Tips by Beth Norton
Blue Collar Hotel
"A converted factory that now had been transformed into a unique and quirky hotel with a hard rock theme. Electric guitars hanging from the walls, barrels and kegs above the bar with the pipes running down to the bar, it even had its own theatre. The beer was great, refreshing lagers, Trappist beers and burgers to die for. The place looked edgy, vibrant and cool but was incredibly warm and friendly. The place just buzzed."
"Another converted factory site containing a wide variety of products and a food hall, with places for the children to play, full of young families, warm, friendly and tastes from local producers and those from around the world. "
"No alien artifacts but a skater’s dream, a wooden crafted skate park with ramps, rails, a half pipe and a big deep bowl."
"As with any shopping spree, we had to catch our breath… And what better place to do so if not at Intelligentia Ice, where we discovered flavours that blow the mind, exciting combinations in both ice cream and chocolate formats, one of the strangest was soy sauce sesame and red pepper!"
"Lunch was not just a treat for the stomach but also one for the eyes. The restaurant’s design was breath taking, wine from the floor to the ceiling, at least 3 stories high if you include the open cellar (shortlisted for the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards)."
"After lunch we went on and discovered the Van Abbemuseum. A fun, interactive and amazing place. It was great and museums are not usually my thing!"
"A lovely pub-restaurant where we sipped wine and ate beneath thick blankets by the fire (it was freezing!). We then walked to pick up bikes so we could cycle back into the centre of the city. I actually really enjoyed it; the wind whipping through my hair, taking in the sights. I'd definitely recommend hiring bikes if you visit!"
Agua City Spa
"A luxury spa offering a range of men and women's beauty treatments, a yoga studio, a rooftop terrace with a hot tub and a gorgeous pool area with sauna facilities. The foot massage was amazing. We sipped rosé and enjoyed being totally pampered."
"We dined at the beautiful Valenzia restaurant, a dimly-lit, cosy (very romantic) space with a Mediterranean tapas menu. The food was incredible; we enjoyed several courses of tapas dishes and again, it's worth noting that they catered incredibly well for vegans."