I’m currently wanderlusting over my friend Yasaman’s travel adventures. For the last few weeks, Yas has been joyfully island hopping around Thailand and it’s hard not to book the next flight straight to Ko Samui and join her for a cocktail (or bucket…) on one of those white sandy beaches.
Yasaman Bitarafan is an Amsterdam local, entrepreneur, fellow traveller and all round cool lady. We met at local favourite Morgan and Mee’s and connected instantly talking about new projects, our love of travel and her up and coming online magazine for women, Modern Getaways.
I caught up with Yas again on my second Amsterdam trip at the new Hashtag Workmode studios just off Dam Square. We definitely need a space like this for freelance creatives in Melbourne, although I would happily move to Amsterdam in a second…
Ambitious, forward thinking and full of ideas, Yasaman is kicking goals. Endlessly inspired by her home city, you’ll fall in love with her Insta feed full of Amsterdam’s iconic canal houses and local hangouts. Follow her journey – she’s onto something great!
FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY – Yasaman Bitarafan
How would you describe the style of Amsterdam?
Creative. Down to earth. Happy.
What is your favourite brand from the Netherlands?
Love Stories Intimates. I love the feeling Marloes Hoedeman creates with her designs. Their men’s style silk pyjamas are for when I really want to treat myself. I also can’t resist the scent of the room sprays from Marie Stella Maris.
Your three must visits in Amsterdam?
De 9 straatjes. Also, walk by the canals at dusk when the lights start to go on, it’s so pretty. And cafe hopping – my favourites are Coco and Coconut and Lot Sixty One.
I love Lot Sixty One! I think they are run by Aussies?
Yes, they are!
Where’s your next adventure?
Thailand. I’m island hopping in January starting with Koh Lipa.
What’s your favourite destination?
The Gili Islands in Bali and Crete in the Greek Islands.
What are some of your travel essentials?
I always bring Lancaster sunscreen with me, it’s the best! I love the Sun Beauty Silky Milk Fast Tan Optimiser SPF15+ for that perfect golden glow. I also carry the latest Harpers Bazaar, medicine and a mini Stockholm scented candle from & Other Stories.
LOCATION Amsterdam, Netherlands
INSTAGRAM @yas_from_amsterdam @hashtag_workmode