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East, west, home is best… Here’s my favourite haunts in my beloved Stokey.

1) Nook

Covetable cookware and home accessories. Reader, I succumbed to the tea towel. I just couldn’t stop myself.

2) Abney Park Cemetery

Not as spooky as it sounds, this gorgeous nature reserve is a little green haven where the city and traffic fades into the distance and all around is green.

3) N16 flowers

Plants and cut flowers galore, run by a lovely lady who always says hello as I pass by. We buy our Christmas tree here every year, and Mr LoveRichCashPoor proposed by the Christmas tree!

4) Meat N16

Upmarket butcher run by former meat buyer at Harvey Nichols. Okay, so LoveRichCashPoor has only bought bacon and posh ketchup from here, it being slightly beyond our budget – but it was the best bacon sandwich of our lives.

5) Homage interiors

Stunning home accessories and designer fabrics.

6) Homa

When we first moved here, this stunning townhouse was a grimy bar and pizzeria. The owners of Homa have transformed it beyond recognition, the interior is to die for and the food is fabulous.

7) Stoke Newington Green Fruit & Vegetables

I used to have to cycle down to Newington Green to visit this superlative grocer. Now we have our very own branch. It sells everything fruit and veg under the sun, and is extremely reasonably priced.

8) Cobbled Yard

Antiques, curios and vintage furniture – we’ve picked up some gems from here: an old chest, we use as a coffee table, my bedside console and some old printing blocks I have hanging in the hallway. I now have my eye firmly on a Chesterfield.

9) Search and Rescue

It’s as if someone has delved into my mind and created a shop from what they found, there’s gorgeous stationary, lovely kitchenware (I really, really want the porcelain measuring cups and spoons I saw in there yesterday) and all sorts of cool bits and pieces.

10) Rasa

South Indian vegetarian curries and delectable dosas. Mmmmh!

I’ve just realised that restricting myself to 10 just isn’t feasible, to be continued…

The best things in life are free: wisteria and townhouses in Amsterdam

The best things in life are free: wisteria and townhouses in Amsterdam

There’s so much I love about Amsterdam. The wisteria that winds up the facades of 17th-century canalhouses. The townhouses themselves—especially their big windows, which allow for some serious rubbernecking. The food, the people, the sunshine (not guaranteed, you understand)… I could go on. Instead, below are my very favourite spots—most of which, you won’t find in the guide book.

1) De Weldaad 

A treasure trove of vintage-style furniture and accessories. If I could move in, I would.

Noordermarkt 35-36, Jordaan, Amsterdam 

De Weldaad, Noordemarkt

If I could move in, I would: De Weldaad, Noordemarkt

Fenan Klein Afrika Amsterdam top 10

Fenan Klein Afrika

    2) Fenan Klein Afrika

Cosy, relaxed and utterly delicious. The aroma of zegni bubbling on
the stove will taunt you from the minute you walk in the door. Injera
piled high with Eritrean classics are served on a shared platter, no
cutlery allowed.

   Jan Pieter Heijestraat 147, Oud West, Amsterdam

3) Cafe George

Cafe George on Liedsegracht Amsterdam

This café literally has my name on it. Cafe George, Liedsegracht, Amsterdam

The perfect brunch spot: all-day eggs, delightful coffee and an industrial-meets-bistro interior to die for (I especially love the name!)

Leidsegracht 87, Southern Canal Belt, Amsterdam

LoveRichCashPoor in Amsterdam — Cafe George

The red carpet treatment reaches a whole new level: Cafe George, Liedsegracht, Amsterdam

4) De Kaaskamer

Every cheese under the sun and more: try the local Gouda on its own, or infused with truffle or cumin.

Runstraat 7, 9 Straatjes, Amsterdam

5) Cafe Gollem

Dutch bar snacks, Belgian beers galore—what’s not to love? Ideal for an aperitif.

Overtoom 160-162, Musuem Quarter, Amsterdam

6) JL 76

Cute, quirky and luxurious but not too pretentious, this boutique hotel has the comfiest beds ever—ask for a room with a jacuzzi bath!

Jan Luijkenstraat 76, Musuem Quarter, Amsterdam

7) Momo

The Nobu of Amsterdam. Seriously chic (if expensive) restaurant, bar and lounge for sushi lovers.

Hobbemastraat , Musuem Quarter, Amsterdam

8) World Press Photo

A fascinating exhibition of photojournalism from the past year—ideal for Amsterdam veterans who have ‘done’ the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Huis and Van Gogh Museum (not to suggest that any of the aforementioned are one-time wonders, of course).

Oude Kerk, The Old Centre, Amsterdam

9) Vondel park

..although strictly in broad daylight; at night, I understand it’s an altogether different place. When I went, there were meadows lined with lacy fronds of cow parsley, lakes and paths begging to be explored, with cafes dotted conveniently throughout. Bliss. Pick up a bagel from Bagels & Beans and enjoy it at leisure.

Entrance on 1e Constantijn Huygenstraat, Museum Quarter, Amsterdam

10) Pazzi italian slow food

For a takeout with a difference, head to slow-food joint Pazzi for wood-fired pizzas made with the finest ingredients.

1e Looiersdwarsstraat 4, Southern Canal Belt, Amsterdam

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