We all love going out for a meal with the family, and with kid-friendly restaurants and cafes all over Singapore, dining out can be as relaxed or as exciting as you want it to be. Here are some kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in Singapore that welcome children of all ages. Some have indoor or outdoor play areas, some have games and activities that keep young ones occupied, and some have fab kids meals so everyone on the family — young and younger — can feast in peace. Enjoy!


THOSE WITH OUTDOOR PLAY AREAS

1. Arbora Bistro

Arbora Bistro has a new kids’ play area with games and activities for children, such as table soccer, mini bead coaster, shapes sorter, and electronic pinball. With so much to entertain them, little ones will be well-occupied while mum and dad dine in peace, or enjoy one of Arbora’s signature botanical cocktails while feasting their eyes on the spectacular view of Singapore’s southern islands at this hilltop cafe.

Where Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
Opening hours Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm; Sunday 10.30am – 11pm
Web www.onefabergroup.com/arbora

2 & 3. Baker & Cook, and Plank Sourdough Pizza at Dempsey

You can’t miss this ‘glasshouse’ that showcases two of the island’s well-loved food brands – Baker & Cook, and Plank Sourdough Pizza. It’s pet- and child-friendly, there’s lots of grass for kids to run around on, and a stylish playground from Scandinavian brand Kompan where little ones can climb, slide, and play for hours. Breakfast starts at 8am (great for mums after school drop-offs) at Baker & Cook, and kids’ options — Mini Mo & Jo Cheeseburger ($12) and the vegan Simply Spaghetti ($12) — are available through lunch and dinner.

Over at Plank, enjoy pizza favourites from an authentic Italian Valoriani Igloo Pizza Oven, then give your active kiddos a sweet treat if they’ve been good: the Banoffee Plank Pizza ($14.50) comes with roasted pecans and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum! Finally, if you’re driving in, parking is free so there’s no need to rush the kids to finish their meal!

Where 30C Loewen Road, Singapore 248839
Tel 6251 1098
Opening hours 8am – 10pm daily
Web www.bakerandcook.biz; www.plankpizza.biz

4. Botany

There’s so much to love at this riverside cafe. Firstly, the menu, which is 95 per cent MSG- and preservative-free and which offers the best of East and West — so grandma can have her congee while the teen chows down on avocado toast. In addition, there are two kids play areas, one indoors and one outdoors, to keep younger ones occupied. Bring Baby too; the space is stroller (and wheelchair-friendly) and the staff will set up the diaper changing table if you need it.

Co-founder and mum of two Cassandra Riene designed Botany to be inclusive in every way hence it doesn’t matter whether you’re a carnivore or a vegan — there’ll be something here for you. Frankly, we’d love to keep Botany our little secret, but #goodthingsmustshare right?

Where #01-03, 86 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238245
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 9am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & PH, 8.30am – 10pm
Web www.botany.com.sg

5. Café Melba at Mediapolis

Sleeping in during weekends is a pipe dream when you have kids who wake at the crack of dawn and demand entertainment. That’s why we love that Café Melba at Mediapolis opens at 8am daily, and gets the fun going from 9am in the morning every weekend and public holiday (weather permitting). There’s a bouncy castle and ball games to keep the little ‘uns active while parents enjoy a hearty breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The bouncy castle is not set up on weekdays, but kids can still play a giant game of tic-tac-toe or scoot around in the wide open area outside the cafe.

Where 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 138507
Tel 6352 2721
Opening hours Daily 8am – 10pm
Web www.cafemelba.com.sg/mediapolis-about/

P/S Living in the east? Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre also has a bouncy castle and games on weekends and public holidays. On Mondays, kids eat for free with every main meal purchased. They’ll also be able to enjoy the bouncy castle from 3pm on weekdays.

(See also: 8 Educational Indoor Playgrounds where Kids can Learn through Play)

6. Carrotsticks & Cravings

Image: Carrotsticks and Cravings Facebook page

Located within Loewen Gardens, this Aussie-inspired cafe has a really casual, relaxed vibe – the sort that makes you want to stretch and go ahhhh! Kids can run around the large outdoor space or have a jump on the trampoline. Food-wise, it’s not only healthy but delicious to boot. Café owner, recipe creator and mother-of-three Terri-Anne Leske knows more than a thing or two about getting little ones to eat better. Not only can you expect açai bowls and avocado toast for breakfast and impressive salads for lunch, kids can choose from faves such as cupcakes, popsicles and energy balls that are made of nutritious ingredients.

Where 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 8am – 3pm; Sat & Sun, 8am – 4pm
Web carrotsticksandcravings.com

7. Coastes

Sip that cocktail (or mocktail) under an oversized umbrella and let the soft, warm sand sift through your toes as you watch the kids build sandcastles (bring the sand toys) or play at the water’s edge. No matter how old the kids are, dining at Coastes is a sure-win thanks to its right-on-the-beach location. The food’s great too, and kids can opt for smaller portions of popular favourites like Spaghetti Bolognaise or Fish and Chips.

