Amstelpark

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 a ‘train’ that will drive you around the park and which the kids obviously love. There are a few places where you can have a drink and a snack but I prefer taking the kids to @7 on the Scheldestraat for lunch or a coffee (or for an ice cream next door in summer).

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Strand ZuidMIFFY SHOP@7, lovely for lunch

@7, lovely for lunch

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 the back is a little play area for the kids, there are plenty of high chairs, and on the menu are great treats for kids like warm cheese toasts and bread with chocolate sprinkles. One of my favourite places to have coffee or lunch with a friend with the kids in tow!

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Kid’s shoes from Meys & Co

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, and they also have a good range of hip sneakers and colourful wellies. The ladies in the shop are helpful and patient, and don’t mind kids climbing in the window display at all…
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Strand ZuidAmstelpark@7, lovely for lunch

MIFFY SHOP

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 which art, school, childbirth, and death), have been translated to more than 50 languages. There’s a good selection available at the Miffy shop as well as other Miffy merchandise, like clothes, toys, cards and accessories — all great for presents.
Worth a visit!
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Strand Zuid

Last week we finally had a nice and warm, summery day in the Netherlands, so a girlfriend and I took our children to one of the hip & cool city beaches here in Amsterdam: Strand Zuid (South Beach).
Behind the (big & ugly) congress centre, ‘Amsterdam Rai’, and on the border of the Beatrix Park pond, a lovely treasure is hidden: a beach in the middle of Amsterdam!
There are 2,000 square meters of sand, chill-out areas, bars & terraces with good food, sun-loungers, a beach volleyball field and showers. It’s great to bring your children here on a warm summer day; they can enjoy themselves in the sand and play with all the other kids, while you can relax a bit with a rosé and pretend to be in the Mediterranean…

It’s also not a bad place to come without children – for a stylish dinner on a nice summer evening… It’s open until midnight on weekends.

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