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Dining with Kids in Whistler: Your Guide for Affordability and Fun

Dining with kids doesn’t have to be a challenge.

In fact, Whistler has you covered with many options that will suit your kids’ palates as well as your pocketbook. While the fine dining restaurants are fantastic and should definitely be on your “to-go” list, who needs a temper tantrum in Araxi?

What every parent needs is a plan to suit everyone in the family, so that meal times can be stress-free, enjoyable, and, most important of all, delicious.

Whistler Mountain Top Dining

Options Abound in Whistler Village

At some point in your vacation, your family is going to want to explore Whistler Village. A perennial Whistler favourite with kids of all ages (and offering very affordable prices, to boot) is the Old Spaghetti Factory in the Crystal Lodge.

This chain restaurant, a BC favourite for decades, wins kids over with hearty pastas, flavourful salads and mouth-watering desserts and shakes. The atmosphere is fun and the abundance of fellow family diners will make mealtime a hit with even the pickiest of eaters.

Caramba! is a family-friendly restaurant in the heart of the village, near the Whistler Public Library. Its pizzas earn rave reviews, but this long-time locals’ favourite also offers fantastic seafood and pasta dishes.

Another place kids enjoy is the Whistler Brewhouse. Kids will love the miniature train that circles the restaurant and the menu features a tasty selection of dishes that will appeal to all, such as pork or beef sliders, gourmet mac and cheese, and tasty burgers.

Whistler Sushi

If Your Kids Enjoy Sushi…

Many kids are sushi fans, and Sushi Village has been serving fresh and delicious sushi for decades. Sushi-loving kids will love the Mango Caterpillar Roll and the Tuna KFC Roll, among many others. Another popular sushi spot is Sachi Sushi located conveniently near Olympic Plaza.

Head to Purebread for Meals on the Go

Wanting to grab a quick bite en route to the playground and treehouse in the Olympic Plaza? Purebread Bakery has you covered with pizzelles, “homity pies”, and spinach and feta brioches that will tempt the taste buds of pint-sized eaters. This favourite establishment continually tweaks and adds to its repertoire of baked goods, keeping locals and visitors alike coming back for more. Their delightful array of unique and delectable desserts won’t be a hard sell with your kids, either!

Whistler Village Ice Cream

Family Friendly Dining in Function Junction

Families go to the Wildwood Cafe for meals that offer value, variety and great flavour. The Function Junction location makes it a popular stop for families either going to or coming from a busy day in Whistler.

Stay Put for Affordable Eats in Creekside

Check out Creekbread in Creekside for a fantastic meal that will appeal to kids and adults alike. Pizzas baked in wood-fired ovens are made with organic and local ingredients. This is the ideal place to come to have an early dinner with very young children.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane