Category Archives: Europe

The Butcher

If you haven’t noticed yet, the someonetoldus-bloggers are quite fond of a good hamburger every now and then. That’s why when The Butcher first opened it’s doors in Amsterdam’s cosy  The Pijp area, we were one of the first to take a peek. High quality burgers (Aberdeen Angus Beef) are being cooked and served at the front area of the house. It’s a place to go for snack before going out (or even better: after having had too many drinks). But… when you walk all the way to the back of the place, there’s a big door that looks like it leads into a refrigerator or storage area. Guess again. Making a reservation through your special connections in Amsterdam might open this big secret door for you to see what’s behind it. How? We’re not going to tell.

The Butcher

 

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Basilic Burger

If you’re thinking that sipping a cocktail at Saint Tropez’s most famous terrace Senequier is a tad too eccentric, a Basilic Burger will more than likely hit the spot. Walk away from the harbor into the little streets and alleys and look for a tiny little restaurant that astounds you with it’s charm. Truthfully, the little alleys around Place des Lices are all packed with charming restaurants and cafe’s, but if you stumble upon a yellow facade with chalk board menus on the wall, this will most likely be Basilic Burger. It is located on a tiny square called Place des Remparts. House specialty: burgers. Recommended: their Basilic Burger, a burger topped off with fresh mozzarella, tomato and basil. The fries arrive in a cute mini frying basket. Order a fine boteille de vin blanc to accompany this delicious meal. Who needs big 10 million dollar yachts to look at and 18 euro cocktails to sip from when you have this fantastic little burger bar just around the corner?

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Hotel Modez

Coming soon: the grand opening of Hotel Modez in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Arnhem is Holland’s Milan. In other words: the fashion city of this tiny little country by the sea. Hotel Modez will be the first fashion hotel to open in Arnhem. With each room designed and decorated by another Dutch fashion designer, this hotel will be one unique piece of work. As from September 14th they will welcome guests, but you can already book your room online. What’s really cool is the room decorated by fashion house Spijkers&Spijkers. A dress from their summer collection is displayed on the wall and there will be a mobile system showing the patterns. This way, guests of the room can see how a dress like that is actually made. How cool. Famous fashion illustrator Piet Paris is responsible for the concept and art direction of the hotel. Paris has been working for magazines and corporate clients all over the world for more than 20 years now and can almost be determined as a fashion icon. Can this get any better? We have high expectations for this hotel. Can’t wait!

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La Gallina Bianca

If you’re a business or company located in the area of Rome Termini Station you’ll probably already get your lunch at La Gallina Bianca sometimes. For those who do not, it’s worth the visit. The fact that the place is packed with locals every day tells a lot. The restaurant is famous for its amazing pizza’s, pasta’s and meat dishes. Not to mention its ideal location in central Rome. Don’t go there to be amazed by the interior design and trendy cocktails on the menu. This is not some new, hip hotspot or ‘place to be’. Just go for a good Italian meal, nice glass of wine, friendly staff and you won’t be disappointed.

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Da Francesco

We hate to use the term, but Da Francesco is really a ‘must-visit’ when in Rome. The place has no www and the tourists aren’t aware. It’s packed every night, but it’s mostly locals. This fine Italian restaurant is situated at the tiny square Piazza del Fico, only a minute walk away from crowded Piazza Navona. Therefore a true ‘hidden gem’ (jeez, another of these cliche travel terms). Why go here? Well, first and foremost because of the divine Italian food on the menu. And no, being in Rome doesn’t mean you’ll be served the best pasta’s and pizza’s around every corner. Truthfully, it’s actually quite challenging to find a restaurant with friendly staff and good Italian food that isn’t overprized. Da Francesco serves amazing Italian food, is reasonably prized and the staff is having fun and laughing all evening while working extremely hard. Yes, they will even just look you into your eyes while they’re taking your order. No grumpy waiters (sick of all the tourists) at this place! Tried and recommended: spaghetti carbonara.

