Swish Village Vibe/fash
Fill up first with nibbles at brasserie hottie George W.P.A. (see Rest./relaxed for branches). Head across the tram tracks to the diagonally opp. cnr for the très stylish Galeries Neuf at #79 / 020 662 9482, showcasing Dutch brand Aaiko as well as int’l names (w). Exit right into Jacob Obrechtstraat for #12 Luuks / 020 670 4538 / luuks.nl / to find footwear by Margiela, Premiata and Golden Goose. Either exit right into van Breestraat for #72 Corpus Rub (see Spa), or retrace to Willemsparkweg and turn left. Schlep 200m up to #151 Bergman Clinics / 0900 8099 / and cross for MECH Make & Take before the tram stop at #152 / 020 675 3763 / mech.nl / for crisp, toasted sarnies – try the BLTC+E+A. Exit right for classical w/wear at #156 Park W / 020 675 0975 / parkw.nl, and if you’re looking more dreadlocks than Goldilocks, cross the road and ask for hair guru Ferry at #168 Het Haartheater (see Spa). Cross the tram line into Cornelis Schuytstraat for #12 Buise / 020 670 4904 / buise.nl / a ladies’ fash fave for romantic, hippie-chic pieces by Joseph, Isabel Marant Étoile and co.; a few doors down Blue Blood Boutique + Trois at #18 / 020 673 3847 / bluebloodbrand.com / has hip denim. Hammer across Laraissestraat for Christie’s auction house at #57 / 020 575 5255 / christies.com, or totter down Cornelis Schuytstraat along the other side. At the corner when you see the big #3 sign, say buongiorno to m/w Italian outfitter #33 Mauro Grifoni / 020 773 5497 / maurogrifoni. com. Next door #31 Repeat / 020 676 8983 / repeatcashmere.com / has soft n’ snuggly cashmere dresses and cardies, super coolio 2 at #27 / 020 845 2626 / 2-amsterdam.nl / is ground zero for fashionistas, while One at #19 / 020 671 5239 / 1-store.nl / will sort the dandies from the dudes. Local fashion secret Ennu is behind the smoked glass at #15 / 020 673 5265 / ennu. nl / with big labels at big prices – beauty costs, my dear. Wonder florist Menno Kroon is at #11 / 020 679 1950 / menno kroon.nl, and #9 Shoebaloo / 020 662 5779 / shoebaloo.com / is a designer stiletto, sneaker and bag stash. Bet you could devour an entire platter of beefy bitterballen by now, but why not try for a patio table instead at Brasserie de Joffers / for lekkere lunch, tea, or vino. Proost, dears!