Top 10 Kid-Friendly Cafes
We’re very lucky in Singapore to be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. But despite what seems like a lifetime’s supply of cafes and restaurants in our city state, do you find yourself going back to the same one or two places. every. single. time?
Don’t be shy – we all do it!
Possibly because we know the staff. Maybe because they have toys and colouring-in sets. Probably because they have clean toilets and a functioning change table. Whatever the reason, we understand.
So we’ve decided to share with you our favourite kid-friendly cafes that might give you a reason to try somewhere new. And enjoy it!
Possibly the most kid-friendly café we know, Café Melba is a parents’ dream. Everyday from 3pm they have a bouncy castle, and 5-8pm they set up a little arts and crafts corner. They also have special deals like kids eat free on Mondays. The Goodman Arts Centre is also where NMSG hosts Artground Social on the first Friday of every month – just another reason to drop by this kid-centric café!
The pancakes are a reason alone to visit with or without kids!
The Fabulous Baker Boy is extremely kid-friendly with plenty of high chairs and colouring-in sets to go around. If you’re kids are old enough they can burn off their pancake-insfused-energy on the grass area right outside. Or if you have a baby/crawler, you can set out a picnic rug on the grass after your meal to enjoy the fresh air.
This café is a destination. There’s so much to do and see, you could very well spend a whole morning or afternoon here. The grounds are huge and a great space for children to explore the garden and all the wonderful things growing inside. There’s a green (for bowling, or yogarising, or barefoot wanderings), a sandpit and giant wooden cow playground. The café itself is bright, spacious and delicious.
Yummy, nutritious and healthy meals for big and little ones. Their Dempsey Hill outlet has a wonderful open space with outdoor play equipment, and their newly opened Robertson Quay outlet has big rocking unicorns for the kids, as well as the riverside to ride up and down. The staff at both outlets are amazingly friendly and wonderfully hospitable to children of all ages.
5. Kith Café
This one is probably a universal favourite among parents. Kith has 10 outlets in Singapore from the West Coast to Marina Square to Bukit Timah, but the favourites among the NMSG mums are the Robertson Quay, Millenial Walk and Marina Square outlets. All their outlets have something to keep the kids busy – a backyard swing set and slide, a box of toys or plenty of space for a scoot around. They also open super early (7am most outlets) which is a life safer for the parents of early risers!
A fun afternoon or evening out for the whole meat-loving family. Their specialty is roast (although they do have non-meat salad and sides, as well as fish), and is one of those special places you don’t have to compromise quality of food for a kid-friendly space. Seating is open and outdoor, and being located right next to the Kallang riverside means there’s plenty of space for the kids to scoot around. All family members, including pets, are very welcome here!
Spruce is a place to come for a laidback meal while your kids tire themselves out on the outside bouncy castle. For families that can dine out a little later (after 7.30pm), there is live music on Tuesdays through to Saturday, which consistently garners great reviews. Combined with their tasty comfort food, friendly staff and free parking , it’s worth making the effort to find this gem.
8. Simply Bread
This café isn’t like the others. It doesn’t have a sand pit, giant slides, a big playground, wide open green space, or a water park BUT the botanic gardens right opposite does.
Simply bread has delicious freshly baked bread, pastries, cooked breakfast and sandwiches, and their coffee is great. All items on their menu are very reasonably priced and can be ordered for take away. The café space isn’t enormous, but you can take your tasty treats over the road to the botanic gardens for a days’ worth of play!
This café is in the prime position right next to the indoor playground on level 5 of Paragon Shopping Mall. The menu is NZ-inspired and delicious and provides much-needed energy to tackle the surrounding baby and children’s shops!
10. Thyme @ Aliwal Arts Centre (formerly EatPlayLove Café)
This café is especially fantastic for arts-inclined children. One of the main attractions is the craft corner with free-flow craft materials for the kids. Let your children entertain themselves while you indulge in some of their tasty menu treats. The café is housed within the Aliwal Arts Centre.