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More Than Mac’n’Cheese – The Best Places to Eat With Kids in the City

Posted on March 20, 2017

CityMash.com - Given the opportunity, my son would happily live on mac ‘n’ cheese, but not all kids want to eat that or chicken tenders every time they go out to eat. Luckily for little ones with more discerning taste buds, Vancouver has plenty of places to satisfy a little belly without resorting to the

Ludica Pizzeria & Game Room

Standing proudly at 189 Keefer Place, Ludica Pizzeria and Game Room quietly opened its doors in January 2014. Taking a leap of faith, and ignoring all advice to launch viral marketing campaigns, Ludica stood by their intention of having you come in, relax, and unplug by relying purely on word of mouth.Vancouver rewarded that faith and made Ludica one of the go-to spots for those who want to spend time with each other and enjoy a game while they eat.

Over 700 board games, tables big enough for food, drinks, and board games, and a children’s menu that offers pizzas from the onsite pizza oven or tasty, genuine Italian pasta dishes, make Ludica Pizzeria a fabulous choice for dinner with kids.One of the owners, Darryl Boone, is so passionate about the games (they opened using 400 from his personal collection) that he will happily teach you how to play something new.

Cafe Deux Soleils

Flour tortilla filled with cheese, a vegetarian spinach and yam taco on a corn tortilla, topped with pickled carrots and cabbage, Itsy Bitsy burger with cucumbers, tomatoes and sprouts, the kid’s menu at Cafe Deux Soleils, on the 2000 block of Commercial Drive, is like no other.

They have a children’s breakfast menu that includes porridge with berries and, if you have a fussy eater, they have snuck a grilled cheese onto the lunch menu.

Children are welcomed with open arms, but you might want to leave them at home in the evenings and enjoy the varied entertainment.

Kokopelli Cafe

Kokopelli Cafe is the place to go for a relaxing coffee,  sandwiches made to order and delicious baked goods made daily on the premises. What makes this such a great spot is not only the affordable prices but the designated kid’s play area, packed full of great toys.

You can sit back and enjoy your latte, a tasty sandwich (gluten-free options are available) and a cookie while your little ones run back and forth to your table snacking on delicious goodies of their own. There are few places where the vibe is so relaxed for people with kids.

If you are in Dunbar, get yourself on over to  4593 Dunbar St and check them out.

Burgoo

With locations in North Vancouver, Kitsilano, Mount Plesant, and Point Grey Burgoo are relatively local no matter where you live in Vancouver.

The kid’s menu provides the option for your little ones to order a child size version of any salad or soup or a roast chicken bowl with basmati rice and red grapes alongside the grilled cheese and ice cream staples.This place is a great option if, like us, you have kids who always seem to want your food instead of something off of the kid’s menu because it makes them feel more grown up.

This is not the place to go if you are watching your waistline. The focus at Burgoo is on traditional, hot and tasty comfort food, often coated in delicious melted cheese or with huge dollops of mashed potato on the side.

The restaurant is relaxed with an old world countryside vibe, and families are welcomed with a smile.

Sophies Cosmic Cafe

Waiting for you and your little ones at 2095 West 4th Ave is Sophies Cosmic Cafe with, among other things, children’s portions of perogies for dinner which can be chased down with floats or deluxe thick milkshakes.

The fun, eclectic decor gives you and the kids a great talking point, and we have played many a game of killer I-Spy here! It feels like your grandmothers’ attic crashed into an art gallery and landed on a 1950’s American diner – in a good way.

There is a newly painted patio with vibrant green furniture and murals on the wall and the owner, Sophie welcomes families like they are her own.

The Green Moustache

Starting out in Whistler the Green Moustache is now also offering their unique menu at 3607 West 4th Ave. If you would like to eat out with your kids and would prefer to order made to order quinoa bowls for your children, with some cold, pressed juice or a shot of wheatgrass, the Green Moustache has your name written all over it.

You might want to try the Buddha Bowl, filled with quinoa, rice, nuts, seeds, sprouts, avocado and fresh veggies, but whatever you choose on the menu you can be sure it is fresh, clean, and prepared with your health in mind.

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