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Re: Young children and eating out

We went one Saturday to the Franz Carl Weber toyshop - its at Bahnhofstrasse 62. The food was very good for the children and the adults.
I went back the week before last with my daughters (on a weekday) at lunchtime and was surprised to see not only families but people in their suits also in there. To me that was an indication that the food was very good. Theres plenty of competition on that street and the city types still wanted to eat in the toy shop!!!

Maybe they fancied a go on the slide before going back to close a deal!!
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Old 28.08.2010, 21:03
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Re: Young children and eating out

Hi,

Most restaurants in Switzerland are fine with kids - today we went to the Bierhalle Kropf for lunch with our 3 year old and it was great. It's a reasonably posh place but he behaved fine and enjoyed his grub.

My criteria for "child friendly" tend to be quick service, friendly staff and depending on how old the child is, space to park a pushchair and somewhere to change a nappy if need be. Our son is out of nappies and no longer needs a pushchair so not a consideration.

We tend not to bother with the childrens menu (I find they tend to be limited), we just ask for an empty plate and give him helpings of what we have so he develops a taste for a broad range of foods.

We also try to fit around his routine - we never consider taking him to a restaurant in the evening as he's going to be tired and cranky - we only take him to places at lunchtime; which is out of consideration for our nerves and those of other diners. Though we are currently working out the logistics for going for a very early dinner one time at the Restaurant Six in Albisrieden (I wish the owner would open at weekend lunchtimes) - so we'd make sure he's had a long nap in the afternoon and get there for the dot of 6pm. Oh well, we'll have to get the grandparents over one time to babysit for us!

Places we've been to lately include the two pizzerias in Albisrieden - and the Restaurant Stern. The Neumarkt on Rindermarkt is nice. I'll repost on this thread as places spring to mind.

As an aside, we spend a recent long weekend in London and got treated like lepers whenever we entered pubs with a child in tow. A total contrast with Switzerland.

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Old 28.08.2010, 21:38
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Re: Young children and eating out

Not Zurich, but supposed to be cool for kids:

Märlipinte in Kerzers. The other attraction in Kerzers is the Papillorama - if you want to make an outing out of it.

In Zurich I find the Coop Restaurant at Bellevue pretty kid-friendly, but it's self-service. One step up from McDo, though.

There's also the Pizza, Pasta, Ciao. I've heard good reviews, but we had a bad experience there the one time we went (bad service, crowded, loud), so I suppose it's pot-luck there.
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Old 28.08.2010, 22:12
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I guess I am mainly looking for a wet weather plan, if it is dry we will just go the Zoo or do something outside. But if the weather is like it is now I need a plan B...I am pretty sure I would be in trouble if I let them come all the way to Zurich and take them to Mcdonalds.

PS I probably wouldnt take my kids somewhere where they can scribble on everything - but its not my kids im sure she wont pick up too many bad habbits from one visit - but if you see me posting a how can i remove felt tip from my sofa thread you know I was wrong !
If you go to the zoo, choose the Knie zoo in Rapperswil. You can buy a bag of popcorn at the entrance and lots of animals can be hand fed with it. Kids often also help themselves, even though there is no salt or sugar on it!! You also have the opportunity for some rides (on the back of a pony/elephant/camel, although 3 year old might be a bit young for that. But then there is also a horse drawn tram. And the Sea Lions show is really cool too.

Bad weather means going to the cinema (if there is a film for 3 year olds) or go swimming. Take the local pool and not something like Alpamare, which is way to big and busy for a 3 year old. Be prepared though that you just lie in knee deep water with the kid all the time...(and bring inflatable wings etc).

By the way if the weather is gonna be so so, just ask that she brings rain gear. Kids usually don't mind a little rain at all if the get to go outside in gear. When it's not too bad, find a nice stroll, easy hike, in combination with a train ride and they won;t even notice the rain. Buy the kid a cute umbrella and they will love it.

Be sure to have plenty of dvd's in the house, these are great to kill time and gives you the opportunity to take a shower by yourself.
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Re: Young children and eating out

I've no idea if it's any good - comments please - but I recently read an article in the Tages-Anzeiger about this place - Café Bar Bambam. It is on the Rigiplatz in Zürich and could be worth trying out. The German guy running it has an eighteen month old daughter and a two and a half year old son, so there's hope that he knows what he is letting himself in for.

Unfortunately the Homepage is only in German, but I'm emailing them to suggest they add a bit of English.
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A friend is coming to visit in a few weeks time and I am trying to find somewhere child friendly to go and eat.(her daughter is 3 yrs old).

Where I lived in the Uk there was a Childrens cafe type place which sold i guess sandwiches and snacks.
Table clothes were paper and could be drawn on
Walls where white boards so could be scribbled on and the floor was covered in paper so basically the kids could go and paint and scribble on whatever they wanted.

Is there anything like this in Zurich ??
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