Tried & Tested

The name says it all, these spots have been tried & tested by me or the Petite Passport contributors. With it I want to show you an unique look inside the spot – far away from the press-releases and press-images. How beautiful a place may seem in a magazine – or as a NEW SPOT – only by visiting it you really understand the passion behind it. And that’s something all of the following locations have in common.

I hope to inspire you to travel the world!


July 25th, 2014


The Vesper Hotel in Noordwijk opened its doors two weeks ago. It’s situated right on the beach and that’s why they call themselves the first boutique hotel on the Dutch shore. Michiel and Martijn van der Berg, two brothers who also own beach clubs Bries and Zuiderbad, opened this hotel and asked architect Bart Akkerhuis to help them with the design and interior. Akkerhuis works at Renzo Piano, the famous architect who is in the news right now with the forthcoming opening of the Pathe Fondation in Paris (see pictures of this stunning design here). Just like Read more…

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July 23rd, 2014


Utrecht always has a warm place in my heart, because I have studied and lived there for a time. And now there’s a hotel that feels like that warm nest again and that’s Mother Goose on the Ganzenmarkt (Goose Market, hence the name). A central location and almost next door to that other cool spot called Stan & Co. The entrance is a bit hidden and the lobby is small, cozy and friendly. There are many paintings and mirrors on the walls and you see a few postcards with goose on it to send back home. The elevator has a beautiful view over Utrecht. Each floor has Read more…

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July 22nd, 2014


This is the place where once de Volkskrant (a famous Dutch newspaper) was made and after they moved, it was occupied by artists and other creatives. They organized some parties there and if you drove past it with your car you did see the huge building, but it looked rather lifeless. Fast forward to July 2014 when it’s a total different scene at the newly opened Volkshotel. People are sitting behind their computers or chatting with each other in the cafe, there’s a line of hipsters in front of the check-in counter and because the hotel just opened there are still some builders working on the finishing touches. It isn’t just a hotel, there’s also a Read more…

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July 15th, 2014


Ace & Tate is a Dutch eyewear brand that only exists for a year, but is already selling their frames in London, Berlin and The Netherlands. Their success is that they design fashionable, high quality, frames with a more than okay price tag (you already have a frame for 98 euro including prescription). They sell the frames mainly online, although you can also buy them at Hutspot in Amsterdam. This Summer they have opened a beautiful retail space in Hotel Droog, designed by Studio Droog. It’s a bright space with a minimalistic installation where they present the glasses on. When you Read more…

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July 14th, 2014


Casper Reinders isn’t someone who stands still. Late last year he opened Chow on the Rozengracht and shortly afterwards his gallery Libertine. His restaurants Bocinq and Lion Noir are still a hit in the Amsterdam restaurant scene. And now there’s Nacional: a huge project on the Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen, better known as an extension of the Leidseplein, opposite the Apple Store and the Balie. A central location with a 24/7 atmosphere. That’s why Nacional is also open from breakfast to late dinner. Perfect if Read more…

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July 4th, 2014


While I was discovering the island of Ibiza I spotted a new decoration store called Tanis. It’s a small store in Santa Gertrudis, in between Can Pau and la Galeria Elefante. Inside you can find the most beautiful furniture, home accessories, a lot of fabrics and there’s also Read more…

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July 1st, 2014


It’s the 1st of July and the summer season has started! Ofcourse Ibiza is the ultimate summer destination and yesterday a great new beach club officially opened its doors, called Beachouse Ibiza. From the same owners as the successful beachclub El Chiringuito in Es Cavallet. They have managed to create a unique and relaxing atmosphere that you don’t expect to find on Playa d’en Bossa. Because it is small, luxurious and intimate compared to other establishments on that beach strip, with a beautiful Mediterranean interior overlooking the clear blue sea. There’s a juice bar, a Read more…



June 18th, 2014


The Urban Deli in the Sodermalm neighborhood is a hit. An organic supermarket with next to it a cozy café with a terrace for sunny days. New is the Urban Deli in the Sickla district. It seems to be a bit out of town but with the train from Sussen you’re there in less than ten minutes. Sickla is an area where many people with a good job and young children live. And therefor they’ve chosen to live slightly out of the city And then there should be shops ofcourse. There’s a H&M, but also some small independent shops and larger interior stores. And then there is Sickla Urban Deli. Similar to the one in Sodermalm, but with a larger market where they sell everything. From bread to meat and chips to even Read more…



June 17th, 2014


Each city has a place like this: a restaurant without fuss, always open and where you will find simple and delicious dishes on the menu. Taverna Brillo in Stockholm is such a casual address where you can go to for a quick espresso with friends or sit on the benches under the graffiti art wall with a good sandwich and your best friends. The restaurant is more posh and something to go to if you want to celebrate something. As you may understand this restaurant is divided into several areas: a deli, cafe, coffee shop, bakery, restaurant, bar, patio and even a Read more…

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June 16th, 2014


The Story Hotel in Stockholm’s city center has attracted an artistic crowd since its opening in 2011. And since a few months the fans of that hotel can now also stay at a new Story Hotel in Sundbyberg. There the owners conjured an old fire station in a hotel, restaurant and bar with the same cool vibe. First, you will probably wonder why you should choose for this Sundbyberg location? It’s twenty minutes by subway from T-Centralen (one line, so that’s easy). It is a neighborhood on the rise and there are a lot of big companies in that area. That’s why the hotel is packed with businessmen during the week, and the weekend attracts guests who do not necessarily want to be in the center and like to explore a new neighborhood (tip: go to Read more…

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