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Raw Materials on the Rozengracht

There's this store that we've passed by half a dozen times (must have been Sundays, because the store was always closed), that we've been dying to visit: Raw Materials on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam.

Raw Materials on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, photo courtesy of Raw Materials


Last Saturday we were on a mission for all kinds of house-related things in Amsterdam. It was cold and slippery outside because of the snow, but off we went, on our bicycles to the Nine Little Streets, the Gamma behind Westerpark and more. As we were riding our bikes on the Rozengracht, we noticed that Raw Materials was open and went in for a look at last.

Raw Materials on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, photo courtesy of Raw MaterialsThe first thing I noticed was how gorgeous all the materials are. Raw, unpolished, tactile, pure. I loved it! The second thing I noticed, was how enormous the store is. Much, much larger than I had ever expected, judging from the outside. Filled with furniture, leatherware, homeware, decorations and more.

Third thing of note: the prices. I know, it's a trendy store in the heart of Amsterdam, of course it is not going to be cheap, but some of the items were very pricey indeed. Or maybe it's just my fault, for wanting so many things that it became too much for my bank account to bear?

Levi and I walked out of the store with an old Belgian school chair in an lovely seagreeny-blue colour (sorry, best I could do colour-name wise).


Raw Materials on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, photo courtesy of Raw MaterialsRaw Materials
Rozengracht 231
1016 NA Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Closed on Sundays


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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