“In Paris, people care a lot about the quality of food. In Amsterdam the price or quantity of food is sometimes more important. But it seems to be changing. Amsterdammers care more and more about good ingredients and are happy to pay a bit more for high quality food or drinks. That’s why I opened my patisserie here last year. I want to introduce Amsterdammers to the art of French pastry making. ” Parisian Audrey Krief is the owner of ‘My Little Patisserie’ in De Pijp. ‘My Little Patisserie’ is a small café with the best éclairs I have ever tasted. Audrey learned to make patisserie in the French capital and now cycles every day on her VanMoof bike to her own cafe to make these little delights for Dutchies. We asked her to be our Cyclist of the Month.
Paris in Amsterdam
When you enter My Little Patisserie, you feel like being in Paris. French magazines, a map of Paris on the wall and often you hear people speaking French. Audrey: “It’s nice how many customers start speaking French to me. Almost all Dutch people learned it at high school and here in this little French place, they like to practice. Often my conversations go from French to English to Dutch without us even noticing that we spoke so many different languages.”
“I started my career in the movie industry. I worked for 4 years in Australia and New Zealand. When I came back to Paris, I wanted to learn something new. I wanted to make something instead of sitting behind my computer.” That’s why Audrey decided to learn the art of patisserie making at the Ecole de Boulangerie et de Pâtisserie de Paris. After that she worked in a famous Parisian patisserie. “It had always been my dream to start my own business. This dream came true last December, when I opened this place in De Pijp.”
Amsterdam vs. Paris
“I love living in Amsterdam. Amsterdammers are more relaxed than Parisians. I think cycling really contributes to this relaxed lifestyle. In Paris you see people during their long commutes sitting unhappy in full metros or buses. In Amsterdam people spend their energy on cycling instead of on being frustrated or angry. The smaller size of the city and the more relaxed atmosphere makes the quality of life in Amsterdam higher than in Paris. I do miss the great shopping in Paris. Clothes, food, patisserie, there is so much choice there!”
Thank you Audrey for bringing this sweet part of French cuisine to Amsterdam. Eating an éclair au chocolat or choux vanille fraise et rose once in a while, definitely makes the quality of life in our city even better!
Everything fits in his look combined with the bike, until your eyes reach this small detail: a little present that this rough rocker holds in his right hand. How sweet is that! Where is he going? I would say the birthday party of his 4 years old niece?! Love it!
From 19-23 August 2015, Amsterdam’s shores are host to an amazing event, SAIL. Sail visits Amsterdam only once every 5 years and is the largest free public event in the world. Everyone on bike, foot, car and boat gather in Amsterdam to watch this amazing spectacle. Today we wave goodbye to 600 gorgeous tall ships, heritage and naval boats and beautiful replicas from our harbours in Amsterdam. They travelled from all around the globe to be here. With huge sailing ships and local boats parading down the catwalk of the Ij waterway, fireworks each night and events all day there was a lot to see so we thought we would share it all with you.
One way or the other – ice cream in a cone or on a stick – who can resist an ice cream in summer time..?
Want to know how to create more space? Less cars and more bikes. This bike park just behind Amsterdam Centraal train station is where locals can park their bikes if they want to catch a train or a ferry. It’s super handy and takes up hardly any space. Even better, it’s situated on a barge right on the water!
Bye bye carparks..hello fresh air and cycling as a beautiful and environmentally-friendly life choice.
Step 8 – Ride Away back home from your journey!
My sister, living in London, came over to visit me. Olivia, so cool to have you around here in my adoptive town at least once a year, for 8 years already.. As usual we went to the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam North for some Sunday chill feeling!
Sunshine, festivals and Sundays. What more can we say? De Parade just started in Amsterdam and its the perfect climate for cycling over to Martin Luther Kingpark and checking out this super cool travelling theatre..all the parks are full!
Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of July.
1. Tutu skirt cycling
Tutu skirt cycling. Love her style, this black tutu skirt really makes her stand out. Combined with red high heels and a short black jacket, she looks cool and elegant at the same time. #tutu #tutuskirt #Amsterdam #amsterdamstyle #bikeams #cyclechic #dutchgirl #cyclingwithskirt #dutchbike #blackbike #fashion #fashionable #fashionista #moda #likeherstyle #loveherstyle #blackjacket #amsterdamcyclechic
2. Another bike going for a walk
3. Saturday night on Dam square
4. Summer hat
5. Chatting on a cold summer day
6. Let the sun shine
7. A bicycle windmill
8. Walking home along the Amstel
9. Cycling in the countryside
10. Cyclists of the month: Pancake and ice cream makers
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.
After a big Gay Pride weekend the locals are soaking up the late afternoon sun and biking home…goodnight Amsterdam.
It’s Summertime here so we all like to go on an adventure when it’s warm. Kinderdijk is a gorgeous picture-postcard place to visit just 1.5hours from Amsterdam and it’s bike heaven! Flat terrain, windmils, canals, green grass and fresh air..ahh! So go grab a bike and head out on an adventure..fingers crossed you’ll have the wind at your back!