Whether you’re a parent, a beloved grandparent or just babysitter for the day, these are the toddler-friendly places in Leeds you need to try.
Navigating the city with a toddler or baby can be an obstacle course. There’s pushchair access to consider and high chair room to think about – will they heat a baby bottle and do they even have a changing mat? Worry not, your guide to the best toddler-friendly venues across Leeds is here. We’ve got meaty barbecue, Neapolitan pizza, vintage afternoon tea – whatever you fancy, you can eat delicious fare whilst keeping the kiddo happy too.
Outlaws Yacht Club
Outlaws Yacht Club is a relaxed bar-cafe that has everything you could want from a chilled afternoon out with the little ones. It has fun decor (we’re talking eclectic art and mirror ball bananas), games to play and a great selection behind the bar. You could be sipping on a cappuccino, an orange wine or a pale ale. Hungry? The grilled cheese is one of the best in Leeds – just ask them to hold the cayenne if you’re planning on sharing with your little one. They have high chairs available, as well as baby-changing facilities and they’ll happily heat up baby bottles for you too.
Outlaws Yacht Club, 38 New York Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7DY.
If there was a Venn diagram of Neapolitan-style pizza and toddler-friendly dining, Pizza Fella would be slap bang in the middle. They do things properly when it comes to the pizza – their dough is made on site (it’s hand-stretched and everything), they use real San Marzano tomatoes and they top the pizzas with Fior di Latte cheese. They provide high chairs for the little ones, and they’ll heat up baby bottles and food for you on request. For toddlers with adventurous tastebuds, there are simple pizza options like marinara, margherita and salami.
Pizza Fella, 114-116 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Cha Lounge is one of the best toddler-friendly cafes in Leeds. It’s an ethical and sustainable cafe bar that serves a cracking brunch. We’re talking sumac-roasted tomatoes on toast, eggs benedict, buttermilk pancakes and more – it’s all locally sourced and zero waste. When it comes to the tiny tots, they welcome them with open arms. They have a kids breakfast menu, filled with delights like English breakfasts, porridge and pancakes. They can munch on their goodies on their own high chair too. Thirsty? How about a babyccino – steamed milk with a frothy top, lightly dusted with chocolate?
Cha Lounge, 24-26 Dock Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JF.
Fazenda is a rodizio-style barbecue restaurant, where they bring different cuts of Argentinian and Brazilian meat to your table for you to feast on. Just pay the set price and try the filé-mignon, the pork collar with honey and the marinated lamb leg. The best bit? They don’t stop until you turn over your card to red. Sides like grilled tenderstem broccoli or salted fries are unlimited too, served table-side. Kids under eight eat completely free, so they can try new things and old favourites. High chairs and pushchair storage aren’t a problem – just make sure you call ahead to arrange.
Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.
Celebrating a special occasion with the family? Need a Leeds restaurant that’s toddler-friendly? Then Crafthouse is the one. It’s a beautiful space with views across the city and a refined seasonal menu, but they love a tiny tot too. Just pop up in the lift to the top of Trinity Leeds and you’re there – step-free access to the restaurant! Grab a high chair, pop the little one in and you’re ready to chow down. There’s a kids menu, with classics like burger & chips or you might tempt them into being adventurous with salmon, crème fraiche and toasted rye. Changing facilities are available too!
Crafthouse, Level 5, Trinity Leeds, 70 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The Tetley is one of Leeds’ best art galleries for kids, but did you know that the shop and cafe in the old brewery building is super toddler-friendly too? Roaming around with a pushchair is easy – there’s a lift that gives you access to all levels. To eat, there’s mini fish & chips, a vegan mac & cheese or a bento box with a sandwich of your choice. For you, there’s an array of tasty eats like creamy mushrooms on focaccia, a yummy chana chaat-style salad or, on Sundays, a classic roast. Time for a nappy change? There are convenient changing facilities on the ground and second floor.
The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 1JQ.
Red’s True BBQ
If you’re raising a little carnivore, then Red’s True BBQ is the only place to be in Leeds – it’s surprisingly good for toddlers. It’s a southern American-style diner where the focus is on slow cooked meat and barbecue culture. Think mouthwatering burnt ends, sticky baby-back ribs, and smoky chicken wings. On the side? There’s gooey mac and cheese, meaty pit beans and tangy slaw. For the kids, there’s a whole menu of tastiness, including wings, burgers and a pork sandwich. There are even vegan options – who knew! Bringing a pram? Just call ahead and they’ll make sure there’s enough room.
Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Las Iguanas is one of the best-known restaurants in the UK. You can eat your way across Latin America here, with yummy dishes from Cuba, Brazil and Mexico. It’s a spacious restaurant, leaving plenty of room for you to park baby beside the table or for you to grab a high chair. They’ll happily heat up bottles for you, or if the tiny tots are on solids, they can make the most of the Niños meals – think tacos, quesadillas and burgers. Meanwhile, you could be sipping on a beer or a cocktail and munching on the likes of gooey nachos, burritos and churros.
Las Iguanas, 3 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD.
Just Grand! Vintage Tea Room
Fancy a spot of afternoon tea? Just Grand! Vintage Tea Room is one of the best family friendly cafes in Leeds. There’s plenty of room to keep the kiddos in their pushchairs at the table or you can pop them on a booster seat. You might nibble on delicately soft cream cheese & cucumber finger sandwiches or a freshly baked scone layered up with clotted cream and strawberry jam – and your little one could be doing just the same! Their afternoon tea for under-eights has three sandwiches, crisps, one cake or scone, fruit and popcorn. There’s a mat for changing the baby on too.
Just Grand! Vintage Tearoom, Ground Floor, 8-9 Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Cosy Club is the place to go when you’re in need of pleasing a crowd, especially when that crowd includes a tiny hungry human. They have a laid back atmosphere, eclectic decor and a menu of comforting eats. You can take the lift up to the first floor, grab a high chair and feed them the snacks you brought along with you, or order from the kids menu. Start the day winning with a set of full English breakfasts or buttermilk pancakes. For dinner? Your mini-me could be munching on teriyaki noodles, while you tuck into a dirty chicken burger complete with a mac and cheese fritter.
Cosy Club, 53 Albion St, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AA.
The Botanist is a potting shed-themed bar that’s tucked under Trinity Leeds. There are a few steps to navigate to get inside, but it’s easily done – if the weather’s nice you can sit outside too. There’s room for pushchairs and someone will happily bring you a high chair. Once you’re settled in, and sipping on a refreshing G&T or a mocktail, it’s time to take a look at the food menu. You could be feasting on one of their famous hanging kebabs or sharing a board – letting the toddlers have a taste too, of course. Changing time? You’ll find baby-changing facilities in the disabled toilet.
The Botanist, 67 Boar Lane, Trinity Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6HW.
The White Swan
The White Swan is a snug pub just opposite the City Varieties, tucked away on Swan Street. It’s a Leeds Brewery pub, so grown-ups can expect the likes of Midnight Bell and Yorkshire Gold on tap. The food menu is full of delicious pub classics like haddock & chips, pie & mash and juicy burgers – but they cater for all, with veggie and vegan options aplenty. For the tiny tots, there are high chairs to pop them in, facilities to change them in and tasty dishes like tomato penne pasta with garlic bread, simple beans on toast and even a mini Sunday roast to feed them with.
The White Swan, Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LG.
Looking for a baby and toddler-friendly restaurant in Leeds city centre? Then Bill’s is one of your best bets. Not only do they have a great kids menu, but the staff are very accommodating when it comes to making room for pushchairs and highchairs as well as being prompt when taking care of tiny tots and their little hungry bellies. For big hungry bellies, there’s lots to choose from. Start with crispy calamari with your choice of sauce, grab a main of ‘nduja meatballs & burrata and finish with mini cinnamon doughnuts, served warm with chocolate sauce and dulce de leche. Yum.
Bill’s, 1 Albion Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JL.
Water Lane Boathouse
South of the river? Water Lane Boathouse is a great place to set up camp with the family in tow. It’s a super-relaxed bar and kitchen on the canal-side, with loads of beer, cider and G&Ts on offer. The menu is packed full of yummy pizza, burgers and sarnies, including a variety of veggie and vegan options. While they don’t have a kids menu, there’s lots of child-friendly tastebud tinglers they can try on the main menu (or your plate), as well as some things that might widen their horizons. Time for a nappy refresh? The accessible toilet to the right of the bar has baby-changing facilities.
Water Lane Boathouse, Canal Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 5PS.