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May 20, 2009 08:29 AM

Berlin Child-Friendly?

I’m going to Berlin for a month this summer, and we’re looking for recommendations for all sorts of places – except expensive up-scale. We’ll have our 8-year-old son in tow, so kid-friendly is a plus. We like charming smaller places and street-food/Imbiss-type places, too. We’d also like to hear about Biergartens and food markets. We love Doener, but would like to try some sit-down Turkish, too. Traditional German and Asian, too. We’ll be staying near the Gleisdreieck, that is, on the border of the Kreuzberg, Schoeneberg, Tiergarten neighborhoods, but we’re willing to travel, if it’s worth the trip.

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  1. While Berliners generally aren't the child-friendliest people in the world, your 8yr. old son should have no problems. "Ethnic" places tend to be more welcoming to kids -- Italian, Greek and Turkish come to mind.

    Most beergardens here are swamped with young couples and their offspring, so that shouldn't be an issue either.

    For starters, I suggest you look at some of the other Berlin threads, where plenty and detailed information abounds.

    1. In Berlin you will find many nice places for your kid.
      The best places are in Kreuzberg.
      The people there are very friendly to kids.
      Only in some high class restaurants they are really unfriendly.

      In general the people in Berlin like kids very much. I live here in Berlin
      now 8 years with two kids 5 and 1 years old. I never had any problem !!!


      1. We are also spending a month in Berlin this summer with a much younger child; a one year old.

        The jokes about Prenzlauer Berg and the 30-somethings with designer strollers (us included) are all true, but this has the upside of all the restaurant staff and patrons, in our experience, being totally comfortable with kids.

        On one patio two nights ago there were no less than 5 children under 2. So while you may feel like a clone, it's a clone that can relax and let your child do their thing.