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Local Tip: Kids’ Cooking In Amsterdam


Parents visiting Amsterdam with kids 12 and under will want to drop in to Kinderkookcafe. The café is designed to make kids feel at home with unbreakable, brightly colored plates and furniture scaled to their size. The emphasis is on cooking from scratch and making vegetables as fun and appealing as cookies. Drop school-age kids off for cooking classes while you take in a museum. Return and let them serve up the results. For the under-5 set, try the help-yourself service.  They roll their own pigs in blankets or decorate cupcakes while you enjoy good coffee and  uninterrupted conversation with your spouse, or take more than a glance at your guidebook. Make sure to get a photo of your Mario-Batali-in-training in his or her apron and chef’s hat.

The website isn’t in English, but you can get an idea of how things work. You’ll find a phone number you can call or a form to fill out for more information. Call ahead for cooking classes, especially if you have a group  coming.

This tip comes from Freda Raphael, an Amsterdam native who rents out vacation homes in Europe via. She tweets @fredaraffeal123.)




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  1. Paula Bernstein
    October 21, 2011 at 9:47 am — Reply

    Sounds amazing! This makes me want to go to Amsterdam with the kids.

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