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Vondeltuin
March 7, 2016
The Vondeltuin is a lovely café/restaurant with a huge terrace AND playground in the most southwestern tip of the beautiful Vondelpark. It is the perfect place to bring children on a summery day. Here you can enjoy a meal and relax on the beautiful outdoor terrace, or just grab a coffee or drink from the bar ...
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Minimarkt Concept Store
January 20, 2016
MiniMarkt is a concept store for children and their parents right on Beethovenstraat just south of Museumplein. This place is so stylish yet cozy that you just keep coming back and it is such a good place to take a rest after a shopping spree on Beethovenstraat or a visit to the museums. You can enjoy ...
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Efteling: a magical place
April 7, 2011
The Efteling is famous here in the Netherlands! It started as a 'Fairytale Forest' in 1952, and over the years the Efteling grew out into a large-scale theme park with roller-coasters and restaurants, most of them still inspired by fairy tale themes such as Sinbad the Sailor or Fata Morgana. But my favourite part is ...
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Fuoco Vivo, the best pizza in Amsterdam
April 7, 2011
Oh, just thinking about this pizzeria makes my mouth water. At Fuoco Vivo, pizzas are made the Italian way: from organic sour dough, baked in a wood oven that is made of volcanic earth. Toppings are simply the best, often organic and imported directly from Italy. No wonder this place is crowded with Italians! It ...
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Knutsel Frutsel, for your creative needs
April 7, 2011
Nooo, this is not a candy store. It's even better! At Knutsel Frutsel you will find everything you need for your children's art & craft kit -- or yours! Filled with the best products, from play-dough to paper, glitter to glue -- you'll find it in this shop. And the owners will give you expert ...
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Le Pain Quotidien
April 5, 2011
One of my favourite international chains in the world must be Le Pain Quotidien (PQ). Even after, I don't know, 10 years or so, I still am not tired of the deliciousness of the PQ tartines, cakes, salads and, well, everything. So the fact that the PQ finally came to Amsterdam has made me very, ...
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Amstelpark
April 1, 2011
We love taking the kids over to the Amstelpark for a walk and a play in the big playground. It's also a great spot for a summery picnic --  in the quiet areas close to the river we've often seen rabbits hopping around our picnic blanket! Amstelpark also has a sweet little city farm and ...
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@7, lovely for lunch
April 1, 2011
The Scheldestraat is a fun street to go to -- you'll find the Miffy Store there and a few other nice children's shops. It is also fairly close to the Amstel Park, where there's a big playground and cute little city farm. A good place for an informal lunch or coffee is at @7. In ...
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Jewish Historical Museum
January 27, 2011
Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum consists of four important Amsterdam synagogues, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, which were connected with the use of glass, concrete and steel. The large, ancient spaces of the four former synagogues together with the light and modern additions make this museum a wonderfully fresh and pleasurable place to be! The ...
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House and Park Frankendael
September 28, 2010
In the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age, it was the fashion for Amsterdam's wealthiest merchants to buy a plot of land outside the city and build themselves a stately country house. The beautiful old House Frankendael, located about a mile east from the city centre in Watergraafsmeer, is one of those country estates and ...
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Restaurant As -- pure food
September 28, 2010
One of my favourite restaurants in Amsterdam is Restaurant As. Located in a modern chapel on the edge of the Beatrix Park, this is slow food at its best! The cooks use organic, seasonal food from local sources and are big on treating the food the way it should be treated, so that it tastes exactly ...
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The Hortus
September 28, 2010
Amsterdam's botanical garden, the Hortus Botanicus, was established in 1638 as a medical garden, and is now one of the oldest botanical gardens in the world. It's a fairly small botanical garden, but it still houses over 4,000 plant species (about 2% of all plant species growing on Earth), amongst which a good selection of carnivorous ...
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Rijksmuseum
September 23, 2010
After taking the children to the Rembrandt House a while ago, we thought it would be a good idea to now take them to the Rijksmuseum to see Rembrandt's most famous painting, the Nachtwacht (Night Watch). The Rijksmuseum is Amsterdam's Arts, Craft and History museum and houses a large and important collection of paintings from the Dutch ...
