Child-Friendly Restaurants for Food Lovers in Amsterdam

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Travelling with the children can be full on, especially if you are the kind of family who love to fill your days with adventures and exploration. Energetic kids need feeding a lot, and this can be a real problem when on holiday; finding a restaurant to suit all the youngsters is often tricky.

Eating out together is a really important part of a trip away as a family, so it is imperative that everyone enjoys the experience. Thankfully, when visiting Amsterdam, there is lots of choice when it comes to great family friendly restaurants.

Here are four that come highly recommended.


A fabulous place for younger children, this spot is more than just somewhere to eat. Home to its own vegetable garden as well as a play park, this restaurant encourages the little ones to come and cook before they eat; and not only that, they help to clean up afterwards!

From 10am-5pm children between one and six years of age can join in and make cookies, pizza and lots more. Parents don’t go without, either, as there is an extensive snack menu that includes sandwiches and cakes.

Haddock Amsterdam

This wonderful restaurant prides itself on putting the children first. It is all about having fun at this cosy family run spot. There is everything your youngsters could want here, including toys, books and craft tables. They even host special sessions for the kids. You can book the little ones in for a craft afternoon, a cookie-making class or disco evening, or even have their hair cut.

There is a large lawn outside so football, running and digging in the sandpit are all on offer. While you enjoy your meal, the kids can play to their hearts’ description.

Restaurant-Café de IJ-kantine

A lovely family friendly spot, this eatery welcomes kids of all ages. Providing games, colouring pens and lots of delicious child-friendly options, your youngsters will feel right at home here. Mum and Dad can relax knowing that the restaurant is very well known for taking good care of the little ones.

Delicious menu options include mini pancakes, veal croquettes and toasties.

The Happy Bull

There are few kids who would turn their nose up at a burger which is why this restaurant is usually a winner. Located in Amsterdam South, the Happy Bull is famous for its burgers and milkshakes. Fresh food made with quality ingredients has earned this place its excellent reputation. Kids will love the rich and decadent milkshakes that are made from ice cream imported from Venice. A visit here is a real treat, especially for youngsters with a sweet tooth!

Getting to Amsterdam from the UK

Getting to Amsterdam could not be easier. Flights from London are direct and take just over an hour. KLM and British Airways provide several flights a week so you have lots of choice.

When travelling with kids you will want the transfer from the airport to your accommodation to be as seamless as possible. Public transport can be a battle so for a stress free experience, arrange a pickup with a reputable airport transportation company. In less than half an hour you can be at your hotel ready to start your holiday.

Amsterdam is a great destination for children. Not only are there great places to eat, but many are specifically geared towards the younger visitor. After a long day of fun, hand over the reins and get your kids fed as well as entertained. You can then sit back, relax and enjoy some Dutch cuisine of your own.
About author: Desiree Michels

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers in various countries across the globe. If you need the best way of getting to Amsterdam, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.


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