These awesome child-friendly restaurants, cafes and bars in the city pay attention to the little ones so the entire family can relax and have fun on their day out
Taking the kids out for a meal can be a bit of a hair-pulling affair. Many restaurants in Singapore will provide child-friendly utensils and high chairs, but parents know too well that it’s not enough to keep the energetic rascals occupied and happy. In effort to make your lives a little easier, we have gathered a list of family-loving establishments in the city that comes with special kid menus (think fluffy pancakes and orange juices, play areas, activities, and changing facilities. It’s a big list we have here, and venues are sorted by area (central, east, west, north and south of Singapore) for easy navigation.
Early risers, head to this Robertson Quay outlet with your tribe (it opens from 7am!) for great coffee and decent grub. Busy bodies can scooter along the boardwalk. If you’ve got very small ones, introduce them to the toybox but mind where you step – this is a popular café for people with puppies.
Kith Cafe, #01-28 Watermark at Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238215, p. 6341 9407.
Call up your fellow parent legion! The casual vibe of Brussel Sprouts is great for big group gatherings, so feast on Belgian fare with friends while watching the littlies work up a sweat on the grass patch outside. Bonus? The moppets (aged 10 and below) eat free on weekends from the kids’ menu! Do make reservations ahead though, this place is mad popular on weekends.
Brussels Sprouts, #01-12, The Pier @ Robertson, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239013, p. 6887 4344.
We’ve long loved this breezy space tucked into the greenery of Phoenix Park. This very high-chair friendly establishment offers both indoor and outdoor dining but we particularly like the feel of the deck. A path from here leads down to a playground that the kids will love but best bring your coffee to sip if the kids need to be supervised as it’s a bit removed from the dining area. Actually, you could always change that drink to bubbles – you have the ability to upsize to a sparkling brunch. Don’t forget the bug spray.
Spruce,#01-01, 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588190.
For a delicious meal that will hit the spot for both kids and the grown-ups, our pick goes to Bella Pizza. The charming pizzeria in Robertson Quay not only lets you and the little ones munch on authentic Neapolitan thin-crust pizza, but also hearty calzones and Sicilian-style pizza boats. Besides getting their hands on the pizza, your kids will also be kept entertained with Bella Pizzas collection of children’s books. Psst… here’s a tip from us: Drop by for lunch on a weekday to enjoy set lunches that starts from $17 and includes a piadina (grilled Italian flatbread sandwich) or full 12-inch pizza.
Bella Pizza, #01-14, 30 Robertson Quay, Riverside View, Singapore 238251, p. 6734 0139.
The Bank Bar + Bistro
Kid-friendly dining in the CBD (we’re not kidding!) is a reality at the Bank Bar + Bistro. Trying their best (and succeeding, we think) to entice families into the city on weekends, not only do kids have their own menu that doubles as a colouring sheet – (crayons included!), they eat free with every main order by an adult. The biggest hit with the tots is probably the kid’s playroom equipped with padded floors, a selection of toys, and a never-ending screen of cartoons.
The Bank Bar + Bistro, #01-01 One Shenton, 1 Shenton Way, Singapore 068803, p. 6636 2188.
The White Rabbit is a superbly turned out restaurant settled under the towering beams of a deconsecrated Church. The hotel-esque style brunch features a selection of fine bubbly as well as refreshing cocktails. The menu contains indulgent treats including fresh oysters shucked on demand, the Wagyu Quarter Pounder and classic Dover Sole Meunière. The charming garden is a hit with little ones that have energy to burn. Down the rabbit hole!
The White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Singapore, 249541, p. 9721 0536.
Extra Virgin Pizza
For a different take on brunch – go for Extra Virgin Pizza. Artisanal pizzas are adorned with fun toppings like the Nutzilla – a Nutella, hazelnut and fruit delight topped with vanilla gelato (perfect for the tiny tots!); while the Salmon Scramble is everything delicious in the classic brunch dish coupled with sour cream, capers and Spanish red onion over a béchamel base. Nom nom.
Extra Virgin Pizza, #01-14 United Square Shopping Centre, 101 Thomson Road, Singapore, 307591.
Open Farm Community
Amongst beds of kale, thyme and Italian basil, you’ll find a huge kid’s sandpit with a wooden cow playground, a family grocer garden, a collection of quirky sculptures, a Common Man roasters coffee shop (the Farmacy) and a sprawling green (where you can bowl or get your yogi on). The kid’s menu is so healthy, fresh and inventive that you’ll happily scoff their leftovers.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, p. 6264 7960.