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Delle 4 Stagioni
September 23, 2010
Delle 4 Stagioni is the neighbourhood Italian restaurant that every Old-South family knows about. It is located in a beautiful old butcher's shop with all the original antique wall tiles still present (and depicting the four seasons). The restaurant serves a good Roman style pizza, tasty fresh pastas and has a decent wine list. The ...
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Imagine -- a very special toy shop
July 18, 2010
One of the most special children's shops in Amsterdam is without a doubt the toy shop Imagine. This is the place to go if you're looking for that special gift for that unique child, that cute present for that sweet baby, that handmade coat for that lovely girl or that stylish haircut for that cool ...
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Artis, an old and beautiful Zoo
July 7, 2010
One of the oldest zoos in Europe, Artis was opened in 1835 and has a very beautiful old setting with terrific gardens and monumental buildings. Most of the animal lodgings have thankfully been modernised since! There are some fantastic playgrounds, and there's a good restaurant, with plenty of high chairs and facilities to heat up ...
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Kid's shoes from Meys & Co
May 13, 2010
My kiddie shoe shop of choice here in Amsterdam is Meys & Co. I’m picky with shoes for my children-- they need to be strong, durable, cute (but plain), and slightly old-fashioned. I always find something to my taste at Meys & Co! There's a good selection of classic styles mixed with more fashionable footwear, ...
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MIFFY SHOP
May 8, 2010
If you’re visiting Amsterdam and have little kids, you should definitely step into the Miffy store on the Scheldestraat. Miffy ('Nijntje' in Dutch) is the sweet little bunny designed by Dick Bruna in 1955 who quickly became a world famous character. The wonderful collection of Miffy books, which discuss a large number of topics (amongst ...
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Burgermeester
May 8, 2010
Even though they don’t serve French Fries at Burgermeester (Dutch for mayor), they do serve the most delicious burgers! Think burgers with Blonde d'Aquitaine beef and truffle, lamb with red onion compote, wild duck with Chinese cabbage, salmon with grilled asparagus and lemon mayonnaise... Or the vegetarian burger with falafel and grilled vegetables -- all of ...
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Re-live the 17th century in Rembrandt's House
March 30, 2010
Last weekend we did something unexpectedly fabulous: we took the children to Rembrandt's House. Rembrandt, as you might know, was a very famous Dutch painter who lived from 1607 till 1669. From 1625 onwards he lived in Amsterdam. For a big part of his live he was very rich, already well known in his time, ...
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Do as the Dutch do, bike on a bakfiets
February 2, 2010
Thanks to its flat (meaning not hilly) landscape, the Netherlands is the perfect place for getting around on bike. It's also quite safe: bike lanes are virtually everywhere, and drivers are so used to the many bikes around that they take them in careful consideration. So the 'fiets' is the preferred means of transportation for ...
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Getting Around
January 27, 2010
1) Rent a Bakfiets A great and very Dutch way to get around Amsterdam is on a bakfiets. They can be rented in numerous places around the city, and your kids will love this way of transportation. There are bike lanes everywhere, and cars are very much accustomed to all the bikes around, so it’s ...
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Amsterdam wall stickers from Zuuz
January 13, 2010
Don't you love these wall decals? I mean, even if you don't live in Amsterdam, you surely must like them!?! These supercool stickers are made by Zuuz, and besides the fact that I really like the images of the typical Dutch canal houses, I love the fact that they are so big -- my daughter ...
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Amsterdam lamps from Hartendief
November 10, 2009
Look how lovely this pendant lampshade is...  It's very typical Amsterdam with its cute canal houses!  The scene you see on this lamp is called 'Jordaan', named after the picturesque neighbourhood in the centre of Amsterdam with its narrow streets, small houses and cute bridges. Hylkia, the creative brain behind 'Hartendief', originally studied fashion design but ...
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