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Vintage Shops and Flea Markets in Amsterdam: Jordaan Quarter

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Probably one of the best neighborhoods for shopping if you go to Amsterdam, is the Jordaan neighborhood (it is a maze of small streets with a lot of attraction), it concentrates the area known as ‘ Las 9 streets ‘ ( 9 Straatjes ) where the best shops signatures multibrand (mainly European) chain Maison Scotch & Soda, vintage shops, music stores, optical design, shops gourmet (cheeses and cold cuts) and especially the markets supply to the outdoors.

Vintage stores, Fashion, and much more

To start the shopping route of the ‘9 streets’ from south to north, take as a reference the canals that delimit them ( Prinsengracht, Keizergracht, Herengracht and Singel ). It starts at Runstraat, Hudenstraat, Wijde Heisteeg , continues up towards Berenstraat, Wolvenstraat, Oude Spiegelstraat , and ends at Reestraat, Hartenstraat and Gasthuismolensteeg .


Some of the recommendations that I would make if you like Vintage stores are: Laura Dols (Wolvenstraat 7), the models she has for cocktails, her shoes and bags are ideal. It opens from Monday to Sunday until 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays,

Bij ons vintage has two locations in Amsterdam (Reestraat 13 in Jordan and Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 150) is less glamorous than Laura Dols, but the shop is worth a look, prices are average. It is open every day of the week until 18:00, except Thursday to Saturday they close at 19:00. In Zipper (Huidenstraat 7) you will also find the retro style in their sequined and lace dresses, jerseys with very original engravings, and the military-style in their shirts. Open every day of the week until 6:30 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. They have another store at Nieuwe Hoogstraat 10.

One of the most interesting multi-brand stores (there are quite a few along these 9 streets) is Van Ravenstein (on Keizerstraat with Huidenstraat), here you will find Belgian designs ( Martin Margiela, Dirk Bikkembergs, or Dries van Noten ). Open Monday to Saturday until 18:00. Don’t miss out on Stout (Berenstraat, 9) a very tasteful lingerie store (nothing to envy to Victoria’s Secret), it is open from Monday to Sunday until 6:00 p.m. If you are in love with the Scotch & Soda brand, here you will find three very close locations between them: Berenstraat 15, Wolvenstraat 14, and Huidenstraat 3-5 and another in 19, in all of them you will find clothes for boys & girls.


If you are a fan of minimalist design, make a stop at Filippa K (Wolvenstraat 6) they open every day of the week until 6:00 p.m. (they have another location on Leidsestraat 53). And above all, spend time at the ultra-modern Rika Boutique (Oude Spiegelstraat 9), with very cool proposals, both for women and children (it also sells online ). In the same building as the store, there is a hotel with the same name, with a very cozy and designer atmosphere, it hosts exhibitions by local artists (their rooms cost € 235 per night).

Finally, and within this neighborhood, if you like historical photographs of musicians and you have cash 😉 your place is Rockarchive (Prinsengracht 110). The place is not particularly big, but it has some jewels portrayed from the history of Rock that deserve to spend some time. Open Monday to Saturday until 18:00. Along ‘ Las 9 streets ‘ ( 9 Straatjes ) you will find several gourmet shops, make a stop, you will not be able to avoid it and surely you will eat buying some of their cheeses, they have dozens of varieties and you can try before buying ( recommendation without hesitation, Gouda ‘Old Amsterdam’ cheese).


Along ‘ Las 9 streets ‘ ( 9 Straatjes ) you will find several gourmet shops, make a stop, you will not be able to avoid it and surely you will eat buying some of their cheeses, they have dozens of varieties and you can try before buying ( recommendation without hesitation, Gouda ‘Old Amsterdam’ cheese).

Outdoor Food Markets

In this neighborhood are the Noordermarkt markets –open from 7:30 to 13:00 on Mondays, here you will find everything at very good prices-; Boerenmarkt –open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays-, is mainly a food and plant market; Westermarkt –open from 9:00 to 13:00 on Mondays, for those interested in clothing-; Rommelmarkt –open from 11:00 to 17:00 every day, for music and household goods collectors-; and Looier – open from 11:00 to 17:00 every day except Friday, for antiques lovers).

