“Kid Friendly” Restaurants

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This article is a follow up to our article “Eating Out,” our guide on successfully including your young children when dining out in Bangkok.

Finding a restaurant that the whole family can appreciate is no mean feat. Thankfully, Bangkok has such a wide variety of places that there’s something for everyone, from tots to teens. Here are 5 of our favorites suitable for all ages.


Bacco Osteria da Sergio

Bacco is a Bangkok classic, and with good reason. When most other Italian restaurants were still serving doughy pizzas dripping with ketchup, Bacco was dishing up authentic fare with imported ingredients. There’s no kids’ menu, but the restaurant is used to accommodating families, and children can order simple dishes such as carbonara or gnocchi with tomato sauce. The pizza, lightly singed and blisteringly hot, is still one of the best in town, and kids will doubtless love the margherita. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy the extensive wine list and more nuanced dishes such as truffled ravioli and pappardelle with duck ragu. The restaurant is a bit loud when crowded, but that can be a bonus when children are less than inclined to use their “inside voices.”

Location: 35/1 Sukhumvit Soi 53; 66-2/662-4538; bacco-bkk.com; child-friendly chairs available upon request.

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Gastro 1/6

There’s a lot to love about this little brunch place hidden in the depths of Soi 22. For starters, it’s by the team behind the more adult-friendly Bo.lan, so you can count on consistently top-notch and often local ingredients. Second, the peaceful garden courtyard by the RMA Institute’s art exhibitions is the perfect place for a lazy family afternoon. And finally, they have a small but thoughtful kids’ menu. Simple, well-executed staples like caramelized banana on toast with peanut butter, or a miniature version of the classic full English breakfast, will keep even fussy eaters happy. Service tends to be on the slow side though, so be sure to bring entertainment for your youngest diners.

Location: RMA Institute, Sukhumvit Soi 22, Soi Sainamthip 2; 66-80/603-6421; child-friendly chairs are not available.

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Mr. Jones’ Orphanage

The dozens of antique teddy bears and kitschy decorations adorning Mr. Jones’ draw equal attention from children and trendy Thonglorites channeling their inner child. With gargoyles and stuffed toys, it goes without saying that the place is a bit over the top. Still, Mr. Jones’ never takes itself overly seriously, and parents can appreciate the whimsical touches by the creative force behind bars like Iron Fairies and Clouds. Even if your kids are past the teddy bear stage, they’ll love the dessert selection, which includes everything from towering slabs of M&M-encrusted chocolate cake to the comparatively sophisticated semolina cake with pistachios.

Location: GF SeenSpace, 251/1 Thonglor Soi 13, Sukhumvit Soi 55; 66-2/185-2378; child-friendly chairs are not available.

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Crepes & Co.

Though the cozy Asoke branch of this perpetually popular eatery may have closed, its new incarnation on Langsuan is just as charming. The place is understandably packed on weekends with families, both local and expat, so be sure to make a reservation. Crepes are the main draw here, but the broad menu also incorporates other Mediterranean favorites like pasta and couscous. Order a savory option, or go straight for dessert. Children will flip for banana crepe loaded with chocolate sauce, while parents can savor a slightly more sinful option doused in Baileys.

Location: 59/4 Langsuan Soi 1, Ploenchit Rd.; 66-2/653-3990; child-friendly chairs available upon request.

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Hajime Robot Restaurant

Sometimes the number one difficulty in dining out with kids is keeping them entertained throughout the meal. If your little ones are prone to fidgeting, look no further than this bizarre Japanese buffet. The menu here is fairly standard and of reasonable quality, but no one comes to Hajime just because they love sukiyaki. Instead, they come for the life-sized automatons that deliver tray after tray of food. It may make for a slightly surreal dining experience, but it’s a sure-fire crowd-pleaser.

Location: 3F Monopoly Park, 59/27 Rama 3 Rd.; 66-2/683-1670; child-friendly chairs available upon request.

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