5 x Agata Wagemaker's favourites in Amsterdam
Agata Owner of @windmilldreams
Hello! My name is Agata, a visual storyteller and creative behind the Instagram account windmilldreams. I was born in Poland but have lived in Italy and the United Kingdom, before finally settling down in the small (but beautiful) country of the Netherlands in 2007. I love to photograph and travel the world but it is actually Amsterdam that gives me the most inspiration. What I love most about Amsterdam? The romantic canals, the charming and wonky canal houses, the unique vibe and atmosphere of each of the city’s neighbourhoods…and so much more. However, I know that the first visit to Amsterdam can feel a bit overwhelming, therefore I hope my recommendations below you will help you discover this amazing city like a true local.
1) The Movies
There are a few art house cinemas in Amsterdam but there’s something about The Movies that makes you want to go back there, whether it’s for the latest blockbuster or an independent film. It consists of 4 charming film rooms, a restaurant and a small bar, all decorated in a classical art deco style. Fun fact: it is Amsterdam's oldest film theatre, dating back to 1912!
Nestled within the charming streets of Jordaan district, Toki is my all-time favourite cafe in Amsterdam serving great coffee and delicious sweet treats. It might also be the city’s most Instagrammed cafe but at the same time, it still has the feeling of a local hangout with a laid-back and friendly atmosphere.
One of my recent discoveries and immediately part of my favourite restaurants to eat at in Amsterdam. It's located on one of the coolest streets in the city – Utrechtsestraat, full of cool shops, cafes and other hotspots. Zoldering is a cosy and beautifully decorated restaurant serving simple yet modern and delicious food, as well as amazing wines. A perfect place for dinner after a busy day of sightseeing.
4) Indianaweg 10
This cute mini department store was founded by two sisters who have a great eye for all the pretty things. Here you'll find lots of beautiful curated and hand-picked vintage clothes, some great home accessories, organic cosmetics, unique jewelry, small furniture, and beautiful plants. It is pretty much impossible to visit this store and leave empty-handed.
5) Oudemanshuispoort Book Market
If you enjoy browsing through unique secondhand and vintage books, this place is for you. At this market, you can stroll past thousands of secondhand books heaped onto tables in the brick alcoves along University of Amsterdam’s historic buildings. Many titles are in Dutch but there’s a large selection of books in different languages as well, including English. If books are not your thing, you can also find some cool vintage photographs, art prints or sheet music. The Oudemanhuispoort book market is open Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm.
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