Dining out with the little darlings can be somewhat of a challenge. The little monsters can be very picky when it comes to eating, and a family outing can sometimes turn into a nightmare. Whether you’re looking for city-centre family dining options or somewhere further afield, we’ve listed our top five child-friendly restaurants in Edinburgh. Enjoy a good meal while the little ones are happy (and quiet)! You can thank us later.
The Scran & Scallie
It’s never too early to teach the wee ones what good food is. The Scran & Scallie is the last venture from the team behind the popular Michelin star the Kitchin. It’s an authentic Scottish relaxed dining venue, serving national food and a kids menu that’s available for the wee “scallies” under 12. It includes yummy plates such as fish and chips, burgers, sausages, macaroni cheese, and chicken goujons. It’s also a dog-friendly spot, so bring your pooch along and “sit ye doon yer welcome”.
Located within the Scottish National Gallery and overlooking the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, this cafe is one of our top picks for a child-friendly restaurant in Edinburgh. Their children’s menu is available for kids under 10 years old and it includes soup, fish and chips, sausages, ice cream, and even a selection of afternoon tea sandwiches and sweet treats. This spot also has a fantastic large terrace for the little ones to run and play while you sip one of their lip-smacking cocktails. You get to enjoy the outing too right?
Want to please the wee ones? Go for pizza. It’s a fact, kids love pizza and, in Edinburgh, it doesn’t come better than Amarone. Situated on the corner of George Street and St Andrews Square, this pizzeria offers all the style of a contemporary Milanese restaurant. From Napoletana and quattro stagioni pizza to salsiccia and modena pasta, get ready for a full-carb feast. Oh and don’t be surprised if your kid starts speaking Italian, apparently that’s what pizza does to children…
You know it. We know it. Everybody knows this spot. But what people don’t know is that it’s one of the best child-friendly restaurants in Bristol. Their kid’s menu includes a main and a dessert for only £5. From chicken tacos, fish fingers tacos, and quesadillas to a scoop of horchata, mango sorbet, and chorro, your kids will experience a truly authentic Mexican feast. At Topolabamba, you won’t find pre-packed wraps. They mean the real deal, amigos, the real deal!
At Cafe Andaluz, the kids will get to try different plates and tastes with their authentic range of tapas. From sharing plates to vegetable tapas, meat tapas, seafood and fish, and paella, you and your little ones are in for a Spanish feast. Spread over two floors, this child-friendly restaurant in Belfast is located in Edinburgh’s New Town, as well as near Greyfriars Bobby. Have yourself a little treat and try one of their flavoursome wines coming straight from Spain’s best vineyards. Que aproveche!