Family Friendly Eats in Vancouver
Vancouver is loaded with family friendly dining options to suit every budget and satisfy every craving. Whether you are looking for fine dining or a casual experience there is going to be something for you at just about every turn, even the tiniest taste buds will appreciate Vancouver’s foodie culture.
If you are spending the day working up an appetite at MommyCon you won’t have to look too far to find somewhere to relax and fill your tummies before heading home. Check out this list of 6 of my favorite family friendly restaurants within walking distance of the Pinnacle Hotel Habourfront. (As an added bonus they’re all pretty easy on the wallet as well.)
I’m a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, or “brinner”, and De Dutch is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxed “brinner” with the family. Known for their delicious Dutch pancakes, “The Pannekoek” is a huge crepe-like thin pancake which can be ordered with an assortment of toppings sure to please adults and kids alike. The Canada Place location will treat you to gorgeous views of North Vancouver and the harbor as you dig into your Pannekoek.
Location: 1055 Canada Place
Distance from MommyCon: 4 Minute Walk
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Red Robin is the restaurant at the top of our list when we are heading out with a group because they have something for everyone and you get amazing value for your hard-earned cash. I love Red Robin for their salads, it eases the guilt of the bottomless fries. The kids love the new and improved kids menu which now features two different sizes to satisfy both the hungry kids and the really hungry kids, not to mention the cool chalk board games and coloring sheets keep them distracted while they wait for their meals.
Location: 803 Thurlow Street
Distance from MommyCon: 10 Minute Walk
White Spot has got to be one of the most kid friendly restaurants around. Aside from many of the fast food chains they really cater to the kids. It was always a highlight of my childhood to get to go to White Spot for a Pirate Pak, something about eating chicken strips out of a cardboard boat is just magical. The boat used to come with an activity booklet and some crayons but now they’ve gone high tech with the White Spot Kids App and a downloadable interactive treasure map so the kids can go along with the Cluckaneers on their legendary misadventures. While White Spot has put in a lot of effort to cater to the youngsters they’re also well known for fresh, sustainable ingredients, oceanwise seafood and their daily happy hour that is sure to appeal to the grown ups of the group.
Location:1616 West Georgia Street
Distance from MommyCon: 10 Minute Walk
Old Spaghetti Factory
One of our all time favorite family restaurants is Old Spaghetti Factory and the Gastown location is steeped in history. The restaurant opened at this location in 1970 and is decorated with all kinds of artifacts from days gone by, including an original trolley car dating back to 1904 which was once a part of the British Columbia Electric Railway Company’s fleet of electric trams. The tables inside the trolley are considered to be the best seats in the house. If you’ve never been to the Old Spaghetti Factory before it is a unique all-inclusive dining experience, meals include fresh sourdough bread, your choice of soup or salad, an entrée and Spumoni ice cream for dessert, kids of all ages will be delighted.
Location: 53 Water Street
Distance from MommyCon: 17 Minute Walk
Phone: 604-684-1288 (we recommend calling ahead)
With floor to ceiling shelves loaded with more than 800 board and card games all free to play, Pizzeria Ludica is a fun place to hang out for both parents and kids alike. There is an extensive menu of appetizers, pizza, pasta, soups and salads for the kids at heart and the under 10’s have their own special menu, which includes a choice of child size pizza or pasta, juice or milk and gelato or sorbetto for dessert for $9.00.
Location: 189 Keefer Place
Distance from MommyCon: 20 minute walk
Rocky Mountain Flatbread
If you’re driving then I would suggest that a stop at one of the two Vancouver locations of Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. is definitely a must. Adults can treat themselves to a craft brew or a BC VQA pick while the kids entertain themselves in the kids play area. All locations of the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. feature a laid-back community vibe to go along with their artisan flatbreads and locally sourced farm to pizza ingredients. The kids menu features organic flatbread topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and any other toppings they may fancy for $7.49, various soups and pastas and my favorite the veggie monster bowl loaded with carrots, cucumbers, olives, avocado and tomatoes for $3.50. One of my favorite features of this great family destination restaurant is that they are peanut free, the peace of mind this gives a parent of an anaphylactic child is priceless.
Location: 1876 West 1st Avenue
Distance from MommyCon: 8 minute drive
Location: 4186 Main Street
Distance from MommyCon: 12 minute drive
Jennifer Erickson is the woman behind Children’s Directory, a family and lifestyle blog based on the west coast of Canada in the heart of the Fraser Valley. The Children’s Directory is the only on line resource guide you will need for your family to be in the know while on the go throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. Sharing stories, expert tips and the low down on all of the best places to stay, dine, shop and play. Visit her at www.childrensdirectory.net