Eco-Culture in Amsterdam: eco-boutique or café?

With its narrow canal streets, funky neighborhoods and a focus on cycling & mixed use urban design, Amsterdam is home to 1000s of small shops and specialty stores.  While not all of these shops focus on organic, recycled or fair-trade living, some deserve to be named, and not only.

eco-boutique and café in one: Charlie&Mary + The Proud Otter

First in the list… Found in de Pijp neighborhood and just around the corner from Amsterdam’s famous Albert Cuyp Markt is a mixed-use concept store, actually two shops in one. The café, called The Proud Otter, is located in the back.

It’s not immediately visible. Instead a funky eco/ fair-trade boutique, called Charlie and Mary, is the first thing you see. Both are separately owned and operated, but share the same floor space – and the same focus on organic/ fair-trade (as well as quality) products.


Enter eco-boutiques for trendy urbanites: a focus on fair-trade, organics and fun/ funky original designs.  After all, sustainability is for more than just treehuggers – it’s also about looking good, living well and eating delicious, healthy (eco) food and copying from the lesson of Strawberry “Don’t just buy green, buy awesome”.


If you want more info about Eco-culture in Amsterdam check our others posts like:  Eco-culture in Amsterdam: Noorderparkkamer cafe or Eco-culture in Amsterdam: The Fletcher Hotel

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