Babassu store and spa
Discerning beauty-lovers should make sure that Babassu skin and spa is on their list while in Amsterdam’s Oud-Zuid neighbourhood. The salon and beauty store is a great port of call for those wanting to shop a wide selection of exclusive skincare products and fragrances. Discover unique perfumes brands such as Annick Goutal and Santa Maria Novella, and luxury skincare labels, including Tata Harper. With innovative treatments also available at the salon, it is a must-visit for those seeking some pampering in the city.
Babassu, Cornelis Schuytstraat 40, 1071 JK Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 471 5148
Cornelis Schuytstraat is a really lovely area to explore on foot and its close proximity to Vondelpark makes it a perfect place to stock up on some picnic bits or sweet treats before relaxing in the gardens. Those looking for a top ice cream spot in the area should go straight to IJsboutique. Only the best ingredients are used to give maximum flavour to both traditional offerings, such as strawberry and banana, and unique creations, including honey and fig, and raspberry crumble. Open in the summer until 10pm, it’s also a great place for a post-dinner treat.
IJsboutique, Johannes Verhulststraat 107, 1071 MX Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 664 0809
After an afternoon shopping in the area, refuel at De Pizzabakkers. Widely regarded as one of the best pizza restaurants in Amsterdam, the eatery combines pizza with prosecco for the ultimate pairing. All pizzas are made traditionally crisp and thin, and baked in an Italian wood-burning oven. Toppings are sourced from small producers, including hams and sausages from family companies in Tuscany. Eat in or takeaway and eat at Vondelpark.
De Pizzabakkers, Willemsparkweg 178, 1071 HV Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 235 5556
Salle Privée’s flagship store is located at number 9 Cornelis Schuytstraat. The luxury menswear label prides itself on its timeless approach to fashion, with a carefully curated permanent range of classic menswear pieces. The label does not conform to trends or seasons, so its luxury garments are always in style and remain an essential part of contemporary menswear for discerning dressers. These signature pieces are all made with the finest quality, highlighting the mastery of Italian tailoring.
Salle Privée, Cornelis Schuytstraat 9, 1071 JC Amsterdam, +31 (0)85 016 0539
The Avocado Show
The avocado has become one of the biggest food trends of recent years and there are several restaurants in the city dedicated to the superfruit. The Avocado Show is one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Amsterdam and a must-visit for those looking to enjoy healthy eating in the Dutch capital. Classic avocado dishes sit side by side with contemporary creations, perfect for satisfying your avo cravings. Head here for breakfast and enjoy two avocado halves with eggs, including the Spanish Surprise, with spicy chorizo and poached eggs. Alternatively, you can indulge in the Sinner Stack matcha pancakes, with avocado, banana, blueberries, bacon and maple syrup. With vegan poke bowls, salads and traditional avocado on toast, this is one restaurant not to miss.
The Avocado Show, Daniël Stalpertstraat 61, 1072 XB Amsterdam, +31 (0)6 3063 3130