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Bastiaan van Schaik: My Amsterdam

Stylist by trade and fashion connoisseur at heart, Bastiaan van Schaik is a leading character on the Dutch fashion scene. Famed for his outspokenness, he shares his Amsterdam with Gabriëlle Lucille

City Guide

by Gabriëlle Lucille
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Bastiaan Van Schaik

Bastiaan Van Schaik

Where do you like to shop?
Fashion retailer Azzuro in the PC Hooftstraat, the street to see and be seen on. SPRMRKT on the Rozengracht is a very beautiful space to walk into. I also love Episode and Zipper in the Nine Little Streets for vintage clothing. For interior design, Polls Potten on KNSM Island, Moooi in the Jordaan and, for items by recent design graduates, Frozen Fountain in the Canal District.

Any good places for bargain hunting?
The Monday morning market at Noordermarkt is great for beautiful vintage pieces.

Where do you head for a drink afterwards?
Walem on the Keizersgracht near Leidsestraat. The whole of Amsterdam meets at Walem for Sunday brunch.

And which restaurants do you recommend for dinner?
I love Café George on the Leidsegracht. It’s a French bistro with a Dutch twist. BoCinq on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat, off Prinsengracht, is great for Moroccan-French dishes served in the company of royals, creative professionals and Amsterdam’s socialites. And MoMo on the Hobbemakade for fabulous Japanese food. Try the duck liver sushi!

Where do you go when you have something to celebrate?
Bordewijk on the Noordermarkt for traditional French cuisine in a very special atmosphere. 

Any secret spots?
Beddington’s on the Utrechtsedwarsstraat. Chef Jean Beddington mixes Japanese and British cuisine. It is a hidden gem. It has a very small entrance and very few tables, but the food is amazing.

Which hotels can you recommend?
The 717: seven gorgeous rooms on the Prinsengracht. Lloyd Hotel, a design hotel in a former prison on Oostelijke Handelskade. Also, the College Hotel in Oud Zuid is beautifully decorated – and the staff are wonderful.

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