Eating Out York

City Centre

Eating out with kids can sometimes be something of a challenge (understatement of the year!) There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in the York area which really do welcome children and families so I’ve compiled a list of them here.

These places are not all ‘exclusively’ for families or children but they have all shown thoughtful touches or great facilities (things like pushchair access, changing facilities, highchairs and so on)

At York Mumbler we are always looking to ‘spread the word’ if we find out about any little gems, so if you know of a pub, restaurant or café that should be included in this listing then please contact us here.

Ambiente boasts two alternative takes on the tapas restaurant theme, both within the city walls and each with its own identity.

Ambiente Fossgate is located on Yorks’ destination street for indie dining. You’ll find a theatre kitchen and stylish modern urban décor, all in a spacious groundfloor area with ample room for the whole family as well as push chairs.  Whilst Ambiente Goodramgate is housed in a characterful listed Georgian building and is ideal for more intimate family meals.

With a streamlined menu featuring the city’s favourite mouthwatering tapas dishes, think paella, patatas bravas & calamares, there’s more than enough to inspire your children’s tastebuds without having to compromise on your dining experience. As it’s all made for sharing, your kids can discover their adventurous eating side as they can try a little of everything. We’ll also help you keep them entertained with our kids’ packs. Ambiente is also Breastfeeding Friendly and our Fossgate restaurant has a ground floor baby changing facility, whilst our Goodramgate baby changing facility is accessible by a few steps on the ground floor, ensuring mums can dine out with their baby in confidence.

Our menu is inspired by tapas served in traditional Spanish ‘tabancos’ and in true Spanish style, for the adults out there, our drinks list contains so much sherry we guarantee you’ll be back for more. For more info visit their website here or follow them on facebook via the links below.

14 Goodramgate,York,YO1 7LQ and 31 Fossgate, York, YO1 9TA

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01904 689784


Come and visit our Cupcakery where we hold cupcake decorating tea parties, make birthday cakes to order, and serve afternoon tea (booking required).

We are super child friendly and offer mini hot chocolates, pink milk and mini cupcakes for the little people! We also have a changing table, high chairs and are breast-feeding friendly too.

We’re open 10am-5pm from Monday to Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sundays.
Afternoon tea is just £12.50 per person

Open for take-away and deliveries.

10 College St, York YO1 7JF

01904 638282


This café is a welcoming open place for you to come and enjoy a good cup of tea or fair trade coffee, as well as offering a fantastic range of sandwiches and homemade cakes to cater for all tastes. You can sit and read the daily paper, choose a book and have free use of our wi-fi whilst enjoying the vibrant ambiance of the building. We offer a friendly and relaxing environment that is suitable for all ages.

Opening times Monday to Thursday 9am- 4pm . Friday 10am – 4pm. Saturday 9am- 4pm. Sunday 11am- 3.30pm (Closed on Bank Holidays)

Please note that the cafe finishes serving hot food half an hour before these closing times.

Library Square, York YO1 7DS

01904 552651


City Centre

Have you had wonderful food and drink or outstanding service from a local city centre cafe or restaurant?

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Ask Italian

ASK Italian has vegan menu and normal one

JMM, April 18

Ask Italian is lovely x

JH, Oct 18

Ask Italian, Grand Assembly Rooms, Blake Street, York
T: 01904637254


Independent restaurant serving traditional polish Cuisine

“Barbakan is lovely for breakfast and kids go free”

NM, Sept 18

Barbakan the polish restaurant it’s amazing!!!! Great portions and good price

APG, Oct 18

Barbakan, 58 Walmgate, York, Y01 9TL
T:  01904 672474

Bella Italia

Serving pizza, pasta and Italian classics.

‘Bella Italia is my girls’ favourite … love the fact there are two different sizes of kids’ meals and that they can order any pasta from the adult menu in a smaller size gives them a huge choice.’

RI Jan 19

‘Bella Italia are fab with my grandson especially at Clifton moor. Also had great Gluten free menu for coeliac hubby too!’

