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The shop that has it all: Friday Next

Once in a while you find that rare thing: a shop that has it all. Friday Next in the centre of Amsterdam, near the Leidseplein, offers everything from clothes and bags to furniture, art, jewelry, even bicycles, and also houses a great café inside the shop.

The taste in goods is amazing: the designs are functional, clear, yet at the same time homy and comfortable. Sitting down in the café is like sitting down in someone's living room. And there's so much to see, it's hard to keep your seat.

Wannahaves and great café
There was an ingenious bookcase I want to have, an amazing filigrain ring and matching pair of earrings, gorgeous necklaces, there were wonderful plates depicting parts of old maps of Amsterdam and lots and lots of other things I'd love to own.

The people who work at Friday Next are all very friendly and helpful, from the girl in the café to the girl at the cashregister. I had a passable latte and the most luscious, aromatic, fluffy apple and cinamon muffin and a pecan and maple slice. The slice was more of a wedge, really, covered in a thin layer of good chocolate and it was rich and nutty and sweet.

Prices are a bit steep (E2,50 for a latte), but still this is a place I'll come back to. If only to check out all the finds when the new collections are out. Any place with taste this good, with so much to offer for all your senses deserves a place in Amsterdam!

Friday Next
Overtoom 31
1054 HB Amsterdam


Fashion find: Spot in the Nine Little Streets

Each year, for as long as I can remember, I wish for a white Christmas. And in the past, when it on occasion did snow, I was happy as a bunny in the wonderful white world. But this, my first snowy winter in Amsterdam, is different.

The snow in the streets quickly turns to slush and when it freezes overnight, the whole city becomes one big lumpy icerink. This snow is far from romantic, this snow is downright menacing! So thank god for the thaw. Finally I can ride my bike again without fearing for my life.

Now if this warm trend keeps going, I might be able to wear my brandnew t-shirt someday soon (ok, I know it's still the middle of winter, but a girl can hope, can't she?). I found it at this great little place called Spot, in the Nine Little Streets. The store is run by Tim Bianchi and sells t-shirts by brands like Design By Humans, Bench, Razk, and is a gallery for urban art.

My DBH shirt is called The Painter and was designed by an artist called Sebasebi in Argentina. I'm so in love with it, I've hung it on a special place in the bedroom, where I can look at it every day.

I've taken a photo with my crappy phonecamera, but I swear it doesn't do it justice! 

Huidenstraat 30
1016 ET Amsterdam