Royal RepubliQ makes timeless leather goods to last a lifetime. The bags, belts, shoes and accessories promise to become companions in your daily life and accomplices to your adventures, growing and aging with grace as you do. The label, which melds form and function, prides itself on paying homage to the past while simultaneously being very much of the moment. Born in Denmark but now based in Amsterdam, we asked Royal RepubliQ to show us around their town and take us on a tour of the Dutch capital by pairing some of their favourite places with some of their favourite pieces.
There is no other building in Amsterdam quite like the EYE. Famous for its architecture, none of the angles are 90 degrees. The museum is dedicated to supporting the film industry in the Netherlands and promoting Dutch cinema here and abroad, and was officially opened last year by our former queen, Queen Beatrix. Everybody is welcome - you can watch classic movies and go back in time, or sit on the terrace and enjoy a glass of wine in the sun. Located across the river from Amsterdam Central Station, EYE is a great place to visit when you want to feel inspired; the mix of people, view of passing boats and proximity to the bustling city provide for an endless source of inspiration.
Established in 1981, De Bakkerswinkel is an open-kitchen cafe that is known for its homemade cakes, breads and jams, which are displayed like they’re at a country fair. The menu is extensive from breakfast through to afternoon tea. It’s a great place for a light lunch whether you’re after a warm croissant, quiche, soup, salad or traditional Dutch Krentenbrood [raisin bread], which you can eat with some butter and jam. The calming atmosphere brings you down after a busy day and makes you feel like you’re dining at a friend’s place. The cafe’s cozy and familiar feel, along with the friendly and attentive staff, will make you want to come back time and time again.
Harvest & Co.
Reality can be harsh, but it feels particularly harsh when you have to wake up early in the morning, your feet touching the cold floor. Luckily for us, there is one thing that helps to make it all a little easier to bear: a well-brewed coffee. And Amsterdam has some great coffee places. One of the hotspots is Harvest & Co., a shop that sells vintage furniture and other curiosities, along with speciality coffee brewed in-house by Headfirst Coffee Roasters. The cool industrial interior attracts an urban crowd, and it’s a great place to meet like-minded people who are young and free, but who are also finding themselves in life and trying to get somewhere. A lot of young graduates meet here to discuss innovative ideas over espresso. Besides boasting fresh coffee, there’s also an excellent light lunch menu - the bread basket, featuring three different kinds of delicious homemade bread, is always full. Small details like fresh flowers on every table make your time here a really pleasant experience. With its impeccable service and relaxing atmosphere, it’s not to be missed!
Vondelpark is like a green lung in the city. When the sun shines, the joggers, street musicians, suits and snobs all come together to enjoy the weather and the space. There is no finer way to enjoy Vondelpark in summer than by lounging in the grass while listening to one of the free open-air concerts with a book in hand and bottle of bubbles within reach, plus some finger food from a local organic farmers market. Or you can simply people watch and feed the birds some bread. It’s one of the best places to go when you want to escape from the city.
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