CM Jan 19

89 Low Petergate, York YO1 7HY, UK
2 Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York, YO30 4XY


Whether looking for a cosy table for two, or celebrating with friends and family, Bill’s has something for everyone. Open all day and into the night, we’re well-known for our legendary breakfasts, veg-centric lunches, and a la carte dinners. Families are warmly welcomed with plenty of space for pushchairs.

‘Bills are great with kids and food is yummy.’

MJ, Nov 2018

‘Bills is very child friendly x’

JS, Feb 2018

12 Coney St, Yorkshire YO1 9NA
T: 01904 623548

Bistro Guy

Bistro, Cafe, Garden…Bring the whole family….We have a baby changing area, children’s play kitchen in the garden and high chairs.

Join us for craft beers and sourdough pizzas every Friday & Saturday night 6pm until late.
Sunday from 12pm – offers a woodfire pizza and a pint of craft guest beer or glass of Pimms for £10

To book, visit our website or Open Table.
40 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

“Bistro Guy is a really nice place for lunch or coffee. They are very accommodating, the back garden is lovely and they have a play kitchen for the little ones.”

MFV, May 18

Bistro Guy on Gillygate – enclosed garden; kids can round around!

AS, Sept 18

Mention Mumbler for 10% off breakfast and lunch

T: 01904 652500

Brew & Brownie

Cafe serving both breakfast and brunch with a variety of coffee, loose leaf teas and cakes. Chocolate survival boxes, coffee and Afternoon teas available for collection and delivery. Bakeshop open Thursday-Sunday 9-3 and Cafe open Wednesday-Sunday 10-3.

Please note there are no baby changing facilities here.

Brew and brownie had a delicious vegan chocolate cake in a few weeks ago 

CL June 18

Brew and brownie do amazing breakfast pancakes

BDK Jan 2018

5 Museum St, York YO1 7DT
T: 01904 647420


Offers a variety of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes as well as serving breakfast and cakes.

Can’t recommend Bruks cafe enough in York the staff food and service was fabulous and great with the kids

SC, April 18

One of our favourites and I always forget to recommend on Mumbler! Some toys, board games and books for the kiddies, lovely staff and yummy food.

SW, April 18

1 Peter Lane, YorkYork, YO1 8SW
T: 01904 863822

Byron Burger

Byron burgers mac n cheese is awesome!!

CH, March 18

I recommend Byron In town

LP, July 18

Byron Burger, High Ousegate, York
T: 01904 634488


Nestled in the heart of the vibrant, world-class destination York – almost in the shadows of York Minster – we are a fun and friendly gathering place for locals and tourists. You will savour the rich flavours of authentic, perfectly prepared cuisine from Italy.

Caesar’s is nice

JT, Feb 2018

Caesar’s is child friendly and bright

SR, Jan 2018

27-29 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 670914

Café Rouge

Located in Low Petergate, this bistro is kids friendly with stunning views of York Minster. There is a kids menu for anytime of the day.

Cafe rouge on low Petergate is fab highly recommend they couldn’t do enough for us it’s very family friendly x

TAB, Jan 2018

Cafe rouge has a lovely upstairs area or a separate dining room downstairs. Good kids menu too.

GH, Jan 2018

The Adams House, 52 Low Petergate, York, North East, YO1 7HZ
T: 01904 673 293

The Riverside Cafe at City Screen

The ideal place to enjoy anything from a cup of tea to a full meal.

‘City Screen Cafe! Loads of space.’

SBN, Aug 2018

‘City Screen cafe is nice on an evening. Had our 1st date there.’

NS, Oct 2018

13-17 Coney St, York YO1 9QL
T: 0871 902 5747

Coffee Culture

Open for takeaways for coffee, hot chocolate, milkshakes and lots of sweet treats. Also delivering coffee and goodie bags on Wednesdays.

41 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS

T: 01904 630325

Cosy Club

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as having dedicated kids, vegan and gluten free menus.

