Twenty-four hours in Amsterdam
Photographer Kwabena Appiah-nti and his girlfriend Shunyata Ossewaarde flip through vinyl at ZAP Records and clothes rails at Daily Paper on a trip around their hometown
Kwabena and Shunyata stayed in room 23 at Soho House Amsterdam.
'The sun is only just starting to go down and the streets are quiet - it's amazing to experience Amsterdam this way'
2pm: window-shoppingPrior to checking in, there are more than enough stores in the area to keep us busy. We visit ZAP records, which is filled to the brim with vinyl. We also walk past the Athenaeum book and magazine store to see what's new. On our way there, we can't help but stop by Hay too, for some interiors inspiration and cute candles for when we're back home.
3pm: check inThe room is so spacious and beautiful, so first things first: picture time. We connect our phones to the speaker to create a little vibe.
4pm: wine and a bathSince staycations are all about relaxing and unwinding, we take a bath while drinking some wine. Pro tip: turn the TV a little bit so you can watch a movie or series straight from the bath tub.
6pm: evening movieAmsterdam weather can be pretty unpredictable, but luckily the House has a lot to offer. We head up to the cinema to enjoy an evening movie.
7.30pm: dinner at Cecconi’sInstead of sourcing the rainy city for a place to eat, we head down to dinner at Cecconi's.
9pm: canal strollAfter eating zucchini fries, a pizza and lobster pasta (while enjoying an Amalfi Sour), we're completely stuffed. The weather has cleared up, so we decide to walk it off along the canals.
After a bath, we mixed our own cocktails in the room
We came across this lovely florist under the Westertoren on one of our canal strolls
10pm: taking in the sunsetThe sun is only just starting to go down and the streets are quiet – it's amazing to experience Amsterdam this way. We eventually finish our walk and go back to the room.
11pm: bedtimeSome quality time without our phones. Tomorrow will be a day full of activities, so we go to sleep early.
9am: breakfast in bedWe order some pancakes, fresh juice and coffee from room service and eat it in our Soho House bathrobes. If only every morning could be like this.
11am: retail therapyReady to hit the town. First stop: the atelier of 1/OFF Paris, a fashion label that transforms high-end classics into unique contemporary designs.
Above: a moment in the sun at Vondelpark.
Below: the vinyl collection at ZAP Records; mixing our own cocktails in the room; pure relaxation in the spa.
1pm: ice cream in the parkWe have some time off between our next appointment, so we decide to get some ice cream and have a short stroll through the beautiful Vondelpark.
3pm: local designersOn our way back from the Vondelpark, we visit two neighbourhood favourites: clothing stores Daily Paper and Olaf Hussein.
4pm: museum QuarterWe arrive at GRIMM gallery to attend the opening of its amazing new exhibition. The gallery is situated in the middle of the Museum Quarter. So, if you can't get enough of art, it's only a short walk to other museums like the Stedelijk, Van Gogh, Moco and Rijksmuseum.
6pm: cocktail hourBefore dinner, we join some friends for drinks on the Soho House rooftop.
8pm: fast food and champagneAs our staycation adventure is almost over, we decide to get some typical Amsterdam fast food at FEBO and eat it in our room. To stay classy, we decide to accompany it with some champagne and cocktails we created ourselves.
10pm: a moment to unwindRunning a bath for the last time and watching a Disney movie. It's been a busy day, but we're happy that we get to rest our heads again in the huge bed with what seems like a thousand pillows.
12am: hit the hayGoodnight, tomorrow is checkout time.
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