Majestic beaches, eye-catching architecture, world-class wining and dining locations… we are referring to Barcelona, but of course this Mediterranean hotspot isn’t meant exclusively for the adults. Barcelona is most definitely a child-friendly space, and how could it not be with the colourful and richly patterned city basically resembling one large amusement park?
And when it comes to culinary sensations, the little ones are also in for numerous treats, as it’s not difficult at all to stumble onto a child-friendly restaurant which caters for the entire family. Thus, in no particular order…
Semproniana – ideal for little chefs in the making
One of the main reasons for Semproniana’s popularity is its Saturday cooking workshops for the little ones (aged 4 to 10), which costs a mere €20 and includes lunch for your child. This keeps them happy and busy while Mom and Dad are scoping out the menu that perfectly combines French and Catalan cuisine.
Be sure to try the fresh pasta with prawns at this child-friendly restaurant.
Papa’s & The Mama’s – combining snacks with playtime
This sandwich and coffee shop has lots to offer, including ample play space for kiddies, plenty of tables to choose the best location, highchairs for the youngest of customers, and even a changing area. And should you want to do some shopping while the little ones play, there’s a small ecological food and novelties section you can check out.
Their must-try dish? The frittata and seafood lasagne.
Pudding Barcelona – a sweet spot for all
While the homemade carrot- and cheesecake and coffees are some of the main attractions for adults, this family café’s Disney-inspired design and fun-filled areas are definitely what draw in the little ones. Think a variety of games, books, chalkboards, iPads, puzzles and crafting tables to stimulate their creativity while you snack on a great assortment of food and beverages.
Doble Zeroo (Kodomoo) – a definite double delight
Kodomoo means “child” in Japanese, and once you learn that this child-friendly restaurant offers a wide variety of tasty sushi options and age-appropriate games and activities to keep the kids busy, you’ll know exactly why it’s so popular with parents. The Kodomoo play space is open on weekends and public holidays from 1:30pm to 5pm, and also offers two menus catered for the little ones.
Be sure to check out their selection of salads and ceviches, as well as their gluten-free meals.
Chocolatería La Nena – fun for the entire family
This Gràcia-based café is a hit with the locals, thanks not only to their soft pastries, hot chocolate (with whipped cream), homemade organic cakes and savoury dishes of quiches, sandwiches and soups, but also as it caters for the kiddies with a child-friendly play area (which can also be rented out for a birthday party).
Just know that it can get quite crowded, especially come lunch time, so get the whole family there early!
Els Pollos de Llull – perfect for weekends
Why not pack up the family this Sunday (or any other day) and head out for lunch to Els Pollos? Their tasty chicken roast, potatoes and salads are musts, and to keep the little ones busy there’s an activity table at the back complete with reading- and colouring books, as well as a play area. Highchairs are also available.
Be sure to book in advance for weekends.
FrescCo – a treat for young and old
Under three years of age? Then you get to dine for free at Fresco’s all-you-can-eat buffet chain that treats everyone to a healthy selection of salads and hot dishes like pizza, pasta and soup. With its informal atmosphere and huge selection of (mostly) Italian food, this child-friendly restaurant makes it its mission to treat the entire family to a good time.
The most central restaurant in this popular chain is at Ronda Universitat, 29, but be sure to scope out their other locations throughout the city.
Bar del Convent – spoiling the kids
This spacious, family-friendly café is located near the cloister area in Born, and is the ideal spot where parents can relax on a sofa and tease their taste buds with anything from cake to pasta while the little ones try out a wide variety of books and toys in the play space. There’s also a refreshing outdoor dining area that flaunts eye-catching Gothic ceilings, as well as a huge courtyard for children who like to combine playtime with fresh air.
El Chipiron – family meals with a view
How about a water view overlooking Port Vell Marina while munching on tapas, seafood and traditional paella? That’s what El Chipiron offers the family, as well as a kiddies’ menu along with a bright and welcoming ambience. The restaurant is quite easy to spot, located just over the bridge at the bottom of the Rambla and by the entrance to the Maremagnum shopping centre.
Be sure to introduce your little ones to the small batter-fried squids (called ‘Chipirones’ themselves) – they are usually very popular with children.