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Jul 2, 2006 08:16 AM

Good Eats in Amsterdam

Will be travelling with my husband and 3-year-old son to Amsterdam for 3 days before hitting other European cities. Can anyone recommend some good restaurants that I can take my active 3-year-old to? Thanks in advance for any recommendations.

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  1. We were just there with our 4-yr. old; here's where we recommend:

    --Pancake Bakery on Prinsengracht for lunch (get there right at noon to avoid a wait);
    --Toscanini on Lindengracht for really good Italian in a warm, funky atmosphere; only beautiful people work here and may seem pretentious at first glance, but they were very nice and welcomong to us and the food was wonderful;
    --a Spanish tapas place (whose name unfortunately I forget) also in the Lindengracht a block or two north from Toscanini (it's across the street from another Spanish place, Duende); wonderful little neighborhood place with the best tapas I have ever had and friendly, family service;
    --AVOID the Cafe Americain!!
    --the Orangery at the Botanical Gardens; great for sitting and relaxing; the Garden itself is very much worth visiting as well;
    --we also did a luch of rijstafel at Sama Sebo near the Rijksmuseum; really good food and helpful staff; even a 3-yr old could find something good to eat there.


    1. Stop by one of the frite stands - these are french fry stands like the Belgiums have - incredible crispy fries. The difference is that the folks in the Netherlands have peanut sauce as an option, a very yummy twist. By the way, if they cover the fries with tin foil, take the foil off immediately - it makes the fries soggy.

      1. Just went there with my 11 year old granddaughter. The Pancake Factory is okay but the portions are huge. Be sure to get the little ones. also try Zomers, they were kind to my granddaugter and accomodated her request for sauce on the side. Now she loves bernaise but needed to taste it on her own terms. Frites are great and try them with mayonaise.

        1. There's an excellent Turkish place called Turquoise on Wolvenstraat that I think would be kid friendly.

          1. Without a doubt, Villa Zeezicht at Torensteeg 7 right on a canal. Has awesome apple tart. Really good mint tea with fresh mint. Very nice people, my kids loved it, we went there every day!