Check out all our fave kid-friendly cafés and restaurants in Singapore with playgrounds, healthy kids’ menus and more
Eating out and looking for the best kid-friendly cafés and restaurants in Singapore where kids can run wild nearby or hit the playground before your meal? We’ve already lined up all the places in Singapore where kids eat free but you’d be surprised just how many restaurants and cafés in town offer some kind of kids’ play area, whether that be access to sand, a lawn or a proper playground!
NB: Due to Covid-19, some F&B establishments have had to close their playgrounds (we have mentioned this where possible but do note situations change, so always check with your chosen restaurant first before heading down).
Many of these kid-friendly restaurants offer kids’ activity packs and great children’s meals, plus we make special mention of those offering healthier alternatives to the standard processed nuggets and chips. What constitutes a stroller-friendly restaurant really depends if you are happy al fresco or not, so we only mention if a resto stands out as especially unfriendly (lots of steps) or is super great for prams. Keep scrolling for our round-up of all the best places in Singapore to take the family for a meal — where kids are welcome and there’s something special to make it kid- or baby-friendly!
— Playground or Play area
— Healthy Kids’ Menu
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Part of the Kids21 family and the COMO Dempsey lifestyle enclave, The Pantry is the newest family-friendly restaurant in Dempsey. The big excitement here is the playground next to Kids21 (that used to be Maggie & Rose) is now open to diners at The Pantry for free! Smaller kids and toddlers may find the treehouse-style playground too difficult to access so there’s also some play equipment right next to the alfresco seating at The Pantry where parents can keep a close eye on kids. Foodwise, look out for their woodfired pizzas and comfort food like Cottage Pie and brownies.
The Pantry, Block 16A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677, Tel: (+65) 8121 5763, www.kids21club.com/thepantry
The whole family will be satisfied at this family-owned brewery cum restaurant set in an old British Army Barrack in Dempsey. There is a lovely green garden where the kids can let off some steam, airy interiors, and alfresco dining (you can even bring your furkids!). Go for lunch or dinner midweek or enjoy weekend brunch. Sit back and enjoy a pint brewed by the team at RedDot Brewhouse while the kids enjoy plenty of fun activities such as kids cooking classes, face painting, balloon sculpturing. There’s also usually the chance to catch fish from the pond but this is currently on pause during the pandemic. The menu spans appetizers to tapas, pasta, pizza, burgers, steak and desserts and there’s a kids’ menu too featuring French toast with fruit and maple syrup, Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce and Homemade cake and cookies.
RedDot Brewhouse, 25A Dempsey Road 247691 Singapore, www.reddotbrewhouse.com.sg
Huber’s Bistro in Dempsey has one of the loveliest shady playgrounds near a restaurant for kids (currently closed until further notice due to pandemic). The play area is right next door to Huber’s Bistro (surrounded by a safety fence) and comes complete with swings, helter-skelter slide, climbing areas and a smaller slide. The bistro offers great Swiss-German beer and food (prepared with the great product from the butchery next door). Huber’s Bistro makes the perfect location to bring the fam for a lazy weekend brunch or early dinner. Try their Charcuterie Platter of Parma, San Daniele, Salami and Mortadella ($14.80) or the 21 Day Dry-Aged Burger ($19.50). They do breakfast on the weekends like Croissant, Home Baked Ham and Coffee for $8.50 plus great sausage dishes; Weisswurst (Bavarian sausage), Pretzel, Sweet mustard and Beer for $11. There’s also some space for prams if parked al fresco.
Kids’ Menu: There’s no kids menu but you can order from the famous Sausage Menu; a pair of Wienerli and potato salad (you can swap this for fries) is a modest $7.90 or smaller child’s portion is $5. Do note, though, that Huber’s Bistro doesn’t open on a Monday and not until 11am on weekdays (9:30am weekends).
