My fabulous Sister-in-law, Brett, is in Germany visiting family and has been so great and took some pictures of a delicious brunch she had Sunday! Below are some of her favorite things so far in Germany!
On Sundays, all stores are closed, so that families have guaranteed time to spend together. Family time is strongly supported in Germany– and on some of the smaller festival days it is even common to find free food and games in the central part of cities, towns, and burbs for the explicit purpose of supporting family play and outdoors recreation!
The exceptions to this law are gas stations and restaurants. Today, we went to this brunch spot close to our Airbnb. Notice it’s actually a furniture store and–of course– the brunch is on the top floor. This means you see all the showrooms on the way up, even if you can’t buy something. Tricksy, right?? It’s a grey area, but in general, folks make sure they have enough milk, beer, ibuprofen or what have you on Saturday. In any event, brunch was lovely ( as you can see).
The second thing I love about Germany–Also family friendly–is that nearly every restaurant, all but the most schmanxy-many-course-dining types, have some sort of play area for kids. How nice is it to sip your espresso or to linger longer over *real food* (not McDonalds) while your kiddos burn off a little bit of theirs already? The set up encourages both healthy eating and family participation in restaurant culture.