Best Whistler Restaurants for Kids
Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada has one of the best villages to explore. There are a wide variety of restaurants and bars that will satisfy everyone in the family. We recommend and have enjoyed these Whistler restaurants during our visits and hope you will too.
One never leaves Purebread Bakery empty-handed. Located near the Olympic Plaza, the baked goods smelled heavenly as soon as we walked in. The wide assortment of breads, pastries and desserts all looked delicious and presented beautifully. It took us a while to choose from all the mouth-watering creations. Don’t miss their caramelized banana brownies and cookies with rosemary. It’s a wonderful place for breakfast or for snacks throughout the day.
Hot Buns Bakery
We’ve always enjoyed Hot Buns Bakery, a small bakery and creperie in Whistler Village. My kids can’t get enough of their various kinds of crepes. Don’t miss their heavenly cinnamon buns topped with cream cheese. They also sell other baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, soup, coffee and paninis. Seating is limited.
It’s hard to miss this food stand near the Blackcomb base. The aroma of hot dogs and fried onions is very inviting. This is the place to try Canadian favorites like poutine (French fries with gravy-like sauce and cheese curds) and beavertails (fried dough pastries shaped like a beaver’s tail). We loved their beavertails with Nutella, which were big enough to share. It’s cash only here and outdoor seating is limited.
Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub
Located by the Blackcomb lift, the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub was very lively, had a fun atmosphere and was family-friendly. Every item on the kids’ menu was less than $10, offered a large portion and came with a leprechaun coloring sheet. We found Irish staples like corned beef hash, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie. The portions were big and the prices were reasonable. Outdoor seating is available. There’s also live music at night, making it a great place to relax after a day on the Whistler slopes.
Caramba! Restaurante is a family-friendly favorite and casual restaurant in Whistler Village that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Some items were a bit pricey, but the food was really delicious, of great quality and worth every penny. We loved the calamari! Kids menu items were priced around $10. They also offered a variety of wood fired pizzas.
The atmosphere was wonderful and staff was friendly. If you’re lucky, you may be seated at the open kitchen area and the kids can see how the chefs are preparing the food. Reserve in advance because they fill up fast.
Old Spaghetti Factory
This casual dining, chain restaurant is one of our family’s favorite Whistler restaurants. Most entrees at the Old Spaghetti Factory include bread, soup or salad, ice cream and coffee or tea. The kids’ menu is varied and sure to satisfy even picky eaters. Prices are great for the large portions they serve. It’s a popular place, but don’t let the lines deter you. This is one of the best Whistler restaurants for families to eat at a reasonable price and offers the best meal value.
We recently discovered Harajuku Izayaka, a Japanese restaurant near the conference center. It felt like we stepped into an old world Japan street, which provided a very cozy atmosphere. The restaurant offers some semi-private rooms where everyone sits on tatami mats.
Their varied menu was a great value and also included some Korean dishes. The ramen noodles hit the spot on a cold winter night, but everything we ordered was delicious. There is also a take-out place next door for sushi and bento boxes, and a mini-market with Japanese goodies.
Cows is our favorite place to go for dessert. It’s worth splurging on some ice cream or waffle cone sundaes here, even during winter. Cows has been touted as Canada’s best ice cream. There is a wide assortment of flavors that’s constantly changing and some unique ones (with funny names) but all delicious. How about some Moo Crunch or Wowie Cowie? It’s hard to choose a flavor or two so it’s always worth a return trip.
We love their creative cow-related merchandise, especially the shirts. Don’t forget to pose next to the cow outside!
Many of these eating establishments are within a short walking distance from Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa.
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