Brunch is the most versatile, anything-goes, must-have meal of any good weekend. Besides who can resist a sneaky glass of champagne, especially when you’ve been up since dawn? We’ve put together our top picks of the best brunch places for families in Singapore. Get ready to join the brunch bunch mama, and make those reservations now, your family will thank you!
320 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247980
Tel: (+65) 6836 5528
Nestled in Phoenix Park, Spruce is a super-popular brunch spot with families, and rightly so. Kids love the shady outdoor playground (bring mozzie spray!) while parents sit back on the balcony, enjoying a cup of coffee in (relative) peace. Standard brunch fare rules here, with the stand out option being the freshly made breads and pastries. Reservations are recommended as we’ve encountered less than friendly staff on more than one occasion when we’ve tried to slip in without one.
51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
Tel: (+65) 6466 9819
Having firmly established itself as one of Singapore’s fave brunch spots, the Rider’s Café offers a winning combo of old world charm and comfort food. Dine in the leafy surrounds of the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, where kids can enjoy $10 pony rides (Sundays only), a session in the outdoor playground or watch the horses from the Café’s outdoor deck. Parents can enjoy a Bloody Mary (or two!) but best to call a few days in advance to book a table. Oh, and there’s no air con, so prepare to be a sweaty Betty!
60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Tel: (+65) 6738 1077
Serving the ultimate all-day breakfast, Boomarang is a family classic, opening from 7am on weekends – woo hoo early risers – with ample space along the River for kiddos to ride their scooters and burn off that post-breakfast energy. Highchairs, a separate kids’ menu and space for strollers complete the offerings for families. Mamas you’ll want to keep it to yourself that Boomarang also screens all the major sports events as you’ll want Dad to be on duty and chasing after the kids!
MAD: MODERN ASIAN DINER
#01-20/21 The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
Tel: (+65) 6466 3303
If you haven’t yet been convinced as to the new “pretty awesome” status of The Grandstand (the armpit previously known as Turf City), perhaps MAD can convince you. It’s a bakery-cum-tapas-bar-cum-dim-sum-joint, which sounds like it couldn’t possibly work, but somehow does. For weekend brunch (especially post-zoo), you can’t beat it. Sure, the dim sum is only OK (though special shout-out to the baked pork buns!) but there’s a large selection, you order via iPad, the food comes super-quickly and there are high chairs and kids’ crockery. Plus, parking is free, and there’s a little shop attached to the resto with some pretty nifty stuff for cool kids.
PS. CAFÉ AT HARDING
28B Harding Road, Singapore 249549
Tel: (+65) 9070 8782
PS. Café serves up an extensive brunch menu in the heart of the Dempsey area (until 6:30pm too!). Dining on the outdoor deck overlooking the huge lawn area is the nicest part about eating here (the ambience is lovely) as well as the dessert, the handmade cakes are their specialty — you’ve been warned mama! Be prepared to get there early (no reservations are taken for brunch) and take your time; service staff can be slow, and with no highchairs (booster seats only) it’s best for older kids (or the visiting in-laws!).
JONES THE GROCER
Block 9, #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697
Tel: (+65) 6476 1512
Jones the Grocer’s Dempsey outpost offers a relaxed space for families to enjoy weekend brunch, with long communal tables perfect for larger groups (and with enough space to leave napping babies in strollers). Friendly staff make even the youngest patrons feel welcome, and with a kid’s menu, highchairs and even crayons for colouring, there’s plenty on offer that little ones can enjoy (like Mama’s coconut pancakes with ice-cream!). The coffee here is also yum and will have you ordering at least a second round. Without a booking you could be in for a lengthy wait if you get there after 10am.
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block C, East Coast, Singapore 439053
Tel: (+65) 6346 5813
Delivering authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of the Goodman Arts Centre, La Barca is a lovely little spot for a late weekend brunch with the fam. Although the menu is fairly standard, La Barca’s real strength lies in their children’s entertainment (because we all know the longer the kids are entertained the longer we can linger over our meals). An indoor playroom with toys and books, and an outside area for kids on bikes or scooters, leaves plenty of time to indulge in a glass (or two, or three) of free flow prosecco. Cheers to that! Brunch only available from 11am-2:30pm.
Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Resort and Spa, 101 Siloso Road, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098970
Tel: (+65) 6371 1966
With the stunning backdrop of the South China Sea you can’t beat Sunday lunch at Barnacles. Parents can work their way through the buffet – hello freshly shucked oysters! – while the kids are entertained by the resident magician, Captain Dazzle, with his magic performance and balloon sculpting show (starts at 1pm). Finish off the day with complimentary access to the resort’s swimming pool, with waterslide for the little (and big) kids. Lunch is available from 12noon to 3pm.
2 Keppel Bay Vista, Keppel Island, Singapore 098382
Tel: (+65) 6776 0777
Casual chic meets modern cool at Privé, the waterfront dining destination, where the kids can settle in for a session of yacht-gazing (we’ll leave the swooning for mama). Attentive and friendly staff help families feel welcome, and with an all-day-breakfast menu of simple comfort food, Prive is worth the extra effort required to get there (it can be tricky to get a taxi home!). There is space for young ones to scooter or bike ride, a small outdoor playground, and a special children’s menu, so families with little ones are very well catered for.
MELT – THE WORLD CAFÉ
4th Floor, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797
Tel: (+65) 6338 0066
Every Sunday from 12 noon to 3pm, Melt hosts a decadent champagne brunch, with jet-fresh seafood, handmade pasta, foie gras, fresh sushi and sashimi, a BBQ on the alfresco terrace, plus a wide range of Asian, Western and Indian dishes. Not cheap at $138++ per person, you can argue the price is worth it to let the children play in The Little Fan Land – a supervised playroom complete with children’s buffet, cartoons, toys and art activities – perfect if your Saturday night was a little too much fun mama!
L1-85, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay, Singapore 018972
Tel: (+65) 6688 7600
Classic brunch eats, fantastic bay views and alfresco dining are all on offer at this popular Australian bistro at Marina Bay (near the ArtsScience Museum). Open from 8am, and with highchairs, a children’s menu plus colouring sheets for busy bees, and lots of outside space for kids on bicycles, South Coast is a charming little spot for an early breakfast. They even make a “Mummy Smoothie” (rum and banana) — the perfect end-of-the-week cheeky indulgence for busy mamas.
Shangri-La Hotel, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Tel: (+65) 6213 4275
A brunch that can cure a thousand woes is what you’ll find at The Line: 16 culinary stations serve everything from fresh seafood and sashimi, to handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas, to name just a few. With champagne for the grown ups, and children’s entertainment to keep the littlies busy, this is one brunch buffet to put on your ultimate Sing to-do list. Be warned though, such indulgences come at a price; it’s an expensive one. Gulp.
90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053
Tel: (+65) 6440 6068
Dine under shady trees and let the kids run freely on the outdoor green field at East Coast’s Café Melba, a laid-back Australasian fusion restaurant in the Goodman Arts Centre. Dishing up brunch classics, gourmet coffee and high-end teas, the communal dining creates a lovely space for family and buddies to share some nosh. Open from 8:30am, you’ll want to get there earlier if possible so you can snag a table on the terrace.
DIN TAI FUNG
Various outlets around Singapore
For a quick, casual (and wallet-friendly!) brunch that’ll keep the kiddos happy (usually smiling from ear to ear with pork juice dribbling down their chin!), you can’t beat heading to this Taiwanese export for some of their juicy and delicious Xiao Long Bao. With high chairs, plastic cutlery and speedy service, it might not be as chic as some of our other picks, but when you head to DTF it’s bish bash bosh, brunch done!
JUNGLE BREAKFAST AT THE ZOO
Ah Meng Restaurant, Singapore Zoo, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Tel: (+65) 6360 8560
Fam-friendly dining doesn’t get much better than eating your breakfast with the Orangutans at the Singapore Zoo! Let the kids get up close with the wildlife (who can let the opportunity to touch a python slide?) and get ready for those photo opp’s. While the buffet is average at best, it’s all about the animal encounter experience! The programme is only from 9-10:30am, so be there early so you can get in and out before the heat of the day really settles in.