Huber’s Bistro, 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679, Tel: (+65) 6737 1488, www.hubers.com.sg
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The new Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza at the corner of Loewen Road (in the space formerly occupied by MOCA) is so popular thanks to its awesome little kids wooden playground, a first for Baker & Cook! On the playground you’ll find a bouncy swing, little treehouse, ship, and ride-ons, along with tonnes of green space perfect for running around and getting the wiggles out.
Baker & Cook and Plank Sourdough Pizza, 30C Loewen Road, Singapore 248839
Carrotsticks and Cravings is a healthy café and deli perched in Loewen Gardens near Dempsey. It’s a hit with preschoolers and mamas alike thanks to the wooden playground with slide and trampoline. They serve Turmeric Lattés and healthy, refined sugar-free dishes. Kids’ dishes include a Sourdough toastie with ham and cheese plus berries ($10), a picnic style pack of Hummus, veg crudites, bread, cheese and popcorn ($13); smoothies; and gluten-free pancakes ($14). Only outdoor seating.
Carrotsticks & Cravings
Dempsey: 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845 Loewen Road, Singapore 248845, Tel: (+65) 8128 9926
Robertson Quay: 7 Rodyk Street, #01-34, Singapore 238216, (+65) 8128 9326 carrotsticksandcravings.com
Colbar at Portsdown offers some old school Colonial charm – it’s a casual rustic style kopitiam café set in lush greenery and the big draw here is the abundant open space for kids to run around or kick a football about right in view of the al fresco seating. The food is casual British pub fare with some Asian dishes thrown in, and all affordable enough to not warrant a separate kids’ meal — think chicken curry and rice ($11), Sausage Sandwiches ($7) and Omelette and chips all washed down with copious beer (for mama and papa only, obviously).
Colbar, 9A Whitchurch Road, Singapore 138839, Tel: (+65) 6779 4859, www.facebook.com/pages/ColBar
PS.Cafe is a perennial family favourite and notorious for weekend brunch. There’s no play area as such but there is an open rolling lawn in front of the al fresco seating area so the kids can scramble into the jungle while the adults chow down on hearty salads, pasta dishes, those famous truffle fries, burgers and huge slabs of cake. No kids’ menu here and only booster chairs (as opposed to full high chairs).
P.S. Cafe @ Harding Road, 28b Harding Road, Singapore 249549, Tel: (+65) 6708 9288 www.facebook.com/PS.Cafe
Oh how we love TBB Safari in Dempsey (part of the Tiong Bahru Bakery brand)! This safari-style glamping café is pitched in front of sister resto Open Farm Community. TBB Safari is open for early risers from 8am and offers Common Man Roasters coffee and amazing pastries, healthy breakfast bowls and sandwiches (though no specific kids’ menu). There is a 3,000 square foot garden of edible plants to roam through, and a sand pit with preschooler play equipment. Bring mozzie spray! There’s plenty of space for strollers (al fresco but lots of portable aircon blowers).
TBB Safari, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, www.tiongbahrubakery.com
Open Farm Community is set in the same lush green edible garden as TBB Safari (see above). It shares the same kid-friendly sand pit play area though it’s not visible from the seating area. Indoors is glam enough to attract the tai tai crowd (though acoustics can be noisy so watch those yelling toddlers), and there’s some seating outdoors, too. On the dedicated kids’ menu there’s not a nugget or chip in sight — instead think posh kids’ nosh (priced accordingly) like open-faced Bolognese Lasagna or Rustic Fish Pie with fresh thyme from the garden.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306, www.openfarmcommunity.com
Pizza in the park? This spot screams family-friendly with every kid’s fave meal after a ramble in the Botanics. Peperoni Pizzeria is part of the award-winning Les Amis Group, and has been going strong since the first Peperoni at Greenwood in 2004. Wood-fired pizzas and traditional pastas draw families here but it’s the kid-friendly atmosphere that keeps people coming back. Peperoni Pizzeria also holds pizza-making parties for kids, which sounds like a fabulous way to treat little foodies (and means no mess at home!).
