Whether you are looking to spend a fun afternoon with your children or just need some time for yourself where the kids can entertain themselves, we’ve got the best kid-friendly spots in Amsterdam for you.
You’ll find Blender where the neighbourhoods De Pijp and Oud-Zuid meet. This kids’ concept store and café offers plenty of room to explore, socialise and shop. In this kid-friendly café, children can play to their heart’s content every day of the week — and with an expansive children’s menu with healthy and delicious food to nibble on, both big and small appetites will be satisfied. Take a look around the shop for trendy kids’ furniture, toys, gifts and clothing from unique, local brands. Children can even hold their birthday parties at Blender, get their hair cut and participate in all sorts of fun activities such as dance classes, arts and crafts, and cooking lessons.
Blender Amsterdam // Ruysdaelstraat 9- 11- 13
Moak Pancakes (formerly Mook)
All you have to say is ‘pancake’ and the little ones are already outside with their coats on...and then it’s off to Moak in Amsterdam's Oud-West neighbourhood. At Moak, the pancakes (prepared the American way; you won’t find traditional Dutch pancakes here) are not only finger-licking good, the atmosphere and décor are also a delight for people of all ages. From the Mancake to Blue Magic Deluxe, savoury and sweet are both represented on the menu and you can even customise a pancake for the kids. Moak is open seven days a week from 09:00 to 21:00!
Moak Pancakes // De Clercqstraat 34
The miniChiChi Café is open to guests of all ages, Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00. This great location in the Westerpark neighbourhood offers more than you’ll be able to pack into a single day, from kids’ yoga, storytime readings and toddler dance sessions to maternity yoga and baby massage classes for brand new parents. Parents can relax in the café, check their email, chat with other parents or enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee with apple pie while the kids romp in the play area. Don’t forget to feast your eyes on the wares in the shop, which offers authentic and sustainably produced clothing for babies and kids, toys and adorable trinkets.
miniChiChi Café // Spaarndammerstraat 43H
As a concept store, café, kids’ hair salon, play and meeting place in one, MiniMarkt Amsterdam is a great spot to spend a few hours any day of the week. The shop sells original gifts for baby showers and other occasions, clothing, toys and home décor with a Scandinavian touch. You’ll work up an appetite from all that shopping and playing, but luckily MiniMarkt offers a menu for children of all ages as well as a breakfast and lunch for adults with homemade cakes, quiches, organic juices or fresh sandwiches.
MiniMarkt Amsterdam // Beethovenstraat 5A
At Wijs West (in Oud-West), you can buy your child a tasty treat, get them a new hairdo, allow them to pick out a little gift for themselves, and let them play undisturbed with other children. The café serves delicious sandwiches, tasty cappuccino, healthy snacks, juices and cakes, with or without sugar, gluten or lactose. While you take a breather, the kids can do their own thing in the play area full of toys and craft supplies. A different workshop is held every day of the week, such as reading aloud in English, yoga for kids and mothers-to-be, baby massage and crafts.
Wijs West // Bilderdijkstraat 62
Don’t let the name confuse you; even the youngest lastpakken (troublemakers) will be kept out of mischief for hours in this friendly neighbourhood lunchroom. For older kids (six and up) there’s a thrilling 40m2 game room, and for the adults, a cosy sitting area, free Wi-Fi and Indonesian hospitality. The menu features treats such as French toast with banana and cinnamon sugar, panini fresh from the grill, and many Indonesian specialities such as Nasi Kuning or spekkoek (an Indonesian layer cake). Kids of all ages can participate in one of the monthly workshops, such as learning how to draw cartoons, various crafts and ‘Cooking for Kids’. Something to celebrate? Lunchroom Lastig is happy to help you plan a great event thanks to their special package for parties.
Lunchroom Lastig // Christiaan Huygensplein 33
Every Sunday afternoon is a celebration at Pllek. The Ruige Rakkers, the creative children’s programme at this hotspot, offers a series of free activities from 13:00 to 17:00. Kids aged four and older can perform in plays, do yoga, paint or get creative with crafts. A glass of lemonade is included to quench their thirst, and bread rolls with schuddebuikjes (tiny spiced biscuits) and other tasty toppings will satisfy their appetites. Mum and dad can relax in the meantime with a drink and admire the beautiful view over the IJ River.
Pllek // TT Neveritaweg 59
You might not expect it, but this restaurant on Wibautstraat in the east of Amsterdam is actually very kid-friendly! With its spacious layout and colourful décor, The Pool offers a special kids’ menu in addition to its deliciously expansive menu for adults. Add to this the children’s chairs, coloured pencils and colouring books, and a play area with ping-pong tables, table football and the photo booth at the on-site Student Hotel, then this location will make it straight onto your list of favourite eateries for the entire family. There is even a space under the restaurant with pinball machines and games for older kids. Another feature is the special family dinner: on Saturdays from 17:30 to 18:30, you can enjoy a meal of chicken, chips, salad and ice cream for only €10 per person. Be sure to book in advance!
The Pool // Wibautstraat 131-A
At the Sissy-Boy store on KNSM-Laan, not only can you spend hours browsing through the trendy gadgets, furniture, gifts and clothing for children and adults, but you’ll also find a great lunch spot right in the shop called Daily. You can order a tasty sandwich with peanut butter, jam, hazelnut spread or cheese just for the kids, and a fruit ice lolly for dessert. And while the kids make drawings, you can recharge in the café.
Sissy-Boy // KNSM-Laan 19
Café-restaurant Amsterdam is located in the former engine room of a pumping station dating back to the late 19th century. Such a historic building may not immediately make a child-friendly impression, but appearances can be deceiving. The kitchen is open seven days a week to make dining out with children a lot easier and more fun. A separate menu is available for kids, offering a wide range of choices such as pasta with tomato sauce, burgers, fish nuggets, spring rolls with chips and applesauce, and more. To keep parents’ taste buds happy, the menu offers divine treats such as shrimp croquettes from Holtkamp, Black Angus steak, a special selection of Fruits de Mer, sticky toffee cake and excellent wines. And once the kids have cleaned their plates, they can go make mischief in the football cage outside.
Café-restaurant Amsterdam // Watertorenplein 6
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