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17 fun things to do for Mother’s Day in Amsterdam – the 2024 edition

7 May 2024

Are you looking for something fun to do on Mother’s Day in Amsterdam? I’ve compiled the best tips for Mother’s Day in 2024! It’s the day to spoil your own mother or the mother of your kid(s). Whether it’s with breakfast in bed (check out some fun Mother’s Day breakfast recipes here), a small gift, or lots of quality time and cosiness. Quality time is key on Mother’s Day! Don’t have plans yet? Or not sure how you and the kids can surprise their mother? There are a lot of special events organized in Amsterdam for Mother’s Day again this year. From luxurious and unique brunches to afternoon teas. But watching a movie with the family is just as enjoyable. These are our favourite tips for an unforgettable Mother’s Day in Amsterdam!

17 X to do’s on Mother’s Day in Amsterdam

Five-course lunch or dinner at Auberge, Bistro de la Mer and De Juwelier

This is quite special: the owners behind Auberge, Bistro de la Mer, and De Juwelier offer a special four- or five-course menu on Mother’s Day at all three restaurants. And choosing between them is quite a challenge. At Bistro de la Mer, the focus is, as usual, on fish, with dishes like crab with jalapeno, asparagus with eel, and Rossini-style monkfish. At De Juwelier, you can enjoy dishes such as artichoke barigoule, Holsteiner bavette tartare, and roasted langoustines. The recently opened Auberge offers cod brandade and confit duck leg on the menu. For those who can’t choose, lunching at one and dining at another is an option.
Auberge cuisine Française, Albert Cuypstraat 58-60, Amsterdam, aubergeamsterdam.nl
Bistro de la Mer, Utrechtsestraat 57, Amsterdam, bistrodelamer.com
De Juwelier, Utrechtsestraat 51, Amsterdam, restaurant-dejuwelier.nl

Auberge Amsterdam

© Auberge, @auberge_amsterdam

Chateau Amsterdam

Chateau Amsterdam (Amsterdam North) emerges as the perfect brunch spot for Mother’s Day. They’re hosting a special edition of Family Sundays. Imagine live performances at the table while you indulge in a delightful Mama Brunch Menu. From homemade focaccia to fresh pasta, be sure not to forget to taste a glass (or two) of their juicy homemade wines.
Johan van Hasseltweg 51, Amsterdam, chateau.amsterdam

Nieuwe restaurants Amsterdam Chateau Amsterdam

© Chateau Amsterdam

THE DUCHESS

At THE DUCHESS, Mother’s Day is getting even more special this year. Enjoy the Nouveau-Niçoise cuisine, and to top off the experience, indulge in a special Mother’s Day dessert. Plus, it’s extra convenient: when this dessert arrives at the table, you won’t have to worry about flowers anymore!
Spuistraat 172, Amsterdam, the-duchess.com

beste lunch Amsterdam Duchess

© Duchess, Amsterdam

Amstel Hotel

For an unforgettable Mother’s Day, take your mother to the historic Amstel Hotel, where you can brunch, lunch, or dine by the water. And the house offers those bubbles as an aperitif – a very nice bonus indeed. Cheers to this special day with a glass of cava while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Amstel.
Professor Tulpplein 1, Amsterdam, ihg.com

Leukste terrassen aanmeren

© Het Amstel Hotel

LuminAir

At LuminAir, the deal is too good to pass up. When you book a brunch for two, your mother’s brunch is free! With the best cocktails in the city, the finest view, and a central location within walking distance of Central Station, LuminAir is the perfect place for an afternoon together.
Oosterdoksstraat 4, Level 11, Amsterdam, luminairamsterdam.com

beste rooftops amsterdam

© LuminAir

Pesca

For Mother’s Day 2024, Pesca on Rozengracht has organised their signature Gamba Brunch. Well, actually, it’s a monthly event that happens to coincide with Mother’s Day. But that doesn’t dampen the excitement because mothers receive complimentary cava upon arrival. Here’s how it works: you can enjoy an extensive brunch with fresh prawns for only €1.75 each and order a bottle of cava for just €20. It is definitely worth a visit, even beyond Mother’s Day!
Rozengracht 133, Amsterdam, pesca.restaurant