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Stegeborg

For years and years the Mediterranean (France, Spain and Italy) seemed to be the most popular holiday destination for the people in Europe. But slowly there seem to be more and more travelers choosing the northern part of Europe instead of the ‘usual southern Europe’. It is actually becoming quite the popular holiday destination nowadays. More and more people seem to discover the beauty, peace and quiet Scandinavia has to offer. Here’s our advice: visit the region south of Stockholm in Sweden (Söderköping, Valdemarsvik and Norrköping). In Sweden you’ll find a mixture of nature, lakes, seas and old medieval villages, hence: all the ingredients to enjoy a totally different holiday break. A very good meal will be served at Stegeborg, a restaurant and hotel situated by an old ruin (where the most powerful royal families used to meet each other during the medieval ages). You can sit at a candle lit table right by the water: the place is magical when the sun sets. Don’t worry about the cold, we know it’s no St. Tropez, but they do have nice soft blankets to keep you warm when the temperature drops. Of course you should order the typical Scandinavian food: deer. At Stegeborg they know how to prepare one!

 

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Hotel Teatro Pace

Swimming pools, spa’s and ultra luxurious penthouses are not supposed to be your first concern when hitting the city of Rome for the weekend. If not mistaking, you will be indulging yourself with fine wining and dining, espresso sipping and of course loads of culture and history. So what’s most important is an ideally centrally located hotel, that has fresh linen on the beds, a clean shower and a good breakfast (not the greasy muffin they try to get away with at most of southern European hotels). Here’s your best bet: Hotel Teatro Pace. The interior is nothing but modern. But hey, who wants modern when visiting one of the most historical cities in the world? The warm woods and romantic details in the rooms are cosy but stylish at the same time. The hotel is situated around the corner of Rome’s cosiest square Piazza Navona. Of course Rome has a lot more to offer when it comes to good locations. To be honest: almost every location in the city centre of Rome is a great location. But the area around Piazza Navona just has a special charme that makes you smile every time you set foot out the door. Just walk around enjoying Italian gelati and wine and forget about the 21st century for a while.

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The Harbour Club

Rumor has it the Harbour Club is going to be Amsterdam’s place-to-be for the summer of 2012. Despite it’s less than central location in the East part of Amsterdam (Zeeburg) this new hotspot might still be worth while paying a visit. Why? A. Because the East area is starting to grow out into a trendy part of town full of good restaurants and bars, and honestly: this place is unlike anything else Amsterdam has to offer. B. The Harbour Club has an enormous terrace right by the water, including beautiful loungy sofa’s and chairs. C. It’s a restaurant, cocktail bar and night club all-in-one. And D. Because every now and then there’s a DJ playing music in the restroom area. That’s a first.

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20up

The second-largest city in Germany, Hamburg, appears to be a great city-trip destination year-round. Thought you’d end up in a grubby city, full of concrete, industry and air pollution? Guess again. Hamburg is more of a ‘green city’ than one might think. Full of city parks, charming old buildings and villa’s… and of course the big Alster lake, Hamburg is actually quite chique. A perfect hang out for a Friday night cocktail (or any other night for that matter) is the 20up sky bar in the Riverside Hotel. On the 20th floor of this hotel, 90 meters above the roofs of Hamburg, the bar gives you an unforgettable view of the Elbe, the harbour and the city itself. Floor-to-ceiling windows (7 meters high!) and a cocktail menu the size of a phone book will make you stay up very late. Booking a room at the Riverside Hotel might not be a bad idea.

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La Gree des Landes

The French region Brittany is more of a top10 destination than you might think. Not only the coastal area with it’s magnificent panoramic views, but also the inlands offer great spots for a weekend get-away. One of our favorites: La Gree des Landes, a unique eco-spa hotel like you’ve never seen before. This spa, built and developed by the Yves Rocher group, is ecological in every single way. Not only do they cook with biologically grown fruits and vegetables, they have eco wooden beds and eco paint on the wall. The spa works with Yves Rocher’s wonderful, ecological products. Perfect for a de-stressing break over the weekend. Had enough of the massages and hammam treatments? The area of La Gacilly (mr. Yves Rocher’s place of birth) is great for long walks in nature or great luncheons at the local restaurants, serving Brittany’s specialties. (Try the crepes and cider: delicieux.)

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