Child-Friendly Restaurants in Edinburgh - the Chic Scotland Edit
Jemma Binanti of @_lemon.and.lavender knows great food, as you'll see from her Instagram account. So Chic Scotland jumped at the chance to get her personal reccomendations in the city she has lived in all her life - beautiful Edinburgh.
Edinburgh. A truly magnificent city steeped in history with wonderful surprises at every corner. It’s beauty shines from all angles, and whether you live here, are visiting for the day, a weekend or longer, Edinburgh will always find a special place in your heart. There is something for every taste but since we are on Chic Scotland we are going to keep things chic, sleek and oh so fabulous! If you love a little bit of glamour but also have little ones to keep happy then you will love these foodie finds as much as I do!
Visiting the City Centre…
Dishoom sits proudly on St Andrews Square overlooking the iconic Melville monument. With an open kitchen where the kids can see their food being made this place is sure to wow your little ones! Their brunch is incredible, my 3 ½ year old adores their date & banana porridge with woodfired toast and runny chilli eggs. I always leave here feeling completely inspired. The staff are amazing with children, it is very breastfeeding friendly, and they have lift access for buggies or wheelchairs.
Amerone, located on the corner of George Street and St Andrew Square. This very family friendly Italian is a great option for group gatherings and special occasions. With its stunning ceiling and slick interiors, it’s family friendly but still super chic! They don’t have a set children’s menu but can do half portions of what the adults are munching on and are always happy to cater to any requests.
Visiting the Old Town..
Civerinos Slice. Café style pizzeria that the kids will absolutely love! With amazing vegan and vegetarian options there is something for everyone to enjoy. They are also fantastic with catering for little one’s with allergies. Located just across from the meadows, this is an ideal spot to visit during the Fringe Festival in August. They also deliver, so if you find a fabulous apartment or hotel through Chic Scotland - you can have your very own pizza pj party!
Scran & Scallie, this cosy gastro pub is perfect for a family Sunday lunch in beautiful Stockbridge. From the team behind Michelin Star, the Kitchin and award-winning Castle Terrace restaurant you know this place is going to deliver. It has its very own Scallies menu with all the kid friendly favourites, but they can also adapt anything on the main menu for more adventurous mini foodies! Why not take a walk around the charming dean village afterwards?
Casa Angelina truly is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems. Open since 2013 this is every vintage lover’s paradise; you almost feel as though you are back in the 1940s. It is very easy to miss unless you know where it is. I like to think the hidden element just adds to its charm. Inside it is deceptively spaceous, with a large room in the back which is perfect for groups enjoying the amazing afternoon tea, birthday parties or hen dos. Your little ones will love delving into the dressing up box full of wonderful costumes and hats. It's very family friendly, there are high chairs, baby changing and they'll do children’s portions of anything on the menu. With delicious cakes, an impressive tea selection and coffee from artisan roasters, this place will not disappoint. Oh and they also do wedding cakes for any bride’s to be! I know this because she designed mine, and it was amazing.
The Bonham is situated in the charming and historic Dean Village. This stunning boutique hotel was created from three Victorian townhouses and as well as being an incredible place to stay, it hosts a stylish restaurant with mouth-watering food. The thing that makes it are their amazing staff who are great with little ones. Again, there is no children’s menu - but they will very happily adapt the menu to suit mini diners.
Visiting the West End…
La Piazza. Italian restaurants have a notorious reputation for being family friendly, and this one does not disappoint. Family run La Piazza has held its place in the West End for years. With a beautiful, cosy, welcoming interior and the most wonderful staff, you are sure to have an unforgettable evening. They have a very reasonable children’s menu but will also be happy to do half portions of anything on the main menu. They also have a fantastic private room upstairs which is perfect for special occasions.
Visiting The Outskirts…
The Secret Herb Garden, located a short drive out of the centre, this place is like nowhere you have ever been before. A magical fairytale café with stunning views of the Pentland hills that transforms into an enchanted woodland dining experience in the evening for special events. With vintage toys, animals to visit, a hidden playhouse in the middle of their grape vine forest and the most delicious cake you could ever imagine, it is a paradise for both children and adults alike. They run some really special workshops here for little ones in the holidays and on special occasions. You can find out more on their website. If you can’t already tell, I am pretty much in love with this place. I would live here if a could…
Whether you try one or make your way around them all, you are sure to have a delightful time and hopefully the kids will too! Be sure to check out Chic Scotland’s directory for fabulous places to stay in and around Edinburgh.
(Chic Scotland added: For some more family friendly cafes/restaurants in and around Edinburgh, try - The Paper Mill Lasswade, Loudons, Herringbone Goldenacre, Hemma, Farmhouse Inns, Mimi's Bakehouse, Brunch and Supper, The Beach House or The Pantry.)