Over Amsterdam Canals To Get Pancakes! Athens & Paris For Dollars A Day

Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation.  We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris (and a half day in Amsterdam before heading home).    Happy to answer questions as I finish up the series.  We traveled in mid-July, so right in the middle of the Athens financial crisis.  Here’s most of what I expect to cover, including links to posts I’ve already completed:

We had what amounted to half a day in Amsterdam before flying home.  While that’s not enough time to explore the entire city, we did get to enjoy a little time walking around Amsterdam.  We took the train from the airport to Central Station, about a 20-minute trip that costs 5 Euro.  We purchased tickets ahead of time in the airport and self-validated.  The train itself was clean and not overly crowded.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I Do Love European Train Stations

I had done a little bit of research prior to hitting Amsterdam.  The goal was to find a restaurant that the kids would enjoy, a casual afternoon on our last day.  We nailed it.  There’s a Sunday tradition in our house that I always try to be home for.  It started back when my father and I moved in with my grandparents after my parents divorced.  Sunday was pancake day.  While our last day in town wasn’t a Sunday, The Pancake Bakery was the perfect spot for us.

Amsterdam

The menu is, well, pancakes.  Savory, sweet, pretty much every variety you can think of.  We had a lot of fun picking out our food, especially the kids.  Catherine chose princess pancakes and we got the firefighter package for Charlie.  Not only did they enjoy the pancakes but the toys made it a lights out hit for them.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The adult pancakes were a hit with both the adults and the kids.  There was a pancake with cheese and chorizo, almost like a spicy pizza.  The caprese was just as awesome.  Honestly, one of our best meals of the trip.  Simple, served hot and perfect straight from the open kitchen with quick, efficient service.  The Pancake Bakery, about a 15-minute walk from the train station, would definitely be on our list during a return trip.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

We spent the rest of the day walking around town, making sure to skirt around the red light district since we were with the kids.  We did pass a couple of storefronts the kids might find questionable but managed to avoid any interesting questions.  It’s a beautiful city to walk around on a warm day.  I’m looking forward to getting a return trip.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

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4 Comments

  1. Were the train ticket vending machines in English? I read on tripadvisor that they weren’t? And does your credit card work on those? Thanks

  2. Loving your trip report. Thanks for sharing. We usually eat at least one meal at the Pancake House on our trips to Amsterdam (it is just down the canal from Anne Frank’s House). The menu is so extensive that everyone can find something. My daughter is older so I didn’t realize that the kids pancakes came with toys. What fun for younger kids.

    1. Denise, glad to find someone else that enjoyed the Pancake Bakery. It was a pleasant find for us. Definitely a place we would go back to next time we’re there! Any other restaurants there you’d recommend?

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