Where to stay in Amsterdam with family is a slightly difficult question. Why? Like most cities in Europe, Amsterdam is ideal for a (romantic) weekend trip as a couple or a fun weekend out with friends, not per se as a family you might think at first. Common activities in Amsterdam among tourists are mostly sightseeing, visiting one of the famous museums, going on a shopping spree in the Kalverstraat or diving into the dark history of Anne Frank, which can be a bit dull for the younger ones. The Old City Center itself is crowded and the liberal policies on recreational drugs and prostitution make some parts of Amsterdam not much of a family-friendly place. 

But luckily, Amsterdam is much more than that. Riding a bike through the iconic streets full of unique architecture, taking a boat ride on the canals, eating typical Dutch fries and “stroopwafel” and walking through one of the many parks is a complete recipe for a lovely city trip for the whole family. And when things are getting bored for the kids, you can also visit the impressive Artis Zoo. 

With a bit of guidance, which we all provide in this article, you can make the best decision when it comes to where to stay in Amsterdam with family. Also, we’ve come up with some unique activities to make a visit to this beautiful city fun for all ages. With that being said, let’s jump to our recommendations. 
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What are the best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family?


The best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family are Westerpark, Jordaan, Oosterdok, Oud-West, Oud-Zuid, Plantage & Jewish Quarter and the Grachtengordel. All of these areas are located just outside the Old City Center, meaning that they offer slightly more space, a more family-friendly vibe yet still has access to the city’s highlights. As the Old City Center is crowded and noisy even in the evening, we believe that it’s better as a family to not book a hotel here, but discover it during the daytime. In the next paragraphs, we dive deeper into each recommended area and highlight the pros and cons. 
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The best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family are: 

 

1. Westerpark


On the westside of the Jordaan, a famous picturesque working-class neighbourhood in Amsterdam, you can find the Westerpark. As the name suggests, this family-friendly area is connected to Westerpark, which is a large park, which is ideal for families. Even though you’re located centrally, Westerpark is far from chaotic compared to the Old City Center. The lively and renovated neighbourhood, which is a former working-class neighbourhood, is home to many unique shops and restaurants. At Westerpark, you won’t be bothered much by the hedonistic traveller and if you rent a bike, you can easily discover the city at your own pace. The downside is that some city highlights are located a bit away but in return, you stay in a relatively quiet area of Amsterdam.

Pros: peaceful, family-friendly area in Amsterdam with plenty of gems to discover.

Cons: some city highlights are located far from this area, renting a bike is recommended.


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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2. Jordaan


The Jordaan is an iconic neighbourhood in Amsterdam and is a bit closer to the city centre of Amsterdam compared to Westerpark. This somewhat romantic neighbourhood was built during the Golden Age in the 17th century to function as a working-class neighbourhood. Over the years, this iconic neighbourhood changed into a slightly upscale neighbourhood but is still home to typical local bars and a unique kind of people as it’s still mostly a residential area. People who live here say what they think but with an honest and good heart. Compared to the Westerpark, the Jordaan is less spacious but you are located more centrally. In the Jordaan, you can find Anne Frank’s house. Within a few minutes of walking, you’re at the iconic canals and the rich architecture Amsterdam has to offer. Walking past these canals in the east direction and you’re already at the Amsterdam Royal Palace. That’s the benefit of staying at the Jordaan.

Pros: more central location, lively neighbourhood. 

Cons: less spacious. 


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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3. Oosterdok Island


When you want to stay in a quiet area in Amsterdam while still remaining located centrally, one of your best options is staying at Oosterdok Island. This is a quay, an artificial small island that was used for ships in the past. You can find some of the top brands in the hotel industry as this part gives you a secluded feeling while you are actually located next to Amsterdam Central Station and a five-minute walk from the Old City Center. As you pay quite the premium price, the type of tourist that books a hotel room is not here to spend all day in the coffee shop, which makes Oosterdok Island one of the best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family if it fits your budget. As you’re located right next to Amsterdam Central Station, going on a self-organized day trip is a piece of cake, although the previously recommended areas are located not that far from Central Station too. Another great feature is the fact that you're located right next to the NEMO Science Museum, which is an impressive, interactive science museum for all ages. But apart from the quietness, the good location and the museum, this small area does not much have to offer when it comes to entertainment. For that, you have to head into the city itself. 

