Five reasons to visit Oud-West, Amsterdam (from a content creator and entrepreneur)

Content creator and entrepreneur Rachel Laurey gives us five great reasons to visit Oud-West, Amsterdam after Covid-19. Read on for her favorite spots to eat, drink, stay, and shop.

We started Safara because we love to travel. We love that it opens our minds to new people, cultures, and ideas. It builds human connection. It sparks creativity and it fuels the global economy. We live and breathe this –  we’re a global, remote team with a unified goal: to make travel easier, more efficient, and barrier-free. 

During this crazy time, that human connection we mentioned is a little compromised, right? While we all stay put, we want to be your window to the world, bringing you stories and inspiration from our global community of tastemakers. Our Insiders, who are also stuck at home and pining for their usual local haunts, have been thrilled to share reasons to add their neighborhood to your post-Covid travel plans. We’re going for the gold re: global coverage, and hope that you’ll find some new locals to try ASAP post-lockdown, too. 

Next up in our ‘Five Reasons’ series is Rebecca Laurey. Based between New York City and Amsterdam, she shares beautiful snippets of her life, style, and new motherhood with her 185k+ followers on Instagram. She’s an awesome content creator in her own right, but has also collaborated with brands such as Hermes and Armani as a social media and brand consultant, digital influencer, guest designer, and ambassador. It’s fair to say she stays busy!

Like Rebecca, we’re armchair traveling a lot these days, and planning for the future. We’re taking this time to build out our bucket lists, not just because it’s fun, but because it helps the industry we all love. By following and engaging with unique and local hotels, small businesses, and restaurants, we can collectively give them much-needed hope and encouragement during this strange and abnormally difficult time. 

Read on to travel (virtually) with Rebecca to the best spots in Oud-West, Amsterdam…

NameRebecca Laurey

Where you live: Oud-West, Amsterdam

Where you’re from: Leiden, it’s like a miniature Amsterdam, 30 minutes away.

What you do: I am a content creator and entrepreneur working on an exciting start-up (more to share soon!)

Follow Rachel on Instagram here and learn more about her here.

Five reasons to visit Oud-West, Amsterdam

The Food: Levain et le Vin has the best cinnamon buns in town. Fijnkost is on my street, it’s so underrated–  it’s the cutest neighborhood restaurant with the yummiest food.

The hotel: The Pillows Hotel is so cozy and chic!

The store: I love the Gekaapt concept store, I usually pop in once a week or so to see what’s new. Their kid’s store is pretty fun too!

The thing to do: The Vondelpark has an entrance at the end of my street. It’s the greatest luxury – especially when you don’t have an outside area of your own. It feels like my really big backyard… that I happen to share with other people! I go there every day and plan to do a lot of picnics there when this is all over.

The culture: The Kahmann Gallery is not actually in my neighborhood, but so good. Also, visit the Stedelijk Museum –  my favorite museum in Amsterdam.

Read more from our Five Reasons series here.

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