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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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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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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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Il Pecorino in Amsterdam-Noord
  Situated just north of Centraal Station and across the water from IJ-lake you will find Amsterdam-Noord (North Amsterdam), one of Amsterdam's more up and coming neighbourhoods. In recent years Amsterdam-Noord has become an increasingly popular destination to visit due to both the urban-industrialized style of the area as well as the many hip and trendy shops, ...
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De Kaaskamer van Amsterdam
It is not difficult to find good cheese in The Netherlands. For a country that is renowned for its wonderful cheeses --such as Edam and Gouda, it comes as no surprise that even the selection of cheese available at your local grocery store is great. You really can’t go too far wrong! There are many good cheese ...
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Easy Meals
Exploring a new city can be tiring for a family, and sometimes you just need a good meal, fast. To help you out, here is a list of tasty and easy meal options available around Amsterdam. Bagels & Beans Founded in Amsterdam in 1996, Bagels and Beans brought the popular American bagel to the Netherlands...but ...
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Burgermeester
Even though they don’t serve French Fries at Burgermeester (Dutch for mayor), they do serve the most delicious burgers! Think burgers with Blonde d'Aquitaine beef and truffle, lamb with red onion compote, wild duck with Chinese cabbage, salmon with grilled asparagus and lemon mayonnaise... Or the vegetarian burger with falafel and grilled vegetables -- all of ...
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Boerderij Meerzicht
Nestled away inside the Amsterdam forest, Boerderij Meerzicht is a beautiful Dutch pancake restaurant and farm house that is  so much fun for the kids! Boerderij Meerzicht dates back to 1857 (before even the Amsterdam forest existed!) and during the construction of the forest in the early 1900s when many of the other farm houses in the ...
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The Hoxton, Amsterdam
    Located in the heart of the Herengracht district, one of Amsterdam’s most desirable addresses, The Hoxton hotel is a great place to explore this super cool city with the family. We spent a long weekend together exploring the museums, the markets and simply hanging out with friends and we fell in love with the ...
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Pancakes Amsterdam
What exactly are pancakes? In America they are thick and small and eaten for breakfast in stacks - the higher the stack the cooler the cowboy! In France they are called crêpes and are very large, thin and delicate and eaten for lunch or a snack from one of the little street stands. In Holland, ...
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Radion
Time to let you in on a little local secret...a restaurant bar with a nanny service (yes, you heard correctly, but shhhhhhhh!). Radion is not only a cool, retro-style restaurant and bar with a funky industrial feel (and a nice selection of beers on tap), but on Sundays they provide a nanny service so that you can ...
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De Kleine Parade
Nestled into the heart of the trendy district known as De Pijp you will find this little gem.  De Kleine Parade is a kids concept store, cafe and atelier that offers a beautifully curated selection of kids clothes, toys, books, home deco and accessories. It is the ideal spot to come with your little ones if you want ...
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Vondeltuin
The Vondeltuin is a lovely café/restaurant with a huge terrace and playground situated in the most southwestern end of the beautiful Vondelpark. It is the perfect place to come with children on a summery day, but even when the weather is less forgiving there is an indoor restaurant area with a cosy little wood fire to warm up in. The ...
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Boca's Bar
If you happen to be in De Pijp area of Amsterdam's South, a great place to stop for drinks and a meal with the family is Boca's Bar.  The specialty here is 'broodjes' (little bread roll sandwiches) which are made and presented like a sort of tapas with many different and interesting flavour combinations. You can sample a couple of little ...
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Foodhallen
Inspired by such places as Torvehallerne in Copenhagen and the Borough Market in London, Foodhallen is The Netherlands' first indoor food market, situated in Amsterdam's West. It is part of De Hallen, a large complex  of buildings that are a newly renovated old tram depot dating back to the 19th century. The entire space is still very new with ...
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Dignita Restaurant
There's a new kid on the block in Amsterdam's Old South and it has fast become popular, not only among trendy city-goers, but also among young families thanks to its child-friendly design. Dignita restaurant specialises in brunch and has been developed with much love and thought, both in terms of décor and in their deliciously crafted menu. The café ...
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Le Pain Quotidien
One of my favourite international chains in the world must be Le Pain Quotidien (PQ). Even after, I don't know, 10 years or so, I still am not tired of the deliciousness of the PQ tartines, cakes, salads and, well, everything. So the fact that the PQ finally came to Amsterdam has made me very, ...
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House and Park Frankendael
In the 17th century, the Dutch Golden Age, it was the fashion for Amsterdam's wealthiest merchants to buy a plot of land outside the city and build themselves a stately country house. The beautiful old House Frankendael, located about a mile east from the city centre in Watergraafsmeer, is one of those country estates and ...
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Restaurant As -- pure food
One of my favourite restaurants in Amsterdam is Restaurant As. Located in a modern chapel on the edge of the Beatrix Park, this is slow food at its best! The cooks use organic, seasonal food from local sources and are big on treating the food the way it should be treated, so that it tastes exactly ...
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Ristorante Le 4 Stagioni
Delle 4 Stagioni is the neighbourhood Italian restaurant that every Old-South family knows about. It is located in a beautiful old butcher's shop with all the original antique wall tiles still present (and depicting the four seasons). The restaurant serves a good Roman style pizza, tasty fresh pastas and has a decent wine list. The ...
