Sunday, 6 October 2013

Welcome to Expat Mummy in Berlin

I moved to Berlin from Copenhagen with my English husband and toddler in 2011.  I usually turn to the internet to find out the answers to most questions in life but struggled to find the information I needed to start to get my son and I integrated into life there. I had done the expat thing before but it is harder second time round with a child.

I felt that the Berlin mummysphere is hard to penetrate and I often simply didn't know where to find things out - and I don't think I was alone. 

By exploring both the internet and the real world, my son and I started to slowly find things and places that we needed to have fun, save money, meet other people, enjoy food and a multitude of other experiences. I wanted to help other English speaking mums new to the city , who may have been feeling like I was and that is where this blog came from.

I'm not for one second suggesting that this is the definitive guide to all things mum (and dad) and baby in Berlin especially as we were based in the Prenzlauer Berg area but it is a start and everything here has been tried and tested by me and my son. If we liked it, its here. There are a number of businesses mentioned here but none of them have been asked to be featured unless the post says it is a sponsored post. Everything is my personal opinion but I hope that it is of use to you.

So welcome and enjoy. I no longer live in Berlin but I think that the content here is still helpful.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Airbnb - city breaks for families

I hadn't heard of Airbnb until my husband found it via a web search for accommodation for our trip to Copenhagen. Copenhagen is infamous for its expensive hotel accommodation, especially if you need to travel with children. Airbnb offers you the chance to stay in a real home in many places across the world. For us it meant that we could stay in an apartment in the heart of our old neighbourhood with a bedroom for us and one for Noah plus a huge kitchen and beautiful living space for less than the price of a night in one room in a hotel. It made our trip very relaxing and enjoyable especially as there were toys for my son to play with.

Where we see more click here

I would certainly use Airbnb again. The admin side of it takes a bit of time as you need to register and, as you are asking to stay in someone's home, you need to make sure there is a bit of honest information about you on the members' section of the website so prospective renters can get a feel of you, but it is worth it. You can also list your own place for rental.

When friends are planning to visit us in Copenhagen, I would certainly recommend the place we stayed in.

This does sound a bit like a sponsored post (which it isn't) but I was so pleased with the opportunities that this website has opened to us for future city breaks and also that so few people I have mentioned it to have heard of it, I wanted to share it here.


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Loving this month - interiors

As my mind in turning towards our new apartment I am lusting after a number of new things to make it just so, here are few things I love...

  1. Toaster - we have had the same toaster for almost 10 years so maybe time for a new one.
  2. Utensil Jar - this is a bit bigger than I expected (yes I bought this too) but will house the essentials.
  3. Bread Bin - this supersize bread bin will take two loaves of bread.
  4. Retro Colander - we got ours from Etsy but here is one from Amazon.
  5. Classic Pie Plate  - an anniversary present from my France based parents (ours is green)
  6. Water Carafe - a tabletop essential
  7. Teapot - loving my tea at the moment
  8. Coat hook - for all the guests' coats
  9. Stack mag - to house my interior magazines
  10. Moomin Mug - something for Noah

Friday, 28 December 2012

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Expat Mummy's top....places to eat

We have eaten in a number of places in Berlin and these are our top picks in no particular order.

Nola am Weinbergsweg - great seasonal menu and a wonderful location.

Yumcha Heroes - Chinese dumpling heaven

da Piadina - homely Italian food

Milchmanns - best brunch plate we have tasted here

La K√§serie - probably one of my most favourite places here, both for the cheese and the service

Vanilla - Kay's cupcakes are some of the best I have tasted

Monday, 24 December 2012

A Big Thank You

So, there is big news here at Expat Mummy in Berlin. Soon our lives will no longer be in Berlin. We moved here from Copenhagen around fifteen months ago and whilst we have spent time exploring Berlin and I have loved sharing our discoveries here, my heart was always in the Danish capital. We are fortunate enough, thanks to my husband's work, to be able to return there next month to live.

I am in the process of making this blog into a resources and information website as I can see from my online statistics that the information here is still relevant and useful to many people. I am planning to blog from Denmark on a new blog address with some of the same themes as here except without the specifically Berlin related material, so I hope that many of you will stop over there and see if you like it.

Once my new blog is live I will post about it here. In the meantime, I want to thank everyone who has visited and supported Expat Mummy in Berlin since I started the blog in March. Knowing that people enjoy it and find it helpful has made me very happy. As a thank you I will be running a giveaway after Christmas, and in the week running up to New Year I will be posting my top picks of Berlin from places to eat to our favourite playgrounds. 

 So thank you again and I wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Domklause - restaurant at the DDR Museum

After a great morning in the DDR Museum, we went to the adjoining themed restaurant for lunch. I will begin by saying the decor is amazing and the history of the original Dom Klause makes it even more fascinating. The service is great and the prices OK although the main meal part of the menu is a bit pricey.

I will also say that the portions are good and the selection of traditional DDR food is very interesting. Eating here is more of an extension of the experience of the museum rather than a restaurant in its own right. I did not enjoy my soup (top right) but that is probably my taste and no reflection on the execution of the dish.

It is definitely well worth finishing your time in the DDR Museum with a meal here.

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