Having kids is pure joy, right up until the point they start to whine, cry and cause a scene in public. That’s right, nothing sucks the living joy out of a family outing quite like a tantrum-throwing child.
Dining out is inherently difficult if you have a kid that’s easily restless but it doesn’t always have to be a problem. All you need is something that’ll keep them occupied, for instance, an iPad with cartoons playing on loop (as per the norm nowadays), or better yet, a kid-centric menu with attractive yummies or even space for them to run wild and free.
Don’t own an iPad? Well, fret not mommies and daddies because here is our list of 15 restaurants and cafes in Singapore that are great for your little ones, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy family time through proper bonding.
Cafe Melba is a relaxed cafe and restaurant concept that blends the best of Melbourne and Asia, providing a gourmet yet casual dining experience. A temporary oasis away from the hustle and bustle, Cafe Melba caters plenty of events for both little ones and adults alike and the best part? Breakfast is served all day, every day, and don’t even get us started on their kid’s set menu which Includes fruit juice or plain milk as well as a choice of chocolate, strawberry or vanilla ice cream
Block N #01, 90 Goodman Road, 56
Tel: +65 6440 6068
CAF Clickafood is a new pastel-themed cafe by Boat Noodles and popular singer, Ang Juyang. The family-friendly cafe at 339 Upper Paya Lebar Road (near to Lorong Ah Soo) features 5 different menus including Korean, Local, Western, Thai cuisine and drinks at reasonable prices.
The cafe also uses pastel-coloured Yamatoya baby high chairs from Molco.
339 Upper Paya Lebar Rd
Tel: +65 6970 5077
No surprises here—Fresh Fruits Lab (FFL) is our favourite cafe in the East of Singapore. This has never changed since our first visit in 2015.
Keeping its core laboratory theme and incorporating fruits into its menu, FFL boasts a colourful, pastel interior that is both whimsical and photogenic. It is also a kid-friendly dining outlet with a play corner for your little ones as well as a low-salt kids menu that is so reasonably priced.
351 Changi Rd, Singapore 419818
Tel: +65 6677 6741
With a name like grub, one would naturally jump to the conclusion that these folks are all about greasy burgers, full-fat milkshakes and loaded fries. On the contrary, they’re all about creating gratifying food using only the freshest produce—that’s always a good thing especially for parents who only want the best for their children.
Nestled in Bishan Park, GRUB offers diners a beautiful view of the park and kids, an opportunity to head over to the nearby playground post-meal!
510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1
Tel: +65 6459 5743
How many of you immediately thought, “meatballs!”, the minute you saw the title? Popular for its canteen-style concept, IKEA is a great place to take your kids out to. With a kid-friendly menu and a play area for the little ones to run wild, this is one place that guarantees good family bonding on top of delicious food.
317 Alexandra Road
Tel: +65 6786 6868
Located within Village Hotel at Sentosa, Native Kitchen is a restaurant that celebrates the best of islander cuisine. As if its close proximity to exciting attractions such as the Palawan Pirate Ship, Universal Studios Singapore, The Merlion and Kidzania doesn’t already make it an ideal spot for family gatherings; the restaurant itself makes dining with your kids a whole lot easier!
Native Kitchen provides interactive menus which have puzzles and mazes for the kids to solve to keep them preoccupied while waiting for their food. What’s more, they also provide children’s utensils so moms and dads can save the hassle!
10 Artillery Avenue Sentosa Island
Village Hotel at Sentosa, Lift Lobby
Tel: +65 6722 0818
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
JONES THE GROCER
More than just a gourmet grocer, Jones The Grocer astounds with its massive spread of delectable nosh. Ideal for a brunch on weekends with the family, lunch or a quick coffee Jones the Grocer is a go-to for any meal. Their kids’ menu has also been tweaked to give little ones the vitamins and nutrients they need while remaining appetising above all.
#01-66/67, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Tel: +65 6820 0930
Set in a Swiss Alpine village, delight in a myriad of scrumptious dishes such as their delicious rostis—crispy on the outside, fluffy in the middle and served with a dollop of sour cream—or their super-thin wood-fired pizzas. Let your little rascals go wild at the children’s play area while you dine in peace and bring them back to enjoy their own free Picky Kids meal—available from Monday to Thursday with a minimum spend of S$60 in a single receipt.
3 Temasek Blvd, #01-612 to 614
Tel: +65 6337 3134
If you ever decide to bring your little ones to the airport to see aeroplanes, be sure to stop over at O’Coffee Club Xpress. The kids’ menu here is valid for children aged 12 and below and begin at only S$6.90 each and every item comes with a complimentary fruit juice! The icing on the cake? If you choose to order a sandwich or a pasta, your kids get their meal free!
65 Airport Boulevard, L2 LF1 Terminal 3
Tel: +65 6585 6369
If getting accepted into Hogwarts is a lifetime dream of your little one, then you—or rather they—have to know more about Platform 1094, a Harry Potter-themed cafe along Serangoon Road. Run by the same team behind Fresh Fruits Lab, Platform 1094 is where your (and your kids) wizard dreams come true. They serve up a slew of hearty yet whimsical dishes that will surely entice the little ones.
1094 Serangoon Road
Tel: +65 6204 6003
If you raised your child to love pizza and all things related to Italian food, you did a spot-on job. Specialising in gourmet, hand-made Italian pizza and a variety of hand-made pasta, Pizza Express is one of the best places to enjoy real-deal Italian pies. Bringing a pack of hungry children? Order up their Dough Balls Doppio to share!
7 Fraser Street, #01-01/02
Priding themselves on family-style Mexican cuisine, Super Loco offers diners fun, vibrancy underscoring the main attraction which is, sensational grub made using fresh ingredients. Brunch is available on weekends for those looking to indulge in a Mexican-themed brunch affair whereas kids get to enjoy their los ninos menu—their version of a kid’s menu—all throughout the week.
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13
Tel: +65 6235 8900
THE COASTAL SETTLEMENT
Surrounded by lush trees and endless sea of greenery, and filled to the brim with lots of retro memorabilia and knick-knacks from the good old days, dining at The Coastal Settlement is always a joy for both the young and the young at heart. Be sure to ask the staff to give you a tour of their many antiques—it’d be a good history lesson for the kids too.
Their menu boasts an array of local favourites but with a contemporary twist to them. Whether you’re a photographer, a cafe enthusiast, a nature lover or a mother of two, you’re bound to find something worth falling in love with—your kids too.
200 Netheravon Road
Tel: +65 6475 0200
A wildly popular all-day breakfast spot in Singapore, Wild Honey is famed for its menu of breakfasts from different parts of the world from freshly baked bagels to bacon and pancake-loaded American breakfast. What kid doesn’t like waking up to pancakes or waffles?
333A Orchard Road #03-02
Mandarin Gallery Singapore
Tel: +65 6235 3900