Remember those pre-baby, pre-children days of a lazy weekend?
Rolling out of bed at any old time, spending ages in the shower & loads of time getting ready before heading out to brunch with friends or your other half. Settling down to perfectly cooked eggs and reading the paper slowly or catching up on all the new, perhaps over a cheeky mimosa…dreamy…oh so dreamy. And oh SO different to brunching with our babies, toddlers and kids in tow!
Let’s just say that now it is a tad less civilized and usually involves egg yolk in places it shouldn’t be, rushed gulping of coffee…stares from the people at the table next to us when the inevitable juice spill happens, and actually- can we just have toast and cornflakes at home?
But hold up- we still want our Eggs Benny and coffee from a machine! In fact- we deserve it. We have been looking after kids all week! And we would actually like to go to brunch and not feel like we need to speed eat and get the heck out of there because we have our favourite little people with us.
So, we have created the ultimate list of Family Friendly Brunch Spots in Cork that have great food, excellent coffee and most importantly where you can bring your family and feel at home and welcomed. Read on and grab your clan for a feast this weekend!
(Please note these are in no particular order of excellence and we have separated them into Cork City and County)
Family Friendly Brunch Spots in Cork City
What’s not to love about this gorgeous little spot in the city centre? It established itself as the queen of brunch in Cork many years ago and really it is still hard to beat for the tastiest brunch in town with so many vegetarian and vegan options as well. Amazing local produce, seriously tasty food and very friendly for families. I always came here pre-baby and when I was pregnant I wondered about how feasible it would be with a baby given its small size but it is definitely a case of quality over quantity when it comes to this little gem! They have highchairs, baby changing facilities and plenty on the menu for kids. They are also very breastfeeding friendly. Liberty Grill is closed on a Sunday so this is a Saturday brunch option and a fine one at that! Try to leave the buggy at home. Ask for one of the couches if you have toddlers.
Head to Perry Street for space, a great kids menu, plenty of your own tribe and fantastic little nooks for feeding, eating and chilling with your smallies. They have a great brunch menu and their staff are extremely friendly and welcoming of families. They have plenty of high chairs, great tables for larger parties, excellent changing facilities and coffee. They are Breastfeeding friendly and if you need to replace all those calories then try some of their hot chocolate creations! Park in Paul Street for convenience. Plenty of room for buggies and a good spot for catching up with other families too. The guys at Perry Street pay so much attention to detail and it is no wonder they have expanded so quickly opening two other locations with equally excellent food and service in Northpoint & Ringaskiddy as well.
Somewhat of a newcomer on the Cork scene but making a serious name for themselves with their excellent coffee, food and super friendly staff and owner. This place makes everyone feel at home- families included. If you love good coffee then this is the place to go, they have 3 beans to choose from, a dedicated experienced barista and they happily advise you on what coffee to have. The food is excellent- the mini fry is good for kids and the rest of the brunch menu is excellent as well with plenty of options for everyone. They have great pancakes, lovely veggie sausage rolls and plenty of hearty brunch options! This place is in quieter more up and coming part of the city directly across from the train station but it is worth the trip there to experience such a warm welcome and great food. Of course, if you are commuting you could get there an hour earlier than your train to experience this little gem that already has such a loyal dedicated clientele because of their friendliness, great food and excellent service.
Nash 19 is one of the city’s most established and consistently great restaurants. It is spacious and relaxed. A great place to head if you want to feed your baby in peace and it has an amazing menu with delicious fresh food- their veggie breakfast is excellent. There is plenty of space for buggies, an excellent quality and varied menu and overall this is a solid choice for moms with smaller babies- it is a busy and buzzing place so it might be a bit much for toddler wrangling but if you do get settled with your smallies here they will no doubt be distracted by the amazing food!
Crawford & Co
This place is known as a great nighttime spot in the city but it has a fantastic brunch menu that is served on the weekends too! It seems that the owner having children has ensured a lovely family element to this spot and they really go above and beyond for people wanting to enjoy a meal out with their kids. They have crayons, highchairs, changing tables and a great dedicated kids menu. Some of their most popular items include savoury pancakes, chorizo eggs, a more traditional fry up, sweet pancakes, baked eggs and amazing Badger & Dodo Coffee. Delicious food, lovely space and atmosphere and very friendly and welcoming staff. I find parking easy around here and nothing is ever too much trouble for the staff. A top choice in the city for families looking for great food, atmosphere and a welcoming vibe!
I love the brunch here- in terms of quality, flavour and creativity and flair Ali’s Kitchen ticks all the boxes. Their eggs including the Eggs Benedict with real baked ham and the Eggs Royale are incredible, the taste is outstanding and the location in Paul Street is fantastic. The staff here are so friendly and I have often brought my baby and toddler here when I needed a treat (those doughnuts though…) or to stop and feed baby, and the welcome is very warm indeed. Their homebaked goods and coffee are some of the best in the city and their specials are amazing- I had a grilled cheese with kimchi there once and I still dream about it! This little spot in the city centre may not be the most spacious for those with buggies but if you are thinking of heading somewhere for the purpose of brunch then you can park in the Paul St carpark and nip down sans buggy. If you are already in town with your buggy and it is not raining you can leave it outside. Ali’s Kitchen have a few tables outside and I always choose al fresco in the summer so my little ones can do some pigeon chasing in the square. I find Ali’s easier to navigate with a toddler if we can sit outside but perfectly fine inside with a baby. If brunch is your favourite meal the try Ali’s Kitchen- you won’t regret it!