Kids Menu: Peperoni Kids’ Meals are at $14 for a pasta or kids-sized pizza with a soft drink/juice, and scoop of ice cream. Just ask for a colouring kit for your little ones to colour in.
Peperoni @ Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, Singapore 259569, Tel: (+65) 6467 7326. Check website for details on all 7 locations in Singapore, www.peperoni.com.sg
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When the original Food For Tots inside Botanics relocated we were pretty sad… but happily they are now in Jacob Ballas (see below). There’s a padded playground outside (currently closed due to the pandemic). No kids’ menu, but a huge variety of reasonably-priced halal Western and Asian fare like Nasi Lemak with Chicken ($8) and Malay Mee Rebus ($7.30).
Fusion Spoon, Tanglin Gate, 1 Cluny Road, Botany Centre #B1-00 Singapore 259569, www.facebook.com/fusionspoonatbotanicgardens
If you are out at the Botanics with the little ones, Bee’s Knees is the place to make a beeline to for a coffee (they open at 8am!) or a bite to eat. The kids’ menu is $18 and includes a main like pasta or pizza, a juice and chocolate cookie. Outdoor seating only (prams can be parked nearby).
Bees Knees, 50 Cluny Park Road Singapore Botanic Gardens Singapore 257488, Tel: (+65) 9831 1106, www.thegarage.sg
With a prime position right inside UNESCO World Heritage site Botanic Gardens’ Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Food For Tots is one extremely kid-friendly café! The kids’ menu has plenty of affordable options for kids under 10 – from Yogurt and Fruit bowls ($6) to DIY Beef Burgers ($8), pancakes and babycinos at $2.50. The café is right next door to the sand play area. Closed on Mondays (as is Jacob Ballas).
Food For Tots, 1H Cluny Road, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Food For Tots Café, #01-K1, Singapore 259569, Tel :(+65) 6338 4848, www.foodforthought.com.sg
House-made pizza and mini golf? You can see why Picotin Express at Green Fairways is so popular with families! This casual restaurant is perched on the edge of a 9-hole golf course where older kids or adults can practise their drive. There’s also a 36-hole outdoor mini golf (currently closed until further notice due to pandemic) next door that is part of Picotin (additional charges apply) which makes this a great choice for birthday parties too! After golf relax with a glass of wine ($14) or a Happy Hour Beer from $7 before choosing from the dinner menu (everything from steak to pizza). Also see the listing below for Picotin Express East Coast.
Kids’ menu: kids can tuck into the kids’ menu ($15) of pizza, pasta or sausage and chips with a drink and scoop of ice cream.
Picotin Express, 60 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286966, www.picotin.com.sg
This casual (no aircon but plenty of strong ceiling fans) cafe serves brunch of eggs and pancakes as well as salads and comfort food. There is no play area on site (and note that it’s on the second level so not ideal with strollers due to the steps), but it remains popular with families on the weekend thanks to its proximity to the kids’ pony rides at the Saddle Club.
Rider’s Cafe, 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965, Tel: (+65) 6466 9819, www.riderscafe.sg
Looking for affordable family-friendly Japanese food in Singapore? Check out 9 different Japanese restaurants at itadakimasu by PARCO, all under one roof at 100AM Mall. There’s everything from premium sushi at Numazu Uogashizushi, to gyoza, crispy fried tonkatsu, shabu shabu, slurpy ramen at Ramen Keisuke Tori King and dry ramen at Menya Kokoro. Yakiniku Heijoen specialises in grilled Japanese Kuroge Wagyu beef and offers exceptional value on buffet meals for kids under 12. Kids love the “gravity defying” soft serve made using premium Japanese milk for a rich creamy ice cream at Emma – you can turn these soft serves upside down and the ice cream won’t slip or fall – isn’t that the ultimate toddler dessert?
itadakimasu by PARCO, 100 Tras Street, 100AM Mall Level 2 & Level 3, Singapore 079027, www.parcoitadakimasu.com
Casual restaurant Little Creatures offers beers on tap and good Aussie fare. It’s open from 8am so great for parents with early risers for brekkie. There’s ample seating and to keep older kids happy, there’s a fun selection of board games. The kids’ menu is $19 and fresh fruits are brought to your table as soon as kids order (goodbye, whining!). There’s a choice of mains like pizza, chicken wrap or burgers, ice cream and a drink plus colouring pencils and word games on the kids’ menu.
