learn and inspire

Various events for young and old are organised at Babel. You can find an insight into the programme below. For further information, please see the diary at www.oba.nl.

the kids'cooking club

In professional kitchens, head chefs are in charge and, at the Kids’ Cooking School, it’s the little chefs that do their bidding. During this cooking workshop, children aged six to twelve will prepare a recipe from a different cuisine, under the guidance of a ‘real’ chef.

From a Dutch stew to a Moroccan tagine or a Surinamese roti dish; the little cooks will have plenty of opportunity to experiment with varied ingredients from different cultures. Their taste buds will be stimulated once again every month. Together with a chef, they will chop vegetables, smell fresh herbs, braise meat and fish and steam potatoes. In a fun way, but with the chef’s extensive knowledge of food, they will learn where the products come from and all the different things they can be used to make. Soon a delicious smell will be spreading through the kitchen and making stomachs rumble.

Cooking is not just fun and relaxing, it’s also very educational. As the young chefs work together in the kitchen, they will learn about the diversity and different cultures of the city in an interactive and practical way. They will not only discover delicious flavours, there is also plenty of space for exchanging stories. About grandma’s cooking skills from a far-away country, for example, or that one herb that was secretly absolutely horrible or their own cooking qualities. These are guaranteed to be special and flavourful afternoons. Because, at the end of the workshop, everyone will sit down together to taste their own creations. So it’s chef’s whites on, chef’s hats on and down to work!

The workshops start in November. If you would like to find out more or you can’t wait to sign up, email

opening times


Restaurant Babel
Oosterdokskade 143
1011 DL Amsterdam

You will find the restaurant on the seventh floor of the OBA Central Library, which is open to everyone.

opening times

Babel is opened everyday from 10:00 to 22:00h


getting there

Babel can be accessed easily by public transport – metros, trams and buses stop nearby. It’s just a few minutes’ walk from the stop at Amsterdam Central Station. The OBA Central Library is on the left of the Central Station (when standing with your back to the station). You walk past the trams and the Double Tree by Hilton hotel. At the end of Oosterdokskade, you will see the building.

If you are arriving by car, please follow the signs to Oosterdokskade. You can park in the Oosterdok car park, for example. This car park is next to the Central Station and can be reached from the A10. From the garage, it’s just a couple of minutes’ walk to the Central Library. For more information, go to: http://www.parkingcentrumoosterdok.nl/

Please note: the approach to the Oosterdok car park via Piet Heinkade will be closed for renovation works until early 2019. The parking facilities are therefore only accessible via the route: Prins Hendrikkade – ODE bridge – Oosterdoksstraat.

There are free, covered bicycle-parking facilities underneath the OBA Central Library, providing space for 2500 bikes. You can park your bike here and collect it again 24 hours a day.