Step aside, boring chicken nuggets. These family-friendly restaurants in Bali will keep the kids’ happy & well-fed with awesome children’s menus & action-packed playgrounds...
Mums and Dads, we get it. There’s nothing worse than the look on other diners’ faces when your hungry little hell-raiser is having a hangry meltdown. And god forbid, the only solace is a menu for grown-ups, laced with yucky vegetables. Yup, finding a family-friendly restaurant in Bali is high priority for any parent – but luckily, there’s plenty to choose from…
From fabulous cafes in Canggu to pirate-themed feasts on Nusa Dua beach, Bali is full of family-loving establishments designed to keep the toddler tantrums at bay. So, to help you find the best kid-friendly restaurant for your fam, we asked local writer and fellow mum, Rebecca Foreman, to compile the ultimate list of Bali’s best family-friendly restaurants in every neighbourhood – the best places for the kids to chomp and chow down while you chill out…
And psst! For extra parent points, check out Rebecca’s list of awesome things to do with kids in Bali – you can thank us later!
The best family-friendly restaurants
High Tea at Biku is as charming as you’ll find on the island, and for the kiddos, it’s a chance to play grown-ups and experience a true English tea party. Housed in a gorgeous traditional “Joglo”, the littlies will squeal with glee as they’re served the Children’s High Tea – a two-tiered platter of Alice in Wonderland china bearing all sorts of goodies; think colourful cupcakes, gingerbread men, scones with jam and cream, fairy bread, and scrummy sandwiches (with the crusts cut off, of course). There’s no shortage of tea either (served up in adorable pink polka-dot teapots) and for Mums and Dads, there are three-tiered adult versions too, plus a full a la carte menu available throughout the day. If you don’t want any tears, book ahead as it does get busy.
Biku, Jl Petitenget No. 888, Seminyak, p. +62 851 0057 0888, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Seminyak Italian Food
Serving up Italian food at its best within the stunning, beachfront surrounds of Double-Six Luxury Hotel, at Seminyak Italian Food, kids can choose from classic dishes like the creamy Macaroni Carbonara Gratin, the ‘Bologna’ style Fettuccini con Bolognese, and of course, plenty delish pizzas and Italian desserts. All of the pasta here is hand-made, and kids can choose any dish from the full menu, served up in smaller portions and as 60% of the original price. Molto bella!
Seminyak Italian Food at Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Mezzanine Level, No. 66 Double Six Beach. p. +62 361 734 300 or WA +62 81 999 895 111.
KU DE TA
Ok, we know what you’re thinking. A cocktail-fuelled Bali beach club can’t be family-friendly. Well, at KU DE TA, that couldn’t be more wrong. Every Sunday from 10am, KU DE TA welcomes families for brunch and long, leisurely lunches, served up alongside all kinds of fun activities including face-painting, bouncy castles, balloons, games and kiddie-crafts. All the kids activities are free, meaning mums and dad can sit back and soak in the beachside vibes while the crazies do their thing.
KU DE TA, Jl Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, p. +62 361 736969, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 2am.
This is the ultimate treat for unicorn-loving littlies, a place where they can immerse into the world of… you guessed it: unicorns. Choose from a Unicorn-only menu of sweet cakes, cookies, candy or croissants, accompanied by Unicorn milkshakes, coffees and hot chocolates. To find it, just head to the end of a rainbow…
Unicorn Café, Jl Batu Belig, No. 10A, Seminyak, p. +62 81 338 539 413, e. [email protected] Open daily 9am – 9pm.
Da Maria is where you’ll find colourful Amalfi coast vibes crossed with tropi-cool Bali style, served up with great, freshly-prepared and wholesome Italian dishes in a fun atmosphere with fabulous service. Kids are encouraged and welcome to make their own pizzas complete with their own chefs hat and apron, followed by a scoop of delicious gelato for dessert. It’s all so simple and fuss-free – the whole fam will love it.
Da Maria, Jl Petitenget No.170, Seminyak, p. +62 361 934 8523, e. [email protected] Open daily from 12 noon.
Potato Head Beach Club
Another family-friendly Bali beach club to add to the list, Potato Head is the ultimate hangout for cool kids and even cooler parents, with delish food dished up beside the seaside, centred by a large grassy patch for the kids to run amok. Feast on freshly prepared wood-fired pizzas, pasta, fish and chips, and Potato Head’s famous Wagyu burger, and for tiny tots, highchairs are available on request.
