Everyone enjoys a meal out. What’s not to love…no grocery shopping, no food prep, no dishes. But the inevitable downside of eating out is the seemingly endless wait between when the order is placed and the food arrives. Kids turn into food-crazed monsters waiting for their meal to arrive. Nothing distracts the kids more than a good play area. We’ve rounded up a list of restaurants & cafes which offer tasty food and a good play space. If we’ve missed your favourite off this list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a note in the comment section. Bon appetite!
Restaurants with Play Areas
Bellagio Cafe (773 Hornby Street, Vancouver)
Offering up some of the best pizza in Vancouver, Bellagio Cafe in Coal Harbour has a big play area upstairs and a kids’ menu. Also love that the restaurant has a huge stack of books for their patrons to enjoy while nibbling away on a savoury pie.
Big Feast Bistro (11920 227 Street, Maple Ridge)
Not only is the food delicious, the play area is packed with toys and the restaurant can accommodate strollers. Kids will love that their meal gets served on a metal sectioned-plate in the shape of a school bus. From gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, to pasta, and delicious soups the kids will be gobbling up their tasty treats. Don’t worry Mom & Dad, you will love the food too!
Cafe deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
The Cafe which offers something for everyone. While the adults are sure to enjoy the restaurant’s Poetry Slam events, Fictionals Comedy shows, or their eclectic live music nights, parents are also encouraged to bring the little ones along for a play date. Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, there are kid-menu options bound to appeal to the pickiest of eaters. The little kids’ play area boosts a kid-height chalk board in addition to toys.
Circus Play Cafe (1650 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver)
At Circus Play Cafe they put equal emphasis on quality, healthy food and a great play space for the kids. Childminders will love the locally sources hot beverages (tea & coffee), as well as the locally made goodies. The kids will have fun in the 800 sqft playarea designed for 0 – 5 year olds. Lots of wooden toys, comfy cushions, and climbing structures will keep the kids busy & using their imaginations.
Darcy’s (4462 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver)
Frances and Dickson (parents of Darcy) were frustrated by the lack of eateries offering fresh, healthy food for kids & grown ups. Their organic bakery uses local, seasonal ingredients when creating their breakfast & lunch dishes, as well the kids’ meals and snacks. Kids will have a great time in the creative playspace and parents will appreciate the spacious (and super clean) bathroom. Strollers are welcome and high chairs are provided. The owners have even got child-safe cutlery available for the littlest of hands.
Fiona’s Playdate Cafe (Unit 104 – 6820 188th Street, Surrey)
Talk about the ultimate playdate location for babies, toddlers and preschoolers! Fiona’s aims to provide families with a safe & clean environment for kids to learn & grow. While the emphasis is on play rather than food, the cafe does offer up tasty treats such as paninis, salads and daily soup specials.
Kids’ Play Cafe (14885 60th Avenue, Surrey)
Parents will enjoy delicious espresso, baked goods & soups. The kids will love the the indoor playground with lots of space to climb and explore. They can also put on a puppet show and drive on a road!
Kokopelli Cafe (4593 Dunbar Street, Vancouver)
You know a place that believes “family is truly the heart of the community” is going to be a great place to hang with your kids. Kokopelli offers up delicious coffee, tasty home-baking and a fantastic play area for kids.
Last Crumb Bakery & Cafe (3080 Main Street, Vancouver)
Who doesn’t love a little indulgence? Why not spoil yourself at The Last Crumb with a flaky tender scone, moist cake, delicious pie, loaf, bar or cookie? Using high quality ingredients (none of the nasty preservatives or artificial flavourings in this baking) all the sweets are made in small batches. Sure kids love a sweet treat, but they will also love the play tent & kitchen (found in the upstairs area which is open on the weekends).
Nourish (451 Granville Street, Vancouver)
Talk about a treat for mom & dad. Nourish offers up delicious, healthy food while simultaneously entertaining your kids. While waiting for their food to arrive, the little ones are invited to play in the mini farmer’s market and kitchen. The menu is wittily organized by the categories of Forks, Spoons & Fingers.
Sal y Limon (5-701 Kingsway Street, Vancouver)
I can not get enough of this place! Ultra good and ridiculously well-priced Mexican food! While peak times can result in a line out-the-door, the staff move quickly and there is the ever popular kids’ play space. A mini kitchen with lots of wooden toys keep the kids entertained while the delicious food is prepared. I’m seriously drooling just thinking about the pulled pork tacos!
Sweet Salt Bakery & Cafe (3497 Fraser Street, Vancouver)
This family-focussed bakery & cafe provides visitors with carefully crafted breads, pastries, organic sodas and a wide selection of teas and specialty coffee. There are also a number of kid-friendly treats & drinks. While moms & dads nibble on their tasty treat, the kids will have a great time playing in the kid-kitchen.
Rocky Mountain Flatbread (3 locations: 1876 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver; 4186 Main Street, Vancouver; 2002 Park Royal South, West Vancouver)
Sundays are family night at Rocky Mountain Flatbread! Kids get to make their own pizza. They roll out the dough, spread the tomato sauce, sprinkle on the cheese and finish with the toppings of their choice. Just think, your kids can learn to cook without messing up your kitchen! On the non-pizza-making-nights, kids can entertain themselves in the play kitchen while waiting for their tasty meal to magically appear on the table.
Restaurants with Kids Menus
Check out these great family-friendly restaurants. While they don’t offer kids’ play areas they do provide tasty kids’ menus and can usually scrounge up crayons and a colouring sheet!
Burgoo Bistro (4 locations: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver; 2272 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver; 4434 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver; 3 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver)
Pronto Pasta (3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe (2095 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver)