Cambridge is well known for its University, but you’ll be glad to know there’s much more to eat than those student staples of pizzas and kebabs! Families visiting Cambridge can choose from riverside pubs, independent coffee shops, award winning delis or quick and simple diners.
At BabyBreaks, we have researched the best kids friendly restaurants in Cambridge, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city.
Also take a look at our selection of activities in Cambridge for the perfect stay.
Independent, local and sustainable is the award-winning Stir Bakery, which has gained a cult following since its opening in 2016. As well as its exquisite pastries and top quality coffee, families love it for its comfortable and spacious interiors. Also a selection of toys and blackboard walls for the kids to draw all over – genius!
This family run Greek restaurant gets top marks from parents thanks to its fast, fuss-free food and truly welcoming atmosphere. The menus champion fresh, seasonal cuisine, using sustainable sourced ingredients wherever possible, and catering to gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets with aplomb. There is no specific children’s menu, but Greek classics such as juicy skewered chicken, pitta bread and dips are sure to please the little ones.
You can’t go wrong with an American diner when there are hungry mouths to feed, and Herbie’s is possibly the best one in Cambridge, receiving rave reviews. The location is a bit off the beaten track, but the staff are fantastic with kids, who will love the indulgent burgers, loaded fries and milkshakes, Check the website for regular special offers, such as kids eat free on Fridays! One of the best kids friendly restaurants in Cambridge.
An authentic Sicilian deli serving fresh filled ciabbattas, amazing pizza and the best gelato in the city. This popular place now has three branches, all of which can get busy at lunchtime, so either stop for a quick ice cream and drink, or order a pizza to take out and eat in a sunny green spot.
Perfect for a pub lunch, this Italian restaurant is located at The Wheatsheaf, a 17th century coaching inn surrounded by rolling countryside. The Italian owners are really welcoming to children, who have their own Sunday Lunch menu offering a traditional roast dinner, or excellent fresh pasta and pizza.
Adults can enjoy more sophisticated wild boar ragu or shank of lamb. All dishes use the highest quality ingredients, including vegetables and hens eggs from the garden.
If you have a hire car on your weekend trip to Cambridge, it’s worth driving out to this popular Farm Shop, Cafe and Soft Play centre in nearby Royston. The kids will love the Fun Barn, whilst parents will be in their element browsing the beautiful range of high quality deli foods, fish and meat in the Farm Shop. You can all refuel at the cafe afterwards, which uses the freshest seasonal produce from the surrounding farm. A beautiful escape from the city, especially on a sunny day.
An independent, family owned cafe serving homemade cakes and coffee as well as craft beers and artisan pizza by the slice. There’s also a children’s play area with a few toys and games to keep them busy. This popular spot attracts a wide range of visitors, from parents with little ones to students grabbing lunch and professionals enjoying post work drinks. And with pizza this good, we’ve no doubt your family will be big fans too… especially when you tell the kids there’s Nutella hot chocolate!
This hip new outpost of cool coffee brand ‘Hot Numbers’ is fast becoming a favourite of local parents, thanks to its huge garden, spacious airy interiors and relaxed vibe. Fantastic coffee, pastries and light bites, all locally sourced. It’s a 20 minute drive from the city centre – useful if you’re heading out that way exploring Cambridge’s beautiful surrounding countryside. If you’d prefer a coffee shop in the city centre, you could visit the Trumpington Street or Gwydir Street branches. They serve the same high quality food and drink, though they don’t have the great amount of space that The Roastery does.
If you want to treat your family, a visit to Cambridge’s oldest restaurant is a must. The listed building, sleek modern interiors and sophisticated menu exude elegance, but don’t worry, children are very welcome. There’s a really great kids menu offering dishes like breaded pulled pork and wild mushroom risotto and the friendly staff provide colouring books to keep them busy too. One of the most classy kids friendly restaurants in Cambridge.
A lovely riverside pub where you can watch rowers and punters glide by as you tuck into traditional dishes like fish and chips. The kids menu has a ‘Pick and Mix’ section which is great for small appetites, or larger dishes of pizza and pasta. A really great spot to eat lunch on a sunny day, but get there early to avoid the crowds.