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Amsterdam Design Guide for design-lovers

Best Design Guides is going to present you the best Design Guide about Amsterdam. Only here you may find everything for the best trip to the Netherlands.

The Dylan

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The Dylan Hotel Amsterdam consists of Keizersgracht canal houses with one manicured courtyard nestled at its heart. The hotel is continually recognized for its contemporary-meets-classic design and its dedicated service. For those who appreciate quality, the Dylan is a beloved location.The Dylan offers a refined, modern decor along with unparalleled, personalized service and five-star amenities.

In the early 1600’s a doctor, named Samuel Coster, bought this plot of land, and a wooden building was constructed. As a man of letters, Doctor Coster was greatly interested in Dutch plays and poetry and he founded a theatre in the building, called the “Duytsche Academie”. To placate the church authorities, who disapproved of the immoral character of the theatre, it was decided to donate most of the profits to the city’s orphanages.

In 1632 the architect Jacob van Campen was commissioned to build a stone theatre. Monday, the 11th of May 1772, turned out to be a black day in Dutch history. During a performance, the building caught fire and completely burned down. In 1773 the site was sold to one of the Regents of the Roman Catholic Church charities, known as the Old & Poor People’s Office. This foundation retained ownership until 1998, when the building was completely renovated. It reopened as a luxury boutique hotel, in 1999.

Interior Design project by FG Stijl.

Keizersgracht 384

1016 GB Amsterdam

T +31(0)20 530 2010

hotel@dylanamsterdam.com

Conservatorium

The Conservatorium Hotel is Amsterdam’s leading luxury lifestyle palace, evoking glamour and elegance for sophisticated, design-literate travellers. Located in Museum Square, the luxury centre and cultural heart of the city, the Conservatorium is an architectural masterpiece that combines a landmark heritage building with a graceful, contemporary design, offering guests a selection of restaurants, a bar, lounge and a 1,000 sq m holistic wellbeing facility. A destination hotel with a real sense of place, the Conservatorium is known at home and abroad as ‘Amsterdam’s Living Room’. Designed by milan-based interior architect Piero Lissoni.

Van Baerlestraat 27

1071 ANAmsterdam

T +31 20 570 0000

info@conservatoriumhotel.com

Sir Albert is a luxury boutique hotel in Amsterdam facing one of Amsterdam’s legendary canals. It is located in De Pijp, the Quartier Latin of Amsterdam. It was once a diamond factory, and that heritage can be seen reflected in every room. With high ceilings and big windows, the building stays true to its history, but keeps contemporary with interiors by the international award-winning BK Architects.Home to literati, artists, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and the city’s most famous market, the Albert Cuyp. De Pijp is also close to the Royal Concertgebouw, for lovers of classical music. And for lovers of shopping, you’re a leisurely stroll from Van Baerlestraat and the legendary P.C. Hooftstraat which are located within 3 minutes walking distance from the Sir Albert Hotel.

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6

1072 CT Amsterdam

T +31 (0)20 305 30 20

hello@siralberthotel.com

Canal House

Located in the heart of the Jordaan, the cultural centre of Amsterdam, Canal House is a 23 bedroom boutique hotel located on the Keizergracht and comprised of seventeenth century merchants’ houses. Centred in 21st century Amsterdam, the design is glamorous, contemporary and comfortable but recalls the rich history of the building and the surrounding area. With a large garden, Garden House and Summer House for private gatherings, Bar and Great Room, there are plenty of spaces to drink, relax and celebrate. An interior design project by Concrete.

Keizersgracht 148

Amsterdam

+31 (0) 206225182

See also – The Best Hotels In Amsterdam

Andaz Amsterdam

Andaz is a five-star boutique hotel located in the historic centre of the city and within the ring of canals. Reflecting its lively and distinctive surroundings through the adventurous design of renowned local designer Marcel Wanders, Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht hotel offers not merely a place to come home to and relax, but a place that will energise and inspire.

Set on the site of the former Public Library on the Prinsengracht (Prince’s Canal) part of the iconic city’s ring of canals, this 122-room hotel is surrounded by the cultural scene of the lively Jordaan district and the charming Nine Streets, filled with art galleries, unique specialty shops and trendy fashion boutiques.  The city centre’s major attractions and prime retail districts are within close walking distance.

