As the denim brand manager for successful local label Scotch & Soda’s Amsterdam Blauw collection, Alex Jaspers is not just a bonafide denim expert, he also knows the best places to shop, eat and stay when in the picturesque Dutch capital. Sharing his insider’s knowledge with Stylesight, here are Jasper’s absolute favorite Amsterdam spots.– Anna Jacobsen 

Houtkopersdwarsstraat 3 / 31 (0)204192525
Neighborhood: City Centre
My escape from Amsterdam mainstream shopping. Not only because of the hand-picked selection of brands, I’m always positively surprised by the nicely curated mix of labels such as Garbstore, A.P.C., Bleu de Paname, The Inoue brothers and Surface to Air, all topped off with the best Nike sneakers and wingtip Grenson footwear. Add the hidden location (tucked away behind the local vintage market) and the more than friendly and knowledgeable staff – it’s hard not to buy something at this spot.
Cornelis Schuytstraat 15 / 31 (0)206735261
Neighborhood: Oud Zuid
Located in an area known by locals as the “upscale South” but getting cooler and younger by the month, Ennu is a small gem of a boutique on Cornelis Schuystraat. Its flavor is dark, smoky and slightly weird, just like the city of Amsterdam itself. A great mix of designer labels including Undercover, Rick Owens, Comme des Garçons, Dries van Noten, Visvim and Ann Demeulemeester.
Kinkerstreet 14 / 31 (0)6166391
Neighborhood: Harleem
Amsterdam = number one bicycle city in the world! The guys behind Pristine brought the fixie to the cobbled canal streets of our capital. Here you can build your own fixed gear, or any bike you want. I’m slightly addicted to this place, as a new season equals new grip tape, tubes and saddle, please!
Zeedijk 67 / 31 (0)203301270
Neighborhood: City Center
Sneaker heaven in the red light district – here is your excuse to visit Amsterdam’s infamous tourist area. In my opinion, one of the best sneaker stores in the world.
Peperstraat 10HS / 31 (0)204210699
Neighborhood: City Centre
True kitchen rock ‘n’ roll, Gebroeders Hartering is extravagant yet Michelin worthy. Dare to eat here, it’s different, the guys are different, and your taste will be changed forever after having dined here.
Frederiksplein 6-8 / 31 (0)208451833
Neighborhood: Utrechtsestraat
Fish and lobster burgers like you’ve never had them before! Situated in an old garage in one of Amsterdam’s most happening hoods (around Utrechtsestraat). A must-visit, don’t forget to try the homemade ginger beer.
Van Baerlestraat 27 / 31 (0)205700000
Neighborhood: Oud Zuid
A great way to spend your Saturday night in Amsterdam is to go for a hotel bar cocktail stroll. Amsterdam has a couple of really great hotels within walking distance of each other, all housing excellent bars. MoMo, The Dylan, Andaz – do the whole route and finish in one of the world’s leading design hotels: The Conservatorium. If you’ve had too many cocktails you can always stay in the grand Duplex suite.




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