Travelling with a baby
This summer we were lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Brasov and around with the little monkeys. My childhood hometown so I am biased, but it’s been delightful. The city got quite sophisticated in the last 10 years since I visited properly: lots of nice restaurants in Brasov and around and many very children friendly. A couple of new things to do as well as great value for money. Lots of playgrounds and quite well maintained. And of course the good old beautiful mountains, charming German looking centre town with cobbled streets and colourful houses and clean fresh air.
By far Raphael’s favourite spot has been Dinoparc, Rasnov. Natural History Museum in London is cool, but Rasnov is at a different level. Outdoors, in a beautiful forest and on a top of a hill. A short trip with a little train, also very exciting. There’s also a chilled coffee place & restaurant serving good wine and salads with chill out music and beautiful views over the forest – much appreciated given the number of kids in here.
We also had a couple of mountain trips and cable car rides. First one on Tampa, with grannies and little friends. To quote the little people: ‘Greu pe munte’/ Difficult trekking & climbing. Luckily lots of pebbles, flowers, sticks and other distractions. The little trek on Postavaru from the Cable car to the top – just parents, even steeper and higher. One little man less enthusiastic about the scenery – hopefully next year or ski season will be better.
Poiana Brasov was also fun on a couple of occasions, trampoline, playgrounds and running around.
In terms of visiting, Black Church has been one highlight for the little man. Must be the history of fire that excited his imagination or may be the Gothic architecture that delighted his eye. But either way, we are still talking about it quite a bit. The main square and various strolls around Poarta Ecaterina, Schei and Tampa filled many other fun days playing and sightseeing.
The restaurants we really liked in Brasov, no particular order:
Kasho lounge, next to the playground in Livada. Good pizzas, salads, soups, aperols & frapucinnos. Next to the playground, so you could keep an eye on the kids playing and next to beautiful trees.
Trattoria Dei Frati, Piata Enescu. If Piata Sfatului/ Cetral square feels touristy, this little mews is nice, airy even when there’s over 30 C degrees. Good salads, pasta, lemonade.
Trattorian Artisan Food. Next door to Dei Fratti, great pizza and bites, nice terrace and unky inside.
Bistro del Arte. Same little mews, French cuisine. Amazing duck and good aperols.
Bistro Ma Cocotte. Playing area next to the terrace.
We liked less:
i. In terms of restaurants – Belvedere. In a hotel on a hill on the way to Poiana. Stunning views over Schei and the old city but it feels too much like a hotel for our taste. The cuisine felt overcomplicated and plates far too busy for our liking. Wine and service very nice though.
ii. In terms of activities – Paradisul Acvatic. The big swimming pool felt very busy and grounds very crowded. Especially for myself with the 2 little monkeys, felt very outnumbered. The slides and the inside bits not quite appropriate as well for a 3 years old. So not quite the paradise.
The restaurants we really liked nearby Brasov, in order of proximity:
Dambu Morii. Swimming pool, playground and soft play area. River and green lovely grounds as well.
Sura Dacilor, Poiana Brasov. Rustic and lovely as many years ago.
Coliba Haiducilor, Poiana Brasov. An institution when it comes to traditional Romanian food and kind personnel.
Club Villa Bran. Soft play area, playground and nice grounds tales like. Questionable customer service, some really lovely personnel, some less so.
Villa Leonida, Busteni (La Cerdac). Stunning views and relaxing Romanian cuisine, with a twist. Little playground outside area as well.
Forest, Sinaia. New kid on the block brilliant wines and tech to keep the opened bottles at the ideal temperature and pressure. A brilliant sommelier, bunnies jumping around, trees so nicely integrated in the restaurant itself and a kidsclub at the top of the stairs in case the little ones fancy some parents free time 😉
Next time in Brasov hoping for fresh powder and skiing – very looking forward!