Moederdag Amsterdam pesca

© Pesca Amsterdam, @pesta.restaurant

Fruits de “Mère” at Vooges aan ‘t IJ

Fruits de ‘Mère’ – a catchy wordplay for an equally captivating concept. At Vooges aan ‘t IJ, you can indulge in Mother’s Day with plateaus of fruits de mer: a fresh platter filled with oysters, clams, langoustines, lobster, and more. Perhaps you’re familiar with the concept from their previous location at the beach, where it was a huge hit. The platter costs €47.50 per person (including a glass of cava) and is available during lunch and dinner.
Westerdoksdijk 40H, Amsterdam, vooges.nl

Moederdag Amsterdam vooges aan t ij

© Vooges aan ‘t IJ, @vooges.aantij

High tea at IJ-Kantine

Enjoying a terrace with a view of the IJ: the IJ-Kantine in Amsterdam North has it all. Especially for Mother’s Day, they offer an extensive high tea in the afternoon, making you want to linger all day long. Success guaranteed!
NDSM-kade 5,  Amsterdam, ijkantine.nl

Moederdag Amsterdam ijkantine

© IJ-Kantine, @ijkantine

Afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

It’s no secret that the Afternoon Tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is my favourite afternoon tea in Amsterdam. I’ve celebrated many occasions here with the whole family or Mother’s Day with my family. The afternoon tea is always a sight to behold, and the treats never fail to surprise. Start the afternoon with a glass of champagne, and be sure to save room for the scones at the end! The theme of the afternoon tea at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam changes regularly.
Herengracht 542-556, Amsterdam, hilton.com/en/hotels/amswawa-waldorf-astoria

© Ashkan Mortezapour Photography

More fun things to do for Mother’s Day in Amsterdam

MOMS & Mimosa’s at baut

At BAUT, they believe there’s nothing better than some quality time with the most loving woman in your life. And let’s be honest: when was the last time you went for an all-you-can-drink boozy, bottomless lunch with her? Exactly! “A guaranteed laughter and lots of love.” I’d say arrange a babysitter for the kids and surprise the mother of your children with ‘Moms and Mimosas‘. A 2-, 3-, or 4-course Mother’s Day lunch, starting from €28.50 per person. If you and your mother or the mother of your children enjoy a cocktail (or two), then BAUT is the place to be because, for an additional €15 per person, you can enjoy unlimited Mimosas.
Wibautstraat 125, Amsterdam, bautoost.nl

beste lunch amsterdam

BAUT Oost

Mother’s Day lunch at Tozi

For just one day, TOZI is especially open for lunch on Mother’s Day from 12:30 to 15:00. Treat your mother or the mother of your children to all her favourite TOZI dishes from the new spring menu. You definitely don’t want to miss out on the grilled wild sea bass with salsa verde, the classic veal milanese, and the lobster linguine. Or choose to fill the table with real TOZI classics, including fried zucchini flowers, fresh focaccia, burrata, buffalo ricotta ravioli, and much more.
Koninginneweg 34, Amsterdam, toziamsterdam.com

© TOZI – Black & White Turbot Ravioli

More ideas for Mother’s Day in Amsterdam

Organise a Spa day

Do you want to pamper your mother, and yourself, too? Or are you reading this as a partner and still searching for a gift idea for the mother of your children? Then book a spa day for two! For example, with massages, facials, and beauty treatments. I found this to be one of the best gifts to receive when I had just become a mother!

Artis with the kids

Is the weather beautiful? Take your family to Artis. Always a great idea! And why not invite your mother or mother-in-law along? Check the feeding times for the animals and bring delicious treats for a picnic. After your visit, enjoy a drink or lunch with the family at Cafe Restaurant De Plantage. Buy your tickets online to avoid waiting in line for too long.

Go for a city trip

If you want to do something different with your mother, plan a day trip to another city! Visit places like Leiden or Maastricht – they’re easily accessible by train and it’s a refreshing change of scenery. Enjoy some shopping, indulge in a leisurely lunch, and grab a drink before returning home. I’d say, take the train and make it a special gift for Mother’s Day itself!