Potato Head Beach Club, Jl Petitenget No. 51 Seminyak, p. +62 361 473 7979, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 2am.
For a funkadoodle atmosphere and awesome, wholesome menu rolled into one, take the kids to Sea Circus for a technicolored brekkie, lunch or dinner, featuring the Next Gen menu for kids. This colourful beach shack (complete with a snazzy mirror ball!) is all about ultimate healthy options alongside the devilishly indulgent, like fresh summer poke bowls and bite-sized tacos, to dirty nachos and boozy brunch cocktails for parents. To avoid disappointment, book a table online.
Sea Circus, Jl Kayu Aya No.22, Seminyak, p. +62 361 738 667, e. [email protected] Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Mano Beach House
Perfectly poised beside Seminyak’s Petitenget Temple, Mano Beach House is all about boho beachside vibes and relaxed, family-friendly dining. The menu is well thought out, including all-day breakfast options, fresh salads, big burgers, fresh juices and smoothies, plus the all-important kids menu. Independent swimmers can slosh around in the pool, while parents can kick back in a bean bag or beneath the bamboo cabana – all the while taking in the sea views and groovy tunes.
Mano Beach House, Jl Pantai Pura Petitenget. p. +62 361 473 0874, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 11pm.
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Milk & Madu
A Canggu institution, Milk & Madu is like a home kitchen away from home – a cool neighbourhood cafe and hotspot for yummy mummies. You’ll find no shortage of families dining here, feasting on fresh cafe staples from breakfast and lunch, right through to dinner. The littlies can run around in the back garden play area or get busy with toys, books and arts and crafts in the treehouse. Swing by on a Tuesday and Sunday for 2 for 1 pizzas, live music and cool entertainment.
Milk & Madu, Jl Pantai Berawa No.52, Canggu, p. +62 851 0278 1872, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Located next door to The Garden Early Learning Centre, you’ll always see other Mums and Dads doing the drop-off and then filing in for one of Sprout’s famous cream-of-the-crop coffees and wholesome breakfasts. This cafe is great to meet up and have a chat as the uber relaxed tunes set the tone, and the food is uncomplicated and wholesome. It’s a place where everyone, including the kids, can find something fresh to enjoy from the main menu or Little Sprouts kids menu.
Sprout Cafe, Jl Raya Semat 18A, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 6pm.
Everyone loves Lacalita for its breezy, colourful vibes, bold murals and epic Mexican food. The kids can choose from all sorts of fresh fare that lets them dig in with their hands, from tasty tacos to full or half-size quesadillas. From breakfast until late night, sit outdoors on the deck and watch the world go by, or head inside for the technicoloured interiors. Swing by for Nino Wednesday when kids eat free all day until 7pm.
Lacalita, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, No.68, Canggu, p. +62 822 4731 2217. Open daily 10am – 12am.
A Bali institution offering a no-fuss and relaxed place to graze, hang and play, Made’s Warung serves up authentic regional fare and a good mix of international and Asian cuisine – plus a playground for kids with tonnes of activities throughout the week. A cubby house is on hand for afternoons of make-believe and high quality, socially interactive equipment, and for even the most active children, there’s hours of unlimited fun here, where they can climb, swing, jump and slide while parents chill out in the cafe.
Made’s Warung Berawa, Jl Subak Sari 13 No. 8, Canggu, p. +62 361 9347778 e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Located in Finns Recreation Club’s and overlooking the vast green of the iconic sports field, Bistro C is another family favourite with a focus on fresh, quality produce, and an extensive menu that caters to everyone. Adults and kids can go alfresco and feast on casual breakfasts, leisurely lunches, sunset cocktails and relaxed dinners with family and friends, or head indoors for that cool AC. Combo deals for kids are available that cover off even the fussiest of eaters, not forgetting movie night every Saturday and Sunday at 6.30pm. High chairs are provided and Splash Waterpark is conveniently located just next door for those that don’t want the fun to stop.
Bistro C at Finns Recreation Club, Jl Raya Pantai Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 361 848 3939, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Ever since the nylon doors blew open on this tent-shaped family-friendly restaurant in Berawa, Parachute has been dishing up casual, refined food to the Canggu masses, best loved for its use of local produce from Bali’s best farmers. As for the kids, they love it for its green outdoor running space, back-yard farm vibes and some of the best pastries on the island.
Parachute, Jl Subak Sari, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 813 3742 3010 e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – midnight.
