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Despite its crazy nightlife reputation and growing prevalence of startups owned and operated by twenty-somethings, Berlin is actually quite a family-friendly city. Between its multitude of kindercafés and the playgrounds that crop up in just about every vacant nook and cranny, this city is a great place to raise a family. For nights with the kids when no one feels like cooking, these seven hip restaurants are sure to do the trick.
This popular rooftop bar in Neukölln appeals to a variety of different people, as it is intended to be a mixing ground for individuals of all walks of life in order to promote community in the city. Kids are no exception here, either. In addition to its sunny, spacious terrace outfitted in colorful, eclectic décor, Klunkerkranich also has a large sandbox for playing. In the summertime, when Berlin’s heat is stifling, they also put out a splash pool where the little ones can come and frolic. For the adults, Klunkerkranich is a fun bar and beer garden offering a multitude of snacks and casual eats. The venue regularly hosts the Kranich Market, where people can sift through various wares and flea market goods.
Alois S. in Prenzlauer Berg is a lovely brunch spot for families. The menu is arranged in Spanish tapas-style with items like melt-in-your-mouth Serrano ham, authentic potato tortilla, dates covered in crispy bacon, succulent roast pork, and medleys of spiced veggies. There is a playground and sandpit, along with a large terrace, so parents can let their children run around and enjoy themselves while supervising right from their seats. The playground also has a couple of ping-pong tables, which are popular with kids and adults alike. Alois S. draws a diverse and dynamic crowd and they also have a great selection of Spanish beers and wines.
Senefelderstraße 18, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 44719680
While beer garden culture in Berlin is super common, casual, and certainly not exclusive to people with kids, some are more popular with families than others. Jockel Biergarten in Kreuzberg is one of them. Like other restaurants on our list, this is largely due to the fact that it is located in proximity to a large playground, and the well-maintained grounds where the beer garden is situated are quite spacious for kids to roam around while their parents relax over a pint. The beer garden is located right next to the Landwehr Canal, which only adds to the relaxing atmosphere of this place.
Le Johann Rose is a café in Neukölln on the trendy street of Pannierstrasse near Gorlitzer Park. Decorated in antiquated style with lace and vintage furnishings, this place offers a quiet refuge along with plenty of comfort food, ranging from soups to waffles. There is a large playroom located at the back of the café, making this a popular spot amongst young families. Yet, people from all walks of life come here, which makes it an even more enriching setting. From hipsters sipping macchiatos and working on MacBooks to older ladies getting together for a cup of coffee, this place is welcoming to everyone.
Pannierstraße 41, Berlin, Germany, +49 030 62737700