Only 20 minutes from the hustle ‘n bustle of Amsterdams city center, the renovated Gelderlandplein shopping mall breathes space and luxury.
Inspired by Miami’s Aventura shopping mall, owner Lesley Bamberger transformed this early ’60’s shopping mall into a contemporary luxury shopping destination.
It’s been a long time since I’ve visited the Gelderlandplein. When I did recently, I was pleasantly surprised. Quality reflects in all levels. From organic food at Marqt supermarket, interior inspiration at Sissy Boy to international fashion designers like Dries van Noten, Sophie d’ Hoore and Marni at Pauw fashion store.
Gelderlandplein, where balance is key
Buitenveldert, once the outside fields of Amsterdam, is now connected (walking distance!) to the city’s financial- and business district Zuidas. The use of high quality materials – glass and marble, gives this renovated place an air of elegance. Without losing that typical Dutch local cosy feeling.
The balance lies in the mix of independent stores, chain stores and international restaurants. A quality local dry cleaner. Missoni homewear at Bröring. 3-D bra fitting at Lincherie. Fresh vegetable juices at La Fourchette or Asian specialty store Shilla. There’s really something for everyone.
Owner Lesley Bamberger is also an art lover and together with Lex Daniels of Reflex gallery, they selected the contemporary art inside and outside the Gelderlandplein. I love the video installation Verity walking in Dress by Julian Opie in front of the main entrance. An elegant woman in polka dot dress keeps on walking. She knows where she’s heading!
Gelderlandplein opening specials
With a (re) newed shopping mall comes a new glossy magazine – GP – and of course opening festivities for all to join.
A special gift is the limited edition black organic cotton shopper with a win-a-Fiat-500 scratch card and special discounts during the opening days.
Schedule opening week celebrations:
- Friday April 8, official opening by Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan at 15.30 hours.
- Saturday April 9, first (open from 09.30 hrs) 100 visitors receive the limited edition black shopper wíth 50€ shopping voucher
- Sunday April 10, special Sunday opening
- Wednesday April 13, special Kids day
Gelderlandplein Element Hotel
If one day isn’t enough, no problem. Book a room at the new luxury Element Amsterdam Hotel, completely integrated into Gelderlandplein. You might even want to shift your travelling plans altogether. Spend a weekend in Amsterdam Buitenveldert – just outside the city- neighbourhood and visit the musea and historic city center during the day. The best of both worlds, the other way around.
With perks like free parking for 1,5 hours – equals 10 € in the city center – let’s forget about packed bike bags on a rainy Saturday. Better spend this money on sake during after shopping lunch at Tanuki Japanese restaurant. This might be the new shopping hot spot. Easy does it, the luxury way.