Eat Play Love
Situated in Kampong Glam, EatPlayLove is aptly vintage, whimsical and full of nostalgia. The café sells old-school Singaporean toys and snacks, and serves a mix of Thai and Western cuisine at affordable prices. But the main draw for your littlies (probably adults, who get a wider selection of more complicated crafts, too!) is the corner of the café dedicated to crafting – $5 gives each kid two hours of unlimited crafting. Definitely a place the kids will want to come back to!
Eat Play Love, #01-07 Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918, p. 6444 6400.
We love the technicolour decor, abundance of high chairs and brilliant brunch menu which includes super smoothies and treats for kids including ham and cheese enchiladas and pineapple crepes. Grown-ups can tuck into monster huevos rancheros and a sparkling sangria – much needed after keeping the kids in check, we reckon! Kids love running across the brightly coloured Art Bridge too after brunch – join the chase to work off those Mexican desserts!
Super Loco, #01-13 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252, p. 6235 8900.
Boomarang is a bit of an institution with the family breakfast crowd in Singapore. Not only does it serve good, honest Aussie food, but the kid’s menu is printed on a colouring-in sheet. The restaurant’s massive frontage means that it’s super roomy (plenty of pram parking space), and you’ll easily score a table outside with a view of the river. Make sure to bring your scooters for your kids to burn up all that excess energy.
Boomarang, #01-15 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore, 238252, p. 6738 1077.
Indian food typically doesn’t top our list when it comes to kid-friendly food, but Zaffron Kitchen features non-spicy and not-too-spicy alternatives for the littlies. The kids will keep themselves busy with a wooden playhouse, a kids’ kitchen and an array of wooden toys in the dedicated kids’ corner while parents linger over their meal together!
Zaffron Kitchen, 135 East Coast Road, Singapore 428820, p. 6440 6786.
Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill
Italian food is probably one of the kid-friendliest cuisines. Pair that with a friendly chef and a homey, unpretentious ambience, and just watch the kids lap it all up! Oh, did we mention that besides the extensive selection of food and wine (now we’re talking!), Bruno’s has a weekly specials’ menu? Well, at least this is one kid-friendly eatery you’ll never get bored of!
Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill, 338 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437110, p. 6440 4525.
Batter Fluffy Flaps
If you can’t find this place, just look out for the huge, cute sheep mascot at its front door. Better known as BFF, we just love the adorable (but not OTT) fixtures and décor of this restaurant, and so will the munchkins! Check out their kids’ menu, featuring beary cute pancakes with maple syrup, fresh berries, or bananas.
Batter Fluffy Flaps, 89 East Coast Road, #01-01, Singapore 428790, p. 64407071
Lots of space to run around? Check. Kid-friendly menu? Check. Big bouncy castle (on weekends)? Check. What’s in it for the parents, you ask? Well, besides the alone-time or spouse-time you’ll definitely be getting, this is wholesome, basic comfort food that includes wood-fired pizzas, all day brekkie, and pastas.
Café Melba, #01-5690 Goodman Arts Centre, Block N, Goodman Road, Singapore 439053
La Barca Ristorante and Wine Bar
At La Barca, kids have plenty to keep them occupied – an indoor playroom with a slide, toys and books (open only on weekends 10am-6pm), they can ride their scooters and play outside too! (Grateful) mums and dads get to kick back and relax over classic Tuscan food and a glass or two (or more, who’s counting?) of Prosecco.
La Barca Ristorante and Wine Bar, Block C, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053, p. 6346 5813.
Rice & Fries
Located deep in the suburbia, many customers are regulars or visit with a word-of-mouth recommendation. This small, unpretentious diner features friendly staff, a decent Western menu, and most importantly, wall-sized blackboards that will tickle the creativity of older tots endlessly. They might get a tad messy (oops!) with the coloured chalk, but that’s more than half the fun!
Rice & Fries, 484 Changi Road, Singapore 419896, p. 9738 6648.
Crab In Da Bag
This seafood boil operates on a simple concept that works marvellously. Toss shellfish, sides, and sauces into a transparent bag and voila! Tasty shellfish that you can eat with your hands – yep no cutlery needed! We see the light in your eyes as you realize why this is great for your little (messy) eaters.
Crab In Da Bag, #01-25 Big Splash, 902 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449874, p. 6440 0083.
