The weather’s great, we’re tired of spending time indoors, so there’re only one thing left to do: go out, take a walk, and bask in nature. Abu Dhabi has got its fair share of gorgeous waterfronts, nature preserves, and parks -and what do all of these destinations have in common? Promenades and paths for you…Read More
Eating out with the kiddies doesn’t have to be the ‘same old same old’, so if you’re looking to spruce up your family dining game, we’ve got you covered. From eateries that house their very own obstacle course to restaurants with quirky themes, these are our picks for unique and kid-friendly restaurants and cafes you definitely need to try!
1. Mazmi Cafe
An absolute Dubai gem, this cafe, located right on the creek inside the old textile souk, is the perfect experience of tradition with a modern twist. While you and your littles dig into delicious dishes, you can enjoy watching the magic of the creek as busy abras sail by back and forth.
Plus there are plenty of food options to satisfy both big and small tummies. You can enjoy breakfast all day such as bagels and Eggs Benedict; go for mains with the likes of homemade hummus, pizza and pasta dishes, and even sink into melt-in-your mouth treats such as umm ali and homemade ice cream.
2. Rainforest Cafe
Head deep into the rainforest for a dining experience your little explorers will be keen to try. Enjoy wild animal noises, including crocodiles and elephants, and the crash of thunder that will keep young ones entertained throughout the meal.
3. Oompa Loompa
Enter the world of Willy Wonka (without the need for a Golden Ticket) at this quirky and family-friendly restaurant. Alongside the international comfort food, the eatery is home to a themed soft play area and also hosts fun-filled chocolate masterclasses just for kids.
4. White and the Bear
Head over to the world’s first-ever restaurant designed for children, focusing on nutritious, fun and balanced dishes. Founder Hana Al Mulla has collaborated with world-renowned children’s book author and chef Annabel Karmel to bring Dubai’s tiny tots the best there is to offer.
Most dishes on the menu are designed by Karmel and feature items such as no sugar energy balls, hamburgers created using carrots and apples, hidden veggie pasta Bolognese, and much more. There’s even an Adult menu featuring wholesome, creative food, to make the restaurant is a one-stop shop for your entire family. The menu offers a mix of breakfast, salads, entrees and dessert options, using ingredients that are always fresh and organic, with no hidden additives or artificial flavors!
Not only is the menu child-friendly, but so is the space, the staff, and everything in between. Staff members have been meticulously trained to interact with children, and the restaurant boasts a reading nook, a concept store, and even a workshop area to engage children in hands-on interesting workshops.
5. Adventure Parx + Cafe
Sip on a hot cup of coffee while your little ones explore the obstacle course, dive into the ball pit, or snap pictures at the photo wall. While you munch something tasty at the cafe, your little ones can explore the adventure park’s four different play zones including a soft play area, rope course, holla wall or toddler play area.
6. Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant
Take your family meal out to new heights at Dubai’s only revolving restaurant. Located on the rooftop of Hyatt Regency Dubai, this is where you and your family can enjoy delicious food along with 360 degree panoramic views as the restaurant slowly spins around and gives you an amazing vantage point of the city’s skyline including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek and the Gulf Sea.
Blend grown-up time and fun family activities through Wavehouse’s perfect combination of live music, gaming, bowling and great food. The venue, located in Avenues, overlooks a state-of-the-art wave machine, allowing you to feel the rush of surfing from day to night.
Challenge each other to a game of bowling, or dive into over 50 games at LEVELS arcades. Visit the Wavehouse restaurant throughout your day for a snack, a hearty lunch or a healthy dinner. The rustic-beach-bar-meets-industrial-gastropub gives all your family members their own taste of fun through the clever combination of distinctly different spaces throughout the venue, catering to children, teens and adults.
The soft play area is temporarily closed
8. Cafe Ceramique
Get creative at this restaurant and activity venue where you and your little ones can enjoy painting your own ceramics, and indulging in casual dining options. With comfortable seating areas, art-lined walls and a relaxed, laid-back ambience, the café is not exclusive to seasoned artists – in fact you need never have picked up a paintbrush before in order to produce stunning, unique ceramics you would be proud to display or gift to loved ones.
9. Last Exit AUH Bound
Explore a pit stop featuring great food and a post-apocalyptic scenery filled with monster trucks, war rigs, abandoned vehicles, and delicious flavours.
If you’re in the mood for juicy burgers, Burger Pit and Johnny Rockets can sort you out. And if you’re an experimental foodie, you don’t want to miss The Stuffed Burger.
Grab something hot to sip over at Il Café De Roma as well as Starbucks and My Karak, plus if you’re looking to satisfy that sweet tooth, Cupagahwa has got you covered with some yummy treats.
10. Tania's Teahouse
Pink, cute and quirky, this is Dubai’s hotspot for everything tea-related. Teas are served regular, iced or as lattes and they also offer light snacks, meals and yummy desserts.
For the month of September, they have decked out the cafe in Alice in Wonderland themed decorations, so look out for nasty and nice characters including the mischievous Cheshire Cat, the elusive White Rabbit, the terrifying Queen of Hearts, and even Alice herself.
And don’t miss the Limited Edition Menu including yummies like the Drink Me Up Alice, a colour-changing drink, and ‘instagrammably inviting’ cookies.
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11. Geek Kitchen
Whether you’re looking for a breakfast spot or a place to take a midday break from ordinary life, Geek Kitchen is where you can grab a bite to eat while enjoying the universe of your favourite superheroes. The place where Iron Man meets Batman and Wolverine hugs Deadpool, this is a quirky little restaurant that your comic-loving kiddies will definitely love.
12. Observation Deck at 300
Marvel at dramatic views as you enjoy light bites and pastries at the city’s highest restaurant. Your little ones will be absolutely mesmerized by the height and scenery.
You can also catch up with loved ones over Afternoon Tea available from Thursday to Saturday, from 2pm to 6pm.
No entrance fee or minimum spend for children below 12 years
13. Unicorn Cafe
If you’re a fan of all things pink, pretty and unicorn, this quaint little cafe is the place to be. Not only can you tuck into some absolutely delicious desserts like the must-try Unicorn Cake, but the cafe’s gorgeous interior is the perfect place to snap some cute photos with your kiddies.