A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: David Gillies of Public Space

While the world was our oyster for a few brief months in summer, things look a little bit different now. These days, we're finding refuge in cafes more than ever. It's one of the few sanctioned social outings, so why not make it extra special. When we want to treat ourselves to a seriously good cup of coffee, we love popping over to Noord to Public Space. It's chic. It's sleek. And they serve a mean cup of coffee. Really, what more could you want?

support local, eat & drink local

Though it's been months since we really last spoke about it, the world is still battling the deadly coronavirus. Apart from the heart-breaking loss of life & suffering that continues to ravage society, 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 - if they've made it this far. 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 or have transformed into shops.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Alain Parry of Balthazar's Keuken

We already waxed rhapsodic about one of the dreamiest wine bars in Amsterdam, so it's only right we give one of the cosiest restaurants its due too. The mastermind behind Bar Parry has been working his magic over at sister restaurant Balthazar's Keuken for years - & it doesn't look like he's stopping any time soon. The space is wedged between shops on the Elandsgracht, & it's really the kind of place you'd like to come weekly, always excited to try something new on their rotating menu. Want to know more? Keep reading, as Alain tells all.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Alain Parry of Bar Parry

As the days are drawing in and evenings are getting longer (& cosier), there's pretty much nothing we'd like more than to nestle up at an intimate little wine bar with a few friends and while away an evening. There are quite a few spots in Amsterdam that'd fit the bill for this, but there's one place in particular that's calling our names louder than ever: Bar Parry. The wine list is thoughtful & full of gems, the food is insanely delicious and the people watching is, well, you'll just have to see for yourself when things open up again.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Marieke Buiten of Holtkamp

You know what? You deserve a treat. And we deserve a treat. In fact, we think just about everyone deserves a treat! It's been a hell of a year. And now that we're on the subject of treats, it's impossible not to discuss Holtkamp. This glorious bakery has been an Amsterdam institution for years - over 50 years in fact! We sat down with the master of sugar herself, Marieke Buiten, to find out how the cookie crumbles. Keep reading to find out more!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: René Bornmann of The Dylan

While it's difficult to fathom going back to our usual travel schedule, we're still craving the ultimate relaxation that comes with staying in gorgeous hotels. The sheets are better, there's room service and you never have to think about restocking your toiletries. There are so many wonderful hotels across the world we're missing - Ett Hem in Stockholm, Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon, the Aman in Tokyo - and we can't wait to get back to them. But in the meantime, we're treating ourselves to a lovely little staycation every now & then. And where do we like to stay when we're here in Amsterdam? The Dylan, of course.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Sander van Ommeren of Foodware

gloobles: So then how would you describe Foodware to someone who’d never been before?

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Noortje & Inge of Back to Black

We're not quite sure how it happened, but here we are again in Amsterdam, in a lockdown. Our beloved restaurants & bars have now closed again for (hopefully) just a few weeks. With everything grinding to a halt, we want to support the places we love more than ever. One of the places that's nearest & dearest to our hearts is our neighbourhood café, Back to Black. Luckily, this adorable little spot is still up & running for takeaway, so we can still grab our morning lattes & banana bread to take with us on our morning strolls.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Lauren & Jetteke of Anecdote

Personal style is something that's always been important to us. We're creative, but perhaps not in the traditional sense (no sculptors or actors here!). That's why we've always sought out outlets for our creativity, ways that we could express ourselves in tangible ways. That's why we love clothes - and the fantastic brands who make them - so very much.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Leonore van der Waals of Inez Stodel

Though not all that glitters is gold, we can hardly resist a little something sparkly every now & again. There's nothing that makes us feel more elegant or more special than a unique ring or bracelet, something that feels as if it was made for us. While you can certainly pick up a nice piece of jewellery in a number of places throughout the city, there's one place that truly has the crème de la crème: Inez Stodel. We had the pleasure of chatting with Inez's daughter, Leonore, who helps run this absolute gem of a shop. Keep reading for all the glittering details!