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Bazar
In one of Amsterdam's hottest neighbourhoods, de Pijp, you can find Bazar, a restaurant serving Arabic dishes in a middle Eastern atmosphere.  I really like Bazar, mostly for it's relaxed atmosphere.  No dressing up, no big prices, nothing fancy but on the other hand super relaxed and kid-friendly.  Mini picnic tables are put next to ...
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Chirp chirp! These fingerprint cards are super easy and quick to make so if you are in need of a last-minute Easter card read on. ⭐️ You will need: Yellow water colour paint (water and a paintbrush to mix) Plain white card folded in half Black felt tip pen Orange felt tip pen (We found water colours worked great but any yellow paint will do). ⭐️ Mix up some yellow water colour paint, dip a finger into the paint and then place firmly onto the front of a folded piece of card. Repeat and cover the whole card with yellow fingerprints leaving some gaps for the feet and beaks. ⭐️ Once the paint has dried add some little black legs and feet, a dot for the eye and an orange beak. The beaks look great all pointing in different directions. ⭐️ What we love about these cute cards are their randomness. It’s such a simple idea that children of any age can get involved. Anything goes here, long legs/ short legs, big beaks/little beaks!! We guarantee they’ll look great in any style and they will definitely bring a smile to a loved ones face. #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercards @soloskates
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Hoppy paper doll bunnies from @laraoflondon were super easy. Just accordion fold a long strip of white paper and cut out! Then add ears, eyes, and a few accessories of course! #babyccinocrafts #babyccinokids #paperdolls #easterbunny
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Decorations that don’t waste too many precious cooking ingredients... yes please! We love this simple salt dough recipe!🧂 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1. Preheat the oven to 120 °C and line baking tray with baking paper. 2. Mix flour and salt in the bowl then gradually add water, stirring until combined. 3. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface, roll out until about 7mm thick and transfer to baking tray. 4. Then all you need is an egg-shaped cookie cutter, which is easy to find at this time of the year. Cut them out and make a hole in each about a centimeter from the top edge. Bake on 120C for about three hours turning them once after about 2 hours. 5. Now paint both sides with one color or each in different and wait to dry completely. 6. After about an hour you can draw your favorite designs on the eggs (again, one or both sides). 7. Leave for about 12 hours or overnight to dry and finish them with glossy varnish. (Clear nail polish works nicely.) 8. Now just string the twine or a fishing line through holes and you’re done! 9. Place on branches or hang around the home. 10. Enjoy! 🥚🧂 More Easter ideas in our bio! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts #eastercraftsforkids #saltdoughornaments
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Paper, glue, scissors... make your own sweet bunny ears to create more fun for your Easter at home. It’s a 5 minute craft and 100% recycled scraps friendly! See @laraoflondon ‘s idea in the bio and customise the colours for your little ! #babyccinokids #babyccinocrafts
2 days ago
Hello Easter! We have over ninety crafts, recipes & blog posts (yes, that’s 90!) for this season we adore. So click on the bio link and get inspired. And stay tuned as we share all week — natural egg dyeing, making edible egg nests, cakes, salads, cards, decor, and more! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats #babyccinocrafts #easter
3 days ago
Schedules? Routines? We have pointers from week three of being indoors. More on today’s blog. @estherbabyccino #babyccinokids
4 days ago
How can we manage worrying information around our children? Today’s blog post looks at these ‘unprecedented’ times. With news reels, articles, conversations, not only between adults but children too that are hard to ignore. It is impossible to shield our children from the worries and events of the wider world, and important to share some truths with them about what is happening. We are, as Maria Montessori put it, “Citizens of the World” and our children will be the ones to inherit it. Being in lockdown, (hello to everyone at home!) can make for a really good environment to nurture discussion, as we have time to drip feed explanations, observe reactions and unpick tricky questions. There are some simple ways we can help stem and support the flow of information, manage anxieties and make sense of the world around us all. So today we have tips in our bio, so click on the link and share with loved ones. And please stay safe. #babyccinokids #explainingcoronavirustokids @themontessoristudio
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The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon is a great hit. It is filled with over 400 whimsical words which continually amaze us ... words like ‘bumbershoot’, ‘spaghettification’, ‘hurdy-gurdy’ and ‘ombudsman’ are carefully described and fantastically illustrated by Louise Lockhart. I mean how cool is the word ‘hurdy-gurdy’?! Read more about the book on today’s blog. #babyccinokids #babyccinoreads @vanessa_wild_flours
6 days ago
Art for everyone... Julie from @famillesummerbelle shared this beautiful print for colouring in fun. Print out available in our bio. Enjoy. ️ @estherbabyccino @famillesummerbelle #famillesummerbelle
6 days ago
We’ve had a full-on week with home learning (as you all have I imagine) and managed to survive (just) the week in the house together. But this morning I felt we all needed a little time out from the work and we did maths through baking by making these delicious cookies. They were out of the oven just in time for a mid-morning brain break. I think we’ve tried every recipe for chocolate chip cookies but this is our favourite and today I thought I’d share it with you. I must warn you, they are not the healthiest, but during these times I think we are all in need of a little treat. Thanks to @vanessa_wild_flours for this idea ... and click on our bio for her yummy recipe! #babyccinokids #babyccinoeats
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Here’s a video of our latest ShopUp in East London (shot and edited by our lovely and talented friend Nadine Brandt). It encapsulates the ShopUp atmosphere really, really well, and it makes us so excited for the next one!
1 year ago
Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW! You can order it here: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Check out our new book! 9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE: UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
3 years ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
3 years ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
3 years ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
3 years ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
3 years ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
3 years ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
3 years ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
4 years ago