8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216
Tel: (+65) 6636 7629
Situated at the quiet end of Robertson Quay, pull up a seat at the humungous wooden dining table and order yourself a cappuccino mama – the coffee is yummo! Plenty of space inside for strollers, a small basket of toys for little ones and highchairs for small diners, ensures families are more than welcome… just make sure you snap up a table inside as the limited shade outside can make outdoor dining unbearably hot (and we all know that leads to grumpy rugrats).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, #B1-00, Singapore 259569
Tel: (+65) 6479 1080
Following the success of their 8Q location, Food for Thought at the Botanic Gardens delivers with a fantastic location and enormous space. The playground is the biggest draw for those with young children and the outside tables are always popular. There are kids meal sets and colouring sheets, but we’ve been disappointed with long queues and slow service during peak hours. Pack the sunscreen too as the playground is in full sun during the middle of the day!
341 River Valley Road, #01-03, Singapore 238372
Tel: (+65) 6836 5286
A bouncy castle, a playground and an open field for children to run around, plus an Italian-inspired brunch menu (pass the prosecco!) keeps the crowd happy at La Villa each Sunday. Hidden away in the Old River Valley Primary School, La Villa is a rare quiet space in a bustling city, and has a certain rustic charm. Call ahead for a reservation and book yourself an alfresco table to ensure you stay close enough to the kiddies.
THE KITCHEN TABLE
W Hotel, 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098374
Tel: (+65) 6808 7288
The super-trendy W Hotel thrills with its interactive buffet concept – live cooking stations that will keep young ones enthralled as they watch the chefs whip up fab treats! The Kitchen Table scores bonus points for its cozy kitchen-like ambience and balloon sculptor, and fab Sentosa Cove location. Pack the swimmers for post-buffet paddling in the pool. Buffet lunch is served from 12 noon to 4pm each Sunday.
TANJONG BEACH CLUB
120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942
Tel: (+65) 9750 5323
Enjoy brunch on the beach at this super cool bar-meets-beach-club. Mama and Papa can order a drink, the kids can build sandcastles, and everyone can refresh with a swim in the infinity pool. Call ahead and book a cabana (brunch menu from 10am-4pm) if you plan to make a leisurely day of it. Saturdays tend to be better for families too, as Sundays are popular amongst the young and trendy (not that you’re not young and trendy mama, but, um, you know what we mean!).
THE KNOLLS RESTAURANT
Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297
Tel: (+65) 6377 8888
Feed the fam at Capella Singapore, and indulge in a Sunday buffet brunch of fresh salads, seafood and tapas, with free flow champagne for the ‘rents ($168++ per person, starts 12:30pm). Staff are friendly and helpful and with a terrace that looks over the tiered infinity pools and the South China Sea, the view is hard to beat.
CRYSTAL JADE GOLDEN PALACE
Various, but we like the one at: Paragon Shopping Centre, #05-22, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Tel: (+65) 6734 6866
Take the kids for Dim Sum at Crystal Jade and immerse them in a hands-on dining experience of steamer baskets and chopsticks – besides, who doesn’t love Pork Buns and Xiao Long Bao? Reward good behaviour (as if!) with a session on the small playground located just outside the front entrance.
THE COASTAL SETTLEMENT
200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Tel: (65) 6475 0200
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore, look no further than The Coastal Settlement. Lending a rustic charm to this cavernous restaurant is the old-world memorabilia, the background melodies and the low-hanging chandeliers. But it’s not all about the looks mama — their menu is stuffed with finger-licking, tummy-rubbing delicious food plus they have a small playground outside for the youngsters! Sassy Mama Tip: If you’re heading there for weekend brunch make sure to get there very early as they don’t take reservations for parties of less than 10 people and service can get patchy if they’re slammed!