If you’re in Makkah with your family, you’ll know how important it is to find family-friendly restaurants where kids are welcome and will have a good time. Here’s a new guide to some top places to eat if you’re travelling with children.
You’ll find that many international restaurants in Abraj Al Bait and around the Grand Mosque allow children in all areas. Other restaurants, especially those specialising in Turkish, Indian or Arabic cuisine, have separate family sections. Check when booking to get a table in the right area!
All of the restaurants below have facilities for children like high chairs, changing facilities and special menus. Some even have play areas where the kids can amuse themselves while you enjoy your meal in peace.
Casual dining at Makkah Clock Royal Tower
For a casual meal with a dynamic touch, take the family to Atyaf Restaurant in the Makkah Clock Royal Tower hotel by Fairmont. This all-day dining restaurant is bright, colourful and has plenty of choice for fussy children, with dishes ranging from Middle Eastern and North African to Asian and Mediterranean. Children will love the lively kitchen theatre and juice station – plus of course, the pizza and pasta station!
The restaurant is incredibly convenient if you’re near the Grand Mosque or in Abraj Al Bait Mall. Of course, the Fairmont hotel has several other dining choices to offer, from a quick coffee and snack at Mazaq Café to the casual Asian restaurant Aja with its fresh hot noodles and dim sum.
Arabic food in Al Aziziya
Al Aziziya neighborhood, a short stroll from the Haram area, is known for its good shopping centers and markets – but it’s also a great place to come for Arabic food. It’s packed with Arabic restaurants of many types, including many serving traditional Saudi Arabian dishes like al kabsa chicken with rice, jareesh (or harees, a popular Saudi dish of crushed wheat cooked with milk) and mathlutha (a mixture of rice, jareesh and meat).
Look out for Redan Restaurant, serving traditional chicken and rice dishes like mandi, madhbi and mafoon, plus mashawi (barbecued chicken).
Family-friendly Indian cuisine on the Taif road
You’ll find the family-friendly Dar Taj Al Hindi on the road from Makkah to Taif, 15 km northeast of the Grand Mosque off highway 40. Children will love the exotic Indian decor and ornate wooden wall with its waterfall.
When they’ve finished their meal they can enjoy the colourful playroom, which has a slide and toys.
A taste of Turkey
If your kids love Turkish food, take them to the Turkish Taste Restaurant (Al Mathaq Al Turki) in Al Shasha district.
It’s about a 10-minute walk from the Haram but well worth the effort: the grilled meats, expertly made Turkish pizzas and delicious desserts offer a real taste of authentic Turkish food. There’s a separate section for families.
Chinese buffets & private rooms
The Chinese Jumbo Restaurant in the Diyafa district is great for noodles – which are always popular with kids. Bright and colourful with generous portions of authentic Chinese food, the restaurant has screened booths so you can dine with your family in privacy.
It’s located about 5 km northwest of the Grand Mosque, so is an ideal place to stop for a meal if you’re travelling to or from Jeddah. The road – as well as the restaurant! – can get busy during peak times.
An ice-cream treat in Abraj Al Bait
Homemade ice cream at the Raffles Makkah Palace hotel? What a treat! Visit the fun Raffles Creamery for artisanal ice cream and other delicious desserts on a terrace overlooking the Grand Mosque. The ice cream is served on frozen stones with tons of delicious toppings to choose from – great for a birthday or other special occasion.
More recommended restaurants in Makkah
For more ideas of restaurants in Makkah to take your family, check out our restaurant guide – or simply ask your concierge for advice.
Make your children happy by taking them to the best restaurants in Makkah for kids!
Enjoy dining at Fairmont Makkah Aja restaurant with your children