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Rahul and Charlotte of Khasto

We don't know about you, but we are just as particular about what we wear to bed (and how we make our beds, for that matter) as we are about what we wear during the day. Gone are the days when we'd toss on any old t-shirt and hop into those dorm room single beds. These days, we want to elevate our sleeping experience, just as we would anything else. And that is why we love Khasto. This dreamy little shop is filled to the brim with beautiful printed linens & nightwear. We chatted with owners Rahul & Charlotte to find out everything about this wonderful shop.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Menno Simons of Bocca

We're deep in the throes of work on the second edition of AMSTERDAM the gloobles guide, and we've even secretly begun research for our second book (keep your eyes peeled for which city it'll be!). And with so much going on, we're busier & more exhausted than ever. In order to keep go-go-going, we need a little help. Otherwise, we'd be falling asleep on our laptops just about every day.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Adam Craig of Lot 61

Ahhh coffee. It's one of the things we look forward to every morning, one of those things that actually makes getting up easier. While we do like to make it at home on those luxurious, long mornings where waking up happens slowly, we're often on-the-go. That means we need coffee, & we need it NOW. On those harried mornings where we're dashing across town between meetings, we always make a point of getting that morning jolt from LOT61. The coffee is fresh & strong, the pastries are delicious and everyone who works there is warm & welcoming. What more could you ask for?

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Werner Nijenhuis of Villa Nicola

This is probably not exactly a news flash if you're also knocking about Amsterdam at the moment, but it is hot. No, it is seriously BOILING.

And while we adore our city here, this kind of weather always has us dreaming of holidays, of cool, crisp hotel sheets & tucking away chic miniature toiletries in our suitcases as souvenirs to remind us of our travels once we've returned home. Our founder, Stephanie van Rappard, is currently luxuriating by the seaside in Greece, but the rest of the gloobles fam is taking this heatwave as a cue to treat ourselves to a little staycation. First thing we'll do? Check into Villa Nicola. 

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Rein Wolfs of Het Stedelijk

Museums sustain us. Sure, we love to eat, but there's nothing that fills us up more or brings as great joy as a few hours whiled away in a stunning museum. Old Masters & the greats of the ninetheenth century are well represented here in Amsterdam. You've got the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum & the Hermitage. But when you want a taste of something bold, something modern, something refreshing, where do you go? Well, there's only one place: the Stedelijk. We had the pleasure of chatting with Rein Wolfs, the Stedelijk's director, about the museum & art in general. Keep reading to find out more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Patrick Abbott of Monks Coffee Roasters

While it's not exactly known as the city that never sleeps, Amsterdam is certainly a place where people are on the go at all hours. And how do Amsterdammers stay so energetic? So on the ball? With the help of great coffee, of course. No matter the time of day, if we find ourselves in Oud-West and in need of a caffeine jolt, there's only one place we go - Monks Coffee Roasters. Owner Patrick Abbott sat down with us and spilled the tea... er, coffee ​​​​​​on running his own business, his favourite coffee and so much more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Maud Moody of Toscanini

All in all, Amsterdam is a pretty relaxed city. You're more likely to spend your Saturday afternoons at a brown cafe than posted up somewhere glitzy sipping expensive cocktails. But just because we're laid back doesn't mean we can't do quality. The team at Toscanini proves it. We sat down with the mastermind behind it all, Maud Moody, to find out where she likes to eat, the things that make Toscanini so special & what it's like to own an Amsterdam institution. Keep reading to find out more.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Masanori Tomikawa of Yamazato

Amsterdam has so many wonderful things to boast about. Beautiful buildings. Loads of history & culture. A laid-back vibe. Attractive residents (if we do say so ourselves). But there's one category where we haven't always shone: stellar Japanese food. Sure, there were mediocre sushi joints & fast-casual ramen spots dotted throughout the city, but there was nowhere you could get the quality & precision we look for in great Japanese food. Until Yamazato & Sazanka burst onto the scene.

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Ken Kobayashi of Assort

We couldn't really say why, but Amsterdam is awash in hair salons. In fact, when gloobles family member Hayley Daen's family first moved here back in 2011, that was one of the first things she noticed. She could barely go a block without passing 'een kapper'. But as with everything here at gloobles, we're far more interested in quality than quantity, which is why we don't frequent just any old hair salon. No, we like to go somewhere that's warm & bright and sends you out the door with a killer haircut every time. That's why we love

A PAGE OUT OF OUR BOOK: Taco Dibbits of Rijksmuseum

Amsterdam is a city riddled with wonderful museums. You can hardly whip around a corner on your bicycle without coming across something fascinating. If you're into contemporary art, there's the Stedelijk. Curious about what high society was like in the Netherlands back in the day? Museum Van Loon is sure to tickle your fancy. Whatever you're feeling, there's something sure to delight.