a weekend in Amsterdam

Come join our series ‘a Weekend in Amsterdam’, where we asked inspiring women to share the hotspots of their beloved hometown. Favourite places to take the family to eat, drink, shop or to just enjoy the outside. 

Growing up in the countryside, Repose AMS’s founder In-Yeo was always fascinated by the city. Moving to Amsterdam was the best decision she ever made and turned her into a true city gal. “All the perks the city has to offer;

it simply makes me happy”, she says. 

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Meet Renske Barnhoorn

Mom to Sef and Flo

Works at Naïf, the brand that makes responsible care products for your little ones and yourself.  She also writes for different brands and platforms, and she's our go-to for hotspots in Amsterdam (and beyond).
She has visited and shared her favorite places in Amsterdam's East side.

No place like home they say and for us that's the beautiful places Amsterdam has to offer. Amsterdam is never boring or slow, so we continue being curious on what it has in store for us. New coffee places opening every month, interesting restaurants start doing business. And for us, no better way to combine visiting those places with the kids and a little bit of playground and play break in between.

Café + Bakeries

With kids you automatically start the day early. No better place to wake up in a café where the kids can play and you can slowly start with a fresh coffee in your hand. 

You probably smell the great baking skills from the team of 4850 around the corner. When they open you can prepare for some fans to already stand in front of the door. Their cinnamon / cardamom buns are the best in town and this place really got this Scandinavian trend going in the Netherlands. 
Why not sit down and enjoy the view from the benches outside, or warm up inside in their cozy place with an open kitchen - to watch the kitchen team prepare for their dinner service. 
Their coffee is phenomenal too, just so you know! 

Coffee Bru

In love with the energy, the young team of barista's and the fresh pastries and cakes made every day. In the back of the café you find a little playing area with a kitchen and books. 

The best part? Around the corner you find Oosterpark with a little playground (0-3 yo) and one for bigger kids (+4yo). Even better? Next to coffee Bru you find Erics. A deli with lots of nice cheeses, bread and wines. Perfect for weekend groceries. 

Stadsbakkerij As

On the lookout for best sourdough bread? Look no further. Stadsbakkerij As is the place to be. In this cute old small shop in the back of the VRR restaurant they do a really nice business in selling bread and everything good that goes with it. In summer time you spend your day on their terrace and eat your fresh baked pastries accompanied with a nice drink. 


Hoxton Lloyd

We might be a bit biased but Hoxton is the place to be for a vibrant weekend brunch (hello Bagel tower!) or a cozy coffee moment or dinner. Do not forget to ask the staff at the reception for their famous drawing back for your little ones (a cute drawing book with colours which they made in collaboration with Smallable, a store where Repose AMS is also selling)

Day activities 

Nemo science museum

Time is flying when having fun. A lot of cool playgrounds are all around Amsterdam. The Oosterpark playground is our favourite but do not forget to visit NEMO. A science museum with lots of cool activities for kids. How about making your own bubble of soap (as big as you are!) or creating your own chain reaction in their creative area. The big green futuristic architecture is an attraction on its own. 


On the Javaplein, a cute square in the East of Amsterdam a recently renovated café has opened its doors. The place is called Badhuis. This prestige building was used as of 1942 as a building where the neighbourhood could shower and wash themselves, as a lot of the households in the area did not have their own sanitaire.
Nowadays it's a great place for a nice lunch (hello tuna sandwich!) , a nice snack (go Dutch and order some "bitterballen"), or an easy going dinner. 



In for natural wines and some delicious small plates to share? A visit to VRR can not be forgotten. Ambiance, check. Menu, check. Food quality? 10 points. Reserve an early spot when you go with the kids and you are good to go. Fun night guaranteed.