The Luvaville Blog
The Luvaville.com Blog is ALL about travel and lifestyle for urban parents. Here, we wish to share with you some of our travel experiences as well as tips and various recommendations on fashion, great design, trendy and practical products that go along with life as parents.
During the Autumn break this week in Copenhagen, the nice restaurant Custom House Bar & Grill is inviting families for lunch and brunch on Sunday. Children up to 12 years get lunch and brunch for free. Custom House, Havnegade 44, 1058 København K, (+45) 3331 0130 www.customhouse.dk
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Iboo Barcelona is a restaurant located in the interior garden of L'illa Diagonal shopping center. It offers healthy and fresh Mediterranean-based meals at very attractive prices and with a wide variety of dishes. The restaurant also have nice children's menus. The terrace is perfect for families with a playground just by and the garden to run around in free of traffic. At night, Iboo is the place for excellent cocktails.
Iboo barcelona, Avinguda Diagonal, 545, 08029 Barcelona, more info
Federal is a very child-friendly Australian café on two levels with a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful terrasse, where you can enjoy breakfast or a drink in the evening. Here, the children are very welcome and can run around safely while parents enjoy a great burger or a brunch. In the evening during weekends, the ambience get's a bit more busy but very nice if you fancy a drink and a bit of music. See more here!
Carrer del Parlament de Catalunya, 39, 08015 Barcelon, www.federal.es,
Images via www.diariodesign.com
High Tea is such a real British cultural concept and something you must allow your children to try in London and I'm sure they will love it too! The Guoman’s The Royal Horseguards Hotel has this summer until the 15th of september launched a handcrafted the fun yet balanced Mini-tea which comes complete with a complimentary colouring book – a fun takeaway for after the experience has finished. The luxurious five-star hotel has a unique outdoor Terrace that provides the perfect sunny space to enjoy afternoon tea as a family. Away from the hustle and bustle of London life, the enclosed alfresco area provides stunning views of the London Eye, and most importantly, plenty of room and a safe environment for the children to run around.
In true ‘grown-up’ style, the Mini-tea menu comes complete with scones, Cornish clotted cream and English preserves – as well as the choice of tea, baby chai latte, babyccino or fruit juice. The innovative menu puts a twist on the usual afternoon tea suspects and includes Sparkly fairy cakes, Traffic light fruit kebabs, Milk chocolate dinosaurs, Alphabet wholewheat shortbread and White chocolate and raspberry puzzle, all rounded off with a delicious Rainbow smoothie shot.
The Mini-tea is available at Guoman’s The Royal Horseguards from 18th July until 15th September 2011 for £12 per child, £70 for a family of four (two adults and two children) or £38 for one parent and one child*, for more information visit http://www.guoman.com/mini-tea.
Additionally, The Royal Horseguards boasts Preferred Family Certification, with ‘Kids Corner’ menus available throughout the hotel and amenities such as connecting rooms, high chairs, cribs and cots, children’s games and books and babysitting services – making it the ideal location for a family getaway. More info here!
Nice little café and restaurant situated close to Gard de Lyon in Paris. Here you can find some nice take away to bring with you home or enjoy a fresh meal and brunch on Sundays. You also have a little play area for the kids.
Huggle is a newly opened concept store in London, heaven for both parents and children. You will find a shop with wonderful toys, baby equipment and furnitures, a little café and a play area for the children. Huggle also organises different activities and classes for both parents and children such as baby salsa, baby sensory and Zumba. See website for more information.
Huggle, 8-10 Winchester Road Swiss Cottage London NW3 3NT, www.huggle.co.uk
It is true magic walking into the beautiful Bonpoint concept store 6, rue Tournon, 75006 Paris and not less during Christmas season. Get inspired by their beautiful decorations and clothing and end up having lunch or a cup of coffee in their café downstairs.
Paris is absolutely adorable during the month of December ! The christmas spirit is all over the City of lights: the windows are sparkling with their beautiful decorations, the streets are more illuminated than usually and parties & celebratings are a big part of this festive month. Please take a look at Parisian Stéphanie's best adresses to enjoy during this month of preparation: For the sweet tooth : La mère de famille (9ème), an extraordinary confectionery where you will find various treats such as marshmallows, marzipan and chocolate in every way. Shopping : A must see in december is Les grands magasins at boulevard Haussmann (8ème). The decorations at Le Printemps and Le Galeries Lafayette are still unsurpassed. At Le Printemps you will find the thème "Christmas at the castle" while at Le Galeries Lafayette they celebrate the thème of the music group Abba and the Musical Mamamia. Fun & culture : At the Theater théâtre l'Aktéon (11ème) you will find a musical for the youngest ones (from 1 year and up). The musical tells the story about Santa Claus and the fear that might follow. Songs and laughs garantied!! For the children who doesn't speak french, the play "Des z'arbres en z'ombre" is perfect since it is based on the techniques of the Chineese shadow play. Restaurant : Le Barrio Latino, (46-48, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris). This renowned Brazillian bar in Paris offers a brunch including various activities for children. After having finished their plates the little ones can escape to the VIP corner where they, in great company of a clown, can paint, draw etc, all this while the grown up's enjoy a delicious brunch. Merry Christmas everybody !
One of our Insider parents living life in Paris is Stéphanie. Mother to 1 year old Titouan. Stéphanie is a very active woman, with her own blog: www.mapoussetteaparis.blogspot.com where she and her son are testing different adresses in Paris. So she is a true expert in discovering new and family-friendly places in Paris. Get inspired by her interview for your next trip to Paris.
Photo: Xavier de Marly
1. What do you like best about living in Paris with children?
2. What is it like a typical day in Paris with your child?
3. What is your favourite area in the city and why?
4. Where do you like to go for lunch or dinner?
Les 400 Coups, 12 bis rue de la Villette, 75019 Pairs, www.les400coups.eu
5. What kind of public transport do you use getting around in the city with your family?
6. Your favourite shops for your self and for your child?
7. The best play ground in the city?
8. If you have a little diaper incident where do you go?
9. Your child's favourite cultural activity?We often go to baby gym at Gymboree. Like many other Parisians, we live in a small apartment so getting out is always a good thing. Gymboree offers a big play room with many different toys and activities for children to burn of some energy. We also like to go to the theater, that I have already mentioned: Le Théâtre l'Aktéon. I'm every time surprised by Titouan's concentration and interest in the play...so even young kids can appreciate the plays, which are all of high artistic quality. www.gymboree-france.com
10. Your own favourite cultural activity?
I'm very fond of Paris' cultural scene and many interesting and fascinating art expositions. Otherwise, I love attending to a cooking class or going to the spa.
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