Pros: quiet area, away from the chaos while still located centrally. 

Cons: not many things to do in this particular area (for example, barely any restaurants).


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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4. Oud-West


Oud-West, which means the Old West, is quite a large area located right above the Vondelpark, the most iconic park in Amsterdam. This authentic area of Amsterdam is home to boutique shops, trendy cafes, and design stores and can best be described as the hip(ster) area of Amsterdam. There are plenty of tourists to find here, but far less than in the Old City Center. Because of that, it’s a great area to experience the daily lives of people from Amsterdam. When you and your family love to try new food, this area is among the best as you have the brand new De Hallen, which is an upscale food court and the Ten Katemarkt, which is an excellent spot to discover finder and street food. When staying in Out-West, you’re close to the canals, the park, the museums and the iconic architecture. The downside is that moving around is a bit challenging and you’re located a bit far from Amsterdam Central Station. Renting a bike or using public transport is therefore almost a must. 

Pros: trendy area, upscale food court nearby, good location. 

Cons: a bit challenging to move around, renting a bike is a pre. 


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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5. Oud-Zuid


Oud-Zuid, which means the Old South, is the area under Oud-West that includes the iconic Vondelpark as well as the Rijksmuseum (National Museum), and the Van Gogh Museum and the Albert Cuyp Market. A part of this area is called The Pijp, which is the area where many students live as well as people with all sorts of cultures and origins. Where Oud-West is more of a trendy area, Oud-Zuid is more of an authentic part of Amsterdam with not too many whistles and bells. The authenticity of this area is what attracts tourists that want to experience how it is to live in Amsterdam, while there are still many restaurants, cafes and shops to discover. It takes you quite a bit to walk to the Old City Center, so similar to Oud-West, we recommend you rent a bike or use the tram (public transport). 

Pros: authentic atmosphere, a good impression of the daily lives of the people of Amsterdam, important landmarks nearby.

Cons: quite the walk to reach the Old City Center, renting a bike is a pre. 


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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6. Plantage & Jewish Quarter


This somewhat quiet neighbourhood right behind the most bustling area among tourists is kind of an often overlooked area. As it’s close to the Red Light District of Amsterdam and towards the somewhat boring area of Amsterdam, it’s not the tourist’s first choice. However, as it’s relatively quiet, close to the Artis Zoo and full of greenery, it’s quite a great area in Amsterdam for family. Especially the Plantage is great for families as the Jewish Quarter is located near the Wallen. One of the good things about both areas is that it’s near the Old City Center and landmarks such as the Rembrandt Huis Museum, The Old Church and The Tuschinski Theatre are nearby. If you’re visiting Amsterdam on a rainy day, definitely check out the most famous cinema in the Netherlands, the Tuschinski Theatre. 

Pros: located centrally, unique landmarks nearby, close to the Artis Zoo.

Cons: somewhat boring area.


Some of the best hotels in Amsterdam for families in this particular area are visually listed below.
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7. Grachtengordel


The last recommended area in Amsterdam for family we recommend is the Grachtengordel (Canal Belt). The Canal Belt is the area around the Old Centrum with the iconic, slightly tilted houses that are built close to the canals. These historical buildings, which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2010, are tilted as rich merchants back in the days used these houses to store trading goods which came in by boat. At the top of the roof, a pulley was placed so that the goods could be lifted from the boats. If the houses were perfectly straight, it would impossible to lift crates from the boat into their houses. So, these houses are tilted in purposes. 

Many tourists want to stay in these iconic buildings and even for Dutch people, having a house in this area is like a status symbol. So, as you can imagine, the prices of these hotels are high, especially when you are visiting as a family. If it fits your budget, the Grachtengordel is one of the best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family as the neighbourhood is spotless and you’re located centrally with the Old City Center within a five-minute walk distance. But this comes with a hefty price tag. 

Pros: beautiful architecture, located right at the canals, top location.

Cons: pricy.


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Map of the best areas in Amsterdam with family


The next image is a map of the best areas in Amsterdam with family including the city highlights. The image is in high resolution so you can easily zoom in to see all the details. 
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There you have it, all our recommendations to your question about the best areas to stay in Amsterdam with family. We hope you enjoyed it and hopefully, you can make a good decision and have the time of your life in this amazing city!
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