Whether you're looking for cool clothes or educational toys, the city of Amsterdam offers several children's stores that are great for parents and little ones alike.
From handmade crafts to exquisitely designed luxury toys from some of the world's finest toymakers, the following stores offer a wide variety of take-home souvenirs for your kids on your upcoming family vacation to the capital of the Netherlands.
If shopping isn't your kids' favorite thing to do, though, there are plenty of other activities and adventures that are appropriate for children.
HEMA has several locations in Amsterdam—and throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany—offering an all-around shopping staple for most Amsterdammers with one of the most appealing lines of children's clothes and toys in the area.
Although the patterns are simple, the concepts are functional yet fun, the selections aren't overwhelming, and the prices are incredibly reasonable. A stop at the HEMA is a must for parents and children visiting Amsterdam.
HEMA is a veritable institution in the Netherlands, and it's known just as much for its cafeteria as for its economical housewares (much like IKEA). Kids love the soft-serve ice cream and other sweets, while the rookworst is a national obsession. Plus, breakfast at HEMA is one of the best deals in town.
Just around the corner from De Zaailing at Cornelis Anthoniszstraat 38 in the Oud Zuid (Old South) area, "The Tiny Department Store" sells kitschy kids' toys, clothes, and room décor items, most of which come in bright colors and bold patterns.
Original wall hangings look like play-time pop art and the handmade stuffed animals are a favorite unique gift (even if they do borrow the design of Anne-Claire Petit, whose products seem to have disappeared from the shelves).
Located at Rozengracht 104 in the Western Canal Belt, Broer & Zus ("Brother & Sister") is a must for moms who want their kids to look fashionably fun.
Featuring quality children's clothes for tiny tots to 10-year-olds, almost all of which are from top Dutch designers, you'll find everything from adorable pea coats you'll wish came in adult sizes to witty onesies reading "Lady Killer" at this unique boutique.
The collection also includes the shop's own brand and a wide range of shoes and boots. Gift lines include the popular and precious Anne-Claire Petit products.
The museums' shops in Amsterdam often have a wonderful selection of merchandise especially for children; while this is especially true of the city's dedicated children's museums, it's no less true of some of the other major museums in town.
Don't miss the children's section of the museum shops at the Jewish History Museum, National Maritime Museum, Science Center NEMO, Tropics Museum, and other top museums.
Located at Ruysdaelstraat 21 in the Oud Zuid (Old South) area of Amsterdam, De Zaailing offers a variety of kid-friendly merchandise appropriate for children of all ages.
The store's name means "the seedling," which hints at its natural-products philosophy. Here you'll find beautifully handmade wooden and felt toys, baby clothes made of organic cotton and a huge selection of children's books (although most are in Dutch). They even sell all-natural bedding and fabric by the meter!