A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Tim & Mo of Restaurant Watergang

Restaurants come, and restaurants go. But every once in a while you come across a place you know has real staying power, a place you can tell will become a weekly go-to for neighbours and a special occasion spot for many. Not too long ago, we encountered one of these special places: Restaurant Watergang. We can think of few other places like it in the world. It's intimate, it's warm, it's everything we love. Naturally, we had all kinds of questions for Watergang's team, so we had a chat with Tim & Mo to find out how they came to create such a magical spot.

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The world is battling the deadly coronavirus. Apart from the heart-breaking loss of life & suffering, one of the saddest things about this pandemic is the uncertainty that hovers over us all, in Amsterdam & abroad. Many of our favourite spots from our book are struggling to survive. The economic impact of the Coronavirus on the hospitality sector is devastating. But even in the middle of the country’s worst economic & social crisis for generations, the city’s hospitality sector has shown incredible flexibility & creativity – many places have switched to delivery & takeout for those observing social distancing or in isolation at home or have transformed into shops.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Joris Bijdendijk of RIJKS & WILS

Though we're (obviously) not going out to eat much these days, there is one restaurant that's been a bit of a saviour for us here in Amsterdam: RIJKS. The wonderful team, led by kitchen wizard Joris Bijdendijk, has been keeping us fed & happy in our quarantine, delivering incredible haute cuisine right to our doorsteps. Before he was delivering delight on the regular, Joris was running a veritable culinary empire at RIJKS & WILS. We had the pleasure of chatting with him to find out exactly how the metaphorical sausage is made. Keep reading to find out more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Joost Lyppens of Lyppens

While we love all kinds of shopping, there's really nothing better than finding a truly unique piece. When we're on the hunt for just such a piece, we always head straight to Lyppens, one of the most fantastic places for jewellery in the country. Talk about a gem! Whether we're digging for a modern piece or an antique treasure, we rarely leave Lyppens empty-handed. The sparkling owners of Lyppens, Joost & Willemijn, took the time to chat with us about all things jewellery. Keep reading to find out whether all that glitters is really gold or not.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Bob, Marius, Iwan & Pieter of Scheepskameel

There are some places that just feel special. You can't put your finger on what it is about them, but you just know: there's nowhere else like them. One such place is Scheepskameel. Set down at the very tip of Amsterdam, Scheepskameel is as delicious as it is beautiful. Because it's so truly one of a kind, we knew you were probably as curious about what goes on behind the scenes as we were. To satisfy everyone's curiosity we sat down with Scheepskameel's dream team to get all the juicy details.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Kirsten Eckhart of Gartine

Amsterdam is full of wonderful places to eat, some grand & impressive and others cosy & welcoming, the types of places you want to go back to time & time again. Gartine happens to be one of the latter sort. It's one of those spots you simply cannot resist once you've been. We wanted all the juicy details about how Kirsten & Willem-Jan dreamed up such a lovely place, so we picked their brains. Now, we're sharing those details with you. You can thank us later!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Rogier van Duyn of Rocycle

It's possible you've noticed: we eat & drink our fair share here at gloobles. After all, how else are we going to gather the very best tips for you all in one place? In order to continue feeling good while we eat well, we love to squeeze in a regular workout. There are many places in Amsterdam where we like to work up a sweat, but there's one that stands above the rest. What is it, you ask? Rocycle, duh! We got to sit down with founder & CEO Rogier van Duyn to find out how he turns the workout into a party. Read on to find out more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Mirthe van der Schoot of Coba Taqueria

Just a few years ago, it was pretty much impossible to find good Mexican food in Amsterdam. Luckily, that's all changed since Coba Taqueria burst onto the scene. We must admit we've started travelling across the IJ & over to Noord far more often ever since. Because we can't get enough of the insanely delicious tacos at Coba, we decided to sit down with taco queen Mirthe van der Schoot to find out just how the magic is made.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Bob Nagel of Café Binnenvisser

If you're looking for any members of the gloobles family (or friends, for that matter) on a chilly weekday evening or a sunny summer night, you'd be well served to head straight to Café Binnenvisser. This cosy restaurant is one of our go-tos - & for very good reason. We love everything about it from the juicy tunes to the juicier wines & the incredible, plant-forward menu. Naturally, we wanted to know all about this Amsterdam darling, so we had a chat with Binnenvisser's Bob Nagel. Keep reading to find out all the fabulous inner workings of what will certainly become your new favourite restaurant.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Figo van Onna of Choux

There's no doubt in our minds that one of the loveliest places to settle in for an incredible meal is Choux. We're there on the regular, and we've yet to have a single bite that was less than phenomenal. How many places can you say that about? Every time we cross the threshold at Choux, it feels like enchanted. And while we'd hate to unravel any of that magic, we were far too curious about what goes on behind the scenes to turn down a chance to talk to Figo van Onna, the mastermind behind Choux. Want the down-low? Keep reading.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Daan Stoffelsen of Athenaeum

