(!) festivals per year so you can only imagine how many there are during the summer. From dance festivals to foodtrucks, kids or festivals for the LGBT community, it’s all here!
Amsterdam has so many festivals to choose from
Amsterdam is very diverse, also when it comes to it’s people. Most people who live here, weren’t born or raised here but pretty much consider themselves as an Amsterdam citizen. Why? Because they are proud to live in Amsterdam. And yes, we are guilty as charged, because we are “imported” as well. Almost 10 years ago! We can’t imagine leaving this beautiful city just yet..
Want to find out more about Amsterdam and what’s new? Check our Amsterdam Guide!
Panama has it all, for me, it’s the perfect exotic holiday destination! It’s small in size but it offers a big variety which is easy to reach; exotic tropical rainforests, beautiful beaches, more than a 1000 islands, best surf spots, an incredible nightlife, breathtaking views, Spanish colonial architecture, jungle, rafting and kayaking. Panama really surprised me and here are my personal tips!
Downtown of Panama
When you enter Panama you will immediately see a very impressive skyline on the right side that is surrounded by tropical rainforest and on the left sight you see the beautiful ocean where people are surfing. In Panama city you will find the business district on one side, with lots of hotels and restaurants with the best shopping opportunities, and on the other side you will find Casco Viejo district, historical center built in the 17th century. There’s a lot to discover and activities like jungle trips, a visit to Panama canal are just a few hours away from the city.
Panama still struggles with crime and poverty. In some areas you’re not allowed to enter, which you will know when the police will tell when you try to enter a street. Panama is definitely tourist friendly, you feel save during the day and night, but people recommend you to take a taxi in the evening.
The skyline of Panama is so impressive!
The Old Town
We stayed in the historic district of Panama City, Casco Viejo – which means old quarter in Spanish, and is only 10 min. away from the business district by taxi. Casco Viejo is small, but you can wander around for days, since this cozy neighborhood has a lot to offer: numerous bars, various restaurants where they service top notch food, great nightlife with some very nice bars where you can order delicious local beers and fresh cocktails, street art, castles, museums etc.
We only had two days to explore Casco Viejo, before heading to the islands, which was too short and therefore we came back again on the end of our trip! You feel at home right away; the locals are very friendly and the area is so incredibly beautiful. Take a walk along the beach where you will have the impressive ocean view, wander through the streets and admire the Spanish architecture with beautiful pastel colored buildings, have a coffee at one of the quality coffee shops, stroll at Plaza de La Independencia Market where I bought this handmade Wayuu Mochila bag, check out the Panama Canal, wander and end your evening with a very nice dinner and have some fresh cocktails at the oceanfront art bar.
Catedral Metropolitana & Market at Plaza de La Independencia
Bocas Del Toro
Bocas Town A propeller plane took us from Panama City to Bocas Del Toro. After one hour you see the Caribbean Sea, the archipelago’s nine islands, surrounded by hundreds of tiny uninhabited islets and the mainland, Bocas Town.
It takes a 10 min.walk to enter Bocas. Bocas is a hotspot amongst travelers all over the world where most lodging and restaurants are. Water taxi’s depart from this mainland to the different islands. During the day you can wander the streets for shopping, drinks and food and in the night Bocas is known for their famous party’s.
Are you looking for a more quit holiday, then you should definitely stay at one of the island like we did. Each island has its own unique vibe and offers travelers diversity.
We skipped the mainland and went directly to Isla Bastimentos by boat, that takes 2 min. We’ve found this tropical romantic Caribbean beach front villa where we relaxed for almost one week. We stayed longer than planned since we really enjoyed the vibe and the surrounded islands with lots of activities.
We swam in crystal clear water, enjoyed beautiful sunsets while drinking delicious cocktails and ate fresh fish which the local fisherman caught. We slept in a very nice cabin where you hear the sounds of lapping waves, parrots and monkeys.
In the night we took a boat to the mainland for dinner and drinks.
Taxi’s will bring you to different breathtaking islands where you can snorkel, surf, tan and relax.
Red Frog Beach We often took the boat to some other islands. One of them is Red Frog Beach which is 10 min. from the mainland.
We found this very cozy place, Palmer Tent lodge, where we met some very nice people, one of them was the owner. Unfortunately it was fully booked, we really wanted to stay for a few days. This Eco-friendly beach front place offers lots of activities like; surfing, hiking, zip line riding, yoga and most important you can really just relax in a hammock. They have a small but yummy affordable menu.
I really enjoyed surfing, the teacher was so friendly and patient that I got the change the learn it even better.
Red Frog Beach, chilling and surfing at Palmer Tent lodge
» Bring Sunscreen SPF30, you can get burned very easily in Panama, my favorite is Lancaster
» Make sure to bring dollars or exchange your money into their local currency balboa
» Book your domestic flights upfront to save money, Air Panama
» Try to combine Panama with another country when planning a few weeks, like Costa Rica
» Book your stay at Bocas upfront, since it’s a very popular destination and fully booked very easily, check here
» Tickets cost around 800 euro
» Cabins at the beach start from 35 dollar
» We spent around 50 euro a day per person
We didn’t managed to go to the San Blas islands because unfortunately illness struck me for a few days. It’s suppose to be heaven so hopefully we will get the chance to travel there again!