AMSTERDAM: EAT SEE PLAY SHOP SLEEP TIPS OUT OF TOWN
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The Butcher, fast food the good way :)
They call their burgers 'bloody delicious' and we can state for a fact that they are exactly that. The highest quality Aberdeen Angus beef is grilled to perfection and served with a 'secret signature sauce' on a home-made semi-brioche bun -- if you love burgers, this is as good as it's going to get! THE ...
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Toni Loco -- a simple and fun formula for some of the best pizza in town!
If you're in The Pijp and feel like some of the best pizza in town, look no further. Located in the middle of this hip and happening neighbourhood, Toni Loco offers a straightforward but successful formula: a small menu of seriously delicious pizza made from only the very best ingredients, combined with an excellent drinks ...
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The Avocado Show, featuring one main ingredient, the avocado!
The Avocado Show is a restaurant in the trendy Pijp cooking with one main ingredient: it's all about the avocado! I recently took Sara on a little mama-daughter lunch date here, and we both loved the experience. Obviously we're both big avocado lovers, so the menu was right up our alley! The Avocado Show offers ...
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A trip to Morocco -- in the Tropenmuseum!
We just came back from a trip to Morocco -- and it only took us a few hours! We went to the beautiful Tropenmuseum here in Amsterdam, where we boarded a plane to Marrakesh and entered a medina of little streets and rooms to discover. Before the departure of the 'plane', the children were handed ...
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Het Woeste Westen - a nature park for all ages
Nestled into the beautiful and expansive Westerpark is Het Woeste Westen -- a slice of wilderness in which children can truly connect with and explore their natural environment. Het Woeste Westen is an outdoor playland made up of a number of different adventure "islands" that are naturally separated by water. Each island has its own theme: ...
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Holiday Sitters -- a babysitter who speaks your language
It's so fun to explore family-friendly Amsterdam with children. But let's face it. When the children are safe and sound in bed after an adventurous day, there is still plenty to explore at night! Holiday Sitters is an Amsterdam-based company with a concept that is brilliantly simple: they offer babysitting services in an array of ...
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The Anne Frank House
Anne Frank is a name that is familiar to most if not all. Her world-famous diary is translated in over 60 languages worldwide, and the story of her family hiding in Amsterdam during WWII is universally known. We can all envision the photos of Anne's sweet face, showing a girl on the verge of adolescence. I ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Zandvoort Beach -- a short train ride from Amsterdam
The Dutch seaside is a beautiful place to escape to if you want some fresh air, or simply to see it -- and luckily it is very easy to reach from Amsterdam and makes for the perfect daytrip out of town. Zaandvort Beach is Amsterdam's nearest and easiest accessible beach via public transport (there are ...
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OUT OF TOWN
A weekend visit to the Efteling and Beekse Bergen safari park
The Efteling is a theme park in the south of the Netherlands and it's (as far as theme parks go) really adorable. The heart of the park, the Fairytale Forest, launched 70 years ago in 1952 with beautifully designed attractions based on whimsical illustrations by Anton Pieck. Nowadays, the Efteling has expanded beyond the Fairytale ...
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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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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
For its small geographical size, Amsterdam is home to an impressive number of museums and galleries, many of which are family friendly. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is located in the iconic Muesumplein (alongside the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum) and showcases a fine collection of modern and contemporary art. The Stedelijk Museum is one of ...
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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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SLEEP
Hotel Roemer
I mostly recommend Hotel Roemer for its convenient location, right next to the Vondelpark and only a short walk away from the centre of town. The hotel is located in a quiet residential street, lined with trees and with beautiful examples of late 19th century architecture. For families, it is a suitable base to explore Amsterdam -- either by ...
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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Mathieu in Oud-West
Mathieu Garnier is a French lad living in the Oud West neighbourhood together with his German fiancée Talke and their two young daughters Dita and Hila. Mathieu is the co-founder of Holiday Sitters, a brand new company which provides (traveling) families in Amsterdam with babysitting services in the family's native language. I'm so excited to share his tips of ...
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Tips from a local: Aaf in Watergraafsmeer
Aaf Brandt Corstius is a mother of two and a well-known Dutch writer and columnist. She lives in the once rural Watergraafsmeer, where many rich city merchants had their country seats in the 17th century. Nowadays, the rural character has all but disappeared and Watergraafsmeer is part of trendy East Amsterdam, where many hip and special places can be ...
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Tips from a local: Frances in Weesperzijde
Frances Shoemack is a mother of two boys and the founder of Abel, the world's first fragrance made from 100% natural ingredients. Originally from New Zealand, she and her family now live in the hip and happening Weesperzijde neighbourhood, located on the east shore of the Amstel river. We're so happy with the tips she has ...
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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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LOCAL TIPS
Tips from a local: Joanna in Haarlemmerbuurt
Joanna is a Brit married to a Dutchman and they live in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Amsterdam together with their two little girls. Their neighbourhood is called the Haarlemmerbuurt and their house is squeezed in between the Brouwersgracht (voted the most beautiful canal in Amsterdam) and The Haarlemmerstraat/dijk (often voted the best shopping ...
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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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Winter fun: Ice skating outside the Rijksmuseum
One of the most beautiful things about Amsterdam is how much the city transforms with the seasons -- there are so many transient moments to enjoy. While in the Summer there are many outdoor cafes, playgrounds and splash pools to entertain the kids, as the warm weather comes to an end many of these places ...
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Amsterdam Central Library
As the weather starts to cool down noticeably here in the Northern Hemisphere and Winter fast approaches, it is the perfect time to start discovering some of the lovely indoor spaces available to families in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam Central Library, situated an easy walking distance from the Central Station, contains a beautiful and large space ...
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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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