Michiel van Ogtrop runs Travelteq, a beautiful Amsterdam-based leather goods brand fit for the modern traveler. And where does he suggest you take your Florentine vegetable-tanned leather portfolio? First stop: Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM – I was born in Milan, but Amsterdam has been my home since 2001. The liberal and creative city has an international-but-cozy feel to it. Lately, there has been a ton of innovation in hotels, restaurants, and the startup scene. And Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport is a great hub from which to travel the world. Stop in to check out these spots.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Peperstraat 10hs; +31-20-421-0699
Pure passion for food. Locally sourced and seasonal dishes. Try the tasting menu and prepare for a long feast.
Noordemarkt 1015; +31-20-551-2512
A weekly (Saturday) farmers market in the heart of the Jordaan where you can find the best ingredients for supper or snacking. Don't forget to eat some oysters fresh of the boat.
Hiding in Plain Sight
Rapenburg 18; +31-62-529-3620
HPS is a cocktail bar next to Gebr. Hartering. Expect the best cocktails in town; a chic interior of dark woods, iron, and leather; top-notch service.
1017 VH Amsterdam; +31-20-670-50570
Eating herring is a Dutch tradition. You get the best and freshest variety at the Haringkar on the Utrechtse Straat and on the Herengracht canal. My favorite is a little house where you can eat herring on the spot, while standing.
Pieter Cornelisz Hooftstraat 27; +31-20-662-8146
Best Indonesian rijsttafel in town. A Dutch menu from the old colonial days, various Indonesian dishes are brought to the table all at once: chicken satay, meats in sauces, vegetables prepared many ways, baked banana, rice, grilled nuts, fried onions, etc. It's a beautiful mix of spices.
WHERE TO SHOP
Cornelis Schuytstraat 19; +31-20-671 5239
The best men's shop in town sells high-quality niche brands from Italy, Japan, and the United States. You can also find a range of Travelteq items here (otherwise, we only sell online).
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Best venue for concerts. The ultimate pop temple, in the broadest sense: Big Freedia, Underworld, St. Vincent.
Amsterdam Boat Rental
This is the best way to see Amsterdam. Ask for the Marie Zurlohe for the best experience. You can book a dinner ride where you are brought to a different restaurant for each course of the meal.
Museumstraat 1; +31-20-674-7000
Recently reopened, the spectacular collection give you a proper art history lesson in one day.
WHERE TO STAY
Van Baerlestraat 27; +31-20-570-0000
By far the best hotel in town. One of the only ones where locals hangout. They have a great bar, restaurant, and spa. The former music conservatory is austere and modernist.