Child-friendly cafés and restaurants
Going out with your children to grab a bite to eat or something to drink can be a challenge. But there are plenty of places in Amsterdam where you can easily bring your kids along for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.