discover the city with green guru georgina wilson-powell
Eco-travel has had a makeover in recent years, with many sustainable luxury travel options popping up offering the glitz and glamour of traditional luxury properties with a side of sustainability. The Dutch are no strangers to green initiatives (the country is famed for being the bicycle capital of the world), and Amsterdam can be seen at the top of renowned lists naming Europe’s most sustainable cities. But, where do you start? Here are some top tips on where to find the best of eco Amsterdam.
See Amsterdam by bike
Bikes are the quickest and easiest way to get around the city, which boasts an impressive population of bicylces (over 800,000 in a city of just over 2 million). Many of these are available to hire, allowing you to hit the cycle path to Vondelpark to people watch around the lake, check out the impressive rose garden or lounge at one of the cafes. If it’s the canals you want to cruise, you can opt for the novelty of a pedal boat – this also allows you to work off the Dutch pancakes you’ll be enjoying (it's a must!). The best place to hire pedal boats is at Leidseplein.
Discover a world of ethical shopping in De Pijp and its surrounding neighbourhoods. From the edgy, funky plant shop and cafe De Wildernis to ethical fashion boutique Charlie + Mary, the narrow cobbled streets are filled to the brim of people trying to live and shop more consciously. Not only does the area provide you with the innovation and sustainability of ethical shopping, but it’s all in a quaint, picturesque Dutch setting that’ll have you snapping city shots in between perusing the green goodies available at De Pijp’s best boutiques.
For a truly delicious experience, try De Culinaire Werkplaats. It's a surprisingly inventive veggie restaurant with a canal-side terrace that allows you to enjoy a quintessential Amsterdam view. Everything is locally-sourced and organic, and you decide how much you pay. Another stellar option is the delectable dishes at Meatless District, which elevates veggie food from hippie to hip with its New York industrial vibe in the trendy Oud West. On top of these two veggie delights, the city has endless organic cafes and cold pressed juice bars, with my personal favourites being The Cold Pressed Juicery, which offers raw snacks and power shots, and Venkel Salads, which provides the most Instagram-worthy lunch possible.
Discover what makes the Dutch so effortlessly cheery with a new Sustainable Amsterdam tour, which focuses on the impressive infrastructure of the city that works hard to keep people smiling. From innovative cycling paths to access the best cultural activities, this is a quick rundown on what makes Amsterdam so special.
about the author
Georgina Wilson-Powell is the editor of pebble magazine, a stylish sustainable lifestyle magazine. She is based in London, but has a keen interest in eco travel and sustainability. For more information on all things green, head to pebble.