Where 50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-05, Sentosa, Singapore 099000
Tel 6631 8938
Opening hours Mon – Thu, Sun, 9am – 10pm; Fri – Sat, 9am – 11pm
Web www.coastes.com

8. Fusion Spoon

Located at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Tanglin Gate (where Food for Thought used to be), Fusion Spoon is the perfect place for those who want a little of everything – it offers Western, Asian, and Japanese cuisine. For kids, not only does it have an indoor play area as well as an outdoor playground, there’s even a waffle and Korean bingsu ice kiosk to boot! Perfect for a little pick-me-up after an active day out at the park!

Where Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Tanglin Gate, #B1-00, Singapore 259569
Tel 6255 5110
Opening Hours Mon – Sun 7am – 10pm
Web www.facebook.com/fusionspoonatbotanicgardens

9. Grub at Bishan Park

We love the inspired menu here and its awesome location, smack in the heart of Bishan Park – where kids can run around and scoot to their heart’s content before winding down with Milo Floats (no one else does it quite like Grub!). While there’s no kids’ menu, Grub has activities galore for little ones on selected Saturday mornings each month. The cafe brings in specialised vendors who provide activities such as clay sculpting, floral arrangement, crafts and Chinese storytelling – all free for diners.

Where 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
Tel 6459 5743
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 11am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays, 9am – 10pm
Web http://grub.com.sg

10. Huber’s Bistro

While the bistro itself is located a short walk away from the soft-fall playground, parents won’t have to worry about safety as the colourful attraction is shaded and gated. We’ve seen kids make a beeline for the playground from the carpark, on more than one occasion! Food-wise, while there’s no dedicated kids’ menu, children’s portions are available for selected items such as pasta and homemade meatballs, and meatloaf. There’s a special section for sausages too – a Huber speciality. Bonus: you can stock up on premium meats and groceries at Huber’s two-storey store before you leave! Free parking is available too.

Where 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679
Tel 6737 1488
Opening hours Tue – Fri, 11.00am – 10pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays, 9.30am – 10pm. Closed on Mon. Last order at 9.30pm
Web www.hubers.com.sg

11. New Ubin Zhongshan Park

The New Ubin name is synonymous with top-notch family-style ‘cze char’ – with a twist. We’re fans of its familiar local favourites and its signature dishes like the USDA Black Angus Rib Eye, garlic baked crab, and Boss Bee Hoon. Its outlet at the the lushly verdant Zhongshan Park, with al fresco seating next to a majestic Banyan tree, is the perfect spot for relaxed family dinners as the sun sets. Menu-wise, picks for kids include the har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken), traditional satay, crispy pork jowl, and the claypot carbonara which comes with house-smoked pork belly.

Where Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park, 16 Ah Hood Road, Singapore 329982
Tel 9740 6870
Opening hours Lunch: Mon – Sun, 12pm – 3pm (Last order at 2pm); Dinner: Mon –Thu, 6pm – 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm), Fri – Sun, 5.30pm – 11pm (Last order at 10pm)
Web https://ubinseafood.com/outlets/zhongshanpark/

12. Open Farm Community (OFC)

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Who’d have expected a farm in the middle of the city? That’s what you get here at OFC, which grows its own edible crops such as fruits, herbs and vegetables. It even has a chicken coop where live chickens roam! You don’t have to be health conscious to appreciate OFC’s farm-to-table offerings; we also love that they have a Little Farmer’s menu for kids, with items such as homemade pappardelle with a Bolognese or garlic parmesan sauce. There’s no need to rush off once the little ones are satiated. Release them to the sand playground outside while you relax at the patio, or join them for activities like lawn bowling and table tennis.

Where 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Tel 6471 0306
Opening hours Mon – Thu, 12pm – 4pm/6pm – 11pm; Fri 12pm – 4pm/6pm – midnight; Sat & Public Holidays, 11am – 5pm, 6pm – midnight; Sun 11am – 5pm, 6pm – 11pm
Web www.openfarmcommunity.com/

13. Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe

Situated right next to the runway of Seletar Airport, this is the perfect spot for kids who love anything aviation-related. Sit outside to indulge in an evening of plane spotting while the kids scoot up and down the open area. There are vintage vehicles to get up close and personal with, and bicycles galore for two-wheeled enthusiasts to take selfies with. Food reviews are mixed, but hey, with a view like this, who cares?

Where 80 Seletar Aerospace View, MAJ Aviation Building, Singapore 797563
Tel 6659 6124
Opening hours Tue – Thu, Sun 10am – 10pm; Fri – Sat 10am-11pm. Closed on Mon. The kitchen is closed daily from 3pm – 5pm
Web https://www.facebook.com/SoekSeng1954BicycleCafe/

14. SandBank at Parkland Green

With the whole of East Coast Park at their feet, what else could the kids want when dining at Sandbank? Hmmm… a pool, perhaps? Yup, this family-friendly beachfront resto has its very own 15m plunge pool that guarantees a splashing good time for young ones. There’s no lifeguard though so do keep an eye on your water babies. Other kid-friendly facilities include a diaper changing station, colouring sheets and a dedicated kids menu. The plunge pool is available till 7pm from Mondays to Sundays.