In the streets near the Noordermarkt market , there is G’s (Goudsbloemstraat 91) a small place for ideal brunch.

Antique Stores: Decoration

Leaving the Jordaan district and close to the Rijksmuseum (Museumstraat 1), is the antique shop F.G. Lebbing on Prinsengracht 807. If you have a good collection of cups, glasses, and cutlery in mind, this is the place. Along the Prinsengracht, you will find a good number of vintage decoration shops and art galleries. This street is ideal to walk around on weekends, it always has an atmosphere but there are no crowds.


And you cannot close a visit to the city without having passed through a Coffeeshop, the Red Light District, and browsing its many shops dedicated to sex.

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Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

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Prague is an ideal city to spend a long weekend or a long weekend, it is a city that lets you see and walk for three days, without the feeling that you have left something to see, yes, you likely want to repeat once you know her. I leave you the best places that you cannot miss if you come to this city.

Staré Město Prague

The first thing you can do is visit Old Town Square, the truth is that it is a beautiful square. Inside this square, you will find the Church of Our Lady of Týn, the Church of Saint Nicholas (there is another with the same name in Malá Strana), and the Old Town Hall.

One of the main attractions of the square is in the Old Town Hall, which is where the Astronomical Clock, the Josef Mánes Calendar, and the animated figures are located, all of which are together, and every hour on the dot the Parade of the figures in the upper windows of the Astronomical Clock.

You can go up to the Clock Tower, the price is around 60 crowns (€ 2.4) and allows you to see the views of the square and the main monuments of the city. You have to avoid rush hours since otherwise it is quite heavy and you do not enjoy the views.

Leaving the square you arrive at the Torre de la Polvora, this tower is one of the oldest in the city and frankly beautiful. If we want to leave Staré Město and pass Malá Strana, you will have to go through the Charles Bridge.

Malá Strana (Little Town)

The Charles Bridge consists of 30 statues in its 500 meters of length, from here you have really beautiful views of the Castle and the Hradčany area.

You cannot miss the Little Town Square (Malostranské náměstí), the Church of Saint Nicholas (it costs 80 crowns to enter, approximately € 3.2) is the maximum exponent of the Baroque and truly a luxury, in the afternoons/evenings they give concerts inside and the Church of Our Lady of Victory.

In good weather I recommend that you make a stop at the Island of Kampa, it is a garden with a lot of life, nearby is the Prior Mill and the John Lenon Wall. If you want to do a walking excursion, you can go up to Mount Petřín, which is where the Petřín Tower is located, it is one of the most famous viewpoints in the city.

In this area, you can make a stop for a good pizza and a beer at St. Nicholas Café in Tržiště 10, at night they have live music (it is quite common in cafes and restaurants in Prague), or also in the most known Malého Glena in Karmeliska 23, where they have typical food or the handy burgers and salads, at night it is a good place to enjoy a live jazz concert.

Nove Mesto (The New Town)

This area of ​​the city is probably less interesting from an architectural and tranquility point of view since it is like many of the great European capitals (large avenues, shopping centers, restaurants, etc.), however, it is interesting to visit it to be able to walk around the Wenceslas (measured 750m long and 60 wide).

As you walk through the square, it is curious to see the many fast food stalls that are there and the queues that are mounted. A menu of “Hot dog” with its typical sausages plus a glass of Coca-Cola, can cost 110 crowns.
Crowning the Square is the National Museum of Prague (Národní Muzeum), whose interior is frankly beautiful.

Other places of interest if you see that you go early are the State Opera, the National Theater and the Communist Museum, by the way, very small, but in it, you can see the political history of the Czech Republic of the last century (20th), this museum is located on the first floor at Na příkopě 10 street.

Jewish Quarter (Josejov)

This neighborhood can be accessed from Paris Street (Parizska), it is one of the exits that can be taken from the Old Town Square. In this street, you can find the most expensive shops in Prague (YSL, Gucci, Prada, D&G, etc), but what is really interesting about this street is its architecture, and you can only enjoy it if you look up.

The interest of this neighborhood is through the different synagogues ( there are a total of 6: Maisel SynagogueSpanish Synagogue, Old-New SynagogueKlausen SynagogueSigoga High, and Pinkas Synagogue ) and the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague. Through this tour (no more than three hours, as long as you don’t stop at each of the panels with their descriptions) you can learn how a Jewish community functioned.

