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The most family friendly restaurants in Shanghai

What makes a restaurant family-friendly? According to our panel of Mom & Dad experts, they look for:

  1. A kid’s menu
  2. Availability of high chairs, and a place to stash the stroller
  3. Play room or place to stash the kids
  4. Grown-up food and beverages
  5. Friendly, accommodating staff
  6. Non-smoking areas

In Shanghai there are a few restaurants that consistently make the cut. We’ve “field-tested” all of these restaurants.


  • Paulaner (Yueyang Road). The classic German beerhaus has an outdoor play area as well as frequent kid’s activities, such as the annual Halloween Partytl_files/images/LivingInShanghai/living_paulaner.jpg
    Paulaner's play area. (photo courtesy of Paulaner)


  • O’Malley’s. A recent facelift saw the disappearance of the bouncing castle, but they do still have a kid’s menu. No specific kids menu but they have food that kids can eat…(burgers….fries..etc).
  • Haidilao (12 locations). The famous hot pot brand features a staffed kid’s play room as well as roaming ayi’s who can look after your little one as you tuck into your Sichuan style hot pot. Free toys and even a change of clothes.
  • Larder. Australian restaurant tucked behind Tianzifang in the new Taikang Terrace building. Kids menu all week (closed on Mondays).



A few spots on the Hongmei Lu pedestrian street cater to families, including:

  • Blue Frog (Gubei). Kid’s play room and a reliable menu.



  • Johnny Moo (jinqiao) has a kids menu.
  • Flying Fox has a kids playroom and menu


For a longer list and addresses/telephone numbers, check out our Living in Shanghai section.


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