The Garden Slug
Another quieter option on this list is The Garden Slug, which offers homely comfort food – expect big (ger) portions of Western food at a reasonable price. While they might not have as much of a set-up for the tots, the staff is really friendly to both kids and pets (yes, pets are welcome!). The cluster of pet shops around the restaurant will entertain the little ones too.
The Garden Slug, #01-59/61 Bright Centre, 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau, Singapore 425500, p. 6346 0504.
The Coastal Settlement
Situated in an ex-army barracks, the Coastal Settlement is great with high ceilings indoors, and patio seating outside. Enjoy the vintage charm over a cuppa while the little ones amuse themselves at the playground next to the patio. The service gets a little patchy on Sundays, so consider yourselves warned!
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529, p. 6475 0200.
How do you like your eggs in the morning? All morning, in fact, since Hatched dishes up all day. Within these yellow walls are eggs on plates in all shapes and forms, plus high-chairs, a bookshelf for readers across the ages and a menu catering for everyone, even non egg fans!
Hatched, 267 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278989, p. 6463 0012.
Pudding? This gem is tucked into the shopping mall at the back of HV, selling gelato, cakes and desserts and with tiny tables across the tiny mall’s matching tiny lobby, so the smalls can totter about on tiny sticky legs without going too far. Double scoop of Tiger Sorbet, please.
Island Creamery, 3 Lorong Liput, #01-02 Holland Village Shopping Mall, Singapore 277725, p. 6466 6865.
Da Paolo Pizza Bar
This branch of the well to-do Italian chain has a lovely covered area right on the sidewalk so you can park the loud shouty ones outside with no worries. Pizza or pasta is always popular, and with a great kids’ menu (including the never-ending pizza-designing contest) and a handy position next to the pet store you can promise good eaters a window-peek after dinner.
Da Paolo Pizza Bar, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-46, Singapore 278116, p. 6479 6059.
Oh come on, they ate all their dinner, and you secretly promised yourself one, didn’t you? We like to buy a round of Junior Scoops then grab a takeaway tub for later. Our favourites? Tough choice but if forced we’d say Chunky Peanut Butter or Kookie Monster for kids, Pur-Pearl Rice or Salted Mr Brown for grown-ups.
Daily Scoop, #01-78 Chip Bee Gardens, 43 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278115, p. 6475 3128.
Part of the skill of feeding kids promptly is just that: speed. If a quick fix is what you need, head to this chick-on-a-stick hangout, and it’s not just birds. There are pies, ribs, pork and a load of sides; smalls just love the creamy mash. The restaurant also delivers to offices and does a mean breakfast as well.
The Rotisserie, #01-06/07 Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive Singapore 138639, p. 6570 1448
Coffee, peace, a cool urban atmosphere, and a warm welcome for the younger generation: now that’s what we call a good ambience. Fall into this Australasian oasis for a mid-morning brew, pick the corner couch seat and let small monkeys climb the pillows while you catch up on messages or chinwag with friends. Bliss.
Jimmy Monkey, #01-05 One-North Residences, 9 One North Gateway, p. 6777 8470.
Just next door to Rochester Park in glamorous Star Vista Mall is this finger-lickin’ steak house, with all the usuals on a kids’ menu that’s also an activity drawing sheet. Drop your fries on the floor why don’t you, there’s plenty more, and free kids’ meals at weekends if you’re under eight (or under 120cm – one for every adult’s main meal, max two free meals per table).
Morganfield’s, #02-23 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, Singapore 138617, p. 6694 3635.
Food For Thought
Another dining spot in Botanic Gardens; you can go for the more innovative creations (such as French toast with fresh cream and spiced gula Melaka syrup) while the little ones tuck into something from the “Food for Tots” menu, like the nut and soy-free pancake with mixed berries. No need to rush your food either – there is a climbing frame outside for the kids and you can see them through the large glass windows.
Food for Thought, #B1-00 Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569, p. 6338 4848.
Tanjong Beach Club
Hit the shores for a balmy beach party worthy of the most devout sun worshippers. Tanjong Beach Club is the place to be seen with your mini-me, with offerings ranging from cool cocktails by the pool to the air-con confines where lobster omelettes, weekend fry-ups and bikini-clad champers champions hold court. Come for the food, stay for play in the pool, and dance in the sand to the island tunes.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942, p. 6270 1355.
At Picotin Express, you’ll have the chance to sit and enjoy the classic breakfast offerings in peace while your junior entourage happily roam the adjoining mini-golf course. The brunch menu is hearty with options like full English breakfast, American style pancakes and pain au chocolate. By night it’s more akin to a modern Italian bistro with an idyllic leafy surrounds. Picotin Express is a place you’ll come back to time and time again. It’s also perfect for a lazy Sunday evening dinner (when no-one wants to cook).
