Friends of De L’Europe

As  guardians of local culture and craftsmanship it is our pleasure to introduce you to extraordinary locals who share their take on the city, favourite spots and hidden gems.

Karim Adduchi

Amsterdam-based illustrator, painter and fashion designer Karim Adduchi was born in Imzouren, Morocco, in 1988 and moved to Barcelona at the age of five. In 2011 he moved to Amsterdam to pursue his education in fashion; he graduated in 2015 with a striking collection called “She Knows Why the Caged Bird Sings”

Adduchi’s favourite cultural spot is the Rijksmuseum. “Because it’s a museum dedicated to Dutch heritage and history, and it’s the best way to get to know the city as well through an art lens. A visit to a museum combined with a walk through the canals or a visit to the Waterlooplein Market near De L’Europe while perhaps a Jazz Live concert at the Captain Zeppos Cafe, one best kept secrets in the centre of Amsterdam!”

Roy Rietstap

From the age of 15 Roy Rietstap decided to become an entrepreneur and in 2002 he co-founded Mendo. Riestap is a real connector, constantly searching for new ideas. When he isn’t busy designing and publishing MENDO books, you might bump into Roy in the flagship store in the Berenstraat or in the second store based in De L’Europe.

Rietstap loves to spend his private time in Huis Marseille, a beautiful small photography museum in a traditional Amsterdam canal house. In the evening or Sunday morning’s he loves to go for a stroll in the Jordaan district or Prinseneiland. “At these moments, Amsterdam does show some characteristics of a cozy village instead of the metropolis that it truly is.”

Freddy’s Bar

A bar with history and authenticity, the place where guests and locals come for years to socialize and connect

A gentleman’s pub named after Alfred “Freddy” Heineken – who used to repose here. Leather upholstery, a Jazz pianist playing live every day, and traditional Heineken beer on tap. Next to dozens of signature cocktails, inspired by the city.

Open daily from 3pm to 1am

Exquisite taste at Bord’Eau

Executive Chef Bas van Kranen, the Michelin-starred chef of the hotel’s Restaurant Bord’Eau, has launched the new season. Van Kranen presents his new menu divided over three seasons instead of four and will not be cooking in courses but in taste profiles to stimulate the taste buds.

Afternoon tea

Experience an afternoon tea with ample delicacies the Netherlands has to offer

A three course afternoon tea with sandwiches, savoury refreshments and delicious sweets where each course has some typically Dutch flavours to enjoy. Everything is served on authentic Delft Blue crockery provided in exclusive partnership with Heinen Delfts Blauw and accompanied by as much premium tea as you like.

Served from Thursday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm

Hidden gems of our friends