Prinsengracht 587

Amsterdam,1016 HT

T +31 (0) 20 523 1234

amsterdam.prinsengracht@andaz.com

Hotel V

Hotel V Nesplein is a brand new, character 4-star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam’s theatre district. Located just steps from Dam Square, surrounded by world famous canals, and on the popular The Nes street. A calm haven nestled in the hectic heart of the city, this hotel is an urban inn with an edge. Hotel V is an Amsterdam family company, run by 11th generation Amsterdammers who have a great passion for the authentic and inspiring character of their city.

Nes 49

Amsterdam, 1012 KD

+31 20 6623233

stay@hotelv.nl

Best Restaurants in Amsterdam

La Rive

A Michelin-rated restaurant with an intimate ambience, refined decor, sublime comfort and exquisite wines characterise this gastronomic restaurant in the Amstel Hotel. The kitchen is highly innovative, producing dishes that show touches of Asian inspiration. An exquisite fusion of French and Mediterranean cuisines, La Rive enraptures the palate with unexpected flavours and flawless preparation.The canal-side tables are particularly sought after.

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Your table looks right out onto the water, and you with an early dinner, you can watch the sun lower, set, and see the night lights come on during your five or six course meal. You can choose from the very flexible, (substitutions allowed) Menu La Rive Gauche or the La Rive Droite, with or without accompanying wines, (which are carefully chosen for each course.)

Cuisine Rogér Rassin, sommelier Ted Bunnik and restaurant manager Ronald Opten, La Rive was voted the best restaurant in Amsterdam by the 2011 Lekker Restaurant Guide, and is a member of the culinary association Alliance Gastronomique.

InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam

Professor Tulpplein 1

+31 20 520 3264

larive@ihg.com

Ciel Bleu Restaurant on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura Amsterdam is a unique destination in many ways. The spectacular view of Amsterdam is the perfect opportunity to see the city from another perspective. Forget today’s buzz and let the chef surprise you with his creations combined with extraordinary wines. Desires of international guests are the basis of Chef Onno Kokmeijer’s two Michelin star kitchen. He is constantly looking for the best ingredients and methods of preparation. Sommelier Noël Vanwittenbergh persuades you with his knowledge of wine and surprises you with the most special and exclusive wines on the award-winning wine list. The ultimate Ciel Bleu experience involves eye for detail and exceeding your expectations, not just with regard to food, but also with regard to service. The service is anything but formal and the interaction with guests is light-hearted and lively.

Hotel Okura, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333, 1072

+31 20 678 7450

cielbleu@okura.nl


Vinkeles

Restaurant Vinkeles is a unique destination in the heart of Amsterdam. The intimate and historic setting offers the perfect ambiance to enjoy the refined dishes of Chef Dennis Kuipers and his brigade. The classic yet contemporary style French cuisine is often described as “exciting, modest and refined” and has been awarded a Michelin star in 2009.

Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers, Maître Casper Westerveld, Sommelier Marco Ijpma and the rest of the Vinkeles team are looking forward welcoming you at restaurant Vinkeles.

The Dylan, Keizersgracht 384, 1016

+31 20 530 2010

dkuipers@dylanamsterdam.com

Restaurant Vermeer

The Michelin-starred Restaurant Vermeer is situated in the NH Barbizon Palace Hotel Amsterdam, and opposite Central Station in Amsterdam. The restaurant is divided in four historical house facades in the typical style of Amsterdam.

Christopher Naylor, a modern European restaurant with a passion for vegetables and fair trade products, heads the kitchen at Restaurant Vermeer. Niek Beute, Maitre d‘hôtel and Sommelier with Simon Veldman, provide exciting wine pairing combinations and knowledgeable advice.

NH Barbizon Palace, Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012

+31 20 556 4885

vermeer@nh-hotels.com

Samhoud Places

In 2012 Moshik Roth joined forces with entrepreneur and service specialist Salem Samhoud. Salem was inspired by Moshik’s innovative ideas on food and his drive to share his gastronomy.

Their gastronomical adventure started in August 2012: &samhoud places. To reach and inspire ‘the world’ with good food, they developed a concept that consists not only of a restaurant, but of three levels: first, &samhoud places restaurant, the Michelin awarded restaurant where Moshik creates gastronomical dishes and innovates food. Second, &samhoud places streetfood which serves global streetfood dishes with Moshik’s unusual twist in a casual setting. We also bring gastronomy to the world through &samhoud food: a retail product line.