Good Day Deli
This hidden gem tucked away in Nano Nagle place was bound to not stay hidden for too long! Good Day Deli has become extremely popular in the last year and they deserve every bit of their popularity. Incredible food and produce, beautiful decor, excellent ethos and very friendly and dedicated staff, not to mention the fact that this is in one of the most gorgeous green spots of the city- the gardens of Nano Nagle Place. Such an oasis in the city, room for the kids to run around if the weather is fine and if it is cold outside you will find plenty of warmth from the staff inside! They have an all-day brunch on the weekend so no need to rush and their food is sustainable, delicious and there is plenty for vegetarians and vegans too. The Veggie Benny and Eggs Huverous are popular choices here and they have a small but sweet kids menu with lovely pancakes. Excellent coffee, service and location surrounded by nature. I also love the fact that this is kid friendly today but they are also looking after the next generations tomorrow with their sustainable and fair practices and even tree planting! What’s not to love!?
The Crawford Art Gallery Cafe
The Crawford Art Gallery hold fantastic Family Sunday Funday’s which give families the chance to get arty and crafty together- You need a full belly before unleashing your inner creative genius and these guys have a gorgeous brunch menu so it is a great spot to head to beforehand or if you are in the city for a Sunday jaunt. The food here is outstanding, there are plenty of tables, excellent service and plenty of delicious baked goods and great coffee. Don’t miss the spinach pancake and their Eggs Benedict is perfect! The team here are very friendly and like most great places in the city there is sometimes a queue but these tables turn around fast and it is worth the wait. I prefer to go here buggy free and if I do have a buggy I leave it outside near the entrance. Lovely staff, menu and place to introduce kids to come culture and art early on.
Ask any mammy or daddio in Cork for their most family-friendly spot in the city and you will probably hear the word “Scoozi” in the answer! These guys really know how to look after families, they have seats for the smallies, colouring books, high chairs and very friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel at home. There is a reason this place is always full of families- they are treated so well! Aside from the lovely lunch and dinner menu they also have great brunch options- their pink porridge is a novelty way to get some fibre into the smallies and the traditional breakfast black pudding hash is fantastic, loads of space, a lovely atmosphere and a place to exhale right in the city centre. Well done Scoozi, you guys are doing family-friendly right!
Gallaghers Gastro Pub
You may not put a pub and kids together but this place has one of the most consistently excellent weekend brunches on the north side of the city just a short distance from Patrick Street. These guys are so passionate about their food and it pays off given the end result- a seriously tasty brunch! Their team are really welcoming and friendly, many a time I have wandered in here, weary mammy style and fed my baby away in peace and the staff have only ever been very helpful and even gracious with my toddler zooming around. They have highchairs plenty of space and the chance the reminisce about our former glory days as people who get to leave the house after 8pm! Be prepared that the weekend brunch slot is busy (for a good reason!) so if you have toddlers like mine who can’t really handle loud noises then a quieter time, or brunch here with a smaller baby might be more suitable. All in all, this is one of the best spots in the city for brunch and their staff are lovely.
A classic and well-established spot in the city serving the usual classics like Eggs Royale, Benedict and Florentine with plenty of great sides as well. The Cornstore are well known for their family-friendly attitude and they have plenty of space, highchairs and very welcoming staff. The atmosphere is relaxed and their food comes out quickly- all important with smallies! They have a pretty nice Bloody Mary too if you are that way inclined… You can park in Paul Street here for convenience and easy access to the Cornstore.
Family Friendly Brunch Spots in Cork Outside the City
Good for the Soul Ballincollig
This is a gorgeous cafe in Ballincollig that is a great place for families as there’s is ample parking, high chairs, colouring books & a baby-changing unit not to mention some seriously tasty brunch options! A favourite with the kids is the Nutella pancakes followed by an O’Conaill’s hot chocolate with marshmallows – always a winner! For Mom & Dad, the Corn Fritter Stacks or any of the egg dishes are a favourite for brunch. These guys serve excellent coffee. Given the quality of the food and the family-friendly atmosphere here I think it is worth a drive from anywhere in Cork to get to Good for the Soul. Why not make a day of it? Brunch and a trip to the beautiful Regional Park to get back to nature, do the fairy trail and have a play at the amazing playground. Good for the Soul is open from Monday- Saturdays so this is a Saturday brunch option.
The Workshop Ballygarvan
Is this the cutest cafe in Cork? It seems to be! Your kids will absolutely love this place from the second they lay eyes on it with its bright shop frontage including a big chicken mural and the uniqueness will follow you through the doors into this cosy yet spacious spot. The food here is excellent quality and locally sourced when possible- the menu is simple and uncomplicated and the breakfast here is great. They serve kids hot chocolates in Looney Tune cups and for the grown-ups, the Terry’s Orange hot chocolate is not to be missed! The Badger & Dodo coffee tastes even better than usual given the way it is served-in lovely china. This is more of an experience than just a cafe and we all know kids love that. They have high-chairs, plenty of on-street parking, very friendly staff, and wait for it- real chickens out the back! A little off the beaten track but well worth the drive.