Mickey’s Mad House
Located right next door to Made’s Warung, Mickey’s Mad House offers a great atmosphere and delicious authentic Italian food for both kids and parents. Set in a sprawling, breezy two-story space, this casual and comfy eatery has a great outdoor area and playground for running wild. Kids are even invited to join in and help make their own pizzas when ‘Mad Mickey’ is in da house!
Mickey’s Mad House, Jl Subak Sari No.18x, Canggu, p. +62 813 3795 6052. Open daily 8am – 11.30pm.
The best family-friendly restaurants
Once you’ve passed Clear Cafe’s wooden door and bright orange marigolds lining the stairway, the vibe at this iconic Ubud restaurant is a mix of hippie-cool meets magical jungle treehouse – complete with a fireman’s pole to slide from the upper dining areas to the ground floor. There is absolutely no shortage of awesome healthy food on offer here, including a truly international menu of vegetarian and pescetarian dishes that span the continents, plus a Cool Kids Menu featuring Snoopy’s Mac & Cheese, Tiger Fish Sticks and Captain Hook’s Tuna Burger. It’s little wonder celebrities visiting Bali with kids flock here in droves… and psst – a second location is now open in Canggu!
Clear Cafe, Jl Hanoman No.8, Ubud, p. +62 878 6219 7585. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Taco Casa is a solid staple for Mexican food-loving families in Bali, with three outlets dotted across the island. What child doesn’t love building their own burritos or tacos, with freshly-sourced produce and made-from-scratch ingredients? And the kicker? You won’t find any nasties here, like lard, MSG or preservatives. All of this family-friendly goodness, and that’s before we mention the super-fast service, fun-loving atmosphere and affordable price-tag.
Taco Casa, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 812 24222357. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Universally regarded as one of the first Italian restaurants in Ubud, Pizza Bagus serves up exactly that – damn good pizza. Bring the family and enjoy an affordable feast of classic Italian dishes, including pastas, pizzas, and their signature carbonara – and don’t forget to try their gelato. With foosball, dartboard, games, colouring sheets and a small play area for littlies, there’s plenty here to keep the kids entertained.
Pizza Bagus, Jl Raya Pengosekan, Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 361 978520. Open daily 9am – 11.30pm.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung
A true Ubud institution, Naughty Nuri’s is famous for its killer, sticky pork ribs that’ll leave you and the kids licking your fingers clean. Little piggies will love the little Killer menu, but it’s certainly the ribs here that the whole family will want to get their snouts around. All of this is served up in a casual vibes, with cold beer and twisted martinis – the perfect setting to get some pork on your fork. Psst, you’ll also find Naughty Nuri’s in Seminyak & Jimbaran too!
Naughty Nuri’s Warung, Jl. Raya Sanggingan No.88X, Kedewatan, Ubud. p. +62 361 977 547. Open daily from 8am – 10pm.
This cosy Indonesian warung is ideal for healthy families, serving up only vegan, vegetarian and raw organic dishes designed to nourish hungry tummies. For kids with bundles of energy, there’s also an outdoor play area with fun things to do for kids of all ages, including a playpen with colourful toys and a kid’s reading corner for littlies, and garden tyres for older children to monkey around on.
Warung Sopa, Jl Sugriwa No.36, Ubud, p. +62 851 0076 5897.
The best family-friendly restaurants
in Jimbaran & Uluwatu
Sundays Beach Club
Location, location, location! This uber cool and super chic beach club offers lip-smackingly delicious brekkies, lunches and dinners by the seaside, spanning all of your favourite ocean-inspired staples. While loungey tunes set the beachside vibes, let the kids take part in complimentary water activities (like snorkelling, SUPing and kayaking) and by nightfall, cosy up next to the fire pit and roast marshmallows before tucking into a freshly prepared pizza.
Sundays Beach Club, Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. +62 361 848 2111, e . [email protected] Open daily 9am – 9pm.
The Cashew Tree
This is about as cool as it gets in beautiful Bingin – a breezy, family-friendly cafe with a kids playground and super scrumptious healthy, organic menu. There’s so much space for little terrors to run around here, with friendly doggos on-site who love a good pat. There’s also an entire counter of yummy gelato, and the adjoining Bali Training Centre welcomes little fitness fanatics to join in on the alfresco workouts.