Where 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32 Parkland Green, Singapore 449875
Tel 6247 7988
Opening hours Mon, 5pm – 11pm; Tue – Thu, 12pm – 11pm; Fri & Eve of Public Holidays, 12pm – 12am; Sat & Public Holidays, 9am – 12am; Sun, 9am – 11pm
Web www.sandbank.com.sg

(See also: Marine Cove East Coast Park: A Fun-Sized Guide to its Mega Playground)

15. Sabio By The Sea at Quayside Isle

Brunch lovers! Sabio at the Sea at Quayside Isle serves a kicka** Spanish Hangover Brunch on weekends and it’s a great way to spend the day with the kids. The sea breezes, the view of Sentosa Cove marina and the yachts bobbing placidly on the water give it a fabulous holiday vibe that you just can’t quite get on the ‘mainland’. The brunch menu, which includes hot and cold tapas, grilled items, and desserts, is extremely kid-friendly (psst… there’s a bouncy castle on weekends too). Top up for a Paella to share and everyone will leave happily stuffed. Remind the kids to save some room for dessert. The Churros, which come with chocolate and maple sauce dips, were voted best in Singapore.

Where 31 Ocean Way, Quayside Isle, #01-02, Singapore 098375
Tel 6690 7568
Opening hours Mon – Tue 5pm – 10.30pm, Wed – Thu 12pm – 10.30pm, Fri 12pm – 11pm, Sat 11.30am – 11pm, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Web www.dhm.com.sg/sabio

16. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari

Located within the same compound as OFC, this safari-themed café will appeal to the kids – and adults too. With wooden tables and chairs, rustic rugs and picnic décor all under a huge canvas tent, this place is Instagram-heaven! Its choice location also means that young ones can enjoy the same kid-friendly attractions – like the edible garden and sand playground – as those who dine at OFC. Of course, you must have the bakery’s famed croissants and coffee. Other notable drinks selections include the Turmeric & Ginger Latte and Beetroot & Ginger Latte.

Where 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Tel 6877 4876
Opening Hours 8am – 6pm daily
Web www.tiongbahrubakery.com/

17. Trapizza

The food at this casual Italian eatery is not only delish, it caters to both adults and kids. But what keeps families coming back are the various activity centres, from a water play station to a colouring zone, and a dedicated play area. Food-wise, the 16-inch pizza is perfect for sharing as you can customise it with up to three flavours – no more eschewing your favourite spicy topping in favour of the kids! Similarly, there’s also the Family Sharing Wagyu Beef Burger, which is eaten by cutting a wedge for each person, much like a cake!

And if the kids are still raring to play, bring them next door to Nestopia, Sentosa’s only outdoor playground by the sea. Here they can explore 17 different play sections, including two long slides, a thrilling 7.5-metre-high tube slide, netted obstacle courses, and climbing structures.

Where 10 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Tel 6376 2662
Opening hours Weekdays, 11am – 10pm; Weekends, 9am – 10pm
Web www.shangrila.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort

18. Tree Lizard

Image: Tree Lizard Facebook page

While not exactly a new kid on the (kiddy dining) block, this casual café deserves a mention because it ticks so many boxes. Three-tier outdoor playground… check. Bouncy castle (on weekends)… check. Great toy selection for indoor play… check. Finally, a dedicated children’s menu with the usual faves… check! All’s left for parents to do is to snag an al fresco seat near the play area and relax away while still keeping an eye on junior.

Where B1-01, 25 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249670
Tel 6834 3969
Opening hours Tue & Wed, 5pm – 10pm; Thu & Fri, 12pm – 10pm; Sat & Sun, 10.30am – 10pm. Public Holidays, 10.30am – 10pm. Closed on Mondays (except Public Holidays)
Web www.treelizard.com.sg

19. Wheeler’s Estate

Besides being oh so Instagram-worthy, Wheeler’s Estate, housed in a former British military airbase-turned heritage building, is the closest casual eating place to the small but perfectly formed aviation-themed aeroplane playground at The Oval@Seletar Aerospace Park. While there’s a restaurant on the upper level, the Alfrescro Café By The Lawn on Level 1 is definitely more family-friendly. Apart from the playground, families can also look forward to relaxed weekends on the lawn here – complete with picnic service. Just grab a mat and basket from the café counter, collect snacks and drinks along the way, head out onto the lawn, pick your favourite picnic spot, and enjoy!

Where 2 Park Lane, Singapore 798386
Tel 6262 0001
Opening hours Tue – Thu, 12pm – 11pm; Fri 12pm – 1am; Sat 9am – 1am; Sun 9am – 11pm. Closed on Monday
Web https://wheelersestate.com

20. Wildseed Cafe at The Alkaff Mansion

One of the best places to head to when you’re craving some #holidayvibes and can’t leave the country. Grab a table under the tall leafy trees, sip on some artisanal coffee by Avanti, and smile indulgently at the kids as they wander the grounds, or explore the play area. Check the cafe’s website before you go — they organise family-friendly activities and events, and kids workshops too. Best of all, the place is pet-friendly, so your four-legged friends can come along too!

