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Food & Drink

Dine at Dubai's best kid-friendly restaurants

Thu, October 6, 2022

Here are some top choices that even the fussiest of eaters will find hard to refuse.

Here are some top choices that even the fussiest of eaters will find hard to refuse.

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Brunch at Bread Street Kitchen

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The best of British is on the menu as celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay showcases old-school favourites in his Dubai restaurant. But it's the lively Saturday brunch that will spark the kids' appetites, with generous portions of treats like cheeseburgers and macaroni followed by activities to keep curious minds busy – from playdough making to cookie decorating and face painting. At times, there's a makeshift playground onsite to take advantage of. If it all doesn't sound like a good enough break from parent duty, children also get free tickets to The Lost Chambers aquarium nearby.
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Italian favourites at Carluccio’s

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Kids and pizza always go well together, so when you’re in The Dubai Mall, try Carluccio’s – an authentic Italian restaurant that serves regional specialities. From risotto to pasta, salads, grilled meat and fish, parents will love the fresh ingredients, while children will appreciate the free crayons. It is situated along the water, offering fantastic views of The Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa. Take a taste of Italy home too.

3

A space for young foodies at More Cafe

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Inspired by the cafes of Europe, More Cafe is the place to go to if you looking for sustainable and local fare. Whether you're in the mood for soup and sandwiches, a delicious curry, or traditional Dutch pancakes, feast on an extensive menu featuring more than 100 dishes from 16 countries. Thanks to a kitchen that can satisfy every palate and spacious dining areas, you will definitely have an enjoyable time with the family here.
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Join the friendly fray at Social House

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Social House has a menu of international flavours that is guaranteed to please even the fussiest diners. If you are craving some Asian cuisine, the Eastern menu is sure to satisfy your taste with dishes from Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and Japan. Meanwhile, the restaurant's Western menu includes Greek salads, an array of pizzas and pastas, wagyu beef burgers and English-style fish and chips. With an al fresco terrace overlooking the dancing waters of The Dubai Fountain – and the family-friendly attractions inside Dubai Mall – children will feel at home at Social House.

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Stay fascinated at The Talk Restaurant

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This family-friendly establishment at the Movenpick Jumeirah Beach Residences is more than just a place to eat. Designed as an open kitchen, you can watch as the chefs show off their culinary mastery. The Talk offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and a Kids' Power Bites menu, giving even the most fidgety children plenty to satisfy their curiosity. With full buffets and themed dinners, your family can enjoy a different experience every time you visit. Dine inside in air-conditioned comfort or enjoy Dubai's warm winter weather from the outdoor terrace.

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It's always party time at The Lime Tree Cafe & Kitchen

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Opening its first store in Jumeirah in 2001, the homegrown Lime Tree has received high praise from visitors, turning itself into a successful chain with several locations across Dubai. Its Sheikh Zayed Road and Al Quoz branches are favourites among families, with oodles of fun for the little ones. The onsite play area comes furnished with a mini kitchen, toys and easy reads, while the kids' menu can win any hungry tot over with a range of yummy eats, from a 'magic' cereal to toasties, pasta and freshly-squeezed juices. The cafe also has a dedicated kids' party menu that even grown-ups fancy biting into.
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Dig into your favourite stories at Masha And The Bear

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A fun addition to The Beach's dining list, Masha And The Bear Restaurant is a go-to for both little ones and the young at heart. Previously known as Oompa Loompa, Dubai's first eatery themed on a children's classic has rebranded as a cosy haven for fans of the trending cartoon series. Aside from having the chance to meet the mischievous girl and her talented bestie at the eatery, diners won't be disappointed by the menu, topped with sugary snacks and delightful drinks. There's no shortage of savoury items either, from Masha's favourite porridge to eggs, waffles, burgers, pizza, meatball soups and more. 

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Beachside thrills at Jones the Grocer

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The latest addition to Jones the Grocer's portfolio really takes things up a notch with an idyllic beachside location. Perfect for a family breakfast, lunch or dinner, kids can play on the sprawling white sands between slices of doughy pizza. Breakfast options include grilled sweet potato and smashed avocado, smoked chicken omelette and classic eggs Benedict – to name a few. Freshly imported deli items are also available, so make sure to shop around after you dine.

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Dive into Belgian waffles at Maison Mathis

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You'll find Maison Mathis in Arabian Ranches, tucked away next to the golf club. This neighbourhood haunt is bright and airy, with white-washed walls and lush plants both inside and out on the terrace, which overlooks the rolling greens and lawns of the golf course. Families are welcome here – there's even a dedicated outdoor play area for the little ones. While the eatery may be Belgian-inspired, the menu is geared towards all-day dining with international dishes served up for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kids will love the Belgian waffles.

10

Get competitive at Wavehouse

With a funky vibe and gourmet bites, this fun hangout is located within Atlantis, The Palm. Wavehouse has four high-tech bowling lanes to perfect your swing, but there's plenty of other distractions too. The indoor section has ping pong, multi-level arcade games and a soft play area for children, while outdoors there's a wave machine that puts surfing skills to the test. With a menu brimming with pizzas, pastas, burgers and decadent desserts, Wavehouse is a one-stop-shop for the whole family.

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