Oosterdokskade 5

+31 20 260 20 94

info@samhoudplaces.com

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Best Interior Design and Decoration Showrooms in Amsterdam

Baden Baden

Some brands: Flexform, Piet Boon, Moooi, Paola Lenti, Flos, Modular, Boffi, Designer’s Guild

Valkenburgerstraat 201a

1011 MJ Amsterdam

+31(0)20 531 8418

info@badenbaden.nl

Opening Hours

Mon 13:00 – 18:00

Tuesday 10:00 – 18:00

Wed-Thu 10:00 – 18:00

Sat 10.00 – 17:00

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Edha Interieur

Some brands: Flexform, B&B Italia, Cassina, Vitra, Knoll, Tom Dixon, Maxalto, Poliform, Moooi, Moroso, Flos, Paola Lenti

Willemsparkweg 5-9 & 10

+31(0)20 6732401

info@edha-interieur.nl

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 10:00 – 18:00

also by appointment

Mobilia

Some brands: Artemide, B&B Italia, Bocci, Flexform, Flos, Foscarini, Gubi, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Magis, Minotti, Moooi, Moroso, Poltrona Frau, Tom Dixon

Utrechtsestraat 62-64

Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 09:30 – 18:00

+31 (0)20 6229075

hello@mobilia.nl

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The Frozen Fountain

Some brands: Zanotta, Magis, Vitra, Droog, Flos, Moroso

Prinsengracht 645

1016 HV Amsterdam

+31 (0)20 622 9375

enquiry@frozenfountain.nl

Opening Hours

Mon 13:00 – 18:00

Tue-Sat 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 12:00 – 17:00

Moooi

Westerstraat 187

+31(0)20 528 77 60

amsterdam@moooi.com

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat10:00 – 18:00

Best Art Galleries

KochxBos

You can almost smell the Big Apple in Reflex. The New York flavour extends to its international names, like Araki and Christo, as well as celebrity locals such as Dadara and Erin Olaf. This is where to come for that inflatable Scream doll. They also have a exhibition space across the street.

Eerste Anjeliersdwarsstraat 36

+31 (0)20 6814567

gallery@kochxbos.nl

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 11:00 – 18:00

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Reflex

Since almost three decades Reflex Gallery is situated on two corners opposite the Rijksmuseum in the heart of Amsterdam. The gallery started as a family business in 1986 exhibiting and working with modern masters.Situated in the main art & antiques area, at the beginning of Spiegelgracht.

Weteringschans 79 A

Tue-Sat 11:00 – 18:00

+31 (0)20 627 28 32

info@reflexamsterdam.com

Stiger van Doesburg

Elandsstraat 90

+31 (0)20 624 23 61

mail@stigtervandoesburg.com

Opening Hours

Wed-Frid 11:00 – 18:00

Sat 13:00 – 18:00

and by appointment

Galerie Fons Welters

Fons Welters likes to ‘discover’ the latest new (and often local) talent, and has shown remarkable taste in both sculpture and installation, having provided a home to Merijn Bolink, Rob Birza and Jennifer Tee.

Bloemstraat 140

+31(0)20 423 30 46

mail@fonswelters.nl

Opening Hours

1-6pm Tue-Sat

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Akinci 

AKINCI presents artists whose working practice spans a range of current media, reflecting the diversity of communication means available within contemporary visual art.

Our vision is to reveal both the experimental pulse running through our programme and the precision with which the artists investigate their methods and aims.

Lijnbaansgracht 317

+31(0)20 6380480

info@akinci.nl

Opening Hours

Tue-Sat 13:00 – 18:00

Best Spots to Visit

Amsterdam canal ring

Of course, Amsterdam continues to look good on a postcard (or Instagram), largely thanks to its 400-year-old waterways, which are criss-crossed with a host of bridges that outnumber those in Venice. A word on those famous canals: Singel was the medieval city moat; other canals such as Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, which follow its line outwards, were part of a Golden Age renewal scheme for the rich.

The connecting canals and streets, originally home to workers and artisans, have a number of cafés and shops. Smaller canals worth seeking out for the purposes of pottering include Leliegracht, Bloemgracht, Egelantiersgracht, Spiegelgracht and Brouwersgracht.

Criss-crossed by bridges, 165 canals encircle the city of Amsterdam and keep the sea at bay. The waterways provide an attractive border to the arty locales of the Museum Quarter, the Jordaan and the Pijp. Within the pockets of land that their eclectic network creates, you can find shops, galleries and authentic cafés. The most picturesque of canals is Prinsengracht, lined by shady trees and funky houseboats. As you wander up to this area, you’ll find the tall spire of the Westerkerk and the modest Anne Frank Huis. Smaller canal areas that are worth visiting include the historic Brouwersgracht, one of the city’s most desirable residential addresses.