Where Level 1, 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Tel 8126 8484
Opening hours 8.30am – 5pm daily (cafe); Sun to Thurs, 5pm – 11pm, Fri, Sat & PH eve, 5pm – 1am (bar)
Web www.wildseedcafe.sg/the-alkaff-mansion

(See also: 13 Places to Bring Baby for Brain-boosting Fun & Creative Play)

THOSE WITH INDOOR PLAY AREAS

21. Beauty in the Pot

You know them for their beauty collagen broth and their fresh ingredients, but did you realise that Beauty in the Pot is also kid-friendly? All Beauty in The Pot outlets are family- and kid-friendly, with indoor or outdoor (at Kinex) children’s playgrounds to keep little ones entertained. They even have staff who are trained in balloon sculpting, and provide kids toys so everyone in the family can have a memorable time there. Haven’t been? Try the newest outlet at Westgate, which boasts a customised children’s playground within the outlet. It’s fully air-conditioned, lined with a soft fall mat, and has a sanitiser to ensure that germs are kept at bay while kids play.

Where #03-10 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Tel 6805 8188
Opening hours 11.30am – 3am daily
Web www.paradisegp.com/brand-beauty-in-the-pot/

22. Bricks N’ Cubes

This small but cosy cafe is better known for its desserts, which include rainbow cakes, lava cakes, and even owl-shaped cakes (they have classes for this too). Your little ones will probably zoom in on the five blue bins next to the cake display. Filled to the brim with colourful bricks and accessories, these keep little hands creatively occupied long enough for mums and dads to have that tea or coffee break.

Where 350 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427598
Tel 6345 2127
Opening hours Mon – Thurs, 7am – 9pm, Fri – Sun, 7am – 10pm
Web www.bricksncubes.sg/

23. E-Sarn at The Grandstand

When you’re in need of Thai comfort food, E-Sarn at The Grandstand is a good choice. We love the cosy booth seating, and the fact that it has a kids’ play area is the coconut on the pudding! The play area is padded and fenced – so kids stay safe as they can’t wander off into the weekend crowds as easily. A small slide on a climbing structure lets little ones aged two to six years work off energy and settle down to eat. While there’s no dedicated menu for young ‘uns, kids’ favourites like Mini Pandan Wings, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Pad Thai, and Pineapple Rice can do no wrong.

Where 200 Turf Club Road, #01-13, Singapore 287994
Tel 6468 4484
Opening hours 11.30am – 10pm. Closed on Mondays
Web https://esarn.com.sg

24. IKEA

Possibly the most kid-friendly home furnishings store in the world, IKEA has Småland, a free play area where children can frolic in an enchanted Swedish forest while waiting for their parents to finish browsing furniture with funny names. But did you know that IKEA’s restaurants are also kid-friendly areas? Children (aged four to 12 years old) who are Småles members get a free drink on every visit, discounts on selected children’s meals and earn Småles dollars which can be redeemed for goodies in-store. The littlest ones are not left out: there are highchairs, cutlery, and microwaves to warm up food for baby. The nursing room and the baby changing facilities are nearby as well.

Where 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965 (IKEA Alexandrea); 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764 (IKEA Tampines)
Tel 6786 6868; 6786 6868
Opening hours Sun – Thu, 9am – 10pm; Fri & Sat, 9am – 10.30pm
Web www.ikea.com/sg/en/

25. Ju Shin Jung

This kid-friendly Korean BBQ restaurant has three branches: one in the West, one at Robertson Walk, and one at Guillemard. While the Robertson Walk branch is more of a drinking establishment, the West and Guillemard branches have a host of kid-friendly features: good-sized ball pits for jump practices, baby rides, toddler playground toys, and more. There are tables right next to the play areas so parents can have dinner as their kids play. While there’s no kids’ menu, most of the BBQ meats are seasoned only with soy sauce, making them relatively safe for children to consume.

Where 102 Guillemard Road #01-01, Singapore 399719
Tel 6440 7707
Opening hours Lunch: 12pm – 3pm. Dinner: 6pm – 11pm
Web www.jushinjung.com.sg

26. Marché Mövenpick 313@Somerset

Apart from delicious freshly-cooked meals, addictive rosti, and a fantastic drinks selection in a warm Swiss Alpine village setting, Marche outlets also have kid-friendly amenities that make them perfect for familys. We love the one at 313@Somerset, which has a train table (and train sets) for kids to play with, as well as a little playhouse structure that they can climb in and out of. There’s a special “Picky Kids” menu where each main comes with a drink, an ice-cream cone and a… surprise! By the way, the bakery upstairs is open from 7.30am if you’re looking for breakfast in Orchard.

