photo: Petteri Sulonen
Oh, the bliss. Your parents are in town, visiting you, worrying about your hygiene at home and the number of emptied out wine bottles in the hallway. Since you don’t want them to also see your questionable choice of clothes it’s time to get them out of your place into the world.
But what to do?
Your usual hangouts are not exactly what you want them to see, probably. Although the Späti around the corner has a very nice owner, and KitKat Club has really good drinks – it’s not really SFP (safe for parents). There must be other things to do with your parents that both parties – you and them – will enjoy. Luckily, we picked 10 things to do with your parents! Here are 10 spots and places to experience beyond Brandenburger Tor and Siegessäule that close the generation gap.
We arranged them in parts – daytime, evening and nightlife, so you have experiences for pretty much every part of the day. Get some inspiration after the jump.
Say what you want: cars are still an all-time-favorite for dads. And if the cars are beautiful vintage cars even moms and youngsters can find the beauty in them.
The Classic Remise is a center for vintage cars opened in 2003 and has car collector showrooms, shops for spare parts and miniature car models, and even a restaurant. So you can enjoy a meal while gazing at the old time beauties. The Classic Remise is open Mon-Sat from 8h – 20h and on Sundays from 10h to 20h. Take your parents out for a ride at Wiebestr. 36-37, 10553 Berlin.
photo: Alejandro Arretureta
Our friend Sara just wrote about her recent trip to the Stasi Museum Berlin. We think, your parent’s visit is the perfect occasion to learn about – maybe even their- past. In the museum, you can visit the permanent exhibition ‘National security in the SED-dictatorship’. For 6€ normal price and 4.50€ discounted, you can either let your parents talk to you about this dark time – or when you register before – have a guide take up on that task. Registration for guidance are possible through phone under 030- 553 6854 or via e-Mail at email@example.com. Dig deeper in history at the Stasi Museum, Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin.
photos: Finding Berlin
Ok, back then, when you had to go shopping with your parents it didn’t feel as though this could ever be an acitivity you would enjoy one day. Now that you’re older, you see the perks of shopping good food. This is where you and your parents meet eye-to-eye now. If you feel like cooking yourself rather than being at a restaurant, we have just the spot for you. The Arminiusmarkthalle offers a plentitude of fresh groceries from all over the world and local vendors of excellent gourmet food and snakcs. Enjoy a café while shopping through the fine deli’s from cheese to calamari and buy some exquisite wine in the middle of Moabit. You can shop Mon-Fri from 10h-20h, Sat from 10h-18h. Opening hours of the food booths are from 12h-22h. We especially recommend the spareribs from Pignut BBQ. Arminiusmarkthalle is located at Arminiusstraße 2-4, 10551 Berlin-Moabit.
Haus am Waldsee
Exhbitions and museums are probably the things you don’t have in your daily routine. What better reason than the parent’s visit to brush up your cultural knowledge. Aside from the ususal art galleries, Haus Am Waldsee is a spot that is rather under the radar to find international art. Located in Zehlendorf, the newest and interesting art is found here, in the summer even a lovely sculpture park to take a stroll in and you can have a coffee all around the year in their beautiful café ‘Manstein am Waldsee’. Exhibitions are open 11h to 18h from Tuesday to Sunday, Mondays closed. Admission is 7€, Concession 5€. Spend the day at ‘Haus am Waldsee – A Place For The Arts’ at Argentinische Allee 30, 14163 Berlin.
After a long day of activities, good food seems to be crucial in order to keep the mood up. If you don’t feel like cooking yourself, a trip to a good restaurant is always the way to go. Leave it to the “3 Schwestern” restaurant (translated ‘3 sisters’) who have the family theme already in their name to supply you with good, rustic, german cuisine. From breakfast to dinner, the three sisters won’t let you leave hungry. With prices ranging from 2,80€ to 21,80€ it should be fine for you to invite your parents. Ok fine, or for them to invite you. The restaurant is open Mon-Fri from 11h, Sa+Sun from 10h. Breakfast is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 10h to 15h. Lunch is served from 12h to 16h, Dinner starts from 18h and ends around 23h. Coffee and cake is available at any time. Check out the menu here. You’ll find the lovely restaurant inside the glorious old Bethanien building at Mariannenplatz 2.
Let’s be realistic. It’s not only the food, it’s also the wine, that keeps the mood up. Since it’s not appropriate anymore to enjoy box wine when you’ve passed the age of 16 and headaches are starting to become a real thing, you long for quality in your drink of choice. Wine tastings are the perfect mix between fun and classy. NOER Weinhandel offers exactly that. With its cozy and chic interior NOER Weinhandel presents next to the wine vending also wine tastings, wine seminars and everything that you possibly would need around the glorious beverage. Get some high quality, yet still affordable wine in Kreuzberg Tuesdays to Saturdays from 15-22h. Their Onlineshop is available around the clock by the way. Treat your parents to some nice wine at Falckensteinstraße 10, 10997 Berlin.
photos: NOER Weinhandel
Piano Salon Christophori
Named after the Italian instrument maker Bartolomeo Cristofori, who basically invented the piano, the Piano Salon Christophori is a work and repair shop during the day and hosts many concerts at night. This is not the typical activity you would do all by yourself and it blends good music and parent-friendly culture perfectly. Attend a concert in the piano salon at the Uferhallen, Uferstraße 8, 13357 Berlin.
photo: Maki Art Studio
Oh the good old days of dance parties are yielded to raves, you say? Au contraire! Clärchens Ballhaus offers dance parties several nights a week, where you can either take courses in Salsa, Tango and Swing & Co. during the week and then show off your dance moves Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
On Saturdays there is even a live band playing the fitting tunes to your swirls. To be updated on the latest events, visit their website. If you are looking for more glamorous entertainment we recommend you checking out the program of the beautiful mirror ballroom upstairs as they host fancy dinner evenings and classical concerts up there. Enjoy the nostalgia at Auguststr. 24 in Mitte.
Spiegelsaal, photos: Clärchens Ballhaus
There is a new bar in town – and it comes with its own brewery. In a nice, rustic setting the Bergschloss invites you for a drink or two and is just about the right style mix that both your parents and you will appreciate. Modern meets classic in the center of Neukölln and their hand-crafted beer called Berliner Berg will stimulate your taste buds and conversations. Bergschloss will be open from November 27th 2015, Thursdays to Saturdays from 18h to 24h at Kopfstraße 59, 12053 Berlin.
photo: Berliner Berg
Speiches Rock und Blueskneipe
Of course, Berlin is certainly not lacking nightlife options. But as we stated, maybe Berghain and About:Blank are not the best options to show your parents where you live. To experience some laid-back but still exciting moments of the night, Speiches Rock und Blueskneipe presents the perfect possibility to have a drink with your dad maybe and enjoy some good down-to-earth Blues and Rock music. With a good mix between mature folks and younger people the music bar is the perfect spot to finish the day. You can listen to some good music and have a drink at Raumerstraße 39, 10437 Berlin.
photo: Michel Rouse
We hope, we were able to inspire you to some SFP-places and activities that you and your parents will enjoy. And remember: They only mean well.
What are your favorite places to go to with your parents? Let us know below in the comments 🙂