The Best Family-Friendly Dinner Spots in Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s buzzing culinary scene is a renowned one, and not without good reason! In the marvelous Dutch capital, you will find everything from local snack-stops, to innovative high-end cuisine, picturesque cafes, and vegan hotspots. You name it, Amsterdam’s got it. At the end of a day of exploration, you and the little ones must be craving a good meal. Luckily, as one of Europe’s most family-friendly destinations, Amsterdam is filled with places that are perfect for a fun, cozy, and mouthwatering dining experience. In this blog, we’ll tell you all about the best family-friendly dinner spots in Amsterdam

Top 3: The Best Family-Friendly Dinner Spots in Amsterdam

The Pool’s spacious layout and trendy colorful decor make this a fantastic spot to end your day. Aside from a remarkably versatile (and delicious) menu for the mums and dads, this gem has a great kids’ menu too.

The Pool, Amsterdam-Oost

We particularly love the fact that The Pool offers comfy childrens’ chairs, colouring books and coloured pencils to get crafty with while waiting for your tasty dinner, and, not to mention, an impressively well-equipped play area with ping-pong tables, a foosball table, and a photobooth. Beneath the restaurant, the (older) kids will find pinball machines and arcade games. How cool is that? Another special feature is the weekly family dinner, hosted on Saturdays from 5.30 – 6.30 PM (make sure to book in advance). 

The Pool, Amsterdam-Oost

This culinary gem, nestled in a historic building, may not give a child-friendly impression at first, but looks can be deceiving! In the former engine room of a pumping station that dates back to the late 19th century, you’ll find Cafe Restaurant Amsterdam. Open 7 days a week, this is a wonderful, industrial, yet French brasserie-style hotspot where you’ll enjoy an eclectic menu in a unique setting. The little ones have a great range of dishes to choose from, but most other dishes can be tailored to a kids’ portion too. We particularly love the terrace (great during summertime) and the fact that the restaurant is located in a car-free zone.

Café Restaurant Amsterdam, Amsterdam-West

Located on a cozy little street in Amsterdam-Oost, this one is often regarded as one of the best gastro restaurants in the city. While Rijsel is the ideal place to visit for a fine-dining experience, its familial setting instantly makes you feel at home.

Rijsel, Amsterdam-Oost

Rijsel’s picturesque interior, lovely and idyllic vibe, and versatile menu radiate a sincere passion for French cuisine. The chefs make sure to prepare their meals with the best (fresh and locally grown) products out there. A must visit if you ask us!  

Rijsel, Amsterdam-Oost

Already thinking about lunch the next day? Read about Amsterdam’s best family-friendly lunch spots here.