On Saturday, when the weather was extremely summerish and pleasant, I felt like spending time in the neighbourhood – that is, I didn’t want to adventure to other corners of the city. I somehow always feel like I’m not spending enough time in the East ever since we moved here last Summer.
So we started our day with a walk on my favourite street in the area – the Javastraat. This street is just so charming, particularly on a Saturday morning, when it’s bustling with people of all kinds, out for grocery shopping at one of the many ethnic shops, or simply enjoying a coffee at one of the hip cafes.
The place we had in mind for breakfast was Bar Botanique, which recently opened its doors on Eerste van Swindenstraat, on the premises of De Pontaneur, an old bruin cafe definitely closed after 25 years of activity. I must say I’m in love with Bar Botanique’s green, plant inspired interior, and the breakfast we had there was simple and very good.
We decided to have coffee elsewhere, so that we can explore even more of the East. So we crossed the Oosterpark on our way to one of our all time favourites in the area.
Indeed, I’m talking about Bar Bukowski, a landmark of Amsterdam East when it comes to nice places to hang out. And they have good coffee, too!
On our way back home, we realised we lacked pretty much everything in terms of groceries, so we made a stop in Oostport. We quite like to shop in this area, as it is all lush and green. Some parts of Oostport are so new – like the beautiful houses in the photo below, which did not exist last Summer – it makes me think about how much the East is growing.
We dropped the groceries at home, but we were not ready to call it a day yet. So we took the blanket, some books, cold drinks from the fridge, and some snacks, and off we were again, this time to Flevopark. We spent the rest of the afternoon on the grass, relaxing, then some friends joined us to make it all even more enjoyable.
But no stop in Flevopark is ever complete without a beer or a glass of jenever at the Distillery. So tradition was kept on this occasion as well.
By the time we left Flevopark, the sun was already setting, and we were starving for dinner. A nice surprise was waiting for us on our way home – one of the most beautiful sunsets of this Summer in Amsterdam. A glorious end to a perfect day!