The Best Child-Friendly Restaurants in Dubai

Written by Arpan Ghosh

Dubai is a dining haven, dishing out cuisines from all around the globe in settings that range from quaint hole-in-the-wall cafes to lavish gourmet restaurants (some of which have made their way to the city’s very first Michelin guide lately). While there are several places where you can take your children along for a nice family meal, some restaurants that go the extra mile to create a space where kids feel truly welcome. Here are some of the best child-friendly restaurants in Dubai.

Top 8 Restaurants With Kids Play Area

1. Mondoux 2. Luigia
3. Baker's Kitchen 4. Masha and the Bear
5. Solo 6. Phileas Fogg
7. The Scene 8. Schoko Fabrik Cafe

1. Mondoux

Mondoux Dubai

This lovely French bistro boasts two prime locations – one in JBR and one in Dubai Creek Harbour. Both outlets have charming warm-hued interiors and a waterfront setting that allow you to enjoy some of the best sunset views in the city. The menu includes an extensive breakfast selection with everything from croissants and crepes to muesli and avocado toast, while the lunch and dinner menu has more a pan-European mix.

There is a dedicated kids’ corner where the little ones can enjoy themselves while the adults are tucking into a meal, and Mondoux also hosts the Sweeties Culinary School for Kids to hone the skills of budding young chefs.

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2. Luigia Dubai

Luigia Dubai

With its refined mix of reds and greys complemented by wood floors and shelving, creates an elegant space for enjoying family-style Italian dining. The restaurant, which is a tribute to the comfort cooking of Italian nonnas (grandmothers), features a long list of pizza and pasta dishes as well as a selection of appetizers known as sfizi fritti (literally ‘fried cravings’) and a solid wine list.

Luigia prides itself on providing a complete family experience, and to that it end it has a large kid’s area with a playroom, a cinema hall and a games room with foosball table and video games. Be warned – they might not want to leave once the meal’s done!

3. Baker's Kitchen

Baker's Kitchen

Run by German duo Sven Mostegi (the baker) and Heike Vogt (the chef), this charming Marina eatery aims to offer clean, healthy food that doesn’t compromise on taste. There is a large variety of vegan and vegetable-focused options, and various dietary preferences are accounted for. The menu also features a helpful nutrition breakdown with the description of each dish – from breakfast plates to sandwiches and intriguing fusion dishes.

There is a kid’s play area on one side of the restaurant that is a little adventure zone – it has a wood jungle gym, a slide, play mats and soft toys. Combined with the peaceful waterfront setting, it’s a great spot for a weekend brunch with the family.

4. Masha And The Bear Restaurant Dubai

Masha And The Bear Restaurant Dubai

This quirky themed restaurant on The Walk in JBR has become a popular spot for birthday parties. It is named after a well-known East European animated show and models its décor after it as well. The restaurant is primarily designed to cater to children, with a multilevel play area, lots of soft toys and play items, plus regular meet and greet sessions with character mascots and cooking classes for children.

The food is a mix of European dishes, and there is a particular focus on Eastern European delicacies and staples.

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5. Solo

Solo Dubai

An award-winning restaurant located in the Raffles Hotel, Solo is one of the best options for Italian cuisine. It features a modern take on some very classic dishes, highlighting regional specialties, and is known for its lavish Saturday brunch.

Children can enjoy the outdoor play area at Solo or watch a movie indoors. A bouncy castle is put up during brunch.

6. Phileas Fogg

Phileas Fogg

Located in the clubhouse of the Address Montgomerie at Emirates Hills, Phileas Fogg is named after the central character of the famous Jules Verne novel – Around the World in 80 Days. The décor drops you right into the 19th century, featuring booth with tan leather seating and wooden shelves packed with old-world curios such as transistor radios, rotary telephones, copper kettles, and more.

Adjoining the main pub/restaurant space is an air-conditioned tent that has a playground area, toys and colouring books, among other items, to keep the children entertained throughout the day.

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7. The Scene

The Scene Dubai

This is one of the latest concepts from celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, offering a true British gastropub experience including an always-popular Saturday brunch. It is part of Pier 7, the multi-level restaurant tower that juts out over the waterfront in Dubai Marina.

While Pier 7 is more of a venue for adults to enjoy a few drinks after work or to have a relaxed date night, The Scene opts to create more of a family experience with an indoor play area, a colouring area, child-sized seating spaces, and a screening area showing cartoons.

8. Schoko Fabrik Cafe

Schoko Fabrik Cafe

Falling under the umbrella of the Schoko Group, who are also responsible for Masha and the Bear, this is another café concept that is geared primarily towards children. The quirky space on Bluewaters Island includes a three-level play area with a slide, ladders, and more, plus an activity space with drawing surfaces, building blocks and a play kitchen.

The menu offers a decent selection of option, with a large focus on breakfast and on sweet treats.