Bristol offers a whole host of restaurants and cafés that your children will love – from soft-play areas to piles of board games; salted caramel brownies to lunchbox favourites, there’s lots of fun for all the family.

Café

At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, BS1 5BD
Telephone: 0117 915 1000
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The At-Bristol café has plenty of child-friendly amenities, including: high chairs, a small soft-play area, good pram access through double-doors, baby-changing facilities and a microwave for bottle/food warming. Not to mention that it’s attached to a super-interactive, hands-on science centre with something for all ages, and under 3s go in for free. The menu offers a range of children’s lunchbox choices, with five items for £4.95 (including sandwiches, yogurt, cakes, juice and fruit options), as well as a hot children’s options from the main café menu (including main meal, a drink and yogurt or fruit for pudding, for £5.95), which is all homemade, organic and Fairtrade. The café can also cater for allergies and dietary requirements, plus babycinos and homemade cake-pops, biscuits and cakes are also available – perfect for a playful snack time!

Favourite place around Bristol to take the kids?
“I’ve been taking my daughter to the M-Shed since she was tiny (she’s almost five now), and it’s perfect for every age – great chocolate muffins in the café, a brilliant little play area, and of course, a fantastic, engaging exhibition space with lots for little explorers to do.” – Jen Forster, PR manager.

Bocabar

Unit 3.1, Paintworks, Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EH
Telephone: 0117 972 8838Bocabar-1

Bocabar has been a go-to place in the local area for over ten years, and in that time has successfully established itself as a firm favourite among Bristolians as a place where everyone is catered for and made to feel welcome. It has become particularly popular with families due to the extensive room the gorgeous redbrick warehouse provides. Inside you will find space galore, with plenty of sofas and tables to cater to larger groups, and a dedicated childrens menu offering a mix of healthy salads and mezze items, homemade pizzas, Sundays roasts, and the ever-popular Bocaburgers which are always a hit with the older kids. With as much of the produce sourced as locally as possible, and the kitchen open all day and evening, it is a great option for parents looking for a place to meet. Drawing packs and books are always on hand to help keep the children entertained, which is an especially useful and thoughtful touch. Bocabar also provides a great option for family celebrations with the casual dining and sofa areas able to accommodate up to 100 people for larger gatherings.

Favourite place to take the children?
“The Wild Place Project is my favourite place to take kids; you can get up close to the animals and they have an amazing cheetah enclosure. Perfect for day out with a picnic!” – Mel, co-owner.

Playground Coffee House

Playground Coffee House, 45 St Nicholas Street, Bristol, BS1 1TP
Telephone: 0117 329 0720

Playground Coffee House is the old city’s hidden gem for those of us who want to have a proper well-made coffee and keep the little ones busy while we enjoy it. With swings instead of chairs, and over 100 board games to choose from, you will discover your inner child alongside your toddler. Don’t be fooled though; this is not a kids’ playground as the place is designed mainly for adults to have fun. Homemade cake, loose leaf tea and, of course, many types of coffee both from espresso and filter – as well as the board games – will make sure there is something to make everyone smile.

Favourite place around Bristol to take the kids?
“Although we don’t have children ourselves, we love going out with our friends to Chew Valley Lake and Ashton Court for picnics.” – Lilly, co-owner

Windmill Hill City Farm

Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip St, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EA
Telephone:  0117 963 3252Windmill-Farm

If you are looking for a feel-good day out with the kids, then what better than a visit to Windmill Hill City Farm? This independent community project, founded by a group of volunteers, celebrates its 40th birthday this year. It’s the oldest city farm outside London, and remains free to all visitors. The cosy café, winner of Best Family Friendly Bristol Good Food award in 2015, offers delicious food and an appealing array of cakes, and you can feel good knowing that you are helping the Farm to continue running just by enjoying a much-needed cup of tea. The Farm aims to bring us all closer to where our food comes from, whether that’s the farm-reared meat and freshly harvested produce on the café menu, volunteering opportunities in the garden, or the range of outdoor children’s activities they run during the school holidays. Stroll around the gardens and meet all the farmyard animals, go on one of the pretty nature trails, visit the wildlife garden, enjoy the play areas and much more besides.

Favourite place around Bristol to take the kids?
“Arnos Vale Cemetery is a great place to take the children because of its lovely grounds.” – Simone, events and marketing co-ordinator.

Café Retreat

Café Retreat, Stoke Road, Durdham Downs, Bristol, BS9 1FG
Telephone: 0117 923 8186

Café Retreat is small, but uniquely situated next to the water tower on The Downs, making it an ideal meeting place for everyone. Especially popular with families, the café opens every day from 8am, with closing times varying depending on the time of year and weather, but not usually before 4pm. Wherever possible the produce is sourced from local suppliers, with all food prepared and cooked onsite at the café. The café has a variety of foods to cater for everyone’s tastes from all-day breakfasts, brunches, home baked cakes and cookies, sandwiches to eat in or take away, hearty soups served with homemade bread rolls and changing lunch specials. The café offers a large selection of hot drinks, soft drinks and ice cream, which you can enjoy there or take away for a brisk walk around The Downs. You can also sit and enjoy a drink with your food as they now have a selection of alcoholic beverages for you to enjoy. As well as a collection of newspapers, books and magazines available for customers to read, the café also offers free Wi-Fi.

Favourite place around Bristol to take the kids?
“It would have to be to one of the many parks that Bristol is blessed with. Free, and with beautiful walks, they are a great option for families.” – Gayle, co-owner.

Bubbahub

Bubbahub, 20 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1HW
Website: www.thebubbahub.co.uk

Situated just south of the Avon New Cut in fashionable Southville, Bubbahub is a uniquely family-friendly café and meeting space. Established for nearly five years, it is now an integral part of North Street’s vibrant social culture. It has been described as a hidden gem, and its preciousness lies in its cosy and welcoming front-room-ambiance. It is after all the only café where sitting on the floor with a home-made salted caramel brownie and a latte while playing with your baby is the norm. Bubbahub is designed to be a gentle and reviving place – a real tonic for sleep-deprived grown-ups, who need to pause and relax while the bubbas play in a safe and stimulating space. The little kitchen serves up a delicious range of light foods suitable for the little ones – and the big ones. They have plenty of comfy sofa space, walls adorned with affordable art, pre-loved clothes and a gift shop. Bubbahub is a wonderful versatile space which hosts an eclectic mix of child and adult-centric classes/services throughout the week that are designed to support and delight new parents and their little ones.

Favourite place around Bristol to take the kids?
“I would say Tanpit Woods in Lower Failand. It is the most wonderful woodland area with a stream running through it – perfect for welly boot playtime. It is not a place for prams, and it is wild and muddy at times, but it’s a place that all children should have in their childhoods.” – Andrea, Bubbahub.