Bakestone at Fota House
This is a great spot for space and comfort. It has plenty of seating, lots of free parking and excellent food! Their Eggs Benedict are a favourite and you will see plenty of families here on the weekend for a reason- it is ideal for relaxing, enjoying a bite to eat and exploring East Cork. Families might make a day of it by heading to Fota House for a run around in their amazing gardens or dropping into Fota Wildlife Park. Great eggs Benny and a bit of Cheetah spotting? Why not!
Castle Cafe Blackrock
This place is fantastic for families and you will find plenty of your own tribe there especially on the weekends! The staff are obviously well used to having families here as they are very accommodating and welcoming. Their brunch is excellent with the usual egg dishes, fry-ups, pancakes and the likes and their porridge is simply delicious! I love to sit outside here as the kids can have a wander and of course the setting right in front of Blackrock Castle and Observatory is just beautiful and pretty magical for little kids. Grab the buggy and take a walk down to the Blackrock market after brunch and along the riverfront for some fresh air and boat spotting with the kids. One of my favourite ways to spend a weekend morning in Cork!
These guys are serving up delicious organic food, locally roasted small batch coffee, some amazing baked goods from their own bakery downstairs and a great breakfast. They have a special play area upstairs, equipped with toys and play mats which is always a great opportunity to actually get to finish your coffee! Plenty of vegetarian and vegan options here but they cater for omnivores too- whatever your preferences are the food is sure to be fresh and organic too. Organico is open from Monday to Saturday.
The Lemon Leaf Cafe Kinsale
These guys are super busy! But not too busy to treat your family, especially your little people very well. They have highchairs, crayons for colouring, a kids menu and there is a table with a bead maze too! They do a great Irish Breakfast, Eggs Benedict & Florentine, Eggs and Avocado on Toast and pancakes just to name a few. Lovely coffee, staff, ambience and truly family friendly. I love to make a day of it with the family in Kinsale after brunch. There is plenty to do like a boat trip in the harbour, a bit of fun at the amusements or a trip to one of the great beaches around Kinsale.
Nosh & Coffee Ballincollig
Nosh & Coffee have some seriously passionate fans out there and I can see why! They have great food and are very child-centric. They have a great kids menu, highchairs and baby changing facilities and very kind staff who love kids and babies. Have you ever heard of a Twix crepe? You have now! They also serve some classics like Eggs Benedict and healthier options like eggs and spinach and they have excellent coffee too. There is a library upstairs and you are welcome to take a book and bring it back and this is where they also have toys for the kids. A nice way to catch a coffee while they play away. The staff here are welcoming and kind to families and their brunch and coffee are excellent!
Twelve Tables Douglas
A bustling spot for brunch in Douglas with some great classics like Eggs Royale & Eggs Benedict ( served on lovely sourdough toast), wild mushrooms and poached eggs, breakfast baps, excellent omelettes and a really well thought out kids menu. They serve Badger & Dodo coffee so you can’t go wrong in the caffeine department and the staff here are really family friendly. For this dining venture leave the buggy at home. This spot is busy for a good reason- excellent quality food, great coffee and friendly faces serving you. You might have to queue for a while but the devoted fans of this establishment think it is well worth the wait!
Tír Na Si Farm Watergrass Hill
I avoid long trips in the car with my kids as much as possible because I want a peaceful life…but I will happily drive 30 minutes with a baby and toddler in the car, neither of whom love cars seats, to get to this amazing family farm, cafe and indoor play centre in North Cork. It is worth the drive to sample some of their incredible homemade food and of course, explore their farm. I was so delighted to see that the good folk at Tír na Sí are now serving breakfast from Wed- Sunday until 12 each day. Given that this entire experience is designed for kids you could not get more family friendly but what I love about this place is that unlike your usual sausage roll and chips fare at most kids places they really care about their food. Their smashed avocado and eggs on toast look divine and my kids are a huge fan of their woodfired pizza. And please raise your hands with me and shout hallelujah if you think being able to eat your delicious breakfast while your kids play in indoor the play area in full view is some kind of magic that the faeries dreamt up…The cafe here is gorgeous, their homebaked goods are divine, the fact that you are eating produce from the farm feels great and the actual farm itself is just lovely- this post is about brunch and you can read my full review on why I love Tír Na Sí so much in our Farms and Wildlife Parks section of the site but lets just say that this is one of the best, authentic family farms in Cork and I have always spent a full day here and the only tears are when we leave!
We hope you found something on our list that sounds like a good option for you and your family- thanks to all of our followers and the Brunch in Cork team and their followers for their advice and input!
Have we missed anywhere great on the list? Let us know! We would be delighted to hear from people who love to brunch in family-friendly places in Cork and also from businesses in Cork who would like us to check them out.
Enjoy those weekend mornings folks!