From catholic orphanage for girls to pop stage with dorms for youngsters from far and wide. From shelter during World War II, to shelter for people from the Dam and Vondelpark to a trendy hotel today. An exceptional building requires a special destination, which has definitely been given to this monumental building from 1886 in which the Arena Hotel is now situated. All of this provides a rich history and unique atmosphere that you can immediately sense as soon as you enter.
Paris is the Mecca of gastronomy. All the same, it doesn’t always have to be fine dining by candle-light in the city of love and lights. Innumerable passionately enthusiastic craftsmen make a wide variety of delicious traditional products. There are masses of brasseries offering simple menus, a laid back atmosphere and attractive terraces, all serving tasty dishes. We dropped into a number of places many a foodie would be delighted with. We certainly were. 🙂
The Marais is a neighborhood where real Parisians like to go out. The authentic pubs with their attractive terraces look very inviting and the French joie de vivre is infectious. There are no crowds of tourists or spectacular attractions to see, but what you can find here is the real Paris, full of creativity, class and a strong dose of healthy no-nonsense mentality. Restaurant Les Chouettes, a trendy, authentic and very inviting place, is located on a cozy square in this neighborhood. Read more
Few East European cities have so many nice restaurants and bars hidden away in them as Budapest has. In more and more places the mix of old-World grandeur with trendy interior design and beautiful décor makes for a satisfying result. And ZONA is a great example of it. It’s on the Buda side of the Chain Bridge with a view of the water, and the idea is to put that ‘urban vibe’ together in the food and the design of the interior to create a complete experience. And indeed the stylish decor with polished copper, pastel shades and wood has put this restaurant on the prestigious Night Fever list of the world’s best Hospitality Design. Read more
When you descend the stairs of the iconic Hotel New York in Rotterdam, you immediately feel like you have returned to the Manhattan of the 1920’s and 1930’s. Cute pattern tiles, a long bar measuring 11 meters and sofas upholstered in fancy fabrics immediately create a warm, elegant and stylish look. At NY Basement, trendy and historical meet at a seductive and relaxed bar and restaurant concept. Read more
Sunshine and fresh, clear weather outside, enough reasons to put away our to-do list for Saturday afternoons and go find a nice place to walk near the water. Our destination is Sint-Amands, where we refuel at the new Café d’O.