When my Sister and Brother-in-Law decided to make a holiday out of a work trip to Amsterdam, we needed little persuasion to join them. So, along with my parents, we survived our first flight with a baby in tow, and spent a lovely few days exploring the canals and cafés of the Netherlands’ capital city. As my sister lives in Australia, this trip was more about Thea spending time with her Auntie and Uncle, but we still managed to fit in some of the sights, including the Botanic Gardens (Hortus Botanicus) and Vondelpark. A free ferry ride down the river IJ took us to the NDSM Wharf, a new urban city district designed for Amsterdam’s young generation of artists, creatives, performers and entrepreneurs. At the centre of the wharf lies a giant disused ship-building warehouse, now home to a collection of artists studios, workshops and shops, plus Europe’s largest flea market once a month. Here’s a tip though, don’t get on the wrong ferry on the way back, and end up a 30 minute walk from where you want to be!

We spent the majority of the time just walking along the canals, admiring the wonky buildings and trying not to get knocked down by the sea of cyclists. The district of Jordaan is definitely worth a wander, as is Haarlemmerdijk, a beautiful street near our apartment (Yays Bickersgracht), which is bursting with independent shops and trendy cafés. We also managed to squeeze in several stroopwafels plus a helping of Winkel43’s infamous apple pie. Although it wasn’t the most baby-friendly of cities (very limited changing facilities in cafés and restaurants), it was a great place to explore with a little one, and we will definitely be back one day. Here are some of the highlights from the trip…