The Cosy Club gets my vote too, they have menus for all dietary requirements, cocktails are really nice, price is great, staff are great and its a really lovely venue in town

LT, June 2018

I love Cosy Club. Spent loads of time here with mum friends in the first 6-7 months as the soft seating area is so feeding friendly and there’s a decent baby change. Pretty spacious too so suitable for groups of 5 or 6 with prams. As the babies are getting bigger it’s a lovely place to eat as a family, the staff are so helpful with the little ones. The food is good too and it feels more “grown up” if you want to feel like an adult for an hour! There’s colouring stuff provided for older kids too

FB, Sept 2018

19-22 Fossgate, York YO1 9TA
T: 01904 395056

Dark Horse Espresso Bar

A small family run cafe that operates from their converted horsebox, located in the Shambles Market, York. They offer a family-friendly menu  with lots of homemade cakes and savouries available to take away. They pride themselves on their coffee and also offer a Gourmet Toastie menu.

5 Silver Street, Shambles Market, York

T: 07494 193858

Mention Mumbler for 20% off

Daughter Cafe

Offering take-away on weekends only.

Our food is simple, fresh and local. We are family friendly with toys to play with and space for prams.

We bake everything in-house and often have gluten free and vegan cakes on offer. We also have soya/oat milk. We can’t guarantee nut free due to the size of our kitchen.

We discovered Daughter Cafe on Clifford st last week. It was great, toys, books and extremely child friendly staff. It’s lovely, would highly recommend it.

GC Oct 18

Recommended by Mumbler for being breast-feeding friendly

AR Sept 18

10 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
T: 0781 716 2705

Double Dutch Pancake House

Open for take-aways of your favourite pancakes.

The Dutch pancake place in town (Double Dutch Pancakes) has a lovely upstairs and the pancakes are amazing! My nearly 3 year old loves it and so do we x

LH, July 2018

Recommend Double dutch in town for pancakes x

TN, Nov 2018

7 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG
T: 01904 658728

Eagle & Child

Fresh food that is locally sourced. The menus change seasonally and monthly specials.

Eagle and child on petergate. Good baby changing facilities and nice food for kids with kids cutlery. Games/toys/colouring stuff for kids. Also not judgy if you want a glass of wine with your lunch (which occasionally my friends and I enjoy!)

RS, Sept 2018

Our go to for good quality beer and wine and our little boy is always looked after. A absolutely child friendly pub that is still a pub. Great Sunday lunch too

SB, Sept 2018

Opening Hours: 11 to 11 Sunday to Wed, Closed Midnight Thursday to Saturday.

9 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN
T: 01904631536


Vegan and vegetarian. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and coffee. Walk-ins welcome and great for groups or parties and excellent food for children. Takeaway available.

Goji always have vegan chocolate cake! It is delicious

CJ June 18

Goji – their cakes taste delicious and I couldn’t even tell they were dairy free

KJ Feb 18

36 Goodramgate, York
T: 01904622614


Roast dinners delivered to you or available for collection. Vegetarian and vegan options available too. Order online or email.

Kennedys is child friendly

KM, July 18

I’ve never had an issue or any funny looks for breastfeeding in Kennedys & I’ve found staff & members of the public have always been very supportive. Don’t be afraid at all!

LH, May 18

Kennedys, Little Stonegate, York Yo1
T: 01904 620222

Khao San Road

Located on Walmgate in the heart of the historic city of York, Khao San Road is a warm and inviting Thai Bistro which serves authentic Thai cuisine.

Khao San road recommended.’

JH, Sept 2018

‘Recommend khao San road.’

EM, Sept 2018

50-52 Walmgate, York, YO1 9TJ
T: 01904 635599


Independent Artisan Street Food Crêperie using locally sourced ingredients. Open everyday 10-4 for takeaway and collection in the Shambles Market. Online ordering available.

Shambles Market Food Court, York, YO1 7LX

T: 07498 443211

Krusties Sandwich Shop

Offering quality food made fresh daily. Currently offering takeaway and delivery via Just Eat and UberEats Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm.

