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Food & Drink

Dine at Dubai's best kid-friendly restaurants

Thu, November 23, 2023

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.


Brunch at Bread Street Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen
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. And if that's not a decent enough break from parent duties, children also get free tickets to The Lost Chambers Aquarium nearby.

Italian favourites at Carluccio’s


Kids and pizza always go well together, so when you’re in 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's situated along the water, offering fantastic views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa. Take a taste of Italy home too.


A space for young foodies at More Cafe

Inspired by the cafes of Europe, More Cafe is the place to go if you're 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.

Join the friendly fray at Social House

social house dubai mall

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 outdoor 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.


Stay fascinated at The Talk Restaurant


This family-friendly establishment at Movenpick Jumeirah Beach Residence 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 Restaurant 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.


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

The lime Tree Cafe Kitchen
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.

Dig into amazing stories at Masha And The Bear


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 cartoon series. Aside from having the chance to meet the mischievous girl and her talented bestie at the venue, 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. 


Beachside thrills at Jones the Grocer

best beachside cafe jones the grocer

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.


Dive into Belgian waffles at Maison Mathis


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.


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 are 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 your 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.


Enjoy a royal feast at Gastronomy

Atlantis The Royal's extravagant dining hall, Gastronomy, serves a lavish breakfast and dinner daily. With 17 live stations and 100 dishes to peruse, you'll be spoiled for choice. From Western classics to southeast Asian delicacies and Arabic spreads, there's something for everyone. For breakfast, which is served between 7am and 12pm, it's AED235 for adults including beverages, AED117.50 per child aged four to 12, and complimentary for children aged three and below. In the evenings, dinner includes fresh seafood, slow-cooked brisket, Arabic mezze and more. Between 6pm and 10:30pm, adults can join for AED325 including water, or it's AED162.50 per child aged four to 12 and complimentary for children aged three and below.


Let your little ones play at Luigia

For a true taste of Italy, at a price that won't break the bank, Luigia offers a heartwarming experience that's fun for all ages. See the kitchen team throwing pizza dough in the back of the restaurant as the little ones enjoy a dedicated play area, complete with cinema, games, colouring, soft play and more. The menu is focused on simple, good quality ingredients, while the staff take care of everything else.


Try Gallic treats at Couqley French Bistro

Couqley French Bistro is the perfect spot to enjoy a chic meal in a cosy atmosphere. Offering soulful and delicious food, Couqley captures the elegance of French cuisine in a family-style atmosphere. The steak frites is a must-try, featuring a signature Couqley sauce that adds indulgent flavour to the tender steak. Truffle and mushroom pasta, tuna tartare, onion soup gratinee and escargots de Bourgogne – snails in a rich dressing – are other popular choices.

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