Text & photography by Joachim Baan (Another Something)
Five years ago, we moved from Amsterdam to Utrecht, 40 km south of Amsterdam. It is the fourth biggest city of the Netherlands, but small enough to cross on your feet.
Moving from Amsterdam to Utrecht is something like moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn; it is not that far, it is a calmer place and you don’t have to walk over the heads of tourists.
My favorite places in Utrecht have a good mix of everything. Start in the morning with the best coffee, probably of the Netherlands, at The Village Coffee & Music. A rough and uncompromised space with art from young and upcoming artists on the walls and music from punk to singer-songwriters coming out of the speakers.
From there you walk a 100 meters to Pappa’s Haar Dude (Daddies hair duded). One would think this coiffeur was a surf dude in his former life, and maybe he was, but this place looks like it was transported all the way from Los Angeles to Utrecht, Erwin (the barber/shop-owner) included. If you ever come to Utrecht and need a perfect haircut or the old way of beard grooming, go to Pappa’s.
From there you cross the small and busy city centre to the other side, to Cris. Before I partnered in Tenue de Nîmes, the denim-inspired boutique in Amsterdam, this was definitely my favorite shop of the Netherlands. A sublime collection of Italian, French and Scandinavian labels in a challenging interior of wood, stone and copper designed by Cris himself.
Read more in N˚3: Fight.