red|guide Tipps: Amsterdam
EAT in Amsterdam: Marits
What happens if a fashion designer opens her living room for guests to cook for them? It's the beginning of Marits, the restaurant run by Dutchwoman Marit Beemster. In her living room that follows the Bourgeois Bohemian style (vintage meets design) she serves purely vegetarian dishes made from seasonal and regional ingredients. On three days a week Marit opens her home and serves a there-course menu on plates that stem from grandmother's kitchen cabinet. At tables that are adorned by different chairs, decorated with flowers or embroidered table cloths, according to occasion and season of the year. The dishes are presented in an equally pretty way - that's the soul of a designer - but always remain coherent: Dutch home cooking with a creative touch. The desserts are particularly recommendable. Baking has always been Marit's cooking passion number one.
SHOP in Amsterdam: Designers United
To start off with: the Dutch are a fashion loving folk. This is proven - among other things - by the fact that there are seven fashion academies in such a small country. So much young fashion also needs space: Young Designers United takes account for that and as a collective it regularly presents a dozen of young national and international designers in their shop at the Keizersgacht. It's a fashionable win-win-situation: unknown designers can rent some space on the hanging rail. There are only four pieces of each design without fail. The fashion directress of the house, Angelika Groenendijk-Wasylewski, holds the upper hand concerning the choice of designs in order to provide for a selection that is affordable and wearable. For women interested in fashion - Young Designers United presents fashion designs for women - the collective is a rich source of fashion designers who might stand just before their breakthroughs.
STAY in Amsterdam: Roemerhotel
How they manage to embarrass you here? By asking you whether something was wrong when you check out. Because you will for sure not have anything to complain about. The Roemerhotel, that is to say, offers everything you may wish for: perfect location at Leidesplein, 18th-century foundation walls with contemporary upgrade, exceptional service and a garden. The clocks seem to tick slower here, and that's no disadvantage in busy Amsterdam. It means you can relax. For instance over a cocktail in front of the fireplace or at one of the 23 rooms boasting dapper design and pastel shades. And you cannot only relax in bed, by the way, but also in your private Jacuzzi. The price for one night in the double room starts from 120 euros.
SEE in Amsterdam: Nemored|guide Amsterdam
Who does not remember boring biology teachers, tricky physics tests or the headache following chemistry lessons? Forget about that right away and give natural sciences a second chance! The Nemo Science Centre communicates scientific topics of every-day life in an entertaining and fun way. Completely without tons of formulas and complicated technical terms you learn about scientific backgrounds. Giving simple and amusing explanations, the Netherlands' largest science centre devotes itself to knowledge that you can hear, taste and touch.