For the recent Meet The Blogger I needed to find somewhere to stay in Amsterdam. The places that I’ve used before were unavailable, but then I remembered reading something on the Flow Magazine blog earlier in the year about a studio flat in Amsterdam. I’d filed the info away and with a bit of detective work managed to find it again.
So I spent five nights in this very cosy little gem on the banks of the Amstel. On a map this flat may seem a little out of the very centre, but in fact this is a bit of a bonus as it means you will not be disturbed by city hubbub while you are trying to sleep. There are various trams that go close by so you can get into the centre in no – time , although you could walk it in 20 minutes or so too.
The studio consists of a bedroom , a sitting room with a little kitchen corner and a separate bathroom with bath and shower. As you can see from the images the decoration is white with splashes of reds and yellows. And then more decorative details are provided by the porcelain pieces that the owner ,Joke, makes in her atelier next door. She is happy to let you have a wee look round too, an extra treat.
You do need to know that it is up quite a few flights of stairs, those very typical steep Dutch stairs,as the studio is at the top of the house, so you’ll be happy if you are travelling light !
Just along from the studio is the very good cafe/restaurant “De Ysbreker” which serves all kinds of food from breakfast onwards. In summer there is terrace seating along the Amstel too. It seems to be a pretty popular spot with locals as it was always pretty busy. But Joke will also have lots of suggestions for you on arrival.
I had a really lovely time staying there and would definitely go back and stay some other time.
Meanwhile, after my trips to Holland and down south for a big family birthday, I am getting back down to work and *drumroll* my cushions are going to be available next week ! If you’d like to make sure you get a tip off I’d invite you to subscribe to my Studio Newsletter.