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Our Favourite Kid Friendly Dining Destinations in Shanghai

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Kids are hilarious. They’re pretty much like tiny versions of drunken college kids.

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While that’s all fine and dandy (and extremely entertaining), kids can’t go everywhere to eat. They tend not to appreciate getting dressed up in a suit and tie to head over to Hakkasan for gourmet roast duck and caviar, chill tunes, and deep discussions about the philosphical implications of Roman Lucretius’ 1st century B.C. didactic poem ‘On the Nature of Things.’

It just doesn’t work out. 

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Fortunately, there are plenty of great places that will entertain the young ones as well as mom and dad.



Pizza. Boom. We could have just stopped there, but PizzaMarzano also offers awesome pizza making parties for children! Get your kids and some of their friends together to have fun assembling their very own pizzas. They’ll stay busy while you get to kick back and relax with a glass or two of vino.

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Haiku & Kagen

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Haiku, a kind of poem as well as a popular Californian-style Japanese sushi chain, offers great sushi making classes! If you don’t think your kids can handle it and would immediately turn the situation into a level 5 code red disaster, head over to their sister restaurant Kagen for a fun night of teppanyaki. The youngsters will love watching their very own personal chef cook up a storm right at the tabletop grill.

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White Castle

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Are your kids feeling a bit homesick? It’s time to head over for some good ‘ole fast food. White Castle’s mini burgers are the perfect fit for tiny fingers. You can even pit siblings against each other in a burger eating contest while you slink over to Goose Island for a quick pint of craft IPA.

Pistolera (Hengshan Lu)


There’s just something magical about food that doesn’t need any forks, spoons, knives, or chopsticks to eat. Let your miniature versions go wild with tacos, chips and salsa, and burritos. Make sure you bring along some rollerskates and a ball or two because this branch of Pistolera is located right next to the leafy green Xujiahui Park, complete with a playground. Hoorah.

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Broaden your progedy’s culinary world with a trip for some gourmet Turkish cuisine. There are plenty of wraps and pide, the Turkish take on pizza, to keep your offspring happy as well as a basement play area featuring sand play areas, books, a TV, a playhouse, and plenty of toys. Perfect.


Have you discovered any other great kid friendly dining options in town? Share with everyone in the comments below!

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