So we headed over to De Baarsjes, in the West, a neighbourhood less picture perfect, yet with so much energy and so many things to get your attention.
The smell of freshly roasted beans from White Label Coffee got us right into their shop on the Jan Evertsenstraat. (There is no such thing as too much coffee when the coffee smells so good, right?) Just when we were about to order at the bar, we realised what we were looking for was in fact ice tea.
With the ice tea in mind, we continued our walk down the Jan Evertsenstraat, stopping whenever a shop would get our attention. You see, one nice thing about De Baarsjes is that the hip shops alternate with the ethnic ones, which seems so natural in a neighbourhood that draws its vitality from multiculturalism and diversity.
Things I Like Things I Love was the first shop to get our attention, so we got in to check it out. We browsed through their clothes, minimal jewellery and the rest of home accessories.
Next door, De Balkonie, a shop entirely dedicated to plants and balcony items, also got our interest.
And then, just across the street, we spotted T’s, a bar serving loose leaf teas. In other words, a tea bar. Isn’t that a great idea? And they seem to take tea very seriously, as their drinks do taste amazing. I had jasmine ice tea with peach, and was really happy with my choice.
When we reached the Admiralengracht, Alehandra’s instant reaction couldn’t have been closer to my own thoughts: “I love this city!” To be living in Amsterdam for more than six years, yet to still be able to have this kind of reactions – if not on a daily, at least on a weekly basis – that alone should mean something.
Where Jan Evertsenstraat meets Witte de Withstraat, a place called Toon urged us to get right in. A shop, a stage, and a café – all into one. I was delighted by the convivial, living-room kind of feel of the space, and by the creativity of some of the items on display. A rainy cloud hanging from the ceiling? That could only make you like rain a bit more, I guess! 🙂
Our impromptu shop hop – and photo tour – in De Baarsjes came to an end a few hours later, on Admiraal de Ruijterweg, with Alehandra eventually purchasing a piece of clothing, and me catching the tram back home.
Next time we meet for brunch and photos it’s going to be in the East, more precisely in the Indische Buurt, the Eastern version of De Baarsjes. Don’t miss it! 🙂