Often, in the world of blogs, we tend to hype over all the amazing finds we have made during our extra spectacular travels. So, on the contrary to the typical, today I am going to be a strictly objective blogger, and write about the candidates for Best Independent Coffee Shop in Europe 2016, according to the European Coffee Symposium. The candidates were Dublin’s 3fe, Amsterdam’s Bocca Coffee Roasters and Bath’s Colonna & Small’s, which won the competition.
When I see a small octagonal tower surrounded by red brick houses, I stop in amazement: this was going to be one memorable night in my own princess tower!
After a long and sunny summer in Brazil, it was amazing to return to my new city of dreams, Amsterdam. This time around, I wanted to experience what it would be like to live in this historic city: eat at my own kitchen table, walk out to the streets without greeting the hotel staff and buy my morning breads from a bakery around the corner.
During my recent visit to Amsterdam, I was glad to discover another, urban side of the city. With a 1970s stylish retro design, loads of green plants, dim lights and wooden furniture, Hotel V Fizeaustraat is a little oasis in an urban jungle.
When you move from Amsterdam’s historic canal districts to the city’s museum square, the colour palette changes from bright primary colours to more discreet, prestigious looking cityscape built of red brick. Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Banksy and Warhol, design in museums and shops. Amid all this, JL No 76 is an elegant art lover’s hotel.