We’re continuing our Wrap Around the World travel series with this guest post from Neram Nimindé. She’s a PR and brand consultant in the lifestyle and fashion industry, but above all she is a mother of two sweet children under three. Neram is based in Amsterdam, but will soon to be moving to Panama City. She writes about motherhood, travel and beyond on her blog, Little Bird’s Mama.
If you love going on city trips as much as I do, a visit to Berlin will not disappoint you. Before I had children, I loved this city for its rich history, cultural offerings and vibrant nightlife. Nowadays, I love it for its food scene, independent designers and its numerous parks and playgrounds; especially in summer! A year doesn’t go by where I don’t come to Berlin and hang out in my favorite districts Kreuzberg and Neukölln. So here are my baby and toddler friendly go-to spots for exploring these areas like a local.
Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstraße 42-43
A visit to this market hall, which is all about high quality and local food, is definitely a must. You can come here for the Thursday street food market, the Sunday market or if you’d like, you can just pop in on a regular day. My suggestion: have a slice of pizza from Sironi and try out the organic ice cream from Rosa Canina. Big plus: the market features a play area for children with big sized wooden toys!
It gets pretty hot during the summer in Berlin, and I’ve found it’s always good to know the best ice cream spots when you’re traveling with kids. My favorites are California Pops (Kreuzberg, Falckensteinstraße 4), Fräulein Frost (Neukölln, Friedelstraße 38) and Vanilla & Marille (Kreuzberg, Hagelberger Straße. 1).
Folk Days, Manteuffelstraße 19
For mamas who like to shop a little bit for themselves, this fair-trade boutique called Folk Days should be at the top of your list. They feature a great selection of jewelry and accessories, and the designs are stunning. Big plus: the owner, Lisa Jaspers, is wonderful with kids who are waiting while mama is taking a look around!
Un Autre Voodoo, Tellstraße 7
This cute boutique features clothing and accessories for babies and adults by international designers based in Berlin. They use only sustainable and locally sourced materials, and if you’re looking for something special to bring home this is the right place to be.
There are plenty of playgrounds in the whole city, especially in Kreuzberg and Neukölln, but my favorite by far the one at Lausitzer Platz (Tarzan sling anyone?). Tip: If you forget to bring bucket and shovel for the sandbox just walk over to Sönneken (Lausitzer Platz 13), and they sell cute toys for little ones.
For more family and kids friendly Berlin tips, check out the blog Berlin for all the Family.