Youngsters enjoy make-your-own meals at Netherlands eateries

AMSTERDAM -- Kid-friendly restaurants abound in Holland. The following were favorites with my pre-teen son and me:

Phone numbers are listed without their long-distance prefixes.

  • Pizzeria Paprika, Hugo de Grootplein 1, Amsterdam.
  • Here kids can make their own pizza, and adults can choose from a range of Italian fare. Prices of individual pizzas start from about $7. Open daily from 2 p.m. to midnight.

    Phone: 686-6107.

  • Casa di David, 426 Singel, Amsterdam.
  • For more upscale Italian cuisine, we loved this restaurant. Dinner for two costs about $40, including wine. The restaurant is open 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

    Phone: 624-5093

  • Haesje Claes on 275 Spuistraat, Amsterdam.
  • This eatery offers Dutch fare as well as chicken and fries for kids. The decor is charming, the service leisurely. Dinner costs about $12 per entree or about $25 for a three-course meal.

    Phone: 624-9998.

  • Australian Homemade Chocolates, 437 Singel, Amsterdam.
  • If you like your ice cream creamy and your chocolates intense, this take-out establishment is the real thing. Cones cost about $1. Hours vary.

  • De Kraai, Zaanse Schans.
  • This restaurant offers a variety of design-your-own pancakes, plus soup and beverages, for under $10. The restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

    Phone: 615-6403
    Web: www.dekraai.nl

  • Plato, Frederikstratt 32, The Hague.
  • This establishment offers a children's program whereby kids, who dine separately from parents, can make their own lunch or dinner and participate in activities. The cost is about $10 per child. Entertainment includes face-painting, making popcorn and art projects.

    Phone: 363-6744

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