I’m so pleased that I’m finally able to tell you all about Doha’s best child-friendly brunches.
Pre-baby, Mr Sunshine and I used to love a good Friday brunch with friends. It was an all-day affair: I’d start getting ready at around 10am, head to the venue for midday, eat, drink and be merry until 4pm and then party the night away – if I could hack it (let’s face it, even back then, most of the time I was ready for my bed by 6pm!). Things changed a little when I fell pregnant with Baby Sunshine, because some of the gloss was taken off the occasion when it had to be enjoyed sans alcohol. Then when she was born, I pretty much stopped attending brunches altogether, because up until now, brunching with a baby/toddler/young child in tow is simply not really all that fun for anyone involved. The kids get bored and cranky, the parents leave hungrier than when they arrived and you all end up feeling like you’ve made a big dent in your wallet for not much in return. Anyone else with me?!
However, in the past year, slowly but surely things have started to pick up for us parents. I started my investigation into Doha’s best child-friendly brunches back in 2017, when I wanted to sing from the rafters that there were finally brunch options that could be enjoyed by kids and parents alike, but there simply weren’t enough of them around at that time to warrant a full round-up blog post. Now, more than eight months later, I’m super-chuffed to be able to report that finally there are, and I even have an inkling that I’ll be adding to this post in the months to come as other hotels cotton onto this popular and growing trend.
Without further ado, in no particular order…
The Saturday Picnic Brunch at Doha Golf Club
At the back end of last year, one of Qatar’s most popular leisure spots, Doha Golf Club, teamed up with Intercontinental Doha, to produce a unique outdoor brunch concept set amongst the leafy lawns and putting greens beside the Golf Club’s famous clubhouse. The picnic brunch at Doha Golf Club is a refreshing alternative to hotel brunches, providing an incredibly laid back atmosphere, full of fun entertainment which is exclusively aimed at young families.
A picnic basket full of staple picnic goodies is brought to your table at the beginning of proceedings, and guests can also help themselves to food from the (limited) live cooking stations.
This entirely outdoor brunch is not only the most laid back and child-centred brunch I have ever been to, but it is also pretty visually appealing, with rows of photogenic picnic tables dressed in checked table cloths, groups of beanbags dotted across the lawn, a large gazebo providing welcome shelter from the midday sun, a cash bar and a lively DJ. The numerous children’s entertainment including face painting, a bouncy slide, bouncy tunnels and a football target area will keep the kids entertained until sundown.
Saturdays, 12.30 – 4.00pm
QAR 185 with soft drinks; children under 6 free.
Doha Golf Club, West Bay, 13530
+974 4496 0777
You can read my full review here.
Four Seasons Friday Brunch in Association with Gymboree
Collaboration seems to be the name of the game at the moment when it comes to Doha’s best child-friendly brunches, and if there’s one collab which ticks every box, then it’s the recently-formed one between the Four Seasons hotel and Gymboree.
The popular Gymboree Play & Music programme, which has been adored by children for over 30 years, in 600 locations across the world, offers a range of age-appropriate activities which encourage children to dance, sing, climb, colour and learn through interactive play, and you can now find them based out on the lawns behind the Four Seasons every Friday during brunch. From interactive play in the play kitchens and interactive music classes, to obstacle courses, soft play, creative painting, bubbles and more, there is something on offer for every age group. Even better, if you want to, you can leave your child with the trained members of staff to play away the day while you free yourself from all distractions and enjoy your brunch with the rest of the adults.
Trust me, you will want to make the most of this brunch. I explain in this article for Lonely Planet why it is one of the best (if not the best) in Doha.
Fridays, 12.30 – 4.30pm,
QAR 340 with soft drinks; QAR 450 with house beverages; QAR 170 for children aged 5-11.
Elements and Il Teatro, Four Seasons, The Corniche, Doha
+974 4494 8600
Farmer’s Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Doha
I have to admit, I got a little bit excited about the concept of this brunch when it was first launched back in 2017. It leans heavily on the farm-to-table concept, using locally sourced and organic ingredients. This is a very different take on brunch in Doha, and it’s the only spot solely focused on sustainability and support for local farmers. With platters of fresh fish, a cheese market and avocado stand, as well as a cake-decorating station, there’s lots to love about the food on display.
What’s more, the set-up is entirely unique as well as child-friendly. The rustic decor, with plaid tablecloths, homemade signs and wooden cooking stations, and the resident pony, chickens and rabbits to visit in the farmyard outside create the atmosphere of a friendly and bustling local market, while the well-stocked play area has plenty more besides to keep the kids entertained.
Little tip from me: if you really want your kids to be wowed, then head along on the last Friday of the month, when the Farmer’s brunch is transformed into a superhero-themed Farmer’s Brunch, complete with Marvel comic-inspired decor, waiting staff dressed in character and touches of the theme everywhere you look (including fun twists to the food itself!). Entire families can be seen embracing the theme and dressing up as their favourite superheroes, and lots of fun can be had by all.
Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00pm
QAR 249 with soft drinks; QAR 379 with house beverages; QAR 110 for children aged 5-12.
The Lagoon, Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon, Doha.
+974 4484 8000
You can read my full review of the Superhero Farmer’s Brunch here.
The Kidtastic Brunch at the Sheraton Grand
Al Hubara’s impressive brunch spread seems to have gotten even better recently, with mountains of fresh fish and sushi, an impressive array of Qatari and Asian dishes and the best dessert selection this side of the Arabian Gulf. Until recently, however, it was almost impossible to make the most of this spread.
With the launch of the Kidtastic Brunch, however, this has all changed. The Sheraton have been quick to realise that child-friendly brunches are the way forwards, and the resulting new dedicated children’s entertainment area includes one of the most extensive children’s buffets that I’ve seen, with a cartoon-inspired menu and a range of healthy snacks as well as naughtier treats for sweet teeth. Your children’s favourite cartoon characters are present in this corner to lead games, balloon twisting and colouring fun, and there are face-in-the-hole boards and a Wendy house to provide hours of entertainment.
Selected Fridays throughout March & April, 12:30 – 4:00pm
QAR 315 with soft drinks; QAR 157 for children aged 6-12.
Al Hubara, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Corniche, Doha
+974 4485 3000
Are there any great child-friendly brunches that I’ve missed?
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