We handpicked all the local businesses which we love and experienced.They are unique, irreplaceable, and charming.
A M S T E R D A M
Culture & Art
The Embassy of the Free Mind | museum
The Embassy of the Free Mind is a place where you can find wisdom from all over the world, where images and texts will tell you centuries-old stories created by free thinkers.
Location: Keizersgracht 123, 1015 CJ Amsterdam
MENDO | bookstore
MENDO is a candy store for book aficionados with a flagship store situated in one of Amsterdam’s most inspirational neighborhoods, called The 9 Streets (De 9 Straatjes).
Location: Berenstraat 11, 1016 GG, Amsterdam
Athenaeum | bookstore
The literary, academic-cultural bookshop on Amsterdam's Spui was founded in 1966 by Johan Polak and Rob van Gennep. Athenaeum is now one of the largest independent bookstores in the Netherlands.
Location: Spui 14-16, Amsterdam 1012 XA
Happy Bookieman | second-hand bookstore
The bookstore locates just in the center of 9 streets district. You will feel happy as soon as you enter the book store. The owner Steve sells his own books and spreads happiness around him.
>> Watch his story <<
Location: Herengracht 267A, 1016 BJ Amsterdam
Fashion & Lifestyle
Palermo Carla | vintage store
Palermo Carla is a delightful vintage store owned by an Italian stylist. She sells colorful and rare fashion stuff including clothes, bags, accessories at reasonable price.
Location: Huidenstraat 4, 1016 ES Amsterdam
Outras Coisas | independent design fashion store
Outras Coisas is an independent fashion store near Amsterdam Centraal which sells local designers' fashion stuff such as bags, shoes, and clothes. The store has been open for 26 years and the owner is very passionate about independent design brands.
>> Watch the story <<
Location: Herenstraat 31, 1015 BZ Amsterdam
Zipper | vintage & re-made store
Zipper is one of the oldest second-hand stores in Amsterdam and was founded in 1979 by John & Agnes Giles. It has various American style vintage collections including clothes, shoes, bags and accessories.
Location: Huidenstraat 9, 1016 ES Amsterdam
Food & Drinks
Men Impossible | Japanese restaurant
A man runs this restaurant by himself. He cooks, serves, and makes you happy.
100% plant-based; European made ingredients; Non MSG/Additive
Location: Hazenstraat 19H, 1016 SM Amsterdam
Monks Coffee Roasters | cafe & brunch
Monks Coffee locates outside of the "touristy area" in Amsterdam. It tries to give you the best experience of coffee and food. You will feel the passion while you taste them.
Location: Bilderdijkstraat 46, 1052 NB Amsterdam
Z A A N D A M
Food & Drinks
Bagels & Beans | cafe
Bagels & Beans is one of the popular Dutch local cafes in the Netherlands. They have several stores in many cities. The one in Zaandam is amazing. You could enjoy all the fresh coffee and foods with a nice view.
Location: Stadhuisplein 84, 1506 MZ Zaandam
Lab-44 | cafe & fun space
Lab-44 is a cafe & restaurant & fun space located in the art area in #Hembrug Zaandam. The building was one of the weapon and munition factories next to the harbor. Now you could enjoy tasty food and drinks in a unique and chilling vibe.
Location: Middenweg 44, 1505 RK Zaandam