Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Koko Coffee

I always love to find new coffee places in Amsterdam, there are such a nice bunch already, but we can always do with more..and more and more it becomes coffee & then some...Like this one, Koko, a great coffee place that also sells young designer clothes, most of them not very familiar yet...
The two enthusiastic owners both wanted one thing: have their own shop. When they moved to Amsterdam, they decided to open a shop where you can also order good (Caffenation from Belgium) coffee and a slice of banana cake (yum!). In a time like this it isn’t easy to get a loan for such an idea, so they started a crowdsourcing project and organized an auction to get the money together. One chair was auctioned as ‘have your own chair at Koko’. What a brilliant idea, yeey! So there is a sign above a beautiful vintage chair saying ‘private for mr so and so’ and he can always come in and have his own chair. Wow, i wish i had known this..how cool to have your own chair...in a coffee place..
Apart from the coffee and the banana cake, you can also shop till you drop. They sell new fashion labels by young designers. To give them a chance to show their work. For example of Monique Poolmans. Not only from The Netherlands though, they are the only shop selling pieces of Ivana Helsinkiand Samuji. They sell tables – from a Dutch company called Fraaiheid. In a crisis time like this you don’t want to spill material, they think. So the tables are made out of one piece of wood. And you don’t need screws, you easily build the table together. They aren’t that expensive either. There are magazines and papers lying around. On the walls they exhibit work of upcoming photographers – and at the end of the year they will show work of a young photographer from Texel (northern island of Holland). Koko is located in the middle of de Wallen (the Red Light District), also close to Hotel Droog (hotel "dry"). I promess to check it out real soon and let you know...yes maybe also the hotel...

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