Entrepreneur and founder of Hotel Vrijmibo and the Hotel Leaders Network, Jacob de Graaff, gives us an inside look at his Amsterdam ...
Where do you live / describe your neighbourhood?
I live in Amsterdam, in the Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood.
What do you do on a Sunday afternoon in Amsterdam?
I like to find a (new) spot to have a drink with friends after the gym, or on rainy days, get inspired and watch a great movie.
What do you love most about the city and people?
Amsterdam is a small, elegant village where I can ride my bicylce to every great spot. This cosy city allows me to easily meet friends in a bar for a little drink… and the way it's done here is unique. The people are fun and inspiring!
Best way to relax?
After a good workout, visit a spa, then have a great dinner somewhere on the canals.
Favourite cocktail bar?
There are several great cocktail bars but new in town is The Tailor and the W Hotel.
Favourite restaurant, café?
Restaurant Red, Café George and Café-Restaurant Amsterdam.
Best places to shop?
Online is the best but I also love the Negen Straatjes.
Describe your own personal style?
Elegant, charming, a bit sporty and homely.
Top 5 things you recommend to do in Amsterdam?
1: Boating through the canals
2: Visit the Negen Straatjes
3: Just join the locals and have a Friday afternoon drink with bitterballen
4: Visit the The Rijksmuseum
5: Go to one of the great escape rooms the city has to offer
And do not forget to bring your bike!
Recommend something off the beaten track / lesser known that tourists don’t know …
Have dinner at Vuurtoreneiland and get picked up by a boat.