Dublin is a Gourmet Capital and offers plenty of variety for family dining. Here are some of Kinder Travel Guide’s top picks for baby and toddler friendly restaurants in Dublin.
Avoca, Various Locations (Breakfast & Lunch)
Avoca is a chain of cafes located throughout the Country. There are a number of these cafes in the Dublin area. You will find one on Suffolk Street, Monkstown and in Malahide Castle. The cafe offers fantastic food and has some superb kids options. The Suffolk Street cafe is set within a store which also has some fantastic baby gifts and clothing for adults.
Brambles Cafe, at the National Museum of Ireland (Lunch)
The National Museum Café offers a wide range of foods; from salads, breads, sandwiches, pasta, and soup, to specialty coffees, muffins, pastries and desserts, it has something for all tastes.You will find child-friendly food at Brambles Café and high-chairs are available on request. The Café also welcomes mothers who wish to breastfeed their children.
The Bell and Pot, Behind Stephen’s Green (Breakfast & Lunch)
The Bell and Pot is colourful cafe located at 3 Mercer Street and offers healthy ‘healing’ foods. The cafe is stroller friendly and the food and service is great. The cafe is very welcoming babies, and families and there is plenty of space for strollers.
Clodagh’s Kitchen, Arnotts on Henry Street (Breakfast & Lunch)
Clodagh’s Kitchen is located in Arnotts Department Store, one of the best stores in Dublin for clothes, shoes and gadgets. The kitchen is bright, spacious and affordable with some delicious seafood options and a choice of soups suitable for babies. Arnotts also has great changing facilities and a room for nursing mums.
Silk Road Cafe at the Chester Beatty Library (Lunch)
The Silk Road cafe is a central and very baby friendly cafe located on the ground floor of Dublin Castle. The cafe is stroller friendly and serves delicious Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. The focus in each dish is home cooking using only the freshest ingredients. The cafe also offers soups, panini and freshly made falafels each day. All of the cakes, biscuits and breads are homemade and you will find mixed berry scones shoulder to shoulder with chocolate brownies, fruit tarts, fig cake and baklava.
Foodlife, Saint Stephen’s Green
Foodlife is located on the first floor of Saint Stephens Green shopping centre. It is a food court with a juice bar, coffee bar, sandwich area and more with a lot of space for strollers. The food is not as good as you will find elsewhere in this gourmet capital but it is stroller friendly and if you need a break somewhere central then there is something for everyone here. There are baby changing facilities within the centre.
Farm Restaurants, Dawson Street & Leitrim Street (Lunch and Dinner)
Farm Restaurants can be found on both Dawson Street (near Trinity College) and on Leitrim Street. The restaurant is family friendly and menus take inspirations from some far-flung destinations. The restaurant sources as many ingredients as possible locally and a large proportion of its meat, vegetables, and other ingredients are organic – free from GM, artificial additives, fertilisers, growth promoters and herbicides. Reservations are recommended.
Jamie’s Italian, Dundrum Town Centre (Lunch and Dinner)
Jamie’s Italian is one of Jamie Oliver’s fantastic offerings and is a perfect spot for kids.The restaurant uses organic ingredients and has a number of vegetarian and gluten free choices along with an organic, healthy kids menu.
The Fumbally Cafe, Dublin 8 – (Breakfast & Lunch) (Closed Sundays and Mondays)
The Fumbally is another perfect breakfast place located on Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8. This child friendly cafe serves up amazing food made with simple recipes. The food here is fresh, healthy, simple and inspiring. There is a permanent breakfast and lunch menu that is complemented by specials that change daily. The Fumbally Eggs are to die for and will really set you up for the day.
The Temple Bar Food Market
The Temple Bar Food Market is a foodies paradise and a must do when visiting Temple Bar. This weekly market takes place every Saturday from 10am – 4.30pm at Meeting House Square under the new retractable canopy. The market is outdoor and you will find a great variety of foods including french pastries, sushi, juices and crepes. Perfect for parents on the go!
You will have no trouble in finding somewhere to eat with your baby or toddler in Dublin and there along with the above mentioned suggestions there are plenty of other spots where you will find kids menus and changing facilities. Most, if not all restaurants in Dublin will also offer high chairs. Other suggestions for eating out include Nando’s (various locations), Luigi Malone’s (Temple Bar) and Milano (IFSC and Temple Bar and 7 other Dublin Locations) are family friendly restaurant chains located throughout Dublin which offer kids menus and baby changing facilities. Taste Cafe on South William Street is another great child friendly option however it is busy and can be a bit of a squeeze with strollers.