Whistles neighbourhood: Amsterdam
Following the opening of our inaugural Amsterdam concession last November, we packed our weekend bags and scoured the beautiful canal-side city for the best boutiques, eateries and emerging areas- Negen Straatjes and Jordaan being the most noteworthy. Read on to discover our full list of essential hotspots.
JC Herman Ceramics
If Herman’s ceramic designs seem familiar it may be because you’ve seen them on the pages of The Gentlewoman. We highly recommend stopping by J.C. Herman’s shop while you’re in town. The shop space accommodates Herman’s studio, so the entire collection is crafted by the potter’s wheel and sold by the man himself on-site; a truly novel shopping experience in this day and age. We particularly love the artist’s raw earthenware pots as stylish vessels for our favourite houseplants.
Herenstraat 10, 1015 CA
When we discovered this wine and sausage café we were instantly intrigued. Liquor aside, this relaxed eatery has become an institution among natives for Sunday brunch – an accolade that will become crystal clear after ordering your first plate of chocolate nut salami. Other popular dishes include huevos rancheros and potato rosti with baked eggs and fried leak. Delicious.
Barentszstraat 171, 1013 NM
Droog has been pioneering new directions for design since it was founded in 1990 by the curator and author Renny Ramakers. The design company began by aiming to redefine international notions of luxury with it’s own revolutionary hospitality concept Hôtel Droog, a guest suite in the heart of the Droog’s cultural centre. A place for debates, exhibitions and performances, Droog really is a one-of-a-kind concept. From yoga in the courtyard to exclusive shopping, beauty advice and a experimental dining room. All housed in a 17th century building. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without a visit to Droog.
Staalstraat 7B, 1011 JJ
The Hay flagship is a must-visit for clean and minimal Danish design in an array of bold colours. From innovative furniture with unique details to contemporary geometric trays. The HAY motto is that good design should be accessible, and that the unspoken gap between fashion and architecture should be bridged. We are sure after a visit to HAY you will leave with a long lust list of items you never even knew you needed. Plus no visit is complete with a quick stop in De koffie Salon, for a special brewed coffee and a slice of homemade apple pie.
Spuistraat 281abc, 1012 VR
Amongst the restaurant, bar, gallery and hotel spaces within Hotel Droog, you’ll find fashion concept store Kabinet. The all-white space houses menswear, womenswear, footwear, jewellery and fine leather bags and accessories from myriad designer brands including Damir Doma, Christophe Lemaire, Dries Van Noten and Walter van Beirendonck. The combination of offbeat, avant garde designs and hand-selected vintage pieces by luxury labels makes for a truly inspiring lesson in fantasy fashion.
Staalstraat 7, 1011 JJ
The art books held within this intimate store are predominantly sourced from independent print presses. As a result, there are some truly inspiring titles on display that would do any mantelpiece or coffee table proud. Don’t fret the language barrier – the majority of stock is available in English editions. If you’re in town for several days, don’t miss the adjacent space for a lively weekly programme of lectures, book launches and exhibitions.
Sint Annenstraat 30, 1012 HE
There are a multitude of galleries and museums in Amsterdam so deciding on which to visit can prove difficult. If contemporary art is your thing, make sure you pay a visit to the innovative SMBA gallery. Known as the younger (cooler) project space of the established Stedelijk museum, the SMBA hosts a dynamic schedule of contemporary art exhibitions by international artists including Artun Alaska Arasli and Maja Bekan.
Rembrandtplein 24, 1017 CV
The attentive service offered in this family-run jewellery store will make you feel a little like Holly Golightly at Tiffany’s. Located in an authentic townhouse in the heart of Amsterdam, the friendly and knowledgeable staff will indulge your vintage jewellery fantasy with their vast antiquated collection. Dedicate an hour to a leisurely browse and you will unearth original Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau pieces.
Langebrugsteeg 8, 1012 GB
SPRMRKT is an ever evolving space, guaranteed to have transformed with each visit you make. Housing a broad range of young designers and avant-garde classics SPRMRKT’s unique collection of carefully curated clothing, sits alongside a discreet selection of furniture, perfumes and books. This is the place to head if your looking to pick up an unusual treasure, discover the latest upcoming talent and peruse a collection of niche books.
Rozengracht 191, 1016 LZ
A boutique, a magazine and a guest house, the Rika brand is a unique and unquestionable philosophy. The Rika woman fuses rock ‘n’ roll with a timeless feminine silhouette. Founded by Ulrika Lundgren, an interiors stylist for ELLE decoration, Ulrika brought her unique perspective to the brand, the key to beauty is in the details and this is evident from the curation of objects available to buy in-store, to the breakfast that is served to hotel guests.
Oude Spiegelstraat 12, 1016 BM
We adore this idiosyncratic store on Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat. Celebrating ancient nature and incredible science, Stenelux stocks an enchanting range of fossils, minerals, rare stones, gigantic shells and even meteorites. Whistles recommend perusing the earthly wonders on display and cherry-picking your favourites as truly unique souvenirs. These relics will make awe-inspiring additions to your home – we intend to use the amber rocks we stocked up on as magnificent paperweights for our desk space.
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 2, 1072 BE
If you are looking for a restaurant that offers straightforward, delicious cuisine Rotisserie Rijsel is a fantastic choice. The gloriously uncomplicated menu offers just three options: one chicken, one beef and one fish. Whistles recommend opting for the chicken dish – the succulent and flavoursome meat is without doubt the house trademark. Dishes are good value too, and the wine selection punches well above average.
Marcusstraat 52B, 1091 TK
The magnificent Art Deco exterior of Amsterdam’s oldest functioning cinema pays testament to beautiful, old Amsterdam. Infamously acknowledged in Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 blockbuster Pulp Fiction for its lax house policy on serving liquor, the theater has become a landmark in its own right. Open since 1912, the cinema focuses on new releases and arthouse film. The perfect back-up activity for a rainy day.
Haarlemmerdijk 161, 1013 KH
Your local store
Whistles is located in notable department store De Bijenkorf. Our new Dutch district supplies the latest collections. You can swing by and see us on the first floor. Visit our store page for opening times & location map.