Amsterdam, beautiful city of arts and crafts

Written by Vicky on April 29, 2008 – 5:13 pm -

I’m biased, I love Amsterdam anyway but visiting again recently for our honeymoon and getting a chance to look around the shops made me realise what a crafty city it is.

Scenes from Amsterdam

Of course, there are art galleries everywhere, large and small, which could provide me with years of endless entertainment but there are also crafts, antiques and vintage shops.

Just on the street of our hotel there was a lovely little shop which sold kitsch fabrics that you wouldn’t see in shops here, then there was the patchwork shop and bead shop and on it goes.

If you love to rummage through antiques there are no end of little boutiques with lovely window displays just calling you to go in. Here’s an example of one we found on the last day…

Antique shop in Amsterdam

Chocolatier in BrusselsWe also stayed in Brussels and in my ignorance I hadn’t realised that it was known for lace making, like Nottingham. In fact Belgium used to export lace to England.

What I did know is that Belgium makes fine chocolate and beer and now having tried it I can say its definitely true. I know its not strictly craft related but here is a photo of one of the really pretty chocolatier shops in the city. Yum!

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3 Responses to “Amsterdam, beautiful city of arts and crafts”

  1. By Claire on May 1, 2008 | Reply

    Do you reckon we could organise a Stitched up trip to Amsterdam – purely for crafty purposes you understand!…

  2. By guzzisue on May 3, 2008 | Reply

    Yes please, as the groups resident lace maker I would love to go :)

  3. By Vicky on May 4, 2008 | Reply

    There’s a ferry that goes from the Norfolk coast. Do you think we could tie in a trip to the seaside too?

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