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The Otherist, Amsterdam: Objects of Desire

For a spot of off-the-beaten-path shopping, step inside this cabinet of curiosities stuffed to the rafters with all manner of quirky kooky finds, from mounted insects to jewellery, soaps, stationery and more…

Forget any inkling you had that this would be a dark, musty shophouse filled with creepy taxidermy and orchestra music – instead it’s a wonderfully airy, light-flooded space that’s welcoming to even the most uninitiated of collectors, with an eclectic cache of curios, ceramics, botanics, you name it.

A recent visit revealed locally-made artisan finds like 14k gold jewellery, cucumber and mint bath salts, leather satchels, and glazed clay salt and pepper shakers… but if you’ve ever yearned for a Giant Longhorn Beetle or Tailed Jay Butterfly preserved and framed; a vintage anatomical human head model, or a porcelain coyote skull with 14k gold-lustred teeth – now’s your chance.

The Otherist, Leliegracht 6, Jordaan, Amsterdam. +31 020 320 0420,

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