Birmingham is famed for its diverse food scene, most famously perhaps for its Asian restaurants. In fact the city was recently named as one of the top foodie destinations in the country, based on reviews from Booking.com (2017). And no wonder – it has six Michelin starred restaurants, some amazing street food, a booming cafe culture and plenty of child friendly restaurants too. Read on to discover our top places to eat in Birmingham with kids, so you can plan your mealtimes around the city with ease.
1. Loco Lounge
This neighbourhood cafe tops the lists of many parents when recommending places to eat in Birmingham with children. They have a great kids corner with games like Connect 4, Jenga and Scrabble, and the cosy “home from home” decor and ambience will make you feel instantly relaxed. Plus the kids menu features far more than the usual fish & chips or pasta. For example they can tuck into buttermilk pancakes for brunch, or a falafel burger for lunch, yum! There are also several other lounges across the city, with a similar laid back vibe and welcoming staff.
Phone: 0121 444 1296
2. La Vera Pizzeria
Offering amazing value, this pizzeria has been gaining a loyal following and some great reviews since it opened in 2015. The authentic wood-fired pizzas start at just £5.90, which is fantastic value for the city centre. Choose from classic toppings like napoletana, bresola or quattro formaggi, and don’t miss the nutella and banana calzone for dessert. A great place for a speedy lunch or dinner which will keep everyone happy.
Address: S16 Martineau Way, Birmingham B2 4UU
Phone: 0121 233 1988
3. Bar Estilo
A tapas restaurant in the city centre which offers games and puzzles for the kids, and an extensive menu. So you’re sure to find dishes to please everyone. Children have their own menu which features some authentic tapas, as well as safer options like chicken nuggets.
Phone: 0121 643 3443
4. The Canal House
If it’s waterside dining you’re after, The Canal House is a fantastic choice. The lofty 18th century building has lots of space indoors and outdoors – perfect for navigating with a buggy. And the friendly staff are very accommodating to children. The middle-eastern themed menu features kids dishes like polenta coated chicken fingers and mini hanging kebab. Opened in 2017, The Canal House has become a firm favourite with locals on a summer’s day.
Address: 12 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JR
Phone: 0121 643 8829
5. The Kitchen Garden
A charming little oasis in the King’s Heath suburb of Birmingham. This deli, garden centre and cafe offers plenty of space for kids to run around outside, as well as delicious homemade food. Many of the dishes feature homegrown produce from the organic urban garden. There are vegan and vegetarian options available too, such as homemade cakes and sandwiches. Don’t miss the deli on your way out to pick up some delicious local produce.
Address: 17 York Rd, Birmingham B14 7SA
Phone: 0121 443 4725
6. Boston Tea Party
Recently named named the most ethical cafe chain in the UK, Boston Tea Party has a lot to offer eco-conscious families. They serve fantastic breakfasts, amazing burgers and plenty of healthy options too. The children’s menu is perfect for small tums, and colouring sheets and crayons will keep them occupied before the food arrives.
Phone: 0121 217 8045
7. BOM cafe
Part of the BOM Gallery – a fantastic place where art, technology and science collide, this inclusive cafe has been specially designed to be autism friendly. They’ve used soft fairy lights to illuminate the space, and all sorts of tricks to muffle the usual clattering sounds of a busy cafe. There’s a “Mini Makers” creative space for kids, alongside homemade cakes, great coffee and hot lunches.
Address: 1 Dudley St, Birmingham B5 4EG
Phone: 0121 517 0421
8. Once Upon A Time Tea Parlour
A fairytale themed cafe where drinks arrive on princess carriages and milkshakes come with edible unicorns. One for the younger kids, this place is what childhood dreams are made of! It’s really popular for birthday parties, where popular TV characters can be booked to make an appearance, from Spongebob Squarepants to Peppa Pig. There are also regular events during the school holidays including themed fancy dress parties and discos. If you’re just visiting the area, it might be wise to book ahead to check there’s no party going on, as table space is limited.
9. Hickory’s Smokehouse, Castle Bromwich
An American themed chain offering a taste of the Deep South, Hickory’s Smokehouses are famously great with kids. The Castle Bromwich branch is one of the best places to eat in Birmingham with kids. It has a fantastic large garden with Giant Jenga, Ping Pong, Football tables and more. And if it’s raining , there’s even a kids cinema room inside! The indulgent menu features ribs, burgers and cooked breakfasts, but there are some good healthy options for kids too.
Address: The Green, Birmingham B36 9AR
Phone: 0121 437 0421
10. Gorilla Coffee Cafe
Pitching itself as a Bicycle Cafe (there’s a bike workshop upstairs), this hipster hangout is actually great for kids. The staff are really laid back and welcoming, and they provide colouring and a few toys for little ones, as well as a children’s menu. Gorilla Coffee Cafe is open from 08:30 am, so it’s great for early risers – ie parents! They serve excellent coffee, light-bites, cakes, pastries and quality bottled beers.
Address: 1a-1b Drayton Rd, Birmingham B14 7LP
Phone: 0121 247 4838
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