York is famous for all things foodie – tea, chocolate and ale, to name a few. Independent eateries line the award-winning Bishopthorpe Road (affectionately known as Bishy Road) whilst historic pubs and tearooms pepper the winding medieval streets of the city centre. Kids will love getting a cone from the Two Hoots Ice Cream Boat, which will keep them quiet while you peruse the street food scene at Shambles Market.

Therefore, at BabyBreaks, we have researched the best child friendly restaurants in York, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city.

Also take a look at our selection of activities in York for the perfect stay.


1. Betty’s Tearoom

A York institution which has gained worldwide celebrity. Betty’s is certainly the place to go for cakes and Afternoon Tea. The building is as pretty as the patisserie – interiors are inspired by the Queen Mary ocean liner. Get there early to beat the queues – if you do have to wait, the children can pick their cake from the mouth-watering window displays as they stand in line.

Address: 6-8 St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 8QP

Phone: 0800 456 1919

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2. Brew & Brownie

An independent cafe famous for its pancakes. Brew and Brownie is perfect for breakfast or brunch. The locally sourced, seasonal food showcases the best of Yorkshire on a plate or in a cup, from artisan bread to loose leaf teas. Also there are plenty of choices for children aside from pancakes, and lots of vegan and gluten free options too.

Address: 5 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

Phone: 01904 647420

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Source: @brewandbrownie / @lifelivedthisway

3. The Balloon Tree Farm Shop and Cafe

More than just a lunch out, this working farm offers a whole day out for the family. For instance, pick your own seasonal fruit and veg, from pumpkins to strawberries. Then head off to the cafe for delicious fresh food, with a dedicated children’s menu. The extensive children’s play area is right next to the cafe, so they can run off some steam while you relax with a coffee or locally brewed beer. One of the best Child Friendly Restaurants in York.

Address: Stamford Bridge Road, York YO41 1NB

Phone: 01759373023

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Source: The Balloon Tree Farm Shop & Cafe/ Facebook.

4. The Pig and Pastry

Located on Bishopthorpe’s Road, known for its independent shops and eateries, The Pig and Pastry has the really welcoming feel of a neighbourhood cafe. The breakfast menu is a particular highlight, featuring organic eggs in all forms, homemade granola and fantastic pastries. There is a good selection of children’ books and toys to keep them amused while they wait for their food.

Address: 35 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA

Phone: 01904 675115

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5. The Rattle Owl

Housed in a beautifully restored Grade II listed building, The Rattle Owl has light, spacious interiors and a fantastic menu of seasonal, organic Yorkshire produce. The menu may seem rather sophisticated for children, but don’t be put off – the owners are enthusiastic about children visiting and experiencing good food from a young age.

The Grazing Menu is a good chance for them to try lots of different dishes.

Address: 104 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX

Phone: 01904 658658

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