This post is written in collaboration with Vicky, author of food and restaurant blog Amsterdam Foodie.
As a parent living in Amsterdam, I get asked “Where can we go to eat out with the kids in Amsterdam?” A lot. Thankfully I’m well equipped to answer that question… because we eat out with Tala. A lot.
After four years of carting Tala around to various cafes, restaurants and brunch spots in Amsterdam, I’ve found a few foodie favorites that score well on kid-friendliness, where the food is actually… well, yummy. So when my friend Vicky from Amsterdam Foodie floated the idea of collaborating on a list of child-friendly restaurants, cafes and brunch spots in Amsterdam, I immediately said yes. As a restaurant critic, she agreed to write about the food, while as a mom, I’d evaluate child-friendliness. We make a good team, what can I say?
Although kindercafes and kiddie concept stores have started sprouting in Amsterdam these last few years, Vicky and I decided to stick to a list that’s both grownup- and kid-friendly. Make no mistake, there are places that are kid-friendly that I’d never consider going back to because the food just isn’t that good! A delicious meal is as important to me as a convenient one.
So with no further ado, here’s our list of 10 places to eat with kids in Amsterdam.
Brunch with Kids in Amsterdam
My verdict on child-friendliness: By virtue of its proximity to Vondelpark, the nexus of a great many kiddie classes and activities, Dignita is family central on weekends. Arrive before the brunch rush begins (roughly 12:00) to score a spot beside the highly coveted, baby-gated play corner. An assortment of lovingly battered toys and books keeps young children occupied until salvation arrives in the form of a decent Bloody Mary. Your giant Bugaboo will fit comfortably beside the couch on the ground floor, while the hipsters escape to the stroller-free mezzanine. Staff are used to dodging wriggly tots while serving up some of the best brunch plates in town. High chairs and changing facilities available.
Vicky’s verdict on the food: There aren’t many good brunch places in Amsterdam, and Dignita is one of them – kids or no kids. I really enjoyed their chickpea and courgette fritters with fried halloumi, poached egg, avocado, dukkah and a mint-yoghurt dressing. The fritters were moist, the egg perfectly poached, the textures well balanced – all in all, a lovely dish. Their coffees and breakfast cocktails are good too, and even the service is quick. Read Vicky’s full review.
My verdict on child-friendliness: Another lovely brunch spot in a very family-friendly neighborhood, Drovers Dog knows its clientele well. High chairs and a small play corner make this a no-brainer for the young families of the Rivierenbuurt. Their spacious (by Amsterdam standards) terraces hold ample room for strollers when it’s nice enough to sit outside. I haven’t been back in a while (because I never leave my neighborhood, that’s life as a parent for you), but when we last were there, Tala loved the ricotta pancakes with blueberries as a special weekend treat.
Vicky’s verdict on the food: The first time I went to Drovers Dog was years ago, and at the time I felt their corn fritters were not a patch on those at Little Collins. However, I went back more recently and they’ve really upped their game. Their take on an Eggs Benedict involved bacon, spinach and toast (as well as eggs and Hollandaise, obviously) but was no less delicious for being untraditional. Their Bloody Mary hit the spot too.
My verdict on child-friendliness: Nothing gets me more excited than a killer brunch and playground combo. About a block from the lovely Wachterliedplantsoen playground and kinderboerderij (petting zoo) in Bos en Lommer, Podium Mozaiek is one of my absolute favorites. Their Turkish breakfast has many different components served in small dishes, so even picky eaters can find something to enjoy. There’s lots of space for strollers both inside and on the terrace; high chairs and changing facilities are available.
Vicky’s verdict on the food: One of the things I enjoyed most about my trip to Istanbul was the incredible Turkish breakfasts. So, if you’re looking to get your fix in Amsterdam, you’ll be happy to stumble upon Mozaiek. The Turkish brunch I had there included everything from filo-cheese cigars and chorizo skewers to fried halloumi and dozens of dips and toppings for bread. The individual portions weren’t huge, but there were enough of them that you certainly didn’t go hungry for a very reasonable €13.
De Bakkerswinkel, Westergasfabriek
My verdict on child-friendliness: Being a lazy resident of Westerpark, like Vicky, De Bakkerswinkel is my go-to kid-friendly café. De Bakkerswinkel offers simple breads and spreads for the kids, changing facilities and high chairs, and a small box of toys for babies and toddlers.
My daughter and I love to wind up here after a morning (or afternoon) spent kicking a ball around, feeding the ducks, and playing with friends at the wonderful public playground at the Samsam daycare in the park.
Vicky’s verdict on the food: I like the Bakkerswinkel because it’s right on my doorstep (in the Westerpark – not that I sleep in the park, but you know what I mean) and it has lovely cakes and things. But you need to be a little careful what you order. A slice of quiche (decent quiche, but not amazing quiche) will cost you around €5. But add a slice of bread and a bit of salad and it’ll go up to nearer €10 for very little added value. On the other hand, the sweet stuff is more affordable: for Brits hankering after a taste of home (or really just a taste of nostalgia) you can get tasty scones with jam and clotted cream for just a few euros.