The Cashew Tree, Jl Pantai Bingin No.9, Pecatu, p. +62 85 953 789 675. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Sundara Beach Club
Sundara Beach Club can’t be beat for all-day lounging and swanky beachside dining, and it might just be Bali’s most beautiful spot for a Kids Club, too. Sitting directly behind the infinity pool just metres away from the ocean, Sundara’s Kids Club is fully-staffed and air-conditioned. The offspring can be offloaded here where they’ll be kept well and truly occupied with fun, games and activities – all the while, mums and dads can enjoy some luxury alone time in the beachfront gazebos or sun-splashed daybeds, grazing on the Asian fusion menu, with kids options available too.
Sundara Beach Club at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 701 010, e. [email protected] Open daily.
The best family-friendly restaurants
Sitting right on the beachfront of Hyatt Regency Bali, Pizzaria is the easy, breezy Italian restaurant and bar where you can savour and salivate over authentic Italian flavours on the white sands of Sanur. The kiddos can graze on antipasti, pizza from the wood-fired oven, pasta, seafood and meat while enjoying the view and playing on the beach. Then, on Sunday, come for the family-friendly brunch, where Children 6 to 12 years old get 50% off and children under 6 year old eat for free – fun and games included!
Pizzaria at Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89, Sanur. p. +62 36128 1234. Open daily.
Soul on the Beach
Located on the sand at Sindhu Beach in Sanur, Soul on the Beach is perfect for families with kids that need to run and play in close proximity to casual and relaxed dining vibes. The beach is safe for swimming and there are all sorts of beach activities on offer close by. The menus are creative and wholesome, constantly evolving and complimented by a variety of daily specials.
Soul on the Beach, Jl Pantai Sindhu, Sanur, p. +62 361 4491011, e. [email protected] Open daily.
When it comes to the best kids menu in town, this cafe and social club really is pure genius. For health-conscious eaters slap-bang against a fantastic chilled out beach vibe, Genius Cafe is where you’ll find an impressive Little Genius kids menu with great vegan options and allll the wholesome ingredients, like organic fried eggs, local fish, veggie sticks with house-made hummus and plenty of pizzas and pastas. And every weekend sees Sunday Funday, starting from 10am and finishing with a Kids Movie at 7pm.
Genius Cafe, Mertasari Beach, Sanur. p. +62 811 3888568, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
The Glass House
It’s hard not to miss The Glass House, with its white plantation shutters, high glass walls and ceilings, and sense of calm and tranquility. Choose between sitting in the outside ‘glass house’ or inside in air-conditioned comfort. Coffee and homemade cakes change on a daily basis and the kitchen is open for great Aussie breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Only the freshest food is served and delivered daily from the markets of Bedugul. The kids menu delivers old favourites like spaghetti bolognese, chicken nuggets Bali-style, toasties, chips and even vegemite on toast!
The Glass House, Jl Danau Tamblingan No.25, Sanur. p. +62 821 4782 8437, e. [email protected] Open daily.
The Fire Station
A lively pub and grill, The Fire Station is the perfect place to haul up with the kids for an ice cold beer and good homely grub. Sit back and relax at the front or head inside for the air-conditioned leather interiors, when a Sunday dinner mood takes over and an extensive gastropub-style menu takes centre stage. A Fire Station favourite is the roast lunch every Sunday, with either pork and crackling, or ribeye beef served with all the trimmings. The kids can choose from burgers, ribs, pasta or fish’n’chips – good old english fare at reasonable prices.
The Fire Station, Jl Danau Poso 108, Sanur, e. [email protected] Open Monday – Saturday 4pm – 1am and Sunday 12pm – 1am.
A wonderful place for cheap and cheerful wholesome fare (like burgers, pizzas, skewers and fish) with open-air, easy-breezy seating overlooking the beach. Chill, sit back, take in the sunset and live music because this is a great place for the kids to just be kids.
La Playa, Jl Setapak, Sanur, p. +62 821 4794 4514. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
The best family-friendly restaurants
in Nusa Dua
The Pirates Bay
Who doesn’t love Peter Pan? Well, at The Pirates Bay Bali, kids can channel their inner Captain Hook at this pirate-themed open-air cafe and restaurant. A replica pirate ship with tree houses, a bay lookout tower, a pirates’ kitchen and a whole host of treasure hunts, this Nusa Dua seaside restaurant is as family-friendly as they come. As for the menu, it’s a mix of Asian, American, European & local cuisine, with plenty of kiddie options to keep their tummies from a’ rumblin’. Ahoy there, me mateys!