Undoubtedly, during the tour, the most impressive thing is the Old Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue, whose decoration is Moorish, and the exhibition is centered on manuscripts, posters, and photographs about Jews in the last decades.

As a general rule, people will buy tickets at the box office that is next to the Old Cemetery, I recommend that if there is a long queue, don’t waste time and buy tickets at any of the synagogues in the neighborhood.

Shopping

Walking through the city you will realize that the stores are very focused on tourists, with which the prices are even more expensive than here in Spain, but even with all that, it is worth making the following stops:

If you like vintage , visit the Malostranské Starozitnictví antique shop at Nerudova 51 (Malá Strana). You can find real silver jewelry ( brooches, rings, earrings, necklaces, and countless antiques) from the 19th and 20th centuries at very affordable prices (for example a 19th-century silver brooch can cost up to € 25), the owner and Your child can speak English perfectly.

You can also find vintage clothing stores in Vladislavova at number 17, you have to enter an interior square, and here is Quasimodo Vintage Fashion. It is a small store with very affordable prices that can vary from € 30 to € 50 to change for a dress.

Shops in  Prague

Other interesting addresses are Retro and Vintage Clothes at Michalska 18,  Art Deco Galerie at Michaska 21,  Bric a Brac at Týnská 7 or  Phase 2 Boutique at Tržiště 8. Almost all of them have signature clothing at affordable prices.

Prague: Monuments and Shopping Route

Finally, visit the Leeda fashion store in Bartolomejská 1, it has some very fun and quite colorful proposals, according to its website, it tries to reflect contemporary design, architecture, music, and cinema, and the truth is that it does not they are wrong.

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Budapest: Route of Bars, Brunch, Cafes and Ruin Pubs

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Whether you are looking at what to do in Budapest or if you already have it very clear, do not miss out on enjoying a beer, brunch, or cake in the following places, they are mythical of this incredible city. Some of them are far apart, but you can enjoy them throughout the day on the following route.

Csendes Vintage Bar & Café ( Budapest, Ferenczy István u. 5, 1053 Hungary ). District V

This bar is perfect for a stopover if you are going to drop into the most famous shopping street in the city,  Váci Utca (along with the ornamental Andrassy Avenue ). You can enjoy a very quiet environment, surrounded by the most curious gadgets you can imagine or utensils that have passed away (for example, a bathtub split in half that acts as an armchair). It is not expensive to eat or have a beer, as a reference, these are the prices that are managed: the pint of beer is at € 2 (624 Ft), a salad € 4.5 (1490 Ft) or a plate of pasta € 5 (1590 Ft).

You can get there by metro, the stop is M3 Ferenciek here (it is a 4-minute walk from  Centrál Kávéház ). It is open from Monday to Sunday. From Monday to Romans 10:00 to 2:00  am the Saturday and Sunday from 14:00 to 2:00 PM.

Centrál Kávéház (Budapest, Károlyi utca 9, 1053 Hungary). District V

An alternative to the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café is this legendary cafe-style art nouveau marble tables, which are open from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 to 23:00. You can enjoy their desserts for € 2-€ 3 (recommended the Sacher cake  ), breakfasts for € 9 (2950 Ft), their à la carte menus for € 8 (2190 Ft). It is full of tourists, but the atmosphere is very relaxed and you will be surrounded by photographs of Hungarian writers and poets.

You can get here by metro, the stop is the M3 Ferenciek there (as is the  Csendes Vintage Bar & Café). It is a very good alternative to get out of the tourist bustle of Váci street.

Szimpla Kert (Budapest, Kazinczy u. 14, 1075 Hungary). District V

Almost certainly have never been to a place like this, the entrance and says it all, are known as pubs in ruins (Ruin bar, ruin pubs ) is in the city, it is considered one of the most important ( together with the Púder ), you can come to just have a beer (pints cost 619 Ft, € 2 change), eat (the average price of a salad is € 4.50 or a main dish for € 5 change) or enjoy their concerts live (you can see their programming here ). The place itself is very curious, it is full of rooms (it even has a souvenir shop ) and vintage decoration. It opens every day of the week, but most interestingly, it closes at 4:00 AM and on Sundays at 5:00 AM.

