LEYLA PIEDAYESH

OCCUPATION: Founder and owner of Lala Berlin

MY STYLE: Eclectic—from classic prep to colorful and sexy. Mostly I wear my own styles from Lala Berlin.

I LOVE BERLIN BECAUSE: In Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg, there are almost two playgrounds per street! Little things like this make life vivid and full of happiness.


Borchardt

This bustling and grandiose restaurant—best known for oysters and duck—may not seem family-friendly at first, but kids will love the classic schnitzel plate, which comes with Borchardt’s signature bacon-infused potato salad. The place is sure to be packed with regulars, but don’t be surprised if you spot a few celebrities, too, as Barack Obama and Karl Lagerfield have been spotted amidst the restaurant’s marble columns.

Puppentheater Firlefanz

“Firlefanz” may translate to “frippery” or fooling around, but this classic puppet theater takes its mission—to interpret classic tales with a modern twist—quite seriously. Program mainstays include Puss in BootsThe Emperor’s New Clothes, Cinderella, and The Frog King—all produced with the help of top-notch puppeteers, costumers, and set designers. Private performances are also available for birthdays or special occasions.

Weinbergspark

Whether you’re looking to chow down on a picnic lunch or sweat it off in a rigorous game of soccer, Weinbergspark is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. Park-goers can enjoy the rose garden, pond, and playground on the park’s southwest lawn—once home to Mitte’s primary winery. And if the weather fails, it’s easy (and delicious) to take cover in Nola’s, a Swiss-German restaurant on the premises that’s famous for cheese fondue.

Lala Berlin

It’s hard to believe that when Leyla Piedayesh first began this exclusive knitwear line in 2003, she was knitting all the ultra-chic pieces on her own. Now, due to high demand, her garments (made primarily from cashmere silk, fine jersey, and even bamboo) are produced internationally and admired by such devoted fans as Heidi Klum and Cameron Diaz. “It’s not just luxury, but a distinct tactile, snuggly experience,” says Leyla Piedayesh.

Soho House

As a hotel, Soho House may technically be geared towards out-of-towners, but that doesn’t keep the classiest locals from frequenting its restaurant, pool, COWSHED spa, and House Tonic, the in-house bar. For members and guests, the hotel offers free childcare so parents can relax, read the paper, (and maybe sip on the signature Ron Zacapa Centenario rum drink!) while their little ones play.

Nichola Hunt

Cocktail aficionado. Large dog breed lover. Fondness of summer dresses. Hater of pickles. Born in London, based in Bali.

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