Museum Quarter

In the Museum Quarter, thanks to the high-profile re-openings of the famous Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijkmuseum of modern art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam is once again a grade-A destination for international art and architecture connoisseurs. Museumplein itself is actually not really an authentic Amsterdam square, but it does have plenty of grass, a wading pool that adjoins a skating ramp and several pleasant cafés.

Flower Market

When you think of Amsterdam, images like clogs, tulips, cheese and windmills spring to mind. But beyond the clichés lie unique sights. Just outside the city, there’s the Zaanse Schans museum, detailing the history and symbolism of the clog, and other tradtional crafts. The most famous place to buy tulips is the Bloemenmarkt, along the Singel, and you can find flavourful cheeses at the smart Reypenaer tasting room. Meanwhile, eight windmills remain in Amsterdam, the most famous of which is De Gooyer. It’s a great place to sip a beer, as it’s right next to the award-winning artisan brewery Brouwerij ‘t IJ.

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Vondelpark

For the perfect picnic, head to the Vondelpark. The largest green space in Amsterdam, the park is named after its best-known poet Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679), whose controversial play Lucifer caused the religious powers of the time to crack down on ‘notorious living’. Yet it continues to thrive in the summertime, when people gather to smoke, drink and feast here. The park is also something of a cultural hub, with a number of sculptures including one by Picasso. From June to September, music, dance and kids’ activities take place at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater.

Red Light District

Amsterdam’s Red Light District has cultivated a notorious reputation on the international stage. But when you visit, you’ll discover that the reality is a bit different. It’s like a small, cutesy version of Las Vegas, with cheesy sex shops selling blow-ups, massive dildos and other outrageous toys. Situated in a rough triangle formed by the Central Station, it’s the oldest part of the city. But its historical significance has been largely obscured by the popularity of window-shopping in the area. Along its streets, the multi-cultural community of prostitutes, junkies, clerics, carpenters and cops freely intermingle, exhibiting a strange kind of social cosiness. As a tourist, of course, you’ll be a mere voyeur.

Best Places to Shop in Amsterdam

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PC Hooftstraat

One of the most expensive shopping streets in the Netherlands. Several Dutch and international and exclusive brands have stores here, such as Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Prada

Opening Hours

Mon 13:00 – 18:00

Tue, Wed, Fri,Sat 09:00-18:00

Thu 09:00 – 21:00 (late-night shopping)

Sun 12:00 – 17:00 (small selection of shops)

De Bijenkorf

What started out as a small haberdashery shop 145 years ago, has now grown into the Netherlands’ largest premium department store. De Bijenkorf was established in 1870 and its flagship stores are located in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague.

You will find a careful selection of the best fashion brands, designer brands and luxury products, such asMarc by Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren.

Dam 1

Mon-Wed 11:00 – 20:00

Thu-Fri10:00 – 21:00

Sat 09:30 – 20:00

Mon 11:00 – 20:00

Magna Plaza

The former main post office building in Amsterdam is a wonderful building. The impressive façade between the Dam Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk has been providing a trusted view for almost a century. You can find here brands like Lacoste, VLVT, Stilla, Number 9, Next Story.

Nieuwezyds Voorburgwal 182

Mon 11:00 – 19:00

Tue-Wed 10.00 – 19:00

Thu 10:00 – 21:00

Fri-Sat 10:00 – 19:00

Sat 10:00 – 19:00

Sun 12:00 – 19:00

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Van Baerlestraat

When you’ve had your fill of the P.C. Hooftstraat, wander over to the Van Baerlestraat. Here you’ll a number of renowned Dutch fashion designers like Pauw, The People of the Labyrinths and Fred de la Bretonière, which is known for its functional yet elegant boots and handbags. Rivet Ledertassen also has a lovely selection of (designer) leather handbags. If you’re looking for a bit of extra pampering, schedule an appointment at the Soap Treatment Store for a facial, manicure or massage.

Van Baerlestraat

Opening Hours

Mon 13:00 – 18:00

Tue, Wed, Fri,Sat 09:00-18:00

Thu 09:00 – 21:00 (late-night shopping)

Sun 12:00 – 17:00 (small selection of shops)

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