You can get here by metro, the closest stop is the M2 Astoria. Other Ruin Pubs in Budapest that you can put on your list to visit can be found here.

Gundel (Budapest, Gundel Károly út 4, 1146 Hungary). District XIV

You cannot leave the city without trying Sunday brunch in this place with a certain ancestry for Aquincenses (or Budapians). This brunch is a buffet with a great representation of Hungarian cuisine, based on cold meats, consommés (mainly pumpkin and duck), salads, meats, and a very careful selection of desserts. It is open on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and it will cost you € 30 per person.

The quality and care with which they prepare each of the dishes are well worth a visit. You can book online and you will receive the confirmation of the reservation in the mail.

You can get here on foot (it’s 30 minutes as a reference from the Sofitel hotel). The M1 metro line Hősök Tere stop or by bus also H paradasök Tere stop (with the name of the large square that will be impossible not to see). It is within what is known as City Park, a wooded area with the Vajdahunyad castle very close.

After brunch, you can take the opportunity to visit the Kunsthalle  (contemporary art collection) and Szépművészeti (Fine Arts, closed until February 16, 2016, for renovation) museums, as well as the impressive Hősök Tere square, take an incredible walk through the City Park gardens, and if the weather is nice, go to the Széchenyi baths (Állatkerti art. 9-11).

From here, I recommend that you go down to the center again along Avenida Andrássy út, but this time, walking (it is lined with very well-preserved palaces, many of them are used as embassies), visit the Opera (in Andrássy út 22, has toured for tourists for € 12 to change), or something more alternative, stop by the Miniversum museum   (Andrássy út 12) of scale models at 1: 100 with the representation of the main places of Budapest and Hungary, Austria and Germany.

It is made in such a way that you can interact with the model (you can direct traffic on some streets) and with interactive screens.

If you come with children, it is a great plan. It has very long hours during the week, including weekends, and its prices for adults are 2400 Ft – € 7.75 to change.

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Xochimilco Mágico and its Trajineras

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Xochimilco Mágico

Probably going to the channels of Xochimilco Mágico if you are in Mexico DF is an option that you should not miss to be able to enjoy the music of the mariachis, the festive atmosphere, and the ride on a trajineraXochimilco  (area formed by canals and chinampas ) have been declared a World Heritage Site (1987).

Xochimilco Mágico

These canals are to the south of the city and you can get there by public transport, take the subway at the Taxqueña station (a light train leaves from here) to the Embarcadero stop, once here, ask the residents of the area for what They tell you how to get to the trajineras. The main piers are Nativitas and Cuernanco.

Renting a trajinera to tour the canals is the next step you will have to take. At the pier, you will have to negotiate the price and the route (as a general rule, the price is for the barge not for the number of people, they are rented by the hour, including their ‘skipper’, it is advisable to negotiate well).

These barges are unmistakable, strikingly decorated with (women’s) names and large typefaces.

Xochimilco Mágico

Renting a trajinera

During the tour of the canals, you can rent groups of mariachis to get on your boat or play alongside yours. You can bring your own supplies, but it is much more fun to buy from the street vendors that plow through the canals in their barges.

It is mandatory to drink a  Michelada  (try the one made with beer, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, Maggi or soy), TequilaEnchiladas Tacos Quesadillas Tlacoyos (they are thick oval and long tortillas, prepared with masa corn and stuffed with various ingredients), the ears of corn and the Elotes (or corn), everything is cooked at the moment.

To make the ‘technical stops’, on the banks of the canals there are several embarcadores with public toilets (all cost 10 pesos).

Enchiladas

Island of the Dolls

During the tour, remind the ‘patron’ of the Trajinera to pass you by the Island of the Dolls, this chinampa has been decorated by Julián Santa Ana Barrera (the person in charge for years of collecting the dolls that decorate the island) to doll base collected from landfills with the aim of ” scare away the fright “, they are hanging from trees and houses, and of course they do not leave you indifferent, it is quite gloomy and with a macabre atmosphere.

Island of the Dolls

Xochimilco Mágico is an ideal place to go on weekends , although it is also the time where you will see more people, but above all, the most fun is to see the revelry that is in other trajineras , whether they are led by families, bachelorette parties or tourists. .

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