Co-owner of Blom & Blom
Martijn Blom opened Blom & Blom’s physical store last year along with his brother, Kamiel, making this chic lighting shop one of the newest additions to the Noord retail landscape. They create nearly everything they sell, inspired by the strong tradition of craftsmanship in the neighbourhood.
“For us, Noord is an area where a lot of things are still possible,” he says. “It’s kind of the Berlin of Amsterdam.”
According to Blom, no trip to Noord would be complete without a beer at local gem Café de Ceuvel, where you can enjoy sustainably produced food on its sun-drenched terrace. “I used to live behind it and it’s just such a cool concept,” he says.
Blom is also a fan of family-friendly Café Keppler, an unpretentious all-day Dutch affair with board games and great coffee; and nearby bakery Dolzon, which is the perfect spot to pick up some croissants and olive bread for an impromptu picnic.