Fash­ion/gifts/food

LUXE City Guides - Amsterdam - - Utrechtsestraat -

Start at the Rem­brandt­plein / T: 4, 9, 14 Rem­brandt­plein / fac­ing Utrecht­es­traat. First things first, stop in the Marqt su­per­mar­ket at #17 Utrecht­ses­traat and head up­stairs to Nyc-style brasserie Ge­orge Deli / 020 330 0171 / (see Rest./re­laxed for branches) / for a lekker brek, or for some­thing a lit­tle smoother visit #22 Lite/dark / 020 753 9919 / litedark.nl / and down a deca­dent sig­na­ture choc shot. Ready? Dive straight into #35 Laun­dry In­dus­try / 020 737 2335 / laun­dryin­dus­try. com / a lo­cal la­bel with too kool mono­chrome ba­sics (w); hip­pies and trav­ellers alike should check out Ki­boots at #47 / 020 772 2942 / ki­boots.com / to nab their very own pair of unique hand­made kilim boots. Loekie at #57 / 020 624 3740 / loekie.net / is a cute char­cu­terie and fro­magerie; on the op­po­site cor­ner Stu­dio Bazar / Keiz­ers­gracht 709 / 020 622 2858 / stu­diobazar.com / has mod, trendy kitchen giz­mos and gifts. Con­tinue across the canal and find mu­si­cal val­halla #52-60 Con­certo (see Adv. Shop­ping), a tiny 1950s record shop turned 1000 sq m be­he­moth of au­ral plea­sure. Next door #62 Mo­bilia Woon­stu­dio / 020 622 9075 / mo­bil­i­a­woon stu­dio.com / is an airy stu­dio space and avant-garde de­sign col­lec­tive, while af­ford­able w/wear awaits at #68 We Are La­bels / 020 427 8840 / men’s shop is at #36 / weare­la­bels. com. At #74 Jan / 020 626 4301, dis­cover a tiny shop stuffed with gorge gifts, then the duo of Look Out stores at #91 (w) and #93 (m) / 020 625 5032 / look­out­mode.nl / has a sophisty mix of stylish togs. If you’re pecky, #90 Tromp / 020 624 1399 / kaashuistromp.nl / has the best cheeses in town, while Fred de Leeuw at #92 / 020 623 0235 / slager­i­jdeleeuw.nl / is Dam’s res­i­dent truf­fle ex­pert, and fur­ther along Patis­serie Kuyt at #109 / 020 623 4833 / patis­seriekuyt.nl / is heaven for sweet tooths with their sig­na­ture ap­ple­taart. If not, carry on and take a right onto Prin­sen­gracht, where you’ll spot the pretty Am­stelveldje square, and where a glass of wine and a spot of peo­ple-ogling awaits on the sunny ter­race at NEL (see Lunch). Suit­ably re­freshed, re­trace back to Utrecht­ses­traat for some more retail, but per­haps first a fresh her­ring gob­ble on the bridge at the Het Vishuisje Prin­sen­gracht stand? Duck into the city’s old­est and most fa­mous cob­blers Zwart­jes at #123 / 020 644 6122 / zwart­jes.nl, who have been hand­craft­ing shoes (m/w) since 1883 – try a style from their her­itage col­lec­tion. Next Ari­ane In­den at #124 / 294 288 261 / ar­i­anein­den.com / has beauty prods for a stag­ger­ing 48 skin types/con­di­tions, while across at #118 Mai­son NL / 020 428 5183 / main­sonnl.com / is where cu­rated life­style bits like Guild of Hol­land leather ware and Alexa Lix­field plaids are pret­tily dis­played. If you could use an­other bite, back­track a few me­tres for the sceney Ku Kitchen & Bar at #114 / 020 422 9424 / ku114.nl. Oth­er­wise con­tinue on for fash trove Cen­tre Neuf at #139 / 020 528 5040 / cen­treneuf.com / with sty­ley togs by Vanessa Bruno, Iro, Acne et al, and menswear mecca Didato at #134 / 020 308 0596 / didato1.nl / spot­light­ing a ros­ter of names like Dolce & Gab­bana and Philipp Plein. Phew! Time to rest those tired trot­ters and my, what op­tions you have! the achingly hip Bar Mous­tache is at #141 (see Rest./re­laxed) with bistro bites all day and dishy Ital­ian at din­ner, or De Koffiesa­lon at #130 / 020 330 4314 / dekoffiesa­lon.nl / will power you through an­other itin, you retail an­i­mal.

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