TRAVELLING IN EUROPE WITH A TODDLER NEED HELP WITH PLACES TO EAT! (Rome, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Amsterdam, London)
Hi Fellow Foodies!!!
I will be travelling with my family (my wife and 2 yrd old) this October to multiple cities in Europe. I am looking for recommendations on places to eat that are not overly pricey but where we can have still experience a great local dish. I have listed the cities below and areas (streets) where our hotel is situated. Any help and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Rome - Via Torino
Florence -Via Luigi Alamanni
Venice - Just there for the day
Vienna - Kleine Stadtgutgasse
Prague - Kinsky Garden - Holeckova
Amsterdam - Apollolaan 1012
London - Harrington Gardens
Many years ago, I always stayed at One Harrington Gardens... before I moved to England. I assume you mean the one near the Gloucester Tube stop - South Kensington. It's a good neighbourhood - filled with small restaurants, but I am at a loss to name one as things change over the years.
You would do well to post your London query in the UK/Ireland section. There are lots of people there with good ideas in London. I often see toddlers at lunchtime but almost never in the evenings, but I'm sure there are restaurants that will have some local things you might enjoy. Local in London can mean Indian, Thai, Chinese or 'Modern British.'
For Amsterdam, I would recommend Brasserie de Joffers (nice place for lunch in walking distance from the Van Gogh museum, at Willemsparkweg 163) and de Taart van mijn Tante (nice place for cakes with colourful/kooky decor, near the Albert Cuyp market, at Ferdinand Bolstraat 10). They're both also relatively close to your hotel (though Amsterdam is quite small in any case). Though slightly farther away, in central Amsterdam, you would also probably find Cafe de Jaren a good place (for lunch or dinner). For other Amsterdam recommendations, I highly recommend Dutch Grub: http://www.dutchgrub.com/
For London, I recommend The Swan, a pub for a nice lunch, near the Russell Square tube stop (7 Cosmo Pl to be precise). The food is classic English pub food, done very well.
You're going to be very near the Wiener Prater, the world's greatest (and in some ways weirdest) amusement park -- very worth a visit, especially with kids and there is good food there: the Schweizerhaus is the tourist's classic, but I think the kitchen at Kolariks Luftburg (owned and run by the same family) pays a little more attention and the place is also a little toddler-friendlier. Order a Stelze and share it. Big decadent grilled hock.
As you're staying in the 2nd district I would recommend the following restaurants, all within walking distance:
Schöne Perle - Austrian Cuisine - www.schoene-perle.at - they are used to have lots of toddlers there, books and games and kidschairs available
The Karmelitermarkt is also close by, there are nice restaurants such as Madiani madiani.com - georgian food, very good! Or Marktachterl, good austrian dishes, nice brunch www.marktachterl.at
You could also try Pizza Mari' - www.pizzamari.at - Leopoldsgasse 23a - there are often kids watching how the pizzas are made. The Pizzas are one the bast ones in Vienna.
The Augarten Park is close to your hotel, in the Park you'll find several playgrounds but also two nice spots to eat with kids:
Bunkerei - www.bunkerei.at - Obere Augartenstrasse 1a 1020 Wien
Am Nordpol - www.amnordpol3.at - Nordwestbahnstrasse 17 1020 Wien - extraordinary bavarian dishes, sandpit in the garden...
At Museumsquartier the Dschungel Café is a very popular spot for lunches and dinners with toddlers, it's next to the Kids Museum and Theater.
Enjoy your stay!