2 Patrick Pool, York

T: 01904 641439

La Bottega

Just had a lovely light meal, cake and coffee at La Bottega on goodramgate. Whole room to ourselves upstairs and yummy food. Crayons and books for children too. Very friendly.

RT Jan 2019

We’ve just had a fab meal there too. Yummy choc brownie 😍

DS Jan 2019

Dogs welcome in the courtyard
Opening Hours: From 8.30am – 4.30pm, Monday to Saturday and 9.30 – 3.30 Sunday

La Bottega, 23 Goodramgate, York
T: 07856 149509

Las Iguanas

South American restaurant.

‘Las iguanas have a vegan menu and will find space for a buggy or a car seat!’

MCS Jun 18

‘Las iguanas has a veggie and vegan menu x’

RT, April 18

21 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8AD
T: 01904 521100

Licc (Luxury ice cream company)

Open 10am-6pm. 2 people allowed in the shop at a time but will make exceptions for small babies & children. Serving ice cream, hot & cold takeaway drinks, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes & takeaway tubs/pots. With over 400 flavours and 24 on display every day, there is something for everyone!

We went to licc yesterday in town was gorgeous xx

AC, July 18

I second this, LICC behind browns in the city centre is amazing!

CE, July 18

20 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8AD
T: 01904 637373

Little Italy

Offering takeaway menu Thursday-Sunday 12-8pm.

Nestled between York Minster and Monk Bar “Little Italy” was established by owners Andrea & Mandy Gaias in January 1992, and as a result of endless dedication have built up an enviable reputation as one of York’s finest Italian restaurants offering gourmet cuisine to satisfy the most discerning tastes.

‘Little Italy is nice … and child friendly.’

KT, Sept 2018

‘Little Italy -very family friendly.’

RM, Jan 2018

12 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LQ
T: 01904 623539


Join us at Lucia York for delicious Italian, Mediterranean and tapas food by day and mind blowing cocktails by night.

Lucia is a good all rounder, Mediterranean style food. You can’t book there but you don’t usually need to wait long for a table and the cocktails are sooo good!! X

RW, Nov 2018

Lucia’s has a kids menu, they get a drink, main meal & icecream for about £7, the kids pizza is as big as the adults one xx

DM, Aug 2018

13 Swinegate East court, York, YO1 8AJ
T: 01904 731599

Mamma Mia

Established in 1987, Mamma Mia has a long-standing reputation for excellent and authentic Italian food, freshly prepared in our kitchens.

Mama Mia‘s on Gillygate really family friendly

VS, Jan 2018

Mamma Mia‘s on Gillygate! Beautiful food, we go here quite often!

EC, Nov 2018

 20 Gillygate, York YO31 7EQ
T: 01904 622020


Nandos at vanguard. Always so friendly with my daughter and accommodating to us having two kids, needing pram space. They offer colouring, books to read and not to mention the children’s menu and meals are lovely xxx

JLB Jan 19

We love it here

CS Jan 19

Vangarde Shopping Park, Vangarde Way, Huntington, North Yorkshire, YO32 9AE
T: 01904 621563

12 High Ousegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8RZ
T: 01904 679 103

Once across the Garden

Vegan Kitchen – Street Food including curries, cakes & lots more.

Do the most yummy cakes, brownies, biscuits, etc and even vegan hotdogs.

JB Mar 18

Went today and got the mac and cheese and peanut butter flapjack. Both were delicious. Also bought some ‘bacon’ which I’m looking forward to trying tomorrow morning for breakfast.

JFC Mar 18

Once Across the Garden, 10 Church Street, York

11.30am – 7pm every day except Tuesday
T: 07881364798

Osborne’s @ 68

Breakfast & Brunch Restaurant. Open 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday

Osborne’s @68 on Gillygate – lovely people, great coffee, and the cakes are delicious and enormous!!

SF Sept 18

Osbornes at cafe 68 down gillygate is fab!!