The Pirates Bay, ITDC Area Lot C-0, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 894 8138, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Prego Family Brunch
Come to Prego on a Sunday, because this signature restaurant at The Westin Resort is where you’ll find a Sunday brunch that’s especially themed for families. The kids will have nothing but hearty goodness on offer here, with a selection of home-made pastas, tasty-topped pizzas, made-to-order sandwiches and drool-worthy desserts – they can even try their hands at cooking in the kitchen! Outside, an outdoor play area provides ample space for supervised games, keeping young ones occupied for hours while Mum and Dad can fill up on parma ham and Prosecco. Keep your eyes peeled for Pippo the Squirrel’s special appearance, and then splish-splash afterwards at the resort’s Premium wing swimming pools, which offers access to all brunchers,
Prego at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Kawasan Pariwisata Nusa Dua, BTDC Lot N-3, p. +62 361 771906.
Nusa Dua Beach Grill
An easy and breezy restaurant that won’t turn away kids with sandy feet or salty hair, Nusa Dua Beach Grill is a beachfront BBQ restaurant that’s perfect for the kiddos when they’re fresh off the beach. Take a break from the heat and ‘chill at the grill’ with an ocean breeze as company. The menu offers a selection of easy daytime fare, such as pizzas and pastas, delicious seafood, and Indonesian staples, alongside a solid list of cocktails and cold beers for Mums and Dads.
Nusa Dua Beach Grill, Jl Pura Geger, Nusa Dua, p. +62 851 0045 4779.
Surf & Turf
At Surf & Turf – an expansive beach club and water park – you’ll find a fusion restaurant and bar offering a selection of Western and Asian cuisine to satisfy hungry tummies after a day full of water slides, surfing canoeing and cycling. Choose from mouthwatering and freshly prepared meals from the a la carte menu, or snack on light bites, drinks, and much more by the seaside. Surf’s up!
Surf & Turf, Kawasan Wisata BTDC, The Bay Lot C-0, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 8499 166, e. re[email protected]
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Feast at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort
Every Sunday, the brunch at Feast caters to the whole family with its open-air market setting and fun and games for everyone. For the kiddies, there’s a supervised children’s play area, and for adults, there’s a live DJ playing great tunes and even a wine-making station. Feast’s array of food includes freshly barbecued seafood, Indonesian stations, a teriyaki grill, roasts, and plenty of foodie favourites. The brunch also includes free-flow non-alcoholic drinks, and 1 kilo of groceries to take home.
Feast at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta, p. +62 361 846 5555, e. [email protected]
This really is the ultimate American diner experience. Take the kids on a ride back to the future with kitsch-tastic 60s decor and enough technicolour interiors to blow any Instagram cobwebs away. Mouth-watering burgers, pancakes and waffles are served up alongside pasta dishes, soups and salads – there’s something for everyone to choose from. Go Cosmic, the kids will love you for it!
Cosmic Diner, Jl Sunset Road, Kuta, p. +62 877 61297722. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
At Jamie’s Italian Kuta Beach, the kids can eat for free on scrumptious munch that’s not only good for their little tums, but easy on your holiday budget too. Favourites include spaghetti meatballs, margherita pizza and happy chicken lollipops, plus ham & cheese croquettes, served with a mild Calabrian chili mayo and ultimate garlic bread. And to bump up the fun factor, there’s even activity packs for the kiddos that include stickers, crayons, and colouring sheets.
Jamie’s Italian Kuta Beach, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta, p. +62 361 762118. Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Splash Bistro at Hard Rock Hotel
What kid doesn’t love a bit of al fresco dining by the pool with a freshly prepared wood-fired pizza followed sharply by a Balinese Knickerbocker Glory Sundae? But there’s so much more to choose from. Take your pick of tasty burgers, sandwiches, sliders, soups and a whole selection of grill action from Aussie lamb chops to Atlantic salmon.
Splash Bistro at Hard Rock Hotel, Jl Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta. p. +62 361 761 869, e. [email protected] Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Finish it all off with some ice cream & gelato…
No lowdown on family dining is complete without a mention of ice creams and our favourites include: Gustos in Kerobokan, Creamery & Co in Berawa, Gaya Gelato in Ubud and Uluwatu, and Mad Pops vegan ice-cream in Seminyak & Canggu.
Happy munching, Honeys!
Words by Rebecca Foreman
Currently living the island life in Bali with her family, Rebecca fills her days with travelling, writing and reviewing, often with the kids in tow. Follow her bountiful island adventures on her Instagram page.