TRIED & TESTED: PRAKTIK BAKERY BARCELONA

April 24th, 2014

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The newest Praktik Hotel in Barcelona! Hotel Praktik Bakery opened its doors officially on April 1, but this week the bakery also opened its doors, so the hotel is now complete. You probably know how much I love the Praktik Hotels. All their hotels are unique and you can stay there for a pretty good price (often below 100 euro per night). Earlier I wrote about Praktik Rambla and Praktik Garden in Barcelona and about Praktik Metropol in Madrid. The design is always outstanding and always done by Lazaro Rosa-Violan. He always takes care of the building and the theme of the hotel so not one of the Praktik Hotels look the same. The theme of the new Praktik is ofcourse ‘the bakery’. So if you follow the smell of fresh baked bread and pastries, then you know you’ve find the right place. Forn, or in English Bakery, Baluard is one of the most famous bakeries in Barcelona. They have Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: FIRMAMENTO BARCELONA

April 23rd, 2014

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Barceloneta is more than a popular tourist beach, because surfers come here often to find the perfect wave. You will see surfers walking with their boards along the boulevard towards the sea and at chiringuito Gallito you will see the surfboards hanging on the wall – not only as decoration because you can also rent them. New is Firmamento, a surf shop that is only open during the weekend and where you can buy all kind of surf products. From the boards itself to wax (which has an oh so good coconut smell). But there’s more: the Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: TRAMUNTANA HOTEL CADAQUES

April 22nd, 2014

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It is only open for about twenty days when I visit the new Tramuntana hotel in the beautiful village of Cadaques. It even smells new. The former house of the owner’s father was refurbished completely by Barcelona design company INTSIGHT and now it’s a hotel with eleven rooms which the couple rents to guests who wish to stay for the weekend (or longer). They have three types of rooms, all named after a certain kind of wind. Tramuntana is a special northern wind that occurs in Cadaques, so that’s where the name of the hotel comes from. The rooms are basic and have wifi, a television, rain shower and ofcourse a view of Read more…


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TO GO: GRAPHIC DESIGN FESTIVAL BREDA

April 19th, 2014

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3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you love graphic design. During the Graphic Design Festival they will explore the current developments in visual culture.
  2. If you love temporary exhibitions and Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: THE STABLES SYDNEY

April 18th, 2014

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In Surry Hills you will find one nice restaurant after another. One of the latest additions is The Stables. A cafe and shop opposite the Beresford Hotel, one of the most famous pubs in Sydney. The Stables is actually more than just a cafe and a shop, because there’s also a creative company, a modeling agency and a rooftop in the building. So much to discover! I started my visit with a lunch in the lovely black/white cafe where they serve Five Leaves coffee and work in beautiful designed aprons. After the Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: LIBERTINE AMSTERDAM

April 17th, 2014

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Casper Reinders and his art collection. Anyone who have read the Spanish AD a few months back, fell in love with Casper Reinder’s house. Obviously the Amsterdam restaurant entrepreneur knows how to bring inspiration in places like Lion Noir, Bo Cinq and Chow, but he also knows how to bring home a great mix of design and art. Reinders is on a continuous journey to find extraordinary items in the world so I can understand why he opened a gallery. On the Prinsengracht, next to the Leidsestraat and very close to Bo Cinq, all his discoveries are all displayed at Libertine. From a life-size statue of Read more…


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NEW SPOT: KERBISHER & MALT LONDON

April 16th, 2014

Kerbisher and Malt, Mortlake

3 reasons to go there:

  1. For the best fish & chips in London. Heston Blumenthal said of Kerbisher & Malt: ‘takes the very essence of a chippy and just makes it so much better’.
  2. If you’ve tried the Kerbisher & Malt in Brook Green and Ealing already and Read more…

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TRIED & TESTED: BRAINY DAYS AMSTERDAM

April 15th, 2014

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Around the corner of Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam you will find a new shop called Brainy Days, the store of Vera. The store will be there for half a year and Vera, the owner, will gather the most original gift items in here. From inspirational quotes to cutting boards shaped like a diamond. Last Friday she officially opened the doors and she launched an online magazine at the same time (click on this link to see more). With an overload of cool interior shops in Amsterdam (from Friday Next to Maison NL and from Hutspot to Six and Sons) Brainy Days knows how to select the most special pieces with a more than fine price tag. From an Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: PORTRAIT HAARLEM

April 14th, 2014

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In former stables at the Raamvest in Haarlem, Portrait recently opened its doors: a concept store run by three friends. And we are equally pleased with their taste, sense of design and collection! The huge space serves as a shop and a cafe and is open every day (except on Tuesday) from 10am to 5pm. We see a man sitting near the window reading a newspaper with a cup of coffee, a group of friends chatting in the cool bamboo chairs and a couple of guys are sitting on the long reading table. But, as Rogier, one of the owners, says: ‘come on weekdays and you will find people working here behind their laptops’. That’s something Read more…


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TRIED & TESTED: PS CAFE SINGAPORE

April 13th, 2014

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When I asked for recommendations on Singapore, the PS Cafe was the address you said I absolutely couldn’t miss in Singapore. So ofcourse I went there to take a look for myself and I completely understood why. PS Cafe is located in Dempsey Hill, an area known for its fine dining restaurants (such as The White Rabbit and the new Pidgin). Somewhat outside the main restaurant hub, you will find the PS Cafe in a lush green environment. If you walk down the path that brings you to the entrance you’ll feel Read more…


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