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De Bakkerswinkel
Of the many things to love about Amsterdam, certainly one aspect that makes the city all the more enjoyabe as a young family is how child friendly it is. In the Netherlands children are not only accepted, but they are welcomed as a part of life: they are both seen and heard -- and this ...
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Sissy-Boy
Very well known and loved by locals, Sissy-Boy is a Dutch-born fashion and lifestyle store which truly epitomises Dutch style: it is modern, simple and inspiring. Their flagship store can be found on KNSM Island (just around the corner from Imps&Elfs) and boasts a huge selection of their range. There is also an in-house cafe (which is ...
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Gray Label Flagship Store
Tucked away in a little side street that comes off the stunning Prinsengracht canal sits the beautiful space in which Gray Label have created their flagship store. As soon as you walk into the shop you are surrounded by the minimalist and modern, yet classic styles that accentuate this unique Dutch brand. All of Gray ...
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The Maker Store
Buying gifts and souvenirs can often feel a little overwelming, particularly in the tourist heart of Amsterdam where there is no shortage of stalls filled to the brim with magnets, wooden tulips and other stereotypical bric-a-bracs. But if you want to find something a little more special and unique then The Maker Store (previously the Local Goods ...
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Noordermarkt
One of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences when travelling to a new place can be found in visiting the local markets -- somewhere you can truly immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine. Markets always offer beautiful seasonal produce, fresh foods and an atmosphere that is representative of where you are. In Amsterdam there ...
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Boekhandel Van Rossum Bookstore
There is something that is always extra special about entering a nice bookstore -- the smell of new books, the inspiring and sweet displays, being able to take the time to flick through books that you might not otherwise come across. It's an experience in itself -- and especially nice when you can share it ...
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De Zaailing
Zaailing  (meaning "seedling" in Dutch) is a beautiful store located in De Pijp (and very close to the museum district) of Amsterdam. Just beware before you enter that you can really get caught in this gorgeous store for hours perusing every little toy, game, craft item, book and decoration. There is a lot to see ...
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Big en Belg
Stocked with many of Babyccino’s favourite brands is a store well worth visiting. Big en Belg has two locations in Amsterdam – their flagship store is in De Pijp district (here) and they also have a smaller second store in Amsterdam West (here). Both stores offer a beautiful selection of children’s clothing, shoes, toys, games, home ...
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Blender Kids Concept Store & Cafe
Blender is a combined cafe and kids concept store that offers the perfect respite for when you're out and about with young ones in tow. The cafe is large and spacious with ample seating and most importantly, there are plenty of toys and entertainment for the little ones. In one corner of the cafe there is a ...
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De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam
It is not difficult to find good cheese in The Netherlands. For a country that is renowned for its wonderful cheeses --such as Edam and Gouda, it comes as no surprise that even the selection of cheese available at your local grocery store is great. You really can’t go too far wrong! There are many good cheese ...
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De Kleine Parade
Nestled into the heart of the trendy district known as De Pijp you will find this little gem.  De Kleine Parade is a kids concept store, cafe and atelier that offers a beautifully curated selection of kids clothes, toys, books, home deco and accessories. It is the ideal spot to come with your little ones if you want ...
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Miffy Shop
If you’re visiting Amsterdam and have little kids (or you have friends who do), a visit to the Miffy store on the Scheldestraat is highly recommended. Miffy (known as 'Nijntje' in Dutch) is the sweet little bunny designed in 1955 by Dutch artist Dick Bruna - who quickly became a famous character that is now recongnisable across the world.     ...
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Minimarkt Concept Store
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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Kid's shoes from Meys & Co
My kid's 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 ...
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De Pijp and the Albert Cuypmarket
If you're in Amsterdam for a bit longer 'de Pijp' is a neighbourhood that shouldn't be missed.  It's really up and coming, and the mix between shabby and chic is something that I love!  I'm not going to describe every single shop I like in de Pijp, but I'm sure you'll find some treasures browsing the little ...
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Utrechtsestraat
  If you happen to be in Amsterdam and have a few hours to spare for some coffee and shopping, Utrechtsestraat is a good place to go. The Koffiesalon, a lovely coffee-shop (in the true meaning of the word), has good seating, great espresso, yummy cakes and sandwiches and you can help yourself to as ...
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HEMA
  HEMA is one of those shops (or concepts really), that is almost impossible to describe. If you've ever set foot in a HEMA, you understand. In fact, you get the concept immediately, and you're a fan instantly - no denial possible! And you just understand why we, Dutchmen, are all raving about it, and ...
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Marqt
I'm sure I'm telling the food-concious Amsterdam inhabitant nothing new when I say the word 'Marqt'. Because Marqt came and conquered, and we didn't look back! The concept behind Marqt (not a supermarket but a 'fresh market') is fresh food, mostly organic, coming from local farms in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam and of very high ...
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Keet in Huis
KNSM island used to be quite a rough and industrial part of the Amsterdam harbor before it was transformed into a very cool residential island, and nowadays, this is where you can find one of the finest kid's lifestyle shops of Amsterdam: Keet in Huis. Keet in Huis ('Mess in the House'), sells everything from ...
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Imps & Elfs
Children are sometimes very naughty (Imp)... sometimes very sweet (Elf)... but mostly (unfortunately for us, poor parents) both at the same time: Imps & Elfs! Imps & Elfs -- one of the coolest kid's clothing brands around, and it happens to be Dutch, like so many other cool things! The philosophy behind the brand is ...
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A week in Amsterdam
Monday: Go out for breakfast in the Bakkerswinkel. A basket of different sorts of bread, muffins, scones and croissants makes way to your table accompanied by a much needed coffee and orange juice. Fancy jams can be found on the table. Open from 7AM - what a wonderful way to start the week! After, take ...
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