Rebecca Laurey's guide to Amsterdam
Dutch online influencer Rebecca Laurey, shares her city's secrets.
REBECCA ON HER CITY’S STYLE:
In Amsterdam everyone is pretty down to earth. Less is more, or as we say in Dutch “normal is crazy enough”. So the style is not really too fashion forward, we do love our jeans and sneakers. It’s easy to overdress up here, casual is definitely the magic word.
THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP:
High street or high end, in Amsterdam you can go both ways. Or vintage – we have loads of really good vintage stores. My favorite is Episode, with a huge collection of leathers and denim cut-offs. Just across the street is Rika, which is all about the Scandinavian aesthetic (I love that!). And then, if you have loads to spend, you could hit up Van Ravenstein: full of Balenciaga, Dries van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela and Mary Karantzou. And again, Amsterdam is quite small, just around another corner.
DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT A VISIT TO:
A place that people tend to forget about when visiting Amsterdam is the Northern part. Just across the canal, at the back of the central station. A 3 minute ferry ride from the center of the city. They have amazing vintage markets once every month, and pretty good hang-outs at the waterside to cool off on hot summer days with a glass of wine.
FAVOURITE PLACES TO DINE:
I usually prefer lunching out over dining out. Probably because lunch is actually my favorite meal of the day. The best, and also my fave course, eggs benedict you get at the Wasserette, Bakers and Roasters or Fier. For my Italian cravings I tend to go to Pizzabakkers or de Italiaan at night, the Thrill Grill for the best burgers and Los Pilones for the absolute best Mexican food.
THE BEST PART OF AMSTERDAM:
My favorite part of town is the Jordaan area. It’s the most beautiful part too, and on our rare Sundays off my boyfriend and I like to just wander around and stop for lunches in one of the many cute restaurants this area has to offer.
NUMBER ONE HOTSPOT TO DRINK AFTER DARK:
The Vesper bar. By far the best cocktails I’ve had in Amsterdam, maybe even anywhere. They really know what they’re doing, and ordering off the menu is never a problem. Just tell the guys behind the bar whatever you feel like having, or just your favorite flavors and they’ll create something amazing.
WHAT TO BRING BACK FROM AMSTERDAM:
Probably the stroopwafels. They’re a really Dutch treat, and something most people really like having. I have such a sweet tooth, so for me it’s definitely something I always bring to my friends and relations abroad. Always a success!