Edinburgh has certainly come a long way from the deep fried mars bar (although you can still get one if you’re keen!) and now has a prestigious reputation as a foodie city. Offering everything from Michelin starred restaurants to cosy traditional pubs and artisan coffee shops.
At BabyBreaks, we have researched the best kids friendly restaurants in Edinburgh for you, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city.
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1. Toots Play Cafe
Aimed at children under five, this play cafe offers a fun, stimulating environment for little ones and friendly, relaxed atmosphere for parents. The cafe is the brainchild of a busy mum who knows all too well how stressful a simple cup of coffee can be when you have a lively youngster! The large, bright play area space and fantastic selection of traditional toys will leave you safe in the knowledge your child is happy, so you can truly relax with free wifi and coffee on tap.
Address: 227 Gilmerton Road, Edinburgh EH16 5UD
Phone: 07798 901416
2. The Scran and Scallie
If you want to push the boat out, you must pay a visit to this gastropub run by Michelin starred chefs Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack. Traditional pub grub is elevated to new heights with dishes like Highland Wagyu Beef Burger and Dressed Newhaven Brown Crab featuring on the seasonal, locally sourced menu. Finally, children can enjoy their own menu and a lovely playroom – win win for everyone!
Address: 1 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh EH4 1DR
Phone: 0131 332 6281
3. Red’s Restaurant
Just five minutes walk from Portobello beach, Red’s Restaurant is a relaxed eatery with a soft play area for toddlers and an indoor climbing frame and video games machine for older children. The food is traditionally fuss free, with plenty of options for all ages such as Mac and Cheese, Freshly Made Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes or Haggis ‘Neeps and Tatties. Definitely a great place to eat with children and among the best child friendly restaurants in Edinburgh.
Address: 254 Portobello High Street, Edinburgh EH15 2AT
Phone: 0131 669 5558
4. La Favorita
A crowd-pleasing pizzeria which has become something of an institution in the city, thanks to its traditional feel and welcoming, familial atmosphere. Children can also order mini-pizza or small pasta dishes. While parents can feast on a wide array of choices from risotto to steak, as well of delicious pizzas of course. If it’s your child’s birthday they’re in for a real treat – in true Italian style, the staff will make a huge fuss of them and get the whole restaurant to join in singing Happy Birthday!
Address: 331-325 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA
Phone: 0131 554 2430
5. The Storytelling Cafe
The Café is at the heart of the Scottish Storytelling Centre, which is a lovely tranquil place to stop on the bustling Royal Mile. Children can enjoy the Storywall and activity box whilst you relax with coffee, cake and sandwiches. Look out for special family friendly events for Burns Night, Christmas, Halloween and more.
Address: 43-45 High St, Edinburgh EH1 1SR
Phone: 0131 556 9579
6. The Fountain
This friendly modern pub near Fountain Park and the Cineworld cinema actively welcomes children, and dogs too. They are open all day from breakfast to dinner, for classic pub dishes and a dedicated children’s menu too. They run regular special offers and events like Kids Eat Free and Doggy Coffee Mornings! This kids friendly restaurants in Edinburgh is a great place to meet locals.
Address: 131 Dundee St, Edinburgh EH11 1AX
Phone: 0131 229 1899
7. The Kitchen at Restoration Yard
A short drive from Edinburgh’s city centre, youll find a light and airy restaurant within Dalkeith Country Park, where the highlight for the kids is sure to be the adventure playground. In fact it’s one of our top activities for children in Edinburgh. Not just a restaurant, The Restoration Yard also boasts a beautiful shop, deli, coffee bar and wellness space, so there’s something to please all ages.
Address: Dalkeith Country Park via Town Gate, Dalkeith EH22 1ST
Phone: 0131 322 2572
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