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The world is battling the deadly coronavirus. Apart from the heart-breaking loss of life & suffering, one of the saddest things about this pandemic is the uncertainty that hovers over us all, in Amsterdam & abroad. Many of our favourite spots from our book are struggling to survive. The economic impact of the Coronavirus on the hospitality sector is devastating. But even in the middle of the country’s worst economic & social crisis for generations, the city’s hospitality sector has shown incredible flexibility & creativity – many places have switched to delivery & takeout for those observing social distancing or in isolation at home or have transformed into shops.

Obviously, none of these emergency measures are a substitute for being fully booked & sold out day after day or a proper package of small-business support from the government – but every little helps. The situation is changing rapidly, but we’ve put together a list of what some of our favourite spots in Amsterdam are doing right now. In these difficult times, it’s important to support the wonderful businesses that make our city so lovely. 

How can we support our local cafés, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops & cultural institutions? Let's get started.

Buy a voucher!

For entrepreneurs struggling with cash flow, getting some money up-front is a lifeline. Many places are selling vouchers that can be redeemed at any time (& often with a little bonus). 101 Gowrie is offering vouchers with a choice of number of courses. 4850 has vouchers from €15 that can be used for coffee, buns or a full dinner. Our favourite flower shop A.P Bloem has a gift voucher that's a perfect way to brighten a friend in isolation's day. Make someone happy with a gift voucher from Alex + Pinard. Support legendary restaurants BAK & Bambino by purchasing a gift voucher; thank us later. BREDA also offers vouchers for customisable amounts. For only €85, you can get a voucher for a 3-course meal for two at Café Modern. Buy a voucher for the city's greenest culinary oasis De Kas, or treat yourself to a voucher from vegetable-focused Entrepot.

Pick up for takeout or shop safely!

If you can do so safely & without putting anyone at risk, some of our favourite Amsterdam spots are offering takeout - if you’re within cycling or walking distance of any of these spots, you’re in luck. Just be sure to maintain an appropriate distance, observe rules on number of patrons in shop & use pin as much as possible. Respect each other; support each other.

If you're hungry, try: 4850Bouchon du CentreCafé Binnenvisser, Café CaronChouxFoodware, FC HyenaFromagerie KefGartineGebroeders HarteringHoltkampKaagman & Kortekaaslevain et le vinLindenhoffNoordermarktRIJKSMagnaniVinnies, Toscanini or Winkel 43.

If you're thirsty, try: Bocca CoffeeCoffee DistrictGlandorf & ThijsGlou Gloulevain et le vinRum Baba or Vleck Wijnen.

If you need a little retail therapy, try: AtheneaumA.P BloemAzzurro DueConcertoCOTTONCAKEInez StodelKhastoLyppensMOISEPompon or Tenue de Nimes.

Have it delivered!

Between Deliveroo, Uber Eats & in-house delivery services, some of our favourite spots in Amsterdam are making it possible to indulge in the comfort of your own home. Some spots are delivering things ready to go, while others require a little bit of effort from you so make sure you check it out thoroughly before you order.

Want to have something delicious? Try: Lindenhoff, LOT 61OeufPublic SpaceRijselScheepskameel or The Cold Pressed Juicery.

Want to have something delightful? Try: Ace & TateArchive StoreCasa GitaneGray Label or Skins Cosmetics.