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Exploring Jordaan with Kids

February 16, 2016

Jordaan cat pic

There are many cute areas in Amsterdam, but Jordaan is probably the cutest. Despite the large amount of tourists in the area it is still a place where real people live, work and do their everyday things. Jordaan is full of nice restaurants and cafes and often the streets resemble a small village with children playing, and people having drinks and eating on the narrow terraces, and chatting with friends, neighbours and fellow shop owners. The Noordermarkt square has an organic farmer’s market on Saturday mornings and a flea market on Monday mornings that you should go and check out. At the Saturday organic market you can have breakfast or lunch or gather ingredients for a nice picnic later on for yourself. On Saturdays there is also another, bigger market on nearby Lindenstraat which is definitely worth a visit. Westerstraat is less cute but has also plenty of shops and restaurants for the hungry ones.

My favourite street in Jordaan is Tweede Tuindwarsstraat. It is squeezed in between two other almost equally lovely streets Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat and Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat (not to be completely confused check the area from the map: it is one street where every block has their own street name). There is a nice Italian restaurant called La Perla that makes great pizzas, for coffee and/or beer I would stop by at Café de Tuin. Pinxtos restaurant La Oliva has a great selection of pinxtos sandwiches and the Japanese Pancake World a little further down the road is a great place to eat as well. La Oliva is often very busy so make sure to have a reservation (their address is Egelantiersstraat 122-124 as they are in the corner of the two streets) and the Japanese Pancake World is often closed for a longer time in the winter so check that out before getting fixated on a Japanese pancake lunch. For hot days there is a small ice cream shop Monte Pelmo’s IJs. In between the cafes and restaurants there are a lot of small boutiques that sell new and second hand items. If for some mysterious reason I would have to live the rest of my life on one street, I would choose Tweede Tuindwarsstraat.

Tweede Tuindwarsstraat was also on the way from our home to our favourite playground, the Kip and Konintje (Chicken and bunny) in the end of Slootstraat where I have spent countless afternoons playing with my girl and having picnics. First of all the playground is surrounded by houses so there is no traffic anywhere nearby and the chance of escape is zero if you keep an eye on the only gate there is (the handle is also so high that little ones will not reach it). In accordance with the name there is a small house with chickens and bunnies for the kids to look at. There are a lot of small bikes available, swings, sandpit and a small slide. I think it is the best playground for toddlers, but not necessarily so interesting for the bigger kids. For parents there are chairs and a picnic table where you can have a nice lunch together with your family. When the sun starts to shine in the spring you can choose a sunny corner from the playground and enjoy the warmth while your kids play in a safe environment. Because it is in an enclosed inner yard there is also no wind, which makes it the warmest corner of the city basically any time of the year.

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