Amsterdam Black Book
Stylish guesthouses, jenever bars, flower and vintage markets, canal-house museums and city-to-country bike rides—we got the lowdown for you from our friends who live there
You’ve been asking for it and finally it’s here! Sometimes it can be a while before we get to all of your requests for Black Books, but we do take them seriously. We’re so excited about this list of favorites in the Dutch capital, collected through local Yolo contributors and friends!
Nimi Ponnudurai and I became fast friends at a La Posta Vecchia event, and was the first person I reached out to for her favorites! She’s the designer of knitwear label Woollyboolly, which supports artisanship and economic growth in local communities, and lives in Amsterdam with her husband, Anton Corbijn, one of our favorite photographers.
Photographers Bamboo van Kampen and Arthur Groeneveld (aka Arturo + Bamboo)—who shoot some of the most cinematic Yolo magazine stories—are partners in life and work, and are based between Amsterdam and Paris.
Carmen Atiyah de Baets is the co-founder of CARMEN—a guesthouse, kitchen and shop in two adjacent canal houses in Amsterdam (that pretty much every one of these contributors had on their list!). I met her through my friend Diana Bartlett (a photographer with very good taste) who was staying there.
Ulrika Lundgren is a Swedish-born, Amsterdam-based stylist turned designer. She has incredible style and the coolest store in town; I was so honored when she asked to sell Yolo when we were just starting out. Before launching her namesake label, Rika, in 2005, Ulrika was an interior and fashion stylist for Vogue and Elle, among others.
Julia Khan Anselmo is a freelance event producer, designer, stylist and cook (and a longtime Yolo contributor), who moved to Amsterdam from Canada a few years ago. She’s the founder of the lifestyle brand LAASSO and culinary agency Feisty Feast, which celebrates and connects women through conversation and food.
Tony Kurz is a friend from New York—an American now based in Amsterdam, where he lives with his family. He’s a photographer and works in the luxury hospitality world.
Lee Clancy is a friend and veteran internet investor now based in Madrid, who lived in Amsterdam for five years. He and his wife Sarah return often to their house near the Vondelpark, where they raised their two now-teens on Chocomel, Van Stapele cookies, and visits to the kinderboerderij.