10 Toddler-Friendly Cafes/Restaurants in Edinburgh
If you’ve ever been around a toddler you might’ve noticed that they’re usually not very good at sitting still – especially not in a cafe or restaurant environment! Luckily there are plenty of places here in Edinburgh where you can grab some food or coffee and cake without your little one getting bored. These places don’t necessary all have kids’ menus, but they have play areas, toys, high chairs and friendly staff who know the chaos under 5s can bring with them. Whether you’re travelling to Edinburgh for a short visit or live here, we hope this list will come in handy!
- where: 1 Summerhall, EH9 1PL
- website: www.summerhall.co.uk/cafe-shop
This place is perfect for lunch after a visit to the huge Magnetic play park across the street in the Meadows. They serve hot and cold lunches, soups, sandwiches, cakes and pastries all day long – and coffee of course! Plus they have a small play area with toys, and if your toddler allows, you could also have a wee browse in the shop…
- where: 73 Holyrood Road, EH8 8AU
- website: www.bodabar.com/hemma
With plenty of toys and a lovely play zone your toddler will keep busy for a good while at Hemma (“at home” in Swedish) whilst you enjoy a drink, cake or some hot food. They also have a great kids’ menu with lots of options. Children are welcome until 8pm when Hemma turns into a nice place for a drink or two.
- where: 1 NW Circus Place, EH3 6ST
- website: www.thepantryedinburgh.co.uk
The food is fresh, the coffee is great, the staff is friendly and they have a great play area with lots of toys for children. Win-win-win-win we say! There’s also a big restroom with changing facilities and everything you need for changing a baby or toddler. This Stockbridge cafe/restaurant gets pretty busy though, so try to arrive before the worst lunch rush to secure a table.
- where: 42A Hamilton Place, EH3 5AX
- website: www.facebook.com/Skylark-Cafe
Another Stockbridge gem where you can have bite to eat, a delicious cup of coffee or a freshly made smoothie – all while your toddler is busy exploring the play area and toys in the back room. Across the street you’ll find the Stockbridge Library with a book/play corner as well for continued toddler entertainment!
- where: 23 Elm Row, EH7 4AA
- website: www.bodabar.com/joseph-pearces
With the same owners as Hemma, Joseph Pearce’s is another restaurant/bar run by the Boda Swedish Bars & Restaurants “mafia”. On the mezzanine level you’ll find a family-friendly area with toys, highchairs and microwave. The kids menu is extensive and children’s utensils are available. Do note that from 5pm it’s the adults’ time to play and children are no longer allowed.
- where: 117 Ferry Road, EH6 4ET
- website: www.joytots.com
This place is a little bit off the beaten track but worth a visit if you have an inquisitive baby or toddler and don’t mind having lots of babies around! You’ve got everything you need here; high chairs, buggy parking, large play area, food/bottle warming prep area and toilet changing station. For food and drink there are hot and cold drinks, cakes, scones and traybakes. They also do different baby classes you might want to take a look at.
- where: 129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG
- website: www.bodabar.com/akva
Yes, this is yet another place by the owners of Hemma and Joseph Pearce’s. What can we say? The Swedish seem to know how to cater for little ones! There are two kids’ corners with toys, games and a ping pong table. As it is also a bar children are allowed until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and until 10pm from Sundays to Thursdays.
The Secret Herb Garden
- where: 32A Old Pentland Road, EH10 7EA
- website: www.secretherbgarden.co.uk
This place is around 30 minutes from Edinburgh centre, but definitely worth the trek! Secret Herb Garden is next to the Pentland Hills and a brilliant place for a relaxed lunch for both you and your toddler made with fresh produce and herbs. There are toys, toddler ride-on toys, pigs, chickens and lots of nooks and crannies to explore – your wee one won’t want to leave!
- where: 254 Portobello High Street, EH15 2AT
- website: www.reds4families.com
This restaurant has really gone out of its way to make a child friendly environment. There is a soft play area, an indoor climbing frame, a retro video games machine, a buggy park, baby changing room and a kids menu with something for every taste. What more could you want? The beach? No problem, Portobello beach and promenade is just a 5-minute walk away!
The Scran and Scallie
- where: 1 Comely Bank Road, EH4 1DT
- website: www.scranandscallie.com
We’re back in lovely Stockbridge at a place that is a bit fancier than the others on the list. And no wonder as two of Scotland’s top chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, are behind the restaurant. Children are welcome and there’s even a playroom at the back. There’s no kids menu, but the “brave wee scallies” can have what you’re having as half portions. Just make sure you book in advance as this is a popular spot!
Stay in a flat with toy box, cot, high chair & children’s crockery
Many of our self catering flats welcome babies, toddlers and older children, and 19 Viewforth is one of them. Located in the heart of popular Bruntsfield means there are plenty of cafes and shops around, and you’re very close to Bruntsfield Links and Meadows Park. This home sleeps four and is on the ground floor with a shared garden – a place designed for a comfortable family stay!