New York
Traveling to New York with kids?
Here’s an insider guide for what to do and where to go, tested by us and proven to be kid-friendly and cool.

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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
New York is magical place to be at Christmastime, with tree stands lining the sidewalks and filling the air with the woodsy smell of pine and fir, store windows decorated with enchanting displays, lights strung across avenues and intersections, European-style Christmas markets to visit, and special holiday shows and sights to take in. As I sat down at ...
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Silver Towers Playground/Tom Otterness Playground
Last week as I watched the streetscape speed by out the window of a taxi on my way to work, I happened to spot what looked like one of the most amazing play structures I had ever seen tucked into a small public park between two buildings on 42nd Street. A quick Google search revealed that ...
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Geometry Kids
Geometry Kids, which opened last fall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a lovely children's boutique carrying a well-curated and edited range of toys, clothing and accessories, decor, and books. Ownership of the store is shared by several local families with small children, and their experiences and beliefs about parenting and children are reflected in the products they ...
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Bakeri in Brooklyn
Bakeri is the kind of café I would visit daily if either of the two locations were a bit closer to my house: casual and welcoming, with an excellent selection of house-baked breads, good coffee, and an appealing menu of breakfast and lunch choices. That the light-filled space also the most dreamy wallpaper in all of New York ...
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Russ & Daughters Cafe
Both my children have an endless appetite for smoked salmon.  Personally, I hadn't tasted smoked salmon until I was a teenager, but living on the Upper West Side, these little girls are fortunate to have sampled some of the best.  While on the Lower East Side to visit the Tenement Museum, we tried Russ & Daughters Cafe, ...
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Lower East Side food: Kossar's Bialys
Around the corner on Grand Street from The Pickle Guys is Kossar's, one of the last bialy stores left in New York. For those unfamiliar with the bialy, think of a cross between an english muffin and a bagel, with an indented center traditionally filled with onions. Bialys are baked not boiled, and have floury exteriors and ...
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High Street on Hudson
For those up and ready to hit the city early on a weekend morning, finding a good pastry and cup of coffee isn't a terribly tall order, but finding an excellent full breakfast can be a more difficult task than you might expect. Brunch at many of our favorite restaurants doesn't begin until 10:00 or ...
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Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
New York is magical place to be at Christmastime, with tree stands lining the sidewalks and filling the air with the woodsy smell of pine and fir, store windows decorated with enchanting displays, lights strung across avenues and intersections, European-style Christmas markets to visit, and special holiday shows and sights to take in. As I sat down at ...
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Bronx Zoo
Each of New York's five boroughs has a zoo to call its own, but the city's flagship zoo, the Bronx Zoo, is not only the largest in New York, but also the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest zoos in the world. It is part of a system of four zoos and one ...
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Roosevelt Island Tram
Judging by my daughter's joyous reaction to most of New York City's public transportation options, our journey to a particular destination is often nearly as much fun as the destination itself. We sometimes opt for the subway or bus when a cab or Uber would be far more efficient simply because we know she loves ...
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Empire State Building
Aside from the Statue of Liberty, there is hardly a more recognizable New York landmark than the Empire State Building. Since its completion in 1931, at which point it was the tallest building in the world, its presence has dominated the New York skyline. I clearly remember visiting the observatory as a child on a ...
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Silver Towers Playground/Tom Otterness Playground
Last week as I watched the streetscape speed by out the window of a taxi on my way to work, I happened to spot what looked like one of the most amazing play structures I had ever seen tucked into a small public park between two buildings on 42nd Street. A quick Google search revealed that ...
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Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl
We've had a few very cold days this winter in New York, and as a result I've been on the hunt for new indoor activities to add to our mix of favorites. This morning we stopped by Family Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl and were absolutely won over by the combination of kid-friendly bowling, well-executed bistro food, ...
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Pier 25
For children in New York, summer unofficially begins when the sprinklers, or spray showers, turn on in parks and playgrounds. Nearly every play space has a water feature and the anticipation of the first truly warm day seems to be a May ritual, with children willing the temperature to break 80 degrees fahrenheit in order to trigger the ...