Rent a boat

It requires good weather, but there’s nothing quite like boating through the canals with your little family. Prepare a delicious picnic basket, bring some bubbly, and surprise the mother of your children.

more Amsterdam tips

Amsterdam Bucketlist & Things to Do
(DIGITAL) ART EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Fabrique des Lumières
NXT Museum
STRAAT street art museum
MOCO Museum for street and modern art
Amaze, an audiovisual labyrint
FOOD EXPERIENCES IN AMSTERDAM:
Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan area
Albert Cuyp Market Food Tour
Sightseeing Boat Cruise with unlimited drinks
Pancake Cruise
Micro Brewery Beer Tasting Tour
BEST BIKE TOURS IN AMSTERDAM:
Fatbike e-bike tour (also to Amsterdam North)
Rent a bike by yourself and explore like a local
Outside of Amsterdam: windmills & Zaanse Schans
3 hour biketour: backstreets & hidden gems
FIRST TIME VISIT TO AMSTERDAM – MUST SEE & DO’S:
Private Canal Boat Tour
Rijksmuseum with the Dutch masters
Van Gogh Museum, a staple in Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum for modern art lovers
Canal Cruise in the evening
INSTAGRAM MUSEUMS IN AMSTERDAM:
Discover the Instagrammable experience WONDR
Youseum
The Upside Down
DAY TRIPS FROM AMSTERDAM:
Get out of town and into the Dutch country side of Giethoorn
Drive-it-Yourself Tulip Fields GPS Audio Tour
⋙ Catch a direct train from Amsterdam to Antwerp, Brussels, London or Paris, starting at € 20,-! Check tickets & prices >>
AMSTERDAM WITH KIDS:
Visit Artis Royal Zoo
Go an a bike tour with the kids
NEMO Science Museum
SPIRNG / SUMMER IN AMSTERDAM:
Paddle board tour on the canals
Go for a kayak-tour in Amsterdam
FALL / WINTER IN AMSTERDAM:
Amsterdam Light Festival boat tour
Amsterdam Light Festival bike tour

| TIP: Buy an I amsterdam City Card. Save money on entrance fees to museums and attractions, public transport and profit from discounts on everything from restaurants to concerts. You can also skip some lines to make the most of your time in Amsterdam! You can buy a card for 24 hours up to 120 hours. Check the prices here >>

Our favourite hotels in Amsterdam:
TOP LUXURY // €€€
Pillows Maurits at the Park: this newly opened hotel is all about luxury.
Pulitzer Amsterdam: on the canals at the border of the Nine Streets and the Jordaan.
L’Europe: recently renovated, this hotel has the best spa with a view in Amsterdam.
Conservatorium Hotel: located in one of the most beautiful buildings in town.
Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam: if you have something to celebrate this is the one.
W Amsterdam: with lively restaurants and a posh rooftop bar with swimming pool.
VERY VERY NICE // €€
The Hoxton: favourite lifestyle hotel right on the canals with great all day bar.
Hotel Jakarta: the most sustainable hotel ánd great value for money with a spa.
Hotel V: with two locations and a great restaurant, in the city center and East.
Sir Adam: with the coolest view over Amsterdam from the North side.
Sweets: a unique stay in former bridge houses.
Hotel Dwars: small scale and around the corner of the trendy Utrechtsestraat.
Hotel Mercier: pretty new hotel in the cosy and historic Jordaan district.
INK Hotel: lifestyle hotel in the heart of the city by MGallery.
Morgan & Mees: boutique hotel with restaurant in Amsterdam West.
Conscious Hotel Westerpark: in a beautiful building at the industrial Westergas area.
Ruby Emma: eco design hotel with a great skybar near Amstel station.
AFFORDABLE (FOR AMSTERDAM PRICES) // €
Generator Hostel: the best poshtel of the city located in a park.
The Social Hub budget proof in trendy East district close tho the subway.
Het Volkshotel: affordable and with a cool rooftop bar.
CitizenM: all you need is that XL bed (location near Amstel is great).
Motel One: budget design hotel with several locations in Amsterdam.

Let’s get social

I really hope you enjoy your time in Amsterdam! On my Instagram account @yourlbb and @yourlbb.amsterdam you can find more recommendations and new hotspots in town.

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With love,

Anne

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