Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Shopping Special - Stargarder Strasse

Quite by accident we ended up exploring the great little shops along the streets around Helmholzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg. The shops I mention here are just a snap shot of the area and there are so many more to explore.

First in Stargarder Strasse is this lovely little bookshop, Moby Dick.

There is very little in the way of English language books specifically but as I love real book shops this was a delight for me. They have a good selection of German books for children and also a good section about the local area, some of which are in German and English.

Address: Stargarder Strasse 67, 10437 Berlin

Just along the street are two second hand children's clothes and toy shops. Both seemed to have a good selection of all sizes and the clothes were nicely preloved.

Address: Kleiderwald, Stargarder Strasse 65/66, 10437 Berlin

Findus, Stargarder Strasse 64, 10437 Berlin

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Monday, 30 July 2012

Mums and Bumps meet up

This weekly meet up takes place every Friday from 1.30pm at various kinder cafes across the city. A great place to meet other English speaking mums and mums to be.

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Deutsches Technikmuseum

This museum in Kreuzberg has been on our list to see for a while as my son is a transport fiend.  It is a fantastically curated museum even if you are not excited by the subject matter. It is a place where you could easily lose a day if you saw everything there is to offer. We went for a morning and it kept my son constantly entertained.

They have a huge amount of space inside which means there is a lot of real size exhibits of airplanes, trains and ships.

Also great views across to the TV Tower when all the transport gets too much.

The train shed was a bit hit with us but my son was slightly disappointed that you couldn't climb into the old trains.

The whole place is very much geared up for families with loads of public toilets with sign posts letting you know how close they are. They use the same principle for all the signposting. They also have benches dotted around with signs saying that it is OK to eat on them.

The outside train area and the museum park are lovely if the sun is shining. It wasn't when we visited so we didn't explore out here too much, maybe next time. There is also a big picnic area.

There is a little cafe attached to the museum to the left of the entrance which serves reasonable German style food and doesn't look like a canteen which you often see in museum cafes in the UK.

All in all, a well thoughtout museum that is excellent value for money.

Address: Trebbiner Strasse 9, 10963 Berlin

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Children's Fleamarket at Kiezkind

A friend recommended this flea market exclusively for children/baby toys and clothes held at Kiezkind on Helmholtzplatz to me and every time I have been I have got great bargains.

For more information including dates and how to book a stand visit their website here. There are different rates for children, teenagers and adults wishing to book a table. You also need to bring your own chair and table.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Kids' Corner, Schöneberg

Kids' Corner in Schöneberg is an English speaking activity centre offering a great selection of classes for babies and children. There is also a great play space for younger children and cafe area serving bagels and amazing cupcakes from Vanilla in Prenzlauer Berg. It is quite a hub of the community for local mums, it is a shame it is a bit far for us as I would love to take advantage of the classes (and the cakes!)

The great thing about the courses here is that if you miss a class due to illness you get a make up class for free.

Just up the road is a great playground by the local church. It is worth noting that Kleistpark U bahn station has lifts and Eisenacher Strasse U bahn does not if you are coming here with a buggy or pram.

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Address: Apostel Paulus Strasse 32, 10823 Berlin

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Deck5 Skybar Strandbar, Schönhauser Allee Arcaden

Beach Bar is now closed until 2013.

Not sure how much more sun we are likely to get but we really enjoyed a quick pitstop at the Beach Bar on the roof of Schönhauser Allee Arcaden. They were happy for me to come in with my son and we enjoyed the views across to the TV Tower and a nice cold drink.

It is also a cool place to visit with friends as the sunsets are supposed to be great and the cocktail menu looked appealing. It is closed if it is too cold or wet.

Address: Schönhauser Allee 80, 10439 Berlin

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Reichstag Dome

We had a great morning visiting the Reichstag Dome. First the practicalities. You need to book in advance on their website giving all the details (names and birthdates) of your entire group and bring photo id with you on the day. You need to go through an airport style scanner so avoid having any children's cutlery in your bag (big mistake). If you come with a buggy (which you must keep with you all the time) you bypass the entry queues once past security and go through a special entrance to a lift that takes you straight to the bottom of the dome.

There are audio tours in English and German but the children's one is just in German.

Now for the good stuff, the views from the Dome are amazing, all the way up and back down. It is easy to negotiate with the buggy and a toddler. One way up and another way down. They have a set number of people they let in at each time slot so it didn't feel too busy and most people are walking and not stopping for too long. There is an outside roof area but it was too rainy when we went to venture out but this gives great views down the Spree.

It was very wet when we went but as it is free I certainly plan to return.

Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Easyjet Holiday Blog

I am delighted to be a contributor on the Easyjet Holiday blog. My first post is an insider guide to Copenhagen with one on eating out there to follow soon. Currently working on a post about traveling to Berlin with young children - so watch this space.

For now here is my first post...

Friday, 20 July 2012

Yumcha Heroes Chinese Dumpling restaurant

This is a great little chinese dumpling restaurant just down the road from Weinbergsweg playground. The lunchtime special is around 7€ and you get soup with dumpling and side order of fried dumplings. This was more than enough for me. We also ordered a selection of dumplings and fried spring rolls for my son and he loved every mouthful.

The inside part of the restaurant is pretty small but the seating outside makes up for it if it is a sunny day. My son is an adventurous eater but there is a lot on the menu for toddlers and older children to enjoy. Definitely one of our favourite lunch spots.

The little video on their website is fantastic and give a really good idea of the restaurant and food.
Address: Weinbergsweg 8, 10119 Berlin

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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Planet Modulor, Kreuzberg

This place is amazing and I am disappointed that it took me so long to get here and especially as it was only a short walk from our first place in Berlin. If only I had known.

Planet Modular is a mecca for creative types. There are several floors of every art and crafting supplies you could ever need and the staff are really helpful. Our buggy was squirreled away so we could enjoy the shop.

They also have a concession of Werkhaus, a great place that sells flatpack designs from bins to camper vans and buses. Being Moomin fans we were delighted by their range of pen holders and wastepaper bins.

It is also the home to the Nahininstiut (sewing institute) where you can hire time on one of their super duper sewing machine or taking a sewing course. Non German speakers would be interested in courses run here by Domino DIY

On the ground floor is a great, creative book shop. I loved the carefully chosen selection of books. On the themed tables at the moment were books on guerrilla and urban gardening; flea market finds; and creative books including one by Susannah Conway, one of my creative heroes. There is a mix of books in German and English dotted about the shop but a small dedicated area for other languages including children's books.

Finally there is a small, cosy cafe and toilets for that all important pit stop.

Address: Prinzenstrasse 85,  10969 Berlin (directly on Moritzplatz)

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Kinderbad, Monbijou Park

Now closed for the winter.

This lovely little open air swimming pool for children is located in Monbijou Park, close to the Spree. It is a great place for relaxing in the sun and having a splash around with the kids.

This photo from the Berliner Bader Betriebe website

Address: Oranienburger Strasse 78, 10178 Berlin

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Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Glücklich am Park - cafe and clothing boutique

This little, retro cafe, close to the huge Weinbergsweg playground, is a fantastic place to stop off for a coffee, cold drink or one of their homemade ice creams. The decor just blows me away and the service was lovely and friendly.

Upstairs is a gorgeous little boutique with tons of great original designs, well worth the walk up the stairs! I love the way they present the clothes and could certainly come out with a lighter purse!

Address: Kastanienallee 54, 10119 Berlin 

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