Family Dindins: Bazar Amsterdam

Twinkle Twinkle...Bazar's ceiling makes for excellent kids' entertainment

The three of us went out for dinner a couple of Sundays ago. It might not sound like a big deal, but it was. Anything involving us going into the city to sit down and eat with an almost-toddler is a big deal, but we want to make the most of everything we have around us, so the other week we set off to find the perfect place for Sunday dinner.

We had originally planned to go to Witteveen on Ceintuurbaan, but when we got there at 15:00, the place was heaving. It is child-friendly…there were many, many children there and there’s even a children’s play room at the back. But it was so busy it wasn’t conducive to an enjoyable dinner. So we legged it over to the Kingfisher to meet our friends for a cuppa before going on to Bazar.

Sunday afternoons at the pub are a bit different to how they used to be!

When we lived in de Pijp, we went to Bazar quite regularly and the last time I was there, I met up with some cool imaginary friends. It’s refreshing to find somewhere right on the Albert Cuyp Markt that has space. High ceilings, gaps between tables, an upper floor, balconies. It’s a great space to chill with friends and pass the afternoon after shopping at the market, and, as it turns out, family dinner on a Sunday. Because the food is pretty wicked too.

Another big plus is the service. In the times that I’ve been there, the staff have been friendly and eager to please, which is truly a phenomenon in Amsterdam. This time they also doted on my daughter, which will always bring out the Big Gold Star for parents. We got there at about 16:00, which seems to be a good time on a Sunday, when we were getting ready to leave 1.5 hours later, it was starting to fill up.

Mr B's content.

It had been a while since we’d gone out for dinner and Lola loved it. She’s still experimenting with Middle Eastern food though, so she played it safe and stuck to salad, managing to take her eye off the twinkly ceiling long enough to shout at the camera.

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