Where Level 1, Discovery Walk, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895
Tel 6834 4041
Opening hours Mon – Thu, 11am – 11pm; Fri, 11am – midnight; Sat, 10am – midnight; Sun, 10am – 11pm
Web www.marche-restaurants.com/en/marche-313somerset

27. NOM Bistro & Bakery

With its cool, modern, decor, NOM (an acronym for No Other Meaning) stands out like a beacon in the Macpherson-Circuit Road heartland. Its menu, while small, boasts gems like Orange Duck Salad, Salted Egg Yolk Prawn Pasta and Earth Burger. The Little Nomsters menu is standard kids’ menu fare but if yours are like mine, they’ll be too busy sliding up and down the #seriouslycute miniature dragon slide to eat. When they do eat, we love that they’ll be chomping down on healthy stuff — NOM’s special pasta sauce for the kids contains eight different types of vegetables blended together. Desserts made specially for kids are 100 per cent fruit, and are dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and egg-free. 

Where 400 Paya Lebar Way, Macpherson Community Club Level 1, Singapore 379131
Tel 6747 3839
Opening hours Mon, Wed – Fri 12pm – 10pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 11am – 10pm. Closed on Tuesdays. If a Public Holidays falls on a Tuesday, the café will close on Wednesday instead
Web www.noothermeaning.com

28. Old School Delights (OSD)

Step into OSD and you’ll feel as if you’ve catapulted back in time, thanks to the chalkboard walls, wooden tables and chairs, vintage memorabilia, and cartoon etchings of 80s Singapore on the walls. You’ll be telling your little ones, “Look at this! You know, when I was your age, we…” Then again, the kids may be too engrossed to listen to you. Each table has its own mini entertainment centre: a flip-top desk box that houses toys of yesteryear such as five stones, Snakes & Ladders, card games (Donkey, Happy Families, Snap, etc.) and country erasers. If you can tear your young ones away from play (good luck!), fill ’em up with local classics such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Macaroni Soup, Kueh Pie Tee, Mee Rebus, or kid-pleasers such as Fish and Chips and Chicken Nibblets. Then, wash it all down with Milo Dinosaur or Horlicks.

Where OSD@The Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Ave, #02-25, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 038902
Tel 6909 3507
Opening hours Mon – Sun, 12pm – 10pm
Web www.oldschooldelights.com/

29. Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant

Every dish here is freshly cooked, and takes 15 to 20 minutes to get from stove to table. But kids won’t get bored and cranky while waiting, not with the restaurant’s amazing play area! Perfect for children aged two to nine years old, there’s a ball pool, a mini library, ride-on vehicles, and a mini slide. Less active kiddos can watch cartoons and movies at the same place too. Let them play as you munch on Quentin’s complimentary fish (Tamban) Keropok with their signature Sambal Belachan while waiting for your food. The Kids Set Menu has fish and chips or fried chicken served with tapioca and yam chips, or chicken stew, and each set comes with freshly squeezed apple or orange juice, and one scoop of ice cream.

Where Eurasian Community House, 139 Ceylon Road, Singapore 429744
Tel 6348 0327
Opening hours Lunch: Tue – Fri, 11.30am – 2.30pm; Sat & Sun, 11am – 2pm. Dinner: Tue – Sun, 6.30pm – 10.30pm. Closed on Mon
Web www.quentins.com.sg

30. Zaffron Kitchen East Coast

This modern Indian restaurant has two outlets but it’s the East Coast one that’s kid-friendly. There’s a small children’s play area where the owners have constructed a ‘cottage’ playhouse complete with pinewood picket fence and furnished with kid-friendly toys. There’s also a TV playing kids’ movies, and a hand sanitiser to clean those little hands after playing. Even better, kids under eight years old eat free for every paying adult (limited to three redemptions per table, dine-in only).

Where 137 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428822
Tel 6440 6786
Opening hours Mon – Thu, 11.30am – 10pm; Fri – Sun, Eve of Public Holidays, Public Holidays, 11.30am – 11pm. Closed from 3 – 5pm (Mon – Fri)
Web http://zaffronkitchen.com

THOSE WITH BOARD GAMES & MORE

31. Dignity Kitchen

Dignity Kitchen is Singapore’s first social enterprise food court working with the disadvantaged and disabled to offer quality food and service to the public. Turn your visit here into a mini learning journey. Tell the kids about how Dignity Kitchen gives the disadvantaged and the disabled a new lease of life by helping them to embark on a new career as food stall operators or cleaning staff. They’re friendly and happy to chat too, if the kids want to find out more. The shelf at the wall of windows is where you can find board games to play. When we were there, a group of elderly on Dignity Kitchen’s Lunch Treat for the Elderly programme came in for their meal and entertained the rest of the food court with karaoke!

Where Block 267, Serangoon Avenue 3, #02-02, Singapore 550267
Tel 8189 7678
Opening hours Mon – Sat, 8am – 3pm. Closed on Sun & Public Holidays
Web http://dignitykitchen.sg/

32. Play Nation

“Saving the world from boredom” is their motto and rightly so. If the kids love board games but get bored with them after a while, Play Nation can offer much, much, more. Like – ahem – console games. Yes, mum and dad, it’s okay to let your little ones shoot moving objects on a screen sometimes. Gaming rates start from $6.50++ per hour (board games) and $7.90++ per hour (console games) from Mondays to Thursdays, including free flow of drinks. If you’re up for serious gaming, take the Happy Hour Package ($10.90++ per person, 12pm – 6pm at Prinsep and OTH, 2 – 6pm at *Scape) which offers four hours of board and console games plus free flow of drinks from Mondays to Fridays.