Seeing as we're about to publish our very own book, it should come as no surprise that we love a good book. And what do we love more than a good book? A great bookstore, of course. Amsterdam has no shortage of bookstores, but there are a few we love more than all the rest. Naturally, we can't resist MENDO when we want a little eye candy, but more often than not, we find ourselves gravitating towards a classic: Athenaeum. We were lucky enough to sit down with Athenaeum's Daan Stoffelsen to chat all things literary. Keep reading to find out what goes on behind the scenes at one of the city's very best bookstores.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Stijn Geeraets of Fosbury & Sons

Because we work for ourselves here at gloobles, we are always sniffing out the best places in town to settle in for some work. Sometimes we're at home, other times we're at cosy cafes, but now, we finally have THE perfect spot: Fosbury & Sons - Prinsengracht. If you haven't been yet, you'd better drop whatever you're doing & head over for a day pass because not only is the new Amsterdam outpost an ideal place to work but also drop-dead gorgeous. We had the opportunity to pick the brain of founder Stijn Geeraets to find out about the importance of good design, his favourite corner at the Fosbury & Sons - Prinsengracht & so much more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Daniel Schein of 4850

gloobles founder Stephanie van Rappard knows a thing or two about great places to eat, particularly when it comes to spots across the Amstel on her side of town. Whenever she's in the mood for an incredible cinnamon bun, great coffee, a killer glass of wine or a delicious dinner with friends, she goes to just one place: 4850. We are enchanted by everything about this place from the decor to the wine list, so we know you'll fall in love as well. We had the pleasure of chatting to founder Daniel Schein about what it's like to create a neighbourhood hotspots & so much more. Interested? Keep reading.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Yvonne van der Klaauw of the Pulitzer

Is there anything better than checking in at a luxurious hotel and leaving the whole world behind? You don't have to make your own bed. You can get French fries delivered at the drop of a hat. Oh, and let's not forget about all the deliciously scented potions in the bathroom. When we are in the mood to truly treat ourselves, we can think of few better spots than the Pulitzer. Because we were curious about what goes on behind the scenes at one of our favourite escapes, we sat down with Yvonne van der Klaauw, the hotel's General Manager, to get all the juicy details. & because we love you guys so much, we're going to share them with you here.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Radmilo Soda of Soda Bodyfit

With all the eating we do here in Amsterdam (you've probably noticed based off the number of restaurant tips we give), we need to have an arsenal of killer workouts to ensure we stay happy & healthy. One of our go-tos when we want to get our sweat on is Soda Bodyfit, an amazing personal training studio right in the heart of the Grachtengordel. We got the lowdown on all things fitness from the mastermind behind it all, Radmilo Soda. Want to be part of the #fitfam? Well, keep reading!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Jessica Scholten of LAKWERK

These days, style extends far beyond the clothes on your back. If you want to be chic from head to toe, top to tail, you also need to think about those nails. While a simple manicure is well & good, the well-heeled Amsterdammers are turning to something a little more creative now, to someone a little more creative. When Amsterdam's most fashionable people need a manicure, they go to Jessica Scholten, the pioneer of nail art in the Netherlands. We wanted to know what inspires this creative beauty & how she gets it all done. Keep reading if you're curious too.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Els van der Plas, Ted Brandsen & Sophie de Lint, Ted Brandsen of Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Though we certainly spend lots of our time thinking about travel & food, we also consider ourselves to be culture vultures of sorts. Art, classical music and of course, opera & ballet are things that bring us immense joy. Lucky for us, we have one of the finest opera houses & ballet companies around right here in our very own city. We had the pleasure of chatting with Dutch National Opera & Ballet's Els van der Plas, Ted Brandsen & Sophie de Lint to find out what goes on behind the scenes at one of our most frequented haunts in Amsterdam.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Rosa Monshouwer of Coffee District

When you are in a city like Amsterdam where there's just so much to do, we can bet you're going to find yourself in need of coffee. When we want truly delicious coffee, we always head to Coffee District, and we have Rosa Monshouwer & her partner Adil to thank for our morning cup. We chatted with her about how she takes her coffee, transitioning from fashion to flat whites & so much more. Interested? Then keep on reading!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Odette Rigterink of Buffet van Odette & Bed en Buffet

For as long as we can remember, there's one spot in town we go to time & time again. What is it you ask? Why, Buffet van Odette, of course. These days, we can also sleep like Odette & shop like Odette, as she's slowly taking over the neighbourhood, expanding with a Bed en Buffet & a lovely Saturday shop. We got the juicy details on biodynamic wines, what it's like to be a fixture in the Amsterdam dining scene & so much more when we sat down with Odette. Keep reading to find out more!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Anouk Beerents of Anouk Beerents

Amsterdam is a city awash in fantastic art & antiques. Though you could certainly wind your way through town & stumble across something special, why not go directly to the source & save yourself the trouble? That's what we like to do when we're on the hunt for stunning antique mirrors; we head straight to Anouk Beerents because we know she's always got the crème de la crème. We were so thrilled to sit down with Anouk to chat about 18th-century mirrors, the perennial appeal of Florence & everything in between. Oh & we're especially excited about this interview, as we've got something extra special in the works with Anouk... Stay tuned to find out more!