Thursday, August 6, 2015

9 Sendling Favorites

We have lived in Sendling/Thalkirchen for nearly 8 years! Here are our favorites:

1. Campo Sportivo

Delicious Italian food and a great little playground in the middle of a huge sport complex - this feels like a "secret" discovery because the HC Wacker hockey (and tennis) is home to this adorable bistro. There is a huge outdoor terrace, a slide, swing and see saw on a lovely manicured property and Aperol Spritz galore. What's not to love?

2. Best Döner

We are regulars at this Döner place. It's not the fanciest, but the bread is made freshly (even for the Dürüm) and that makes all the difference. The owner is super friendly and we always take up approximately three tables with our kids and make a huge mess and they are wonderful every time.

3.  Italo Ristorantino

This is our little neighborhood Italian café. They have great daily pasta specials and fantastic strong coffee. The owners are THE FRIENDLIEST and are constantly spoiling our boys with amaretti cookies or special foamed milk or lollipops.

4. Stemmerwiese/Stemmerhof

Usually, on hot summer nights when our apartment heats up so much we can't stand it, we throw dinner into a picnic basket and head to Stemmerwiese. If we're feeling really ambitious we'll bring the hammock and string it up between apple trees. Kicking a soccer ball, tossing a frisbee, climbing a tree - maybe we'll escape into the Stemmerhof for some bites from the Biomarkt or Gelato or some wine from the lovely outdoor restaurants - but mostly our kids will want to play in the little rock fountain. We love this place.

5. Kitchenette

This place is such a gem. The breakfast is to DIE for. Order the Kitchenette for two which comes on a tiered etagierè and is so lovely and carefully composed with melon and prosciutto and marinated giant beans and hot peppers stuffed with goat cheese and and....and accompanied by mini pretzels and rolls. Yum. To drink any of the gazillion coffee specials and the lime mint spritzer. It's tiny and no strollers allowed so either eat outdoors or reserve and get cozy.

6. Gelato and Fountain Splashing

If we don't know what else to do, we head to the renovated Harras town square and grab an ice cream at Eiscafè Riviera and then let the kids crawl and splash in the fountain. Always great people watching and always fun.

7 Pizzeria Europa

Great pizza, very cozy italian atmosphere. In the summer this is great with kids because you can sit outside. A ltitle upscale inside but they've tolerated us on numerous occasions.

8. Valleys

After either playing at the Valley-Playground or swimming at Südbad (see 9) we nearly always head to Valleys, because we can't resist. They have the BEST Schnitzel. My favorite in the city. Huge portions, easy atmosphere, tons of high chairs. Go on monday where the HUGE schnitzel is half off!

9. Südbad

With small kids, Südbad is the BEST. It's really an indoor pool but it has a huge outdoor area so you can push your stroller right out onto the lovely lawn. There is an outdoor baby pool with a cool metal slide and a sandbox and playground. The outdoor area is heated and always lovely, The indoor area has a compact baby area with fountains and a slide and there is a separate shallow kids pool. The lap swimming pool has this amazing plant vine wall and when the weather is warm, they open the outdoor windows all along the side so it feels like swimming outside even though you have 100% UV protection. And the snackbar Crepés are the BEST. I love coming here when the weather is warm but it might storm because I know we can always head indoors should the weather turn. What a gem!

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