Where 58 Prinsep Street, #01-01 & #02-01; *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link, #03-01; and 51 Tampines Ave 4, Our Tampines Hub #B1-19
Tel 6336 9578 (Prinsep) / 6634 3065 (Scape) / 69044885 (OTH)
Opening hours Mon – Thurs, 12pm – 11pm, Fri & Sat, 12pm – 3am, Sun, 2pm – 11pm
Web http://playnation.com.sg/playndine/

33. Settlers Café

Settler’s Café, established in 2003, was the first board games cafe in Singapore. With over 700 titles, there’s absolutely no excuse for any child to whine “I’m bored!” here. You can choose from sole gaming packages to those that include meals, appetisers or free-flow drinks. There’s a good selection of family-friendly games as well. And if the kids really like what they’re playing with, you can buy it to play on at home!

Where 39 North Canal Road S059295
Tel 6535 0435
Opening hours Tue – Thu, 6pm – 11pm; Fri & Sat, 2pm – 2am; Sun, 2pm – 8pm. Closed on Mon. Please head to café’s Facebook Page for opening hours on the eve of and on Public Holidays
Web https://www.settlers.sg

34. The Living Room at Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church

This small but cosy cafe in Zion Bishan Bible-Presbyterian Church is a heartland secret that even most Bishan residents don’t know about. Tucked under the auspices of a church but open to all faiths, it serves excellent comfort food. Think melt-in-your-mouth Beef Bourguignon, Asian Stewed Pork, Nonya Curry Chicken, pasta, pizza and even, pulled pork burgers. Pioneers have a 20% discount and students get a 10% discount. But what the kids really love here are the board games that turn every mealtime here into family playtime!

Where 4 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579792
Tel 6715 7899
Opening hours Mon – Sat, 11am – 9pm
Web www.facebook.com/livingroombishan

35. The Mind Cafe

The Mind Cafe is more a board game place than a café but no one’s complaining. If your kids already love playing Monopoly, Risk, Ludo and Cluedo, bring them here for even more table-top fun. There are over 500 games in the library. and the friendly staff here can teach you to play every single one of them. Pay by the hour (from $3 for students) or buy a gaming package which includes drinks, snacks, or a meal. It can get extremely noisy – board games have the ability to rouse even the shyest introvert to action — but that’s part of the fun, isn’t it? And oh, kids below 7 play free! Tip #1: Space is limited. Book your table online before you go. Tip #2: Go on a weekday afternoon if you’re bringing younger ones, as it’s less crowded then.

Where 60A Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664
Tel 8121 5188
Opening hours Mon – Thu, 2pm – 11pm; Fri & Eve of Public Holidays, 12pm – 6am; Sat, 10am – 6am; Sun & Public Holidays, 10am – 2am
Web http://themindcafe.com.sg

(See also: The Best Board Games for Kids from age 3 to Teens)

THOSE WITH KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

36. Bread Street Kitchen

Singapore’s first Gordon Ramsay restaurant (the second in Asia, the first is in Hong Kong) boasts cosy orange-hued interiors and… surprisingly kid-friendly amenities! Kids get a colouring book, colour pencils and a chef’s hat. The kids’ menu, which folds into a funky orange envelope, has mains such as Fish & Chips and Crushed Peas, Cheeseburger and Chips, and Rigatoni Pasta in Tomato Sauce. Let them order the ice-cream dessert option as this gives kids the opportunity to get dressed in chef jackets and aprons and go behind the counter to scoop and decorate their very own treat! Are you thinking photo-op already?! During special event days there’ll also be craft corners where kids can get creative.

Where The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Bay Level #L1-81, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
Tel 6688 5665
Opening hours Mon – Wed, 11.30am – 10pm; Thu & Fri, 11.30am – 11pm; Sat, 7.30am – 11pm; Sun, 7.30am – 10pm
Web www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com/bread-street-kitchen-singapore/

37. PizzaExpress

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The first outlet of this iconic British pizza brand opened at Scotts Square in 2016 and has grown into a well-loved chain of six restaurants islandwide. It has a very filling three-course Piccolo menu for little ones consisting of signature baked doughballs as starters, a pasta or pizza main, and dessert (doughballs with nutella or ice cream). Each child gets a mini chef’s hat and a colouring kit that includes a colouring worksheet and colour pencils.

Where Scotts Square, Unit B1 08/09, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209
Tel 6538 0083
Opening hours Mon – Sun 11.30am – 10pm
Web www.pizzaexpress.sg

38. Slappy Cakes

Grandma and Grandpa may balk at the thought of going to a restaurant and paying to make your own food. But this is the exact winning premise that Slappy Cakes operates on. Each table has its own griddle, upon which kids can squeeze their batter to create pancakes in any shape they want! The chocolate batter’s the most popular, we reckon, but don’t worry mum, there are other options like whole grain, buttermilk, peanut butter and pandan. And what’s a pancake without toppings? With “fixins” like chocolate chips, banana, chicken sausage, turkey bacon, roasted mushrooms, blueberries and more, kids (and adults too) will have a grand time bettering their batter with these.

