A bastion of tradition in downtown Amsterdam, the Arnold Cornelis patisserie has one of the city’s most eye-catching exteriors with its traditional signage, stained glass and polished wood façade. Inside this historic shop offers sweet treats, ranging from classic fruit cakes and cheesecake to chocolate-stuffed cookies. Special-occasion items are the patisserie’s speciality; don’t miss the spectacular range of ornately decorated birthday cakes.
Arnold Cornelis, Van Baerlestraat 93, 1071 AT Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 662 1228
Anyone with an interest in photography should visit Foam. The impressive space features several galleries dedicated to the work of successful and up-and-coming photographers, incorporating a range of styles and subjects. After admiring the latest exhibition, discuss the work in Foam’s café, a stylish, minimalist space serving Greek and Japanese dishes. The gallery’s nearby shop stocks a selection of the most popular prints to buy and take home.
Foam, Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 551 6500
The Frozen Fountain
For home décor with a design edge, head to the Frozen Fountain. The store’s owners maintain close contacts with art academies across the world to ensure the dynamic and diverse range includes work by the finest emerging talents. Products in store include everything from sofas and dining room sets to quirky home accessories by designers including Floris Hovers, Ineke Hans and Ted Noten.
The Frozen Fountain, Prinsengracht 645, 1016 HV Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 622 9375
From a chic all-white interior in Amsterdam’s popular Nine Streets district, Van Ravenstein sells an eclectic range of international designer clothes. The boutique’s buyers favour directional European designers; the current collection includes pieces by Dries Van Noten, Jil Sander, Maison Martin Margiela, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou.
Van Ravenstein, Keizersgracht 359, 1016 EJ Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 639 0067
Known for its one-of-a-kind pieces, Open Shop has provided a platform for many of the Netherlands’ most talented young fashion designers, launching the careers of Barbara Van Der Zanden, Mooi Spul and Marloes Kroeze. The store stocks an eclectic mix of fashion and accessories; handmade pieces by Dutch designers make up the majority of the collection.
Open Shop, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 291, 1012 RL Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 528 6963
The Stedelijk is one of Amsterdam’s most popular museums, and specialises in showing some of the most intriguing pieces of modern art from around the world. First opened in 1895, the museum’s original façade has been given a futuristic twist with a striking new annexe, affectionately nicknamed the Bathtub by locals. This extended space is now home to works of art by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol and Newman as well as fine examples of contemporary furniture, sculpture and textiles.
Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam,+31 (0)20 573 2911