After seeing so much culture last week, I got hungry ;-). So let’s luck at child friendly restaurant and places to have a coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) in Hannover.
A dedicated café for parents and children is Rockzipfel, between Lister Meile and Wedekind Platz (open 9.30am to 6 or 7pm). It can be quite crowded if mums and bubs groups are meeting there, but it has a dedicated little play area inside and if the weather permits, also one outside.
Another popular café is Coffeetime Kreipe, near Kröpcke, opposite the backside of the opera, which offers delicious cakes and snacks (open 7am to 8pm on weekdays, opens later on the weekend). And for those who don’t fancy caring a stroller or pram up the narrow stairs to get to the seating area, I tell you a little secret: you can use the elevator from the house on the left and go to the 1st floor; there you find a door which gets you to the seating area!
HeimW (open 10am to 1am) is not a dedicated childrens café/restaurant, but in the back they have a nice lounge area with lower seats and tables (perfect height for toddlers who are learning to walk and need something to hold on) and an aquarium (free entertainment ;-)). You only have to watch your plate and cup!
Marktcafe at Lindner Marktplatz (open 9am to 7pm, on market days opening at 7.30am) also has a lounge area at the back, with a couch and kids chairs. There is usually the choice of four soups, stews and pasta meals for lunch; apart from that you can have a look at the small selection of cakes and sandwiches.
In the summer one of our favorite spots to have an afternoon tea was the Teestübchen at the Ballhausplatz (opening at 10.30am). If the weather is nice, you find deck-chairs outside and the kids can run around. However, you still need to keep an eye on them, as there is a fountain on one end of the square.
When the weather is good Café Sid, at Grupenstrasse between Marktkirche and Kröpcke, is also a good choice. Not only because of the wide selection of yummy cakes (which is also nice when it rains), but also because of the toy store next door which usually puts a slide, a rocker and some toys outside for the kids to play with!
If you’re prefer organic food, Zurück zum Glück, close to Emmichplatz offers it. They have story books to entertain the little ones and a very popular with families. The perfect spot for a snack and drink either before or after a (bike) tour through Eilenriede and its playgrounds.
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