Where The Grandstand, #01-20/21 | 26 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa | #03-02 Plaza Singapura
Tel 6465 1814 | 6795 0779 | 67387 7207
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 10am – 9.30pm; Sat, Sun & Public Holidays, 8am – 9.30pm
Web www.slappycakes.com.sg

39. Sky High Circus Brunch at CÉ LA VI

Sky High Circus is a whimsical themed brunch series in collaboration with Evolve Arts that brings little ones aged four to 10 years on a fun and educational romp against the stunning backdrop of Marina Bay. Parents, you’re not left out. While the kids play, you get to feast upon an extensive array of contemporary Asian dishes curated by Group Executive Chef Joey Sergentakis. Kids get juicy Beef Burger Sliders and French Fries, then finish their meal with Whipped Chocolate Pudding. Brunch is available at $98++ for adults, while kids dine for free with an Entertainment Charge of $30++. Sky High Circus dates for 2020 are 16 February (Star Wars theme), 26 April, 17 May, and 28 June 2020. Reservations are recommended!

Where CÉ LA VI, 12noon to 3pm
Cost $98++ (adults); $30++ (children — entertainment charge)
Reservations Online, call 6508 2188 or email reservation-sg@celavi.com

THOSE WITH GREAT KIDS’ MEALS

40. Coffee Lounge at Goodwood Park Hotel

Coffee Lounge, housed in the historic hotel’s Grand Tower wing, has always been go-to for authentic local fare such as the Taiwan Porridge and local High Tea Buffet. It now serves kids’ meals ($12.80++ per set) too! Little ones can take their pick from the Starry Space Set, Kung Fu Delights Set, Old Macdonald Farmhouse Set and Volcano Island Set. Each includes a main, two sides, Ribena, and dessert, leaving every young diner happily satisfied. 

Where Coffee Lounge, Goodwood Park Hotel
Tel 6730 1746
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 12noon – 2.30pm (lunch), 6pm – 10.30pm (dinner)
Web www.goodwoodparkhotel.com/dining/coffee-lounge

41. Farmers and Chefs

You’e probably never had a reason to venture to the Singapore Conference Hall, right? Now you do. Head there for Farmers and Chefs, a shady, breezy, child-friendly cafe (started by the founders of the Reggio Emilia-inspired LeClare Preschool next to it) that serves up the most tantalising morsels in the CBD – for kids too!

The ‘Secret Children’s Menu’ here features nutritious mini breakfast sandwiches, balanced mains, mini rice bowls, organic pastas, and the option to mix and match for a customised meal. All sauces are home-made from scratch, so you know you’re feeding your kids real food all the way. Bring Baby along too. Farmers and Chefs is baby-led weaning (BLW) friendly; a movement that lets babies feed themselves solid foods from as early as six months onwards in a safe and supportive environment.

Where 7 Shenton Way #01-04, Singapore Conference Hall Singapore
Tel 8535 7555
Opening hours Mon – Sat, 8am-8pm
Web https://www.facebook.com/farmersandchefs.sg

(See also: A Mum’s Guide to Successful Baby-led Weaning – BLW)

42. Food for Tots (Jacob Ballas)

Situated in Singapore Botanic Garden’s children’s garden, the kid-friendly café aims to instil an appreciation for the environment in children. Think upcycled colander light installation, recycling bins, and a potted herb wall. There’s also a children’s play area and regular programmes such as Food Crafternoon and Nature Bingo Trail. But the reason why the café is in this category is its delish meals and truly attractive kids’ menu. Besides the usual pasta and meatballs, and fish and chips, there are also more… shall we say, sophisticated, options for the little gourmands. We like the DIY burger which comes deconstructed for the little ones to assemble however they wish. Yogurt bowls – with mixed berries, banana slices and a drizzle of honey – as well as the Kids Works (crispy bacon and scrambled eggs on brioche toast) are miniature versions of adult meals. Junior will feel so grown-up and included!

Where 1H, Cluny Road #01-K1, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore 259604
Tel 6338 4848
Opening hours Tue – Sun, 9am – 7pm. Closed on Mon, unless it’s a Public Holiday
Web www.foodforthought.com.sg

43. Kind Kones

Most kids – c’mon, who are we kidding, adults too! – love ice-cream. And finally, there’s a purveyor that’s free of nasties and full of goodies. Kind Kones, originally from Malaysia, has opened at Forum and their all-natural vegan ice-cream is free from dairy, refined sugar, soy, gluten, and other artificial additives. Housemade cashew milk, coconut and sometimes, almond milk is used as a base. Though flavours change regularly, current favourites include chocolate sorbet, strawberry and almond brittle. They have super unique flavours too, like Haw Flakes and Blue Earth (due to the Butterfly Pea flower used). Bonus: There’s a kids colouring station and a book exchange corner in-house.

