Hide out in Amsterdam at a hotel suite that’s hidden behind a bookcase

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 12 August 2015

Love books and privacy? Amsterdam’s Hotel Not Hotel is probably a dream for you. This very funky hotel is known for its quirky hotel rooms, but one – the Bookcase Room – is set apart for its over-the-top quirkiness. You see, this hotel suite is located behind a bookcase and unless you know about this secret room, you’d be none the wiser that a person was sleeping just feet away from you in the hotel library.

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Kids cook and serve up meals at this ridiculously cute cafe in The Netherlands

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 7 August 2015

If you’ve ever been served up ‘food’ by kids, you’ll probably cringe at the thought of sitting down to a meal at Kinderkookkafe in Amsterdam. Soggy sandwiches filled with jelly and cheese just isn’t appetizing at all. But since 2004, kids of all ages have been running this cafe with only a little bit of help from adults.

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Love to get cozy? Stay in a teeny weeny caravan hostel in The Netherlands

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 7 August 2015

If you don’t mind getting cozy with your travel buddies at night, Lucky Lake Hostel offers you a once-in-a-lifetime stay while travelling through The Netherlands.

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Here’s a look at what drugs get flushed the most throughout Europe

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Wednesday 10 June 2015

London, we’re onto you. Same goes for you, Amsterdam, Oslo and Antwerp. A sewer study has just measured which cities across the world dump the most drugs down the toilet, and Vocativ has mapped it all out for us. 

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KLM and Heineken gave 10 lucky people an epic non-stop party in Amsterdam!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Thursday 21 May 2015

If you ordered a Heineken recently, you might’ve been rewarded – not only with an iced cold beer but a trip to Amsterdam via KLM! As part of an incredible experience, both Dutch companies joined forces to celebrate King’s Day, (Koningsdag) which sees the city of Amsterdam come alive (more alive than usual!) with festivities on every street.

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A 17th century ghost ship sailed into Amsterdam with chillingly great effect

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By Kenny Ong in New Events on Saturday 27 December 2014

For the Amsterdam Light Festival this year, a ghostly ship apparition appeared on the city’s waters with tremendous effect. Installed by Romania-based architecture collective visualSKIN, the three-dimensional 17th century ‘Ghost Ship’, as it is called, was conjured up using two intersecting images projected onto perpendicular curtains of water that allows it to be appreciated from […]

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Grab a new perspective of the city by hanging out inside an enormous eye

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 15 October 2014

If you find yourself in The Netherlands anytime soon, you might want to make your way to the southern city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Here’s where you’ll find an astonishing art installation of five giant eyes taking over the city until early November. Created by Pascal Leboucq and directed by Lucas De Man, EYE offers an audio-visual theatrical […]

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Gents, looking for GQ-style shoes? Head to Amsterdam, of course

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By Nicole Hughes in New Fashion on Monday 13 October 2014

Amsterdam Shoe Collection is stepping it up this Winter (pun intended). Their high-end, GQ-esque style will have you looking dapper and feeling confident. So, what’s in store?

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A bookstore inside a cathedral? Oh, Amsterdam

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By Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Monday 30 September 2013

Go inside the Broerenkerk, a famous Gothic cathedral in Zwolle, Amsterdam, and you will be in for a surprise. Alongside the cathedral’s elegant interiors, is a modern-day bookstore called Waanders In de Broeren.

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Brilliant marketing for budget hotel, Hans Brinker

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It claims to have been ‘proudly disappointing travellers for 40 years’ — or so goes the refreshingly straight-talking marketing spew of Hans Brinker, a budget hotel in Amsterdam. We can’t recall the last time we’ve wanted so badly to stay in a terrible room with ‘levels of comfort comparable to a minumum-security prison’ and ‘doors […]

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Solo-dining restaurant ensures you can only get a table for one

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By Low Lai Chow in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 16 July 2013

Now this is a business we’d support: an entire restaurant with tables that accommodate no more than one person each. Unfortunately, Eenmaal opened in Bos en Lommer, Amsterdam for all of two days last week and is now closed. Yep, social designer and initiator Marina van Goor, who wanted to address the social taboo of […]

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Amsterdam’s Pitch Festival 2013: electronic, witch-hop, experimental, music

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By Kirsten Sibbles in New Events on Friday 28 June 2013

Groot-Mokum is famous for its beautiful canals, bicycle riding, art world, and, of course, other unmentionable things. It is not renowned for its electronic music as such, which is usually reserved for mega cities such as Berlin, London, New York or the shore lines of Croatia and Ibiza. Nonetheless, Amsterdam has been known to embrace the out of the norm with grace.

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Rembrandt Van Gogh: are they the same person?

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By Roberto Voorbij in New Art on Friday 17 May 2013

Rembrandt van Gogh or Vincent van Rijn is the theme of this collage by Amsterdam graphic designer Jeroen Huijbregts. This perfect symbiosis of Van Rijn and Van Gogh goes beyond just a physical analogy. Vincent van Gogh adored Rembrandt. For that matter, it’s certainly possible that this specific portrait of Rembrandt served as an inspiration for Van Gogh.

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Ask 13-year-old Mariah for a custom illustration

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By Annie Churdar in New Illustration on Thursday 4 April 2013

This 13-year-old illustration wizard makes custom art upon request. Just drop her a line with all the details and she’ll come up with something clever and quirky. What better way to say ‘Happy Birthday’ than with a custom ordered card or portrait? Plus, you can feel good about supporting this young Amsterdam dweller: she started her […]

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Bad neighbors in Amsterdam sent off to live in a container

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By Eugenia Viti in New Trends on Thursday 20 December 2012

We’ve all had them (and if you haven’t, then you probably are one): those neighbors that really suck. Well, the Netherlands won’t stand for it, and government officials in Amsterdam are planning on sending those bad neighbors to live in container. That’s right, a container. The containers will be located on the outskirts of Amsterdam […]

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