Luxe Food and Wine: Family Friendly and Fit for Foodies
Chez Panisse, Berkeley CA
For a lot of travelers, food is a huge part of the vacation experience and the sweet stuff of lifelong memories. For some of us, it’s even the reason we travel the globe in the first place. However, as much as we love our street food, market stands and serendipitous dining experiences, we also adore the indulgent artistry, creative genius and sensory thrills of dining at some of the world’s best restaurants.
Cut to life with kids and you won’t be surprised to know that the majority of multiple Michelin starred restaurants are far from child-friendly with their long drawn out tasting menus, sometimes unusual food and airs of decorum.
But not to worry, you can still indulge your bon vivant tendencies with your family in tow! We’ve called on friends, collected our own experiences and put together this list of a few of our favorite spots from across the globe:
Barcelona:Paco Meralgo – Probably the best Tapas in a city full of Tapas, best for lunch. Barcelona: Tapaç24 Dublin: Chapter One – One Michelin Star Dublin: The Farm – Local, Fresh and Organic London: Tamarind – Modern Indian, One Michelin Star. London: Oxo Tower London – Modern British, Spectacular Views. London: The River Cafe – A Classic, Innovative Italian, One Michelin Star. London: St John – for the adventurous, One Michelin Star. London: La Trompette – French, One Michelin Star. London: Nobu
Oxo Tower, London
Paris: Hiramatsu – highly creative Japanese chef does French. Paris: Alain Ducasse in a HipTravelMama worthy hotel – Plaza Athénée Rome: Il Pagliaccio – Traditional Italian w/Far East flair. Seville: El Rinconcillo – Good Tapas in 30s setting, go early to avoid crowds. Seville: Hacienda Benazuza – El Bulli Hotel, for breakfast, lunch or tapas.
REST OF WORLD
Dubai: Nobu Dubai: Zuma – Contemporary Japanese, try their brunch. Dubai: Asado – Argentinian Grill, Live Music.
Sydney: Icebergs – Italian, Great Ocean/Beach Views Sydney: Pier – Modern Australian, Seafood, Views.
Kids age 5 or older can take etiquette classes like the Table Manners Workshop at the Emily Post Institute or The Art of Dining for Children at the Final Touch School.
Note: While you can certainly take children to all the restaurants mentioned, you should use your best judgment about acceptable noise/behavior relative to the tone of the establishment and have some respect for your fellow diners who may not find tiny antics so adorable.
Do you have a favorite and unexpectedly family AND foodie friendly spot you’d like to add to the list? Where did you have a great (or not so great) fine dining experience with your kids on your travels?
–Fiona Van Alstyne is a Hip Travel Mama contributor and Luxe Food&Wine editor.