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  • “For music: Paradiso, a church turned music venue and Melkweg, a former dairy, are the two most popular concert venues in the city. For small gigs and a nice bar, go to De Nieuwe Anita! Amsterdam is a hub of Europe, which makes it easy for touring bands to come and play.”  
  • “A hotel you should not miss: Hotel Not Hotel. It recently opened this year. It's a concept hotel that feels like an art exhibition. My favorite room is the Amsterdam Tram Cart. You get to sleep in a tram! It's quite a lovely experience.”  
  • “Cross the ferry to the Noord (Amsterdam North), the happening place to be at the moment. Lots of new initiatives, restaurants, and bars in big former warehouses. I love Tolhuistuin, Pllek, and the EYE Film Institute.”  
  •  “Explore Amsterdam school architecture. I love Berlage's style, which you can see at the Beurs van Berlage and the houses at the Rivierenbuurt, a neighborhood which he himself designed and planned. I also love the Scheepvartshuis, the former shipping house which is now the Grand Amrath Hotel. And of course, my favorite: the Tuschinski Theater. I think it's the most beautiful film theatre in the world! A mix of Amsterdam school, Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.”  
  • “Museums. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh for the classics and Stedelijk for modern art. They're all in the same square (Museumplein). Walk around the area, Weteringschans. It's beautiful.” (Photo by Ronald Tilleman)  
  • “My favorite stores are just a few meters from each other in the main shopping district—Weekday, Monki, and & Other Stories! What I consider a golden triangle (laughs).”  
  • “Just walk around the city! The canals and the beautiful canal houses are like a dream. There are also parks everywhere. I like this small cozy one in the Jordaan area called Tweede Marnixplantsoen, where there are benches facing the canal.” (Photo by Roeland Koning)  
  • Holland Herald Editor Angel Trinidad in Amsterdam

11/07/14 Footnotes on Amsterdam by Holland Herald Editor Angel Trinidad

As the editor of Dutch KLM’s inflight magazine Holland Herald, Angel Trinidad routinely greets the globe. She is in charge of the title’s Hello World section, which serves up highlights in international culture, from dining to design. Though she started with the magazine in July, the plum assignments are aplenty.

She has interviewed renowned Dutch writer Geert Mak and covered the Rothko exhibition in The Hague’s Gemeentemuseum. Last week, she saw Morrissey live in Utrecht. “The things I feature should be fresh, inspiring, and always fun—enough to make a tired traveler smile above the clouds,” says Trinidad.

While the editor’s healthy curiosity and global network of friends keep her on top of the world’s goings-on, there’s enough to be fascinated by closer to home. “In my work, we try to show the contemporary side of Amsterdam people don’t know about,” says Trinidad of the city she works out of. “Most people have a Red Light District or pothead image of the city, which is terrible.

“From the idyllic canal houses to an art scene that’s booming, you have to experience this unique and dynamic city. So much is happening here every week,” says Trinidad, who shares her city summary of the Netherlands’ compelling capital. Click through her itinerary and those juvenile memories of space cakes and spliffs will get hazy.