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Though Amsterdam is known for its nightlife and coffee shops, it might well also be one of the most romantic cities in Europe. There are the famous 17th-century canals, picturesque streets lined with handsome architecture and plenty of romantic restaurants and bars. Complete the picture with a stay in one of the city’s hotels designed with couples in mind, from canal-side mansions to luxurious gastronomic escapes.
Rika Studios is an elegant Dutch fashion brand led by Swedish creative Ulrika Lundgren, who specialises in timeless, tailored classics and minimalist knitwear, alongside a curated collection of art, jewellery and lifestyle products. This creative vision has been extended to a tiny guest house in a 17th-century townhouse in the hip De 9 Straatjes (the 9 Streets) district, which has a pretty loft bedroom on the third floor overlooking the Herengracht canal. It features high ceilings with original timber beams and is decorated with finds from Lundren’s travels, custom furniture by Paul Lelieveld and artwork by San Ming.