Travelling with a baby
Last couple of summers we were lucky enough to spend 4 weeks in Brasov with kids. The city got quite sophisticated in the last 10 years since I visited properly: gourmet and sophisticated restaurants in Brasov and around and many children friendly; well maintained charming German looking centre town with cobbled streets and colourful houses; beautiful mountains with so many treks to be explored; many playgrounds and mosly well maintained. My childhood hometown so I am biased, but Brasov with kids is delightful. So here our top things to do in Brasov and around, with kids or without.
1.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 after a fast paced, intense and fun day 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 young explorers: ‘Greu pe munte’/ Difficult trekking & climbing. Luckily around we found lots of pebbles, flowers, sticks and other distractions. The little trek on Postavaru from the Cable car to the top, even steeper and higher. One young explorers about 3 years old less enthusiastic about the scenery – luckily the next year and ski season was way better.
Poiana Brasov is always fun and summer adventures have to include trampoline, playgrounds and running around.
In terms of cultured findings, 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 since he was 3 years old. 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 are fond of 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 claimed or advertised.
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 😉
For more about Brasov fresh powder and skiing – check out our article on Romania ski holidays and 7 reasons to go for it . For more on Romania travel check our post on Road trip Romania : 10 days itinerary. Looking forward to going back and exploring further this summer!