So this Saturday, we decided to combine a little exercise with a little sightseeing. I decided I really wanted to go to Bakers&Roasters again; I’ve had lunch there the day before. So to make sure all the calories eaten wouldn’t come on, we decided to walk, which is about an hour. So we did. The weather was fantastic! Last bit of sunshine I think. When we got there, the waiting time for a table was about an hour, what?! Ok, so that’s not an option…. But wait, we just passed a lovely little place in the same street, let’s go there. That’s how we ended up here: “La Boutique del Caffe Torrefazione”
This is a perfect place for some real coffee and some really good food. I had the piadina with tuna, he had the focaccia with melanzane. Both were mouthwatering good ; I would definately recommend!
So after an hour or so we were on our way to the next stop: Apivita at the Roelof Hartstraat. I needed to buy a present here. Apivita is a shop that specializes in all natural skin care products. In the back of the store, there’s a beautysalon where you can get a skin care treatment, using all natural skin care products of course.
Just a 2 minute walk from Apivita, you’ll find Zuiderziel. I pass this shop everyday on my way to and from work, but I actually almost never enter the shop; it’s called self preservation, I mean look at this! I want it all!!!
So after I had to restrain myself from buying the whole store, we went to the Local Goods Market at De Hallen. I’ve been there before and I think this was a special edition, because there were a lot of museums and artists that let you participate in whatever they specialize in. There was a possibility to carve out something in stone, you could also have your diamonds cleaned for free, or print your own textile, or create a leather bag or your own tie, etc.
To reward ourselves for the long walk we had a coffee at Anne & Max; I love this place! It never disappoints. And they also have a great outdoor space, in case there’s still a sunny day ahead. Oh and you should do yourself a favour and try their caramel- seasalt latte: it won’t get better than that…
On to the next: MercatorMarkt + Festival Petit Socco. When we got there, the first thing e heard and saw was this oldschool (and old) and really friendly ensemble (Rondje Mokum) singing old folkloric songs from Amsterdam. That was really fun to watch, especially to see the different kinds of people in the audience singing along (including my BF, me being from the south really didn’t know any of the song lyrics). We walked around and saw all these wonderful people selling their stuff. Too bad we had to leave early and we missed the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest.
We finished the evening wih a lovely dinner at friends.
And this was the result of our walk!