The Meets Amsterdam has opened their second location!

Three years after they started their journey in De Pijp, they proudly popped up a second one in Amsterdam Eastside. A place for both vega(n) aficionados and meat eaters. How great if you can mix the tasty with the healthy? The Meets in Amsterdam has proven that added sugars and additives are somewhat of the past.

The Meets’ 80/20 rule
Meet the new little brother of The Meets De Pijp in a side street by the lively Javastraat. As their neighbour behind I can tell you this is exactly what we Eastsiders needed. Something totally different. The Meets likes to follow their 80/20 rule: 80% plant-based, 20% fish, meat, diary, and above all 100% finger lickin’ good. A perfect way to pamper the vegans, fish ánd meat fans, genius. Treating yourself doesn’t mean lots of needless E numbers, greasy dishes and very few nutrients. For the latter it’s maybe even a great culinary escapade to switch to the plant-based treats, and discover whole new taste variations. It’s worth the try!

Juice at the Meets

Homemade and free from bullshit
Back to their concept: all their dishes are homemade from locally sourced, honest and, if possible, organic ingredients and free from refined sugars and other nasties. So, no I-can-dream-the-menu with eggs Benedict’s, grilled sandwiches and bombastic burgers. The Meets has put together lots of mouthwatering, out-of-the-box green creations, like the Pad Thai, Mexican veggie burger and the avocado sweet potato wrap. Culinary masterpieces both for your eyes and taste buds. And If you’ve got some room left, you definitely have to say ‘YES’ to one of their desserts. All your sweet craves will be saturated by the creamy cheesecake, fluffy carrot cake or vegan twix.

The Meets, food
Vegan sushi

On weekdays they’re also open for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Their lunch menu offers a bunch of showstoppers. From Kim-Cheezie toasti till an açai blueberry bowl and an Instagrammable stack of spirulina buckweat pancakes. All the wholesome way. Go for a blue latte, funky tea or the veggie bomb ‘Apple on the Edge’ – my fave – and you’ll claim your comfy spot for the rest of the day. This is immediately a nice bridge to the interior (wink)

Blue Latte

pancakes at The Meets
A good reason to drop by at The Meets captured in two shots: the spirulina pancakes and blue latte

Good humoured interior
At entrance mood will be good in a sec by seeing their lush colourful, (inspired by the retro 80’s) interior with loads of super comfy chairs and couches. No hustle or bustle, just relaxed vibes and a very warm place. The creative concept is set by Studio Noun – known from the styling for, for example, Restaurant C and Baut – in collaboration with top illustrator Piet Paris. Thumbs up.

The Meets interior

In case you’d like to end your chaotic workday or start your lazy weekend with a healthy boost, The Meets is your new favourite kid in town. More of this please!

Love,

Sharmaine

The Meets Eatery
Sumatrastraat 28 – 30, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Mondays till Fridays 17:30 – 23:00
Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 – 23:00
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*Sharmaine is one of our guest bloggers from the Netherlands with a sweet tooth. The sweeter, the better! She no kitchen princess so she’s always in search for the best hotspots in Amsterdam! You can expect an article from her once a month! Check her out on Instagram!

7 x Child & Baby Friendly Cafés in Amsterdam West

My baby boy is almost 9 months old now and I am getting more and more used to the life as a working mom. I used to work a lot from home but after a couple of months, I felt comfortable enough to spend my afternoon’s at some of Amsterdam’s best mummy’s & daddy’s hang-outs. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy finding those places where you can drink a great cup of coffee and fit your stroller/buggy inside without annoying everyone. Because I live in Amsterdam New West, I have selected my favourite child & baby friendly cafés in Amsterdam West.

Wijs West, Bilderdijkstraat 62
This is a children’s shop and café all in one. Great for parents and even better for kids because there is a corner where they can safely play. The shop offers a range of beautiful children and baby clothes of mostly organic cotton. It’s also a great shop for buying toys, cutlery and gifts. The store also offers a hairdresser especially for kids. The café offers smoothies, salads or healthy sandwiches, also for the little ones. Across the street you can find the little brother store of OnWijs West. Here you can go all out on toys and more clothes for kids from 4 years and older. www.wijswest.nl

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Enough space to eat, play and shop. Source

Boezemvriend, Overtoom 205
This is still one of my favourite hang-outs. I have brought many of my mummy friends here for a coffee or lunch. It’s great because it’s so relaxed and especially great for new mums who are still a bit conscious of breastfeeding in public. Here it’s more than normal because Boezemvriend is actually a breast consultancy, shop and café in one. The shop is beautiful and the lunch is really good! (try the humus and grilled veggie sandwich). There are toys for little ones and many baby chairs that they also sell in the store. Another great thing is the spacious and beautiful set-up baby change area which you can find upstairs. I can sit here for hours! Find out more about Boezemvriend here.

Boezemvriend Cafe Amsterdam

Café Belcampo, Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10 (De Hallen)
This one has been around since the popular De Hallen opened in Amsterdam West but until you are a parent, you probably didn’t know that this is a great stopover if you have a child. It’s a library cafe with all sorts of customers. Freelancers with laptops, granny’s, mum’s and dad’s, they all come here to drink coffee or have lunch. There are plenty of baby chairs and you can even order a baby cappuccino. www.cafebelcampo.nl

child & baby friendly Cafés
A save corner to play at Belcampo

Mini Chi Chi Club, Spaardammerstraat 43
Located near the Westerpark, this awesome spot was founded by mother of two, Sabine and is now run by Yil and her sister in law Nadya. Together they offers activities for children; moments4kids. What you can do at the Mini Chi Chi Club? So much! It’s a place to shop, eat, play and practise. This place even offers yoga, music and even massages for children and babies. The café offers warm and cold drinks, sweets and tasty tosti’s. It’s also worth checking out the webshop for high quality musthaves. www.minichichi.com

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Enough space for playing at the Mini Chi Chi Club! Source

Suikertantes Cafe, Postjeskade 200
They call themselves the nicest children’s café in Amsterdam and I think they’re not far off. It’s especially good for children who like to join in activities like making pizza’s, cupcakes and cookies. There is even an outside play area! Breakfast and lunch is simpel but nice and you there is no need to reserve a table for making cookies. You just pay and create from as little as 2 euro. The venue can also be hired for birthdays or parties. They are open on Fri to Sunday and on Wednesday from 10am till 5pm. They only accept cash or phone payments. www.suikertantescafe.nl

Van de Buurt, Gerard Callenburgstraat 1
Tucked away in Amsterdam New West, you need to know this place! It’s not designed for kids or babies but it’s extremely spacious and fits many people including kids. With 8 children chairs and a place for nappy changing, it’s very kids proof. www.vandebuurt.nl

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Van de Buurt also has a nice outside terrace. Source

Marvin, Kinkerstraat 66
Not your typical café  but still worth mentioning. It’s mainly used as an event location so it’s more than perfect for babyshowers and children’s birthday’s. Marvin can accommodate up to 25 people and has a catering facility on site so that’s super handy! It’s situated on the Kinkerstraat which is a buzzing area full of funky hotspots so great to combine this place with a afternoon stroll with your baby. www.marvin.amsterdam

cafe Marvin
Perfect for a party!

Plenty of options for child & baby friendly cafés in Amsterdam West right? Next time, I will tackle the East-side, until then…enjoy!

Love,

Elke