Picotin Express, 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore, 286966, p. 6877 1191.
This long-time favourite is located along the golden stretch of Sentosa’s Siloso Beach and is the ultimate in family chill time. This laid-baid beachfront bar is perfect for lounging mums and dads and sandcastle building little ones. Beers, cocktails and wine are all available. Don’t worry – you can still keep a close watchful eye on them to make sure they don’t dash off into the deep waters.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000, p. 6274 9668.
Kick back and relax with a delicious latte, or an all-day breakfast dish, as the little ones climb about the little play-area at Prive Cafe. Plus, everyone in the family can watch some of the world’s most expensive yachts leave and enter the marina. Kids will gobble up the Berry Banana Pancake Stack, and wash it down with a Babycinno (frothed milk)!
Prive Cafe, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382, p. 6776 0777.
Jamie’s Italian is a corker choice for a Sunday brunch with kids. As Jamie is an ambassador for kids healthy eating, our poppets will be chowing down on the most nutritious and delicious kid’s menu in town. Where possible it’s all free range and organic too! The Adult’s menu is all about rustic Italian comfort food. Easy like a Sunday morning.
Jamie’s Italian, #1,165-167 Vivo City, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, p. 6733 5500.
This place gets points for novelty factor. Get the kids involved in making their own breakfast with all of the fun and none of the clean-up. Each table comes with its own in-built hot plate so that you can mix, pour and cook hot cakes yourself. The idea is to choose a batter (5 types from chocolate to zucchini!), add some key ingredients like fruit, nuts or cheese and then layer with your topping of choice once cooked. Its lots of fun but be careful with little fingers obviously.
Slappy Cakes, #01-29 Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, p. 6795 0779.
Paradiso is the brainchild of the same folks that pioneered Cuban-themed restaurants in Singapore – Cuba Libre and Nueva Cuba. Paradiso’s kids’ menu features the typical fish and chips, chicken croquettes with wedges, cheese sticks, spaghetti meatballs and pizza. Come Sunday nights, Solomon, a magician specially engaged by the restaurant goes from table to table to astound even adults with the many tricks up his sleeves and keep your family rolling with laughter.
Paradiso, #01-03 Quayside Isle, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098375, p. 6694 5428.
Whisk and Paddle
Although a newbie to the café scene in Punggol, this massive open-air bistro provides tranquil views of the river and serves up a plethora of fantastic kiddy fare like macaroni and cheese, pulled pork soft tacos and Eggs Benedict Smoked Salmon served atop waffles. This 120-seater spacious riverside café leads down to Punggol Waterway where the littles can choose to ride a bike, jog or enjoy a morning stroll.
Whisk and Paddle, #01-01, 10 Tebing Lane, Singapore 828836, p. 6242 4617.
Just The Place
A cosy, warm and woody interior makes a great accompaniment to the European offerings on the menu. Save space for its pan-fried salmon steak with cream sauce and pilaf rice and lobster pasta. On a hot day, cool the kids off with an ice-cold mugs of apple ciders and orange juices whilst taking in the view of the straits at its outdoor dining area. A plus point: The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful to the littlies too!
Just The Place, 3 Punggol Point Road, #02-07/08, The Punggol Settlement, Singapore 828694, p. 6702 7370.
Ah Meng Restaurant @ Singapore Zoo
The best place to get egg on your face, Ah Meng Restaurant’s Jungle Breakfast features morning treats buffet-style among Singapore Zoo’s resident orang utans. Stay camera ready for those perfect morning moments before your own little animals are unleashed to roam wild among the rest of the lot. Adults: $29; Children: $19 (6-12 years old). Children under 6 eat for FREE. Rates exclusive of Zoo entrance.
Ah Meng Restaurant @ Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826, p. 6269 3411.
(Closed) Timbre @ Gillman
(Updated: this restaurant is closed) Besides offering sprawling green spaces, live music, kid-friendly grub, and fresh beer on tap, Timbre @ Gillman also holds the weekly Super Social BBQ – a fab, weekend family BBQ event which features fresh meats off the grill, craft activities for the kids, music workshops, and more. Tucked away in Singapore’s up-and-coming art area of Gillman Barracks, this spot will even expose your kids to art and culture with a visit to the nearby Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).
Timbre @ Gillman, Gillman Barracks, 9A Lock Road, Singapore 108926, p. 6694 4201.