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Governor's Island
One of New York's best quick escapes doesn't require leaving New York at all: Governor's Island lies just off the southern tip of Manhattan in New York Harbor and a 5-minute ferry ride (even shorter if you're coming from Brooklyn) delivers you to an island where you'll feel a world away from bustling streets and sidewalks. ...
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Geometry Kids
Geometry Kids, which opened last fall in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is a lovely children's boutique carrying a well-curated and edited range of toys, clothing and accessories, decor, and books. Ownership of the store is shared by several local families with small children, and their experiences and beliefs about parenting and children are reflected in the products they ...
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Norman & Jules Toy Shop
Like most apartment-dwellers in New York, the amount of space available in our home for toys and playthings is relatively modest. In theory this means I try to be thoughtful about new items brought home or gifted to us, doing my best to rotate toys to keep them fresh and to remove items that are ...
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Hazel Village
Is there anything sweeter than a little stuffed animal wearing tiny clothes? A staple in the packages I've sent friends to help welcome their new babies for some time now, the animal dolls from Brooklyn-based Hazel Village are beyond charming. Lovingly made from organic cotton, they can be hand-embroidered with a name or initials and - ...
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Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab
The proliferation of chain stores in New York often means fewer and fewer of the mom-and-pop stores that give neighborhoods so much of their character and heart. In the past year alone, our neighborhood lost one independent bookshop to rising rent and taxes, and another downsized to a much smaller space to avoid an anticipated ...
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Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website for families!
I am really, super excited about the recent launch of Kid & Coe, a vacation rental website featuring stylish family homes all over the world. Imagine travelling to New York, Paris, San Francisco, Copenhagen... Mexico even (!) and being able to stay in a family home, complete with child-sized beds, toys for your kids, a ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip to Dia:Beacon
Eighty minutes north of New York City sits Dia:Beacon, one of New York's great destinations for viewing contemporary art. Housed in a former Nabisco box factory, the expansive galleries contain the Dia Art Foundation's collection of art from the 1960s to the present, and it's a joy to meander through the the maze of rooms spread over ...
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Day Trip: Storm King Art Center
We anticipated being out of town this past weekend, but as sometimes happens our plans changed last minute and we woke up at home on Saturday morning to stunning blue skies outside our windows and a full day ahead of us without any obligations whatsoever. Intent on enjoying the beauty of an absolutely perfect fall day, ...
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OUT OF TOWN
Day Trip: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Even the most ardent city-dwellers can sometimes hunger for a bit of a breather somewhere else: to feel grass underfoot, see trees on the horizon, and hear the persistent buzzing that fills the heavy stillness of a hot summer day. For me the perfect escape is Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, a working ...
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American Museum of Natural History
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CW Pencil Enterprise
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Tips for your visit to New York
Navigating New York can give any newcomer anxiety — the city is so big, so spread out, and has so many wonderful and different neighborhoods you’ll want to see. Here are some insider tips for making your visit a bit easier. You'll start to feel like a local in no time...
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Getting Around
New York prides itself on its amazing transportation system and it is only getting better, although more expensive, every year. When traveling with children, especially with a stroller, things can be a bit tricky but New Yorkers, contrary to popular belief, always help out when it comes to kids. I have seen strangers sprint to ...
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Grab a Quick Coffee
Over the last several years the coffee culture in New York has improved dramatically, and it's now possible to procure a serious cup of coffee in just about every neighborhood. Though I'm not myself a coffee drinker (one of the very few, it often seems!), I married into a family of coffee fanatics, and can ...
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Take a Break
With so much to see and do in New York, it can be easy to forget to schedule down time for play or relaxation. Happily, in most neighborhoods parks and playgrounds are never far, and a few especially full-featured parks are destinations in and of themselves. Following are a few of our favorite spots to take a ...
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Easy Meals
I remember hearing once that you could eat at a different New York restaurant for every meal, year round, for your entire life and still never run out of new restaurants to try - such is the pace of change and turnover in the restaurant industry here, where restaurants need to attract a faithful following ...