Where Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, #B1-27, Singapore 238884
Tel 9010 8557
Opening hours Mon- Sun 10am – 10pm
Web www.facebook.com/kindkonesSG/

44. Miam Miam

The kid-friendly French-Japanese café has great menu for little ones. The Volcano Tomato Rice explodes with back bacon and shimeji mushroom flavours, while the Volcano Mac and Cheese casts a new spin on the creamy classic. Both are topped with freshly whipped and baked soufflé, and tomato sauce flows from the peak of the soufflé, like lava expelled from a volcano! Kitty Chicken Rice comes with chicken fingers that are easy for younger ones to grab and chew. They’ll also love that the rice comes in the shape of a cat!

Where Bugis Junction, Westgate
Opening hours Mon – Thu, 11.30am – 9.30pm; Fri, 11.30am – 10pm; Sat & Sun, 11am – 10pm
Web http://miam.sg

(See also: 13 Droolicious Kids’ Menus that your Little Ones will Love at Cafes & Restaurants in Singapore)

45. Summerlong @ The Quayside

Summerlong now has a menu specially for kids and it doubles up as an activity sheet, which includes colouring, drawing and tic-tac-toe sections! Classic kids’ selections, such as Macaroni & Cheese and Fusilli Bolognese, are made from scratch in-house so you can be sure that the kids are getting clean, wholesome nutrition while enjoying their favourite foods. Can’t sit still any longer? Let them play by the riverside promenade (bring the scooters!) while you watch (with drink in hand, yes?) in comfort from the outdoor seating area.

Where 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04, Singapore 238252
Tel 6235 1225
Opening hours Mon – Fri, 5.30pm – midnight; Sat & Sun, 10.30am – 3pm (brunch), 5.30pm – midnight (dinner)
Web https://www.summerlongsg.com

46. SweetSpot at the ArtScience Museum

There’s no need to run off immediately after seeing the exhibits at the ArtScience Museum. Instead, stop by at SweetSpot, which is conveniently situated at the lobby. We love settling under the natural light from its floor-to-ceiling glass facade and talking about the things we’ve seen in the museum over a meal. Despite its name, the menu is not just delicious desserts and irresistible treats; it also includes healthy options like wraps and salads. For the kids, there are all-time faves such as Cauliflower Mac & Cheese, and a Turkey Club Wrap. There’s also a small kids corner where young ones can engage in educational games and interactive activities post-meal. Oh, mum, order yourself a cuppa too, and let your little ones watch Singapore’s first commercial robotic barista in action!

Where ArtScience Museum, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
Tel 6688 5555
Opening hours 10am – 7pm daily
Web www.marinabaysands.com/

47. Swensens

Everyone knows Swensens, but did you know that this family-friendly stalwart also has kids’ meals, kids’ sundaes (because you know their eyes are bigger than their mouths and they’ll never be able to finish a full normal-sized one), and a Kids Eat Free breakfast deal? Yep, your young one (aged 4-12 years) gets a free brekkie meal with every adult breakfast ordered. They can choose from highlights such as Super Trooper Waffles – warm and fluffy waffles paired with blueberry sauce, maple syrup and a juicy strawberry; Simply Pancakes, served with cheesy chicken sausages; or Swensen’s Great Breakfast Jr., which features a juicy sausage patty, creamy scrambled eggs and toasted muffins; as well as Mini Good Morning Sunnies – an inviting trio of sunny-side up eggs, cheesy chicken sausages and creamy mushrooms!

Where Swensen’s breakfast menu is available from 3 – 11am daily at Swensen’s Changi Airport Terminal 2; and from 8-11am on weekends and PH at other outlets except Bukit Panjang Plaza, and Plaza Singapura.
Web www.swensens.com.sg

 48. Yun Nans

YUN NANS 云海肴 specialises in Yunnan ethnic highland cuisines and is well known for its steam pot chicken soup. Brewed in a handmade claypot, this uses a special breed of black-feet chicken to ensure a robust broth that has fans going back for more. It’s a wonderfully ‘bu’ (nourishing) kind of soup for everyone in the family! We used to worry that the food would be too spicy for little ones but there’s no need to be concerned: Yun Nans now has a kid-friendly menu with nourishing and nutritious items such as fruit and congee, specially for kids!

Where #02-217 Jewel Changi Airport; #03-07 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Tel 6908 3677 (Jewel); 6970 9891 (Westgate)
Opening Hours 10am – 10pm (Jewel); Mon – Fri, 11.30am – 10pm; Sat & Sun, 11am – 10pm (Westgate)
Web www.facebook.com/yunnanssg/

(See also: Long Weekends, Public Holidays, and School Holidays 2020: The Best Kid- and Family-Friendly Things to Do!)

Kid-Friendly dining in Singapore? Easy!

Did we miss your favourite kid-friendly restaurants and cafes? Let us know so we can add them in in order to let other parents and kids join in the eat-and-play fun. Just add them in the comments below, or email editor@singaporemotherhood.com Thank you!

Header image: Baker and Cook Dempsey
Featured image: Sky High Circus at CÉ LA VI

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