Traveling with children isn't always easy, and in a place as massive as Shanghai it can be downright daunting. The child-friendly food scene, in Shanghai, is a breeze however, and this makes a family vacation to China's largest city all the more easy and fun!
O'Malley's Irish Pub is the number one place for a family meal in Shanghai. I know you are thinking, "take my kid to a pub! no way!" But hear me out: the outdoor play yard and jungle gym is open all summer, and the rooftop is almost always reserved for children's birthdays and events. Meanwhile, adults love the food and beer selection and the interior decorated like a ship wows teenagers.
For a 24h pizza joint, Melrose Pizza really does an amazing job. Should your kids start craving food they recognize from home, Melrose is an affordable, clean and low-key option.
The Rainforest Cafe is the perfect reward at the end of a long day in Shanghai for well-behaved children. With magic in the air, animals abounding and food they'll love-- its a treat for them and a relaxing break for you.
Another low-key option for pizza is Gino's Cafe in Luwan. Central enough so that you can stop by and dine quickly before heading to the museums or shopping downtown, this is the ideal lunch spot for a hungry family.
Dongbei Ren is a fun family dinner outing that can also be educational. Designed like a northern cabin, the food is era-specific and regional to northern China. Great food, fun decor and an old-world feeling leave kids feeling like they jumped back in time.
Chocolate desserts, coffee and more at Whisk are a great attraction, but whats more important to the family traveling together is the great selection of after-dinner treats for every taste bud.
The outdoor seating at Sasha's makes this a place where women with strollers congregate all summer to socialize their tots and have a few mimosas with the lady friends.
American food is on offer at the highest quality at Blue Frog, and the lunch and seasonal specials are especially good. For the picky eater, this is a fall back you can always rely on.
Who doesn't love the deliciously unhealthy cuisine at the Ikea cafe? The meatballs are great, the hot dogs cost less than a dollar, and you can fuel up the family for cheap while shopping!
Finally, should you be the health conscious type, Element Fresh offers a large menu of healthy items to keep your family energized, healthy and ready to tackle Shanghai's next attraction!
42 Tao Jiang Road
Between Heng Shan Road and Wu Lu Mu Qi Road
A notch above the average pub grub with great kids food... read more
838 Hengshan Lu
1168 NanJing West Lu
4F Citic Square
Dine on the wild side, literally... read more
918 Huai Hai Zhong Lu
1F Parkson Department Store
Pizzas at affordable prices with a large fan base...
1 Shanxi Nan Road
Traditional Northern Chinese cuisine with austere atmosphere and fun service... read more
1250 Huaihai Lu
206 No. 100 Century Avenue, Pudong
Shanghai World Financial Center
Delicious American cuisine with subtle ambiance...
126 Caoxi Bei Lu, Near Sanhui Lu
Swedish cafe in the IKEA building... read more
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
Colorful Place, Colorful Food, and extremely healthy... read more