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When the Amsterdam Babyccino team gathers at @estherbabyccino for a BBQ and the food is amazingly yummy with homemade dishes from Italy, Germany, England, the Netherlands and Macedonia. And French cheese (check out our stories!)
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The American Museum of Natural History is an absolute must-see with kids if you're in New York! Read about our favourite exhibits and check out all our tips - link in profile! #babyccinocityguides #newyork #newyorkwithkids
2 days ago
Have a look at those 3 new beautiful boutiques that we already love: @_counting_clouds_ offer a wonderful collection of comfortable, freeing, organic clothing for endless play, produced on a small scale for boys and girls (and women too!) Now 15% off for Babyccino readers. @josefinabags: those versatile, effortless and contemporary bags will suit the everyday needs of urban mums. The best of French/NY design for nappy/ diaper bags! @hannahandtiff: those colourful clothing pieces balance traditional South East Asian influences with contemporary silhouettes - resulting in a clean, crisp and understated look! (also a great 15% off on the whole collection)Follow the link in profile to check out all our new shops! #babyccinoboutiques #newshop
3 days ago
Do you also write a lot of cards at that time of the year? Thank you notes, party invitations, farewell to teachers... And it's so nice when kids can make their own! Check out how to make those pretty watercolour flower cards, it's a sweet activity with such lovely results! Link to the blog post in profile
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Our beautiful new book, '9 months: A month by month guide to pregnancy' for the family to share, is AVAILABLE NOW!You can order it here:UK: http://amzn.to/2n6eCT7 / US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo / AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
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Esther and Courtney wrote a beautiful, month by month guide to pregnancy for the family to share. Perfect to prepare your child for the arrival of their new baby brother or sister!PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY: UK: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo US: http://amzn.to/2nVWOZo AUS: http://bit.ly/2nDYggy
2 months ago
Check out the cool vibes of our Shop Up event in London in December!
2 months ago
Our 2nd live shopping event in Brooklyn was amazing! Great shopping, delicious treats, tons of kids activities and a super cool family photo booth!
6 months ago
Esther shows us her recipe for delicious mint syrup.
8 months ago
Our live shopping event in London at Chelsea Old Town Hall in 2015 was a big success and so much fun.
8 months ago
Here we show you how to harvest rhubarb from the garden, and make it into a delicious compote. If you make oatmeal at the same time, you have made a delicious and nutritious breakfast that your family will love! (Ours do!)
11 months ago
This gym bag is such a fun and easy project, also for beginners this is a nice sewing project. Esther, Emilie and the kids had so much fun going to the market choosing all the supplies. The fabrics from Little Cube are the cutest!
1 year ago
Our first live shopping event in Brooklyn was a great success. We loved seeing the best boutiques under one roof, combined with great food and fun activities...and some dancing! Hope to see everyone this year again on September 18th & 19th at 501 Union, 501 Union Street in Brooklyn.
1 year ago
Hi guys! Here Bethie and I are showing you how to prepare a super easy dish that your family will love -- a video we bring to you in cooperation with Abel & Cole, deliverer of fabulous food boxes filled to the brim with organic freshness! Here's the list of ingredients:a royal 1 tbsp of olive oil1 butternut squash1 red onion2 red peppers2 garlic cloves4 vine tomatoes150g quinoasea salt & freshly ground pepper300 ml vegetable stock2 tbsp red wine vinegar25g raisins80g black olivesAnd for the garnish:a handful of chervilfeta (optional)Directions:Peel your butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh into 1cm chunks.Peel and cut the onion into thick slices. Cut the pepper in half and scoop out the seeds and white pith. Chop into bitesized pieces. Peel and thinly slice the garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes.Rinse the quinoa under cold water to remove any bitterness.Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large heavy based pan. Tip in all the veg and quinoa. Pour in the veg stock and the red wine vinegar. Add the raisins and the olives. Season with salt and pepper.Pop on a lid and cook for 30-40 mins until the squash is soft and the sauce thick. Stir every now and then during cooking.Scatter over the chervil (or flat leaf parsley leaves) and serve in warm bowls. Top with crumbled feta if you like!A super colourful, super easy and super delicious dish for taste buds of all ages!Bon appétit!
1 year ago