I called Stephanie van Rappard and found her on a boat in Italy, on the way to Porto Ercole headed to Capri via Ponza. She is on holiday with family, boyfriend and a friend, but happily made some time free to share her favourite addresses with you for Amayzine’s Black Book series. She knows her stuff, because she is co-owner of hotspot site www.gloobles.com, together with her girlfriend Céline Bent.
They met in high school in Haarlem and already started collecting cool tips on city trips back then. They quickly amassed a long list of places to go in their mailboxes and often swapped ideas. Both had the travel bug, Céline spent a while in Australia and visited Italy often, she now lives in Rome. Stephanie lived in both New York and London. See this is how you get to know all the good places.
It started out as a blog but is now a professional website with all the best information. No standard Lonely Planet type thing. It is all about quality, not quantity, and the future plans are big. It is to become a travel platform, far bigger than now. Even though it is already quite substantial with more than 850 tips in 50 global locations.
“It stays a hobby, and we love helping people have an awesome vacation” Stephanie told us. They checked out other sites regularly and were not wild about the lengthy descriptions of hotspots. They thought shorter and better. Enter: gloobles.com.
If you could choose only one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?
“I’m totally smitten with Copenhagen, such a fabulous city. My boyfriend lives in Malmö, Sweden, so I’ve been there quite often. So many lovely restaurants, and you discover something new every day. The restaurants collaborate with each other, more friends than competition. They give tips out on what is new and delicious. I can recommend Gourmandiet, by day an excellent butcher, then on Friday and Saturday the fireplace gets lit, and you dine superbly while lounging on animal skins. Another good one is Manfreds & Vin. Located just outside the centre in a tiny street lined with fabulous places. Great for wine, lunch and dinner, you can order mini-meals and taste everything.”
And in Amsterdam? where should we go?
“My ultimate favourite is still Toscanini, simply the best Italian in the city. Céline and I both also love the statue garden at the Rijksmuseum. It’s wonderful, even if you are not that into art, take a book and relax in the sun, on the same chairs as they have at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Another beauty is Het Museum van Loon. They recently opened a coffee bar, you may even take your own lunch and eat it there. The best cakes and quiches are found at Small World Catering in the Jordaan area.”
Any good Fashion spots?
“Everybody should know about Bella Janssens. She tailor-makes clothes, and makes such beautiful things. Judith Goudsmit, a good friend of ours, recently wore one of her dresses to the premiere of the film Hartenstraat. I also had a dress made by her once, for a wedding, and I’m still very happy with it.”
And outside of Amsterdam? Where to?
“To a restaurant called Oni in The Hague, a wonderful Japanese. In good weather, go to Zandvoort to Tijn Akersloot, the food is delicious and well priced. Take your bike with on the train to station Heemstede-Aerdenhout and enjoy the cycle route too.”
For those who want more tips on not-to-be-missed places, check out gloobles.com. You are greeted with a map of the world that shows where the hot spots are. They know their stuff!