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Wanderlust: Amsterdam

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Name:

Mahelia de Randamie

City:

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hats you rock:

I’m an entrepreneur (founder of The Peoples Agency) and I also work at an amazing new digital ad agency, SuperHeroes Amsterdam.

You’ve got love for your city because:

Nothing in Amsterdam is forced; it’s effortlessly cool and unique.

When it’s time to get to business in a cafe environment, you can be found:

At Café Americain inside the American Hotel. It was build in 1902. I love their art noveau interior. My most memorable meeting so far at Café Americain was with 71-year-old author Gary Goldschneider.

You’ve got the dress and the shoes ready but still need the perfect accessories to complete your look. Where can you find them?

I’ve got to admit, I’m not really into accessories but there are tons of markets such as the Albert Cuyp Market where you can buy pretty, inexpensive ones. Another favorite is the Noordermarkt.

It’s Saturday afternoon and you need a little culture in your life. Your first stop is:

Albert Cuyp market or Dappermarkt are great street markets where you can shop for clothes as well as produce. They sell both local and exotic produce as well as fresh meat and other products for great prices. Once you’re done you can go grab a bite to eat at one of the many small Surinamese restaurants such as Roopram. They have the best roti in the city.

I’d also recommend visiting de Bijlmer. This area in the Southeast section of Amsterdam is comparable to what Bed-Stuy is like in Brooklyn. Many groups of African descent live in this area, representing more than 130 nationalities. To satisfy your sweet tooth I recommend getting a freshly baked Belgian waffle at Australian with a scoop of ice cream and warm chocolate sauce!

The girls want to hang out, listen to music and order a few tasty cocktails. You’re definitely taking them to:

TOKO MC, a great new spot that recently opened in Amsterdam. Great Caribbean food, tasty cocktails, parties and live shows make this place perfect for a girl’s night out.

The best place to sit back and people watch:

Starbucks at Amsterdam Central Station. I’m there quite often for my daily chai tea fix. Hipster chicks, students and tourists hang out there. There were many times when I’ve people watched and thought ”oh this girl looks fly” and then have that girl tell me the exact same thing. I love it when women compliment each other!

Favorite date spot:

Vondelpark (similar to Central Park) is a great place to hang out in the summer.

When it’s networking time for the Fly Female Entrepreneur in Amsterdam, where does she go?

There are so many great events in the city. One of them is New Portfolio Talent Night organized by Blend Magazine. They invite various experts working in different industries to offer advice on how to get started. You can also have them take a look at your portfolio and provide feedback.

Amsterdam’s best kept secret:

The newly built Central Library, not too far from Central Station. It literally has everything! It’s a library, cafe, restaurant, multi-media cafe, museum and gallery all in one. The architecture is amazing, the atmosphere is always great and there are always many things going on such as lectures, live performances, exhibitions and more. Their children’s section is nice as well. You’ll also find a terrace on the 7th floor with an amazing view.

P.S.:

Overdose is a great site to check out to stay updated on everything fashion, culture, music and art in Amsterdam.

To keep up with Miss Mahelia’s Amsterdam adventures follow her on Twitter (@mtcsince80) or friend her on Facebook by clicking here!

As a New York City storyteller, filmmaker, digital content creator, and PR strategist, Renae Bluitt created "In Her Shoes" to empower and enlighten women committed to realizing their dreams.

7 Comments

  1. T.Hood

    January 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    I met this international delight and true fly female entrepenuer when she found me on twitter some months back. Little did I know that she would be such an inspiration to me. Her ambition and drive is contagious. She is a friend who I have yet to meet in person. But I love Amsterdam and she loves Brooklyn so I have high hopes it will happen in 2011. Keep shining Mahelia! By the way, I’m loving the interview series Renae.

  2. Mahelia

    January 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Aww Tamara.. Thank you so much! You have no idea how much I miss Brooklyn, especially since I used to be there every other month lol. We will meet very soon though. You inspire me as well and so do you, Renae!

    Keep shining, ladies!

  3. Valerie

    January 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Great post. Makes me wanna jump on a plane to Amsterdam tonight!

  4. Carla

    January 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Very Interesting.

    [Adds Amsterdam on Travel List]

  5. Joan

    January 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Lovely post about my hometown.

  6. Molaundo

    January 24, 2011 at 11:10 am

    I <3 Amsterdam

  7. Dana

    February 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Thank you for this! I just moved to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago. Even knowing nothing and no one, I already love the city. And now Mahelia’s recommendations just made my agenda for the next few days. Can’t wait to fall in love even more!

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