March 19, 2014 3 Comments
My Jordanian father once told me a story; we were visiting Vienna when I was a toddler and we were refused service at a restaurant because of me. Because I was a child. “But there is a dog in here!” he protested (Remember I said he is Jordanian, so letting in a dog and not a child is kind of carazy!). “Yes, dogs are allowed. Children are not.” Discussion closed. Although children at mealtimes can still be a contentious issue in Northern Europe, in Southern Europe and Spain in particular it’s no big deal. Where are your children supposed to be if not with you? And no, you are not expected to wait until they are 18 before going out to eat. Which means there isn’t really this niche of “children friendly” restaurants. All people, of all sizes and ages are welcome in all restaurants.
Every now and then though, there is a place that makes special accommodations for little people. Like Somewhere Cafe in San Cugat. They’ve gone ahead and made a small corridor full of windows and stacked with colouring print outs and tubs of crayons. From the moment I walked in with all my three, that’s where they remained. Poking their faces through the windows when they needed to be fed before getting back to the business of colouring in. Read more of this post