Amsterdam is growing up. Whereas the city used live in the centre, small bars and local initiatives are opening up in the various areas of Amsterdam. Every part (East, Baarsjes, West, Indische Buurt, Oud-Zuid) now all have their own local bar, café or restaurant.
Just around the corner from my house is the newly opened Rue de Sèvres, a French-Dutch inspired café, focusing on breakfast, lunch and drinks with a French snack. Located between a supermarket, a local pet store, many kebab shops and some other chains, Rue de Sèvres might give the start signal to a competition of shops alike.
There is a shift in what people need in Amsterdam. More and more freelancers, work at home mums and dads and people working different shifts, spots offering an all-day menu in a living room environment have become the next offices. And this is how I use these spots myself. On days where I decide to work from home or when I plan a meeting, Rue de Sèvres has become a spot I go to. It’s the French that has gotten my attention and their execution of blending the two countries together.
Having breakfast with French toast or having lunch with a good wine and a platter of French cheeses, the idea of a spot like this, around the corner from my house is new to me. It’s a concept I’d like to see more of.