The most family friendly restaurants in Shanghai
What makes a restaurant family-friendly? According to our panel of Mom & Dad experts, they look for:
- A kid’s menu
- Availability of high chairs, and a place to stash the stroller
- Play room or place to stash the kids
- Grown-up food and beverages
- Friendly, accommodating staff
- 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 Party
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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