Manchester has an excellent choice of eateries for families to choose from, whether it’s the bohemian cafes of the Northern Quarter, the popular chains in the city centre or the famous “curry mile.”

At BabyBreaks, we have researched the best child-friendly restaurants in Manchester, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city.

1. Hard Rock Cafe

Manchester is undoubtedly a music lover’s city, so this rock ’n’ roll-themed chain fits right in. It serves American classics in energetic surroundings, with plenty for the kids to marvel at, including a jacket worn by Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain’s guitar.. The kids menu has some nice healthier options too, such as chicken salad, tomato and broccoli pasta and fresh fruit.

Skip the queue when you purchase this unique pass and enjoy a nice family dinner or lunch in this child friendly restaurant in Manchester.

Address: Exchange Square, Manchester M4 2BS

Phone: 0161 831 6700

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2. Poppies 11 Cafe

Located in the Manc suburb of Urmston, near Old Trafford, this family friendly cafe is really popular with local parents. There’s a cute play area for kids that’s partially separated from the main cafe, meaning you can eat and drink in peace whilst your little one plays. They also host kids craft workshops each week, as well as storytimes, toddler classes and baby sensory sessions.

Address: 11- 13 Davyhulme Circle, Urmston, Manchester M41 0ST

Phone: 07752 136821

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3. 20 Stories

If you want to push the boat out for a special occassion, 20 stories is the place to go. This glamorous rooftop restaurant and cocktail bar offers panoramic views of the city, and is reassuringly welcoming to families. Kids have their own menu featuring delicious dishes like ‘make your own’ Eton Mess. And they’re also provided with colouring pencils and crayons while you wait. Of course the amazing views from the terrace are sure to keep them entertained too.

Address: No. 1, 1 Hardman Square, Manchester M3 3EB

Phone:0161 204 3333

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4. The Wharf

This canal-side pub is a favourite with Manchester families for its great Sunday Roasts and extensive children’s menu. The large venue has lots of different rooms, depending on your dining mood, including a kids play area. There’s also a fantastic outside space that’s perfect for al fresco dining on a sunny day. Oh and lastly, it’s dog friendly too- a great bonus!

Address: 6 Slate Wharf, Manchester M15 4ST

Phone:  0161 507 4240

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The Wharf

5. The Anthologist

A stylish spot from the Drake & Morgan chain, The Anthologist is a great place for all day dining. Brunch and lunch are best for families, where you can feast on dishes like buttermilk chicken and waffles, salt & pepper squid or a mushroom shawarma. The children’s menu features yummy dishes like gnocchi ‘mac & cheese’, plus a free babyccino or hot chocolate.  Their range of special events are top notch too – there are Mixology Classes for kids, Yappy Hour Sundays (dog friendly cocktails and brunch) Live Music and Family Days.

Address: One St Peter’s Square, Manchester M2 3DE

Phone: 0161 509 5085

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The Anthologist MCR
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6. Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza

This authentic pizzeria receives rave reviews for serving the best sourdough delights outside of Italy. So it’s sure to be a winner with families- what kid doesn’t like pizza?! It’s excellent value too, starting at just £4.90 for the Marinara pizza. But the menu gets far more interesting than that- share the creamy burrata and orange and fennel salad to start. Rudy’s have two Manchester locations – one in Ancoats, a historic neighbourhood near the trendy Northern Quarter. And one on Peter Street, which is right next to a big Odeon cinema.

BabyBreaks Tip: Due Rudy’s popularity, you may have to wait for a table, but you don’t have to wait in line. Just give them your name and they’ll send you a text when your table’s ready.

Address: Ancoats M4 5BF / Peter Street M2 5QJ

Phone: 0161 660 8040

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Rudy's pizza
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7. Tampopo

Serving quick, fresh East Asian cuisine, Tampopo is one of our favourite child friendly restaurants Manchester. There’s a kids menu featuring mild Thai curries, Japanese noodles and satay chicken skewers, and they will get special kids chopsticks for practising this skill too! There are several branches of Tampopo in Manchester, some of which feature a kids play corner too.

Address: Various locations

Phone: 0161 839 64 84

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At BabyBreaks, we have kept a limited choice of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Manchester without browsing the Internet for endless hours.

So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Manchester for your next family weekend, just visit our different Manchester pages to find what this creative city has to offer.

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