HM Sept 18

68 Gillygate, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 627939

Panda Mami

Panda Mami buffet restaurant chain has landed in York. Our chefs prepare over 150 authentic dishes from around the world every day and the Live Cooking Stations provide fabulous taste and entertainment. We provide a casual dining experience like no other, offering a balanced choice of delicious food, giving our guests added value at a fixed price, all within luxurious surroundings.

‘Love panda mami and our kiddies do too. We have always paid half the price for our 7 and 5 years old them just a few pound for the 2year old x’

VR, Oct 2018

‘Went last week! Was lovley! Didn’t pay my my 2yr old either as in a high chair’

MR, Aug 18

19 Bridge St, York YO1 6DA
T: 01904 633800


All our food is made from scratch so we can accommodate to most dietary requirements. Our vegan gluten free and vegetarian options are big and delicious using only best organic when possible ingredients. Our vegan cakes are not longer made with soya. We are a cafe/ restaurant.

We love the partisan on micklegate, breakfast was amazing, lots of choice and fabulous tea!!

Mumbler KMB, Jan 18

Partisan on Micklegate do a really good range of vegan cakes 

Mumbler NM, Feb 18

Monday to Sunday 9am-5pm. Thursday – Saturday 6:30am to 10pm

112 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX
T: 01904 629866

Piccolino York

Italy’s diverse cooking is the heart and soul of Piccolino. We visit the regions, meet the producers and are committed to sourcing the best quality ingredients.

‘Piccolino’s.  … Used for family meals and have been fab.’

SL, Jan 2018

Piccolino 18 Bridge St, York, YO1 6DA
T: 01904 521155

Pizza Express

Our Pizza Express Italian restaurants serve delicious, freshly made pizza, plus there’s a takeaway service so you can have our tasty pizza to go.

‘Pizza express the menus is great for kids.’

SF, July 2018

‘Pizza express!!! My daughter and her friends loved this when she turn 7!! They made their own pizzas to eat, including throwing the dough as high as they could, tried and tested ingredients and toppings & played party games. I dont think it was extortionate either to be honest!! Xx’

JD, Sept 2018

17 Museum St, York YO1 7DJ
T:01904 672904
10 St Sampsons Square, York YO1 8RN
T: 01904 630930


Famous for its Italian classics, from bubbling pizzas and scrumptious pasta to traditional bruschetta and classic Tiramisu, Prezzo bring you a touch of Italy to the UK!

Buon appetito!

I always found Prezzo great when Poppy was little (and now too!)
I took her there on my own one time and she was creating so much I couldn’t eat my lunch so one of the waiters came over and played with her so I could eat, safe to say they got a hefty tip from me that day xx

EP, Sept 2018

Relaxed and very welcoming. My kids love Italian. Always check their website for offers – you can often get 40% off!!!

VB Jan 19

1-3 Clifford St, York
T: 01904 624474

Vangarde Shopping Park, R4, Vangarde Retail Park
T: 01904 620041


Quality dining is no small matter. In fact, a meal with us is cause for celebration. For massive smiles and heaps of enjoyment. For making memories that are worth keeping forever. Take a seat, and get ready to celebrate. It all starts with incredible food that’s big on flavour.

‘Revolution is lovely loads of space for prams and buggy’s and what not nice changing room/disabled toilet downstairs family friendly too I always fed my daughter happily in there.’

ACH, Jan 2018

‘Revolution, great with accommodating allergies, really friendly, have colouring in stuff for the kids ect but doesn’t feel like another boring kids place with little monkeys running riot screaming.’

JR, Sept 2018

Coney Street, York YO19 9NA
T: 01904 676054


Established in 2004 in the former Francois Restaurant Bistro on Castlegate in York. It specialises in rustic French cooking in a busy, vibrant upbeat Bistro atmosphere, offering a large and varied selection of meat and fish dishes cooked traditionally, using local products.

‘Rustique is a fav and not expensive at all.’

