Day 1

9:00 - 10:00: Breakfast at Cafe Restaurant De Plantage (at ARTIS)
Plantage Kerklaan 36, 1018 CZ Amsterdam

Cafe Restaurant de Plantage

Start the day with a delicious breakfast in the historic heart of Amsterdam's 19th-century gardens. Choose from granola with Greek yogurt, fresh croissants or brioche with ham and eggs. Yum! Take a seat on the terrace under the magical sycamore trees as you listen to the waking sounds of the animals nearby.

10:00 - 13:00: ARTIS Zoo and Micropia 
Plantage Kerklaan 38-40, 1018 CZ Amsterdam
(regular price €36 - free with City Card)

ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo was the first zoo in the Netherlands. It’s here that nature and cultural heritage come together and where amazing species live side by side. Feel the fluttering of countless wings in the Butterfly Pavilion and discover the tiniest organisms at ARTIS-Micropia. Don’t forget the ARTIS-Planetarium, where a trip through space awaits.

13:00 - 14:30: Lunch at De Tropen cafe and restaurant
Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam (at the Tropenmuseum)

Inspired by international cultures and flavours, the menu at De Tropen is all about fresh local ingredients. There’s also a kids menu for youngsters up to 12 years – they’ll love the poffertjes, a Dutch Delight! Sit back and relax as you take in the elegant interior or sit outside on the spacious terrace if the weather is lovely.

14:30 - 16:30: Tropenmuseum 
Linnaeusstraat 2, 1092 CK Amsterdam
(regular price €16 - free with City Card)

Housed in a beautiful building in Amsterdam’s hip east, Tropenmuseum presents diverse exhibitions that explore the world’s amazing cultures. Travel the globe as you explore a wide range of fascinating objects from the past through to the present, each with their own special story.

18:00 - 20:00: Dinner at Wagamama Rembrandtplein 
Amstelstraat 8, 1017 DA Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

End the day with a delicious meal at Wagamama on Rembrandtplein. It’s all about fresh Asian flavours inspired by traditional Japanese ramen bars. In addition to all the savoury rice and noodle dishes, there’s a menu for just for kids featuring mini versions of Wagamama’s tasty classics. Don’t forget to show your discount card.

Day 2

9:30 - 10:30: Breakfast at Restaurant 1e Klas & 1e Klas Pub
Stationsplein/spoor 2B 15, 1012 AB Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Located inside Amsterdam’s Central Station, the Grand Café-Restaurant 1e Klas and the 1e Klas Pub harks back to the glory days of train travel. It’s as if you’ve stepped back in time when you enter these graceful surrounds, the perfect place to savour your morning coffee.

11:00 - 12:30: Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10, 1071 DJ Amsterdam
(regular price €18.50 - free with City Card)

The Stedelijk Museum's impressive collection contains some 90,000 artworks dating from 1870 to the present and covers major art movements such as Bauhaus, the Amsterdam School, De Stijl, abstract expressionism, pop art, and way more. Uncover fascinating facts about art and the museum on the free Family Trails tour.

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch at Restaurant Blue Amsterdam 
Singel 457, 1012 WP Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Restaurant Blue Amsterdam offers a spectacular view thanks to its 360-degree glass-window perch atop the Kalvertoren shopping centre. Take a break from shopping and treat yourself to a tasty sandwich, burger or a mouthwatering salad. Or sit back, sip a coffee and enjoy in the cityscape from up high.

14:30 - 16:30: NEMO Science Museum
Oosterdok 2, 1011 VX Amsterdam
(regular price €17.50 - free with City Card)

It’s all about discovery and interactivity at NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam. The kids will love the playful exhibitions where they can experience the wonders of science and technology to their heart’s content. What’s more, the museum’s iconic building in the city’s Eastern Docklands is a must-see for architecture aficionados.

18:00 - 20:00: Dinner at Pasta e Basta
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 8, 1017 DE Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Combine fine dining with entertainment at Paste e Basta, an Italian restaurant where passionate wait staff serenade you as they serve you. They’ll perform opera and pop classics while you dine on delicious dishes in this straight-out-of-Italy cantina.

Day 3

9:00 - 10:00: Breakfast: PANCAKES Amsterdam Centraal
Prins Hendrikkade 48, 1012 AC Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Who doesn’t love pancakes for breakfast? Directly across from Amsterdam Centraal you’ll find some of Amsterdam’s finest at PANCAKES. Choose from an array of toppings from sweet to savoury or get a little adventurous by combining two taste sensations. Opt for American or Dutch pancakes and let the kids try some more poffertjes.

10:15 - 10:45: Take the Metro (50 or 54) to ArenA
(included in City Card)

11:15 - 12:30: Johan Cruijff ArenA tour
Arena Boulevard 1, 1101 AX Amsterdam
(regular price €16.50 - free with City Card)

Edwin van Eis

Football fans won’t want to miss the Johan Cruijff ArenA, the home turf of Dutch football team Ajax. But it’s not just football that takes centre stage here as major concerts, festivals and business events take place throughout the year. Take a tour to get a behind the scenes tour of the stadium and the Ajax Museum.

…Or if culture is more your style visit Amsterdam Museum 
Kalverstraat 92, 1001 AC Amsterdam
(regular price €15.00 - free with City Card)

Amsterdam Historisch Museum Richard de Bruijn

Discover a multitude of stories about the Dutch capital, from its earliest beginnings through to the city’s defining moment, the Golden Age, and right up to the present. Tucked behind the city’s busy shopping street, this museum houses a rich collection of art, objects and archaeological discoveries that shed light on the city’s past. Don’t miss the special kids exhibition.

12:45 - 14:00: Lunch at JinSo Lounge Bar & Restaurant
Arena boulevard 155, 1101 EJ Amsterdam Zuidoost

Located close by the Johan Cruijff ArenA, JinSo is a cosmopolitan lounge bar and restaurant offering a lunch menu and an Asian-style buffet. The large sun-drenched terrace is a wonderful spot to sit and unwind during summer, shaded by large umbrellas. Try a cold beer or refreshing wine before you’re next stop.

...If you want an authentic Dutch eating experience drop into FEBO. This Dutch fast food chain has 20 plus locations in Amsterdam alone and is known for its automatic serving system where traditional Dutch snacks, many deep-fried, are yours for a simple cash deposit. Pay to open the cute little door for your tasty morsel.

14:15 - 15:15: Travel to Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot with the Amsterdam & Region Travel Ticket.

15:30 - 17:00: Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot
Herengracht 1, 1398 AA Muiden
(regular price €15.50 - free with City Card)

All the family will love Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot. Located in Muiden to the east of Amsterdam, this well-preserved castle dates back to 1280 and is part of the UNESCO-listed Defence Line of Amsterdam. Wander through gorgeous gardens or go on a special quest with the kids at this enchanting castle.

19:00 - 21:00: Dinner at In de Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam
(discount with City Card)

Located on the lively Nieuwmarkt, a second castle awaits on your return to Amsterdam. Dating from 1488, the former St Anthony’s Gate is now home to In De Waag, a character-filled restaurant serving Dutch-influenced Mediterranean cuisine lit by about 300 candles. It’s another spellbinding experience in the heart of the city.