Children eating out in Bangkok can expect a very friendly reception and it’s rare to find an eatery you can't take the kids to. Ahead of Children’s Day on 13th January, we round up a few especially family-friendly restaurants…
Grab a cuppa at Kuppa, the perennially popular, relaxed brunch and java joint run by local gal (and self-confessed coffee-addict) Robin. The airy wood ’n' metal semi-open space is dominated by a roaster, plus there's a gallery and puds galore. Sprogs can enjoy a fresh fruit juice, milkshake or smoothie; frazzled parents might want to sip one of the excellent wines...
Attracting an expat clientele, Cafe Tartine, a light, bustling Gallic honeypot serving croques, quiches and mix-your-own salads. Bread, cakes and pastries are baked on site daily; there’s also a delicious array of sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade dressings – plus that fragrant rotisserie chicken. The kids’ menu is good enough to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Book ahead on weekends.
Mr Jones’ Orphanage has a daft name and an even sillier fitout (children's playground meets high church), but we challenge anyone – whatever their age – to resist Custard Cow’s Poo or Chocky Mud Pie. There are baked goods galore and moreish milkshakes – so you can just about forgive the church pews and swinging teddy bears.
Cue our favourite horned emoji: Unicorn Cafe is a candy-coloured palace inspired by My Little Pony. This fun-loving wonderland doesn’t stint on kawaii, but if you can stomach the Pepto-Bismol-pink interiors, you’ll be rewarded with delicious sweet treats (pastel-pretty ones, but natch). Throw dignity to the wind and pose with a cuddly unicorn...
Little Pea Commons is a friendly community space replete with a tots-tailored menu courtesy of the gourmet gang behind Roast. Your nippers can also pick up some new life skills thanks to the Little Lifehackers sessions; there’s also a drop-in art and play space and a studio room stocked with toys and scheduled activities. Forward-thinking.
Cafe Tartine / 65 Wireless Rd / Entrance on Soi Ruam Rudee / Lumpini / +66 2 168 5464 / 7am-8pm daily / cafetartine.net
Kuppa / 39 Sukhumvit Soi 16 / Khlong Toei / +66 2 259 1954 / 10am-11pm daily / kuppa.co.th
Mr Jones’ Orphanage / G/F / Seen Space / 285 Sukhumvit Soi 19 / Thonglor / +66 2 185 2378 / 11am-10pm daily
Little Pea Commons / 2/F / Play Yard / The Commons / 335 Sukhumvit 55 / Thonglor 17 / Klongtun Nue / Wattana / +66 2 712 5245 / 9am-7pm daily / facebook.com/littlepeabkk