KW, Feb 2018

‘Rustique do two courses for £15 and the meals are lovely.’

LP, Feb 2018

28 Castlegate, YO1 9RP York
T: 01904 612744

Shambles Kitchen

Meat cooked on our smoker behind the shop makes for delicious sandwiches, wraps and burritos.

28 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LX

T: 01904 674684

Spark:York CIC

Re-opening 4th July

Community project supporting local independent businesses. Spark is made from 23 upcycled shipping containers over two levels (including a lift). Inside you’ll find delicious street food and beverages outlets, retailers, meeting space and public working space. Spark also host regular events.

17-21 Picadilly, York, YO1 9PB

Spring Espresso

Click and collect 8-3pm at either of our York locations with a wide range of coffee as well as breakfast and lunch options and cold drinks.

45 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

21 Lendal, York YO1 8AQ

T: 01904 633998

Spurriergate Meeting Place

Spurriergate is open for refreshments and meet-ups Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2.30pm. We have free Friendly WiFi, a soft play area and a warm welcome. Come and meet your friends and make some new ones!

The Spurriergate Centre, ​St Michael’s Church, Spurriergate, York, YO1 9QR

T: 01904 629393

The Rattle Owl

An independent 42 seat casual dining restaurant housed in a restored listed building on Micklegate.
Fantastic for a date night but also children are more than welcome at The Rattle Owl, producing locally soured good food for the little ones, drawn from the fresh ingredients off our a’l carte menu, and they eat for £4.50!

‘The rattle owl have a private room you can hire now and very child friendly.’

BS, Feb 2018

‘The rattle owl on Micklegate has private rooms and is lovely.’

SD, Jan 2018

104 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
T:01904 658658

The Whippet Inn

Using the best food produce in Yorkshire with real ales, lagers, spirits and wines from around Great Britain. Adults only dining.

The whippet inn has been nice before and it’s a child free restaurant!

AO, Feb 2018

The Whippet Inn has a private dining room

AK, July 2018

15 North Street, York, YO1 6JD
T: 01904 500660

Trio Patisserie

Turkish cafe in York city centre.

3 Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate, York, YO1 8BL

T: 07588 657565

True Story

Independent Vegan Cafe

Also we love True Story (used to be and Mrs fisher) exclusively vegan now

AG June 2018

Second this, been in a couple of times with the buggy and always made welcome. On Lord mayors walk where the bile beans sign is.

ST June 2018

Afternoon tea pre-booking only

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday

18 Lord Mayors Walk, York,YO31 7HA
T:01904 656566


Currently offering meal deals delivered to you! Find their menu on Facebook and call to order.

Vaqueiros Brazilian Rodizio, where you can enjoy an authentic taste of Brazil in the centre of York with an unlimited menu of the finest cuts of meats and Brazilian side dishes for one inclusive price.

‘Lovely Brazilian restaurant bring all different meats on skewers to your table & it’s cheaper through week and usually good price on cocktails 🙂 it’s on micklegate x’

BP, Feb 2018

‘Recommend Vaqueiros’

LL, May 2018

1 Micklegate, York YO1 6JG
T: 01904 622737


Japanese inspired restaurant

‘Wagamamas have a great separate vegan menu.’

RM June 18

‘Make a real effort to cater for allergies, preparing food in a separate area etc.’

JB Mar 18

77-81 Goodramgate, York YO1 7LS
T: 01904 610888
Designer Outlet, st nicholas avenue, fulford, york, YO19 4TA
T: 01904 623869


Independent coffee shop and tea room selling home bakes and much more. Open for takeaway 10-4 excluding Wednesdays. Pre-order by calling.

5C Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LJ

T: 07940210670


Our Italian restaurant serves tasty, authentic dishes from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads and indulgent desserts – all in a uniquely designed restaurant. Our Italian menu also includes Vegan and Vegetarian options.

Zizzi’s has a gluten free menu, lovely food and very reasonably priced!

IC, May 18

2 Lendal, York YO1 8AA
T:  01904 801717