Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Watergraafsmeer:

Watergraafsmeer is a decent sized polder, located just a quick cycle south from the Indische Buurt, that was reclaimed from the water in 1629. Formerly located in the 'countryside' and stuffed-full with oversized mansions owned by Amsterdam's gentry; these days the city has swelled around the former collection of weekend-retreats, housing the city's young-and-hip families (and their older counterparts), gentrified houses, plenty of cafés, and one of the most stunning fountains in Amsterdam–especially when viewed at night. One mansion from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries remains in Watergraafsmeer; the lovely Huize Frankendael–perfect for dinner, or lunch, for two. I can't wait to lunch on their terrace, on a (soon to come) sunny spring day.