Blackfish is a fashion and concept store with a gutsy, edgy character. Faux fur, glitter, prints, leather: nothing is too extreme for the owners, Timo and Ella. He comes from the music industry, she is from art & design. And this is patently obvious in their shop. You’ll not only find totally unique clothes here, but you can get your fix of art while you’re at it by taking in their small collection of work by young artists. Timo and Ella are also considering providing a podium for up-and-coming musicians in the future.

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by Dieuwke de Boer

Holiday feeling
Ella: ‘We often go ‘longboarding’ in Máxima park in Leidsche Rijn. You can get there in a couple of minutes by train from Utrecht Centraal station. The park is huge and quiet, because cars, mopeds and scooters are banned. The Rare Jongens restaurant on Het Zand, opposite Castellum Hoge Woerd, is a nice place to drink a speciality beer outside on the terrace. If it’s warm, we like to chill near the Haarrijnseplas lake. It’s a good way to get out of town and feels like a mini-holiday.’

Rare Jongens, Het Zand 52, De Meern |

Live music
Timo: ‘We had our first date in ’t Oude Pothuys on Oudegracht. It’s one of the few places where they have live music every night, and the food’s good too. The waterside terrace is a great place to enjoy a pint of Straffe Hendrik (a Belgian draught beer) and the cheese fondue is to die for. For a night out, we go to De Helling. The programming and atmosphere haven’t changed in ten years, but that’s what makes it what it is.’ Ella: ‘And you can carry on drinking in the bar after a concert if you want.’

‘t Oude Pothuis, Oudegracht 279 |
De Helling, Helling 7 |

Vintage clothing
Ella: ‘Paperbird, a women’s clothes shop on Oudkerkhof, sells some great stuff. There’s something for everyone. And I’m a regular at Episode on Oudegracht – you won’t find their vintage items anywhere else. I never leave the shop empty-handed, even if I don’t need anything.’

Paperbird, Oudkerkhof 40 |
Episode, Oudegracht 206 |

Hidden bar
Timo: ‘You’ll find all kinds of little gems tucked away between the industrial premises on Europalaan. De Stadstuin, for example, is a gathering place for artists, musicians, goldsmiths and other creative spirits, but anyone can just walk in. And Bar Stadstuin is a great place for a drink and a bite to eat.’

De Stadstuin, Europalaan 20 |
Bar Stadstuin, Europalaan 20 |