We went to Amsterdam recently on a quick work trip, so I asked Nicky of Emma+John for some places to visit in her hometown. She recommended a bunch of great spots, including Delicious Food, a bulk shop; sustainability-driven stores Geitenwollenwinkel, Hartje Oost, Restored, Nukuhiva, and Charlie+Mary, plus vegan, gluten-free friendly organic restaurants DopHert, De Ceuvel, Venkel, and East57. We did Vondelpark, Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, canal bikes and the zoo in one day; the Foam Fotografiemuseum, Kattenkabinet, and Anne Frank house take more time. You can see marks on the wall tracking how much Anne and Margot grew while hiding, and a gallery of pictures they created with American movie stars preserved under glass.
I loved dangling my legs off the canals, eating gluten-free ice cream cones while watching ducks and boats float by. Everyone sat outside barefoot, with the windows and doors flung open. In Paris, people close the shutters as soon as they get home, creating a subjectively "cozy" space in the darkness. Like me, A'dammers live a curtainless existence- my Dutch friend says this stems from Calvinist tradition. I can't wait for Soho House to open here!
AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE
Morgan & Meeshttp://morganandmees.com/
Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat 2-6
Limited gluten-free breakfast options; gorgeous terrace and dining room
Valkenburgerstraat 124, 1011 NA
hotels.com/Vondelpark or Museum Square
Sleep, watch movies, shop, and eat gluten-free food at this multifunctional concept hotel.
Hotel the Exchangehttp://www.hoteltheexchange.com/
Fashion boutique hotel
Wolvenstraat 23Fashionable spot for gluten-free cake, delicious pizzas, and huge Asian fusion dishes
De KoffieschenkerijOudekerksplein 27, De Wallen
Gluten-free cake on the charming terrace of an 800 year old church
Cafe WesterKrugerplein 23, 1092 KA
Late-night drinks with locals
A'Dam Toren 19th floor
LanskroonSingel 385, 1012 WL
Homemade gluten-and-lactose-free sorbets and ice creams
Urban garden and plant workshop
Speakeasy replete with hidden door
The world's first microbe museum in the Artis Zoo
Herengracht 497, 1017 BT
Depictions of cats by Picasso, Rembrandt, etc.
FoamKeizersgracht 609, 1017 DS
Contemporary photography museum in a historic former warehouse
Eerste Sweelinckstraat 21
Great secondhand shop in De Pijp
Borrow clothes at this lovingly curated fashion library
Van Woustraat 4, 1073 LL
Bar and cafe with gluten-free offerings attached to Kinfolk-twinged concept store