Little Creatures, Mohamed Ali Lane 36 Club Street, Singapore 069469 www.littlecreatures.sg
Love cute bears? Everything on the menu at Sumikkogurashi x Kumoya Cafe features adorable kawaii characters. There’s burgers, rice, noodles desserts, not to mention their giant bear cotton candy! There is also a tatami room available for a private dining experience. Make sure to book ahead, as we heard tables get snapped up quickly and they may not accept walk-ins.
Rilakkuma x Kumoya Cafe, 181 Orchard Road, #04-08, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896, www.facebook.com/kumoyasingapore
Kind Kones at kids’ mall Forum dishes out all-natural vegan ice cream free from dairy, refined sugar, soy, gluten, and other artificial additives. A cute kids’ colouring station with a free book exchange is handy to keep the kids busy while mama queues and there is a small dine-in area, too.
Kind Kones, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road B1-27, Singapore 238884, www.kindkones.com
No kids’ play area here but this spot is popular with families thanks to the great kids’ meals and activity packs, plus it’s a fun place to celebrate birthdays as the staff sing Happy Birthday and you get a free birthday dessert on your big day.
Hard Rock Café, 50 Cuscaden Road, HPL House #02-01, 249724 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6235 5232, www.hardrockcafe.com/location/singapore
Given Jamie Oliver is a health ambassador you can expect the kids’ menu at Jamie’s Italian to be nutritious and balanced. Priced at $12, every kids’ meal is served with a fresh shake-me salad and a drink of choice — unlimited fruity water or choose from a glass of milk or fruit juice. Children’s meals range from Margherita sourdough pizza with 7-veg sauce to fish stew or burgers with sweet potato fries instead of regular fries. Plus there’s colouring sheets and crayons to keep little tykes happy. Stroller-friendly!
Jamie’s Italian, 583 Orchard Road, #01/01-04 Forum, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6655 7676, www.jamieoliver.com
Marché is a food court-style Western restaurant where you can watch your meal being cooked in the open kitchens. Children under 10 years old can have a kids’ meal which includes a main of rösti, pizza or pasta plus a glass of juice or soft drink, a fun size ice-cream cone and a fun surprise. Multiple locations including 313 Somerset, Suntec and Vivocity.
Marche, multiple locations see website for address, www.marche-movenpick
All these spots on Rob Quay have ample space to scoot along the river and most are stroller-friendly so you can park prams alongside your table if you choose the alfresco seating.
Three Buns by Potato Head is perched right next to the new mini playground on Rob Quay so the kids can play before chowing down on grass-fed Australian burgers. Mama and dad will be happy with The Bun DMC ($16) or locally inspired Red Man Burger ($28), while kids’ meals ($14) include mini beef burgers or a hot dog and a portion of fries with a little milkshake on the side.
Three Buns Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Singapore 238252, www.threebuns.com
Ever popular Mexican Super Loco in Robertson Quay offers friendly service and a kids’ menu including ham and cheese quesadillas (great with a side of guacamole and corn on the cob!). Super Loco does a kids’ menu on the weekends (with colouring pencils) for Eggs & Soldiers ($7), Avo & Tomato Toast ($7), and Chicken Tacos ($6) plus a fresh fruit plate as a dessert option ($6). They also offer lots of fun and free themed kids’ activities geared around holidays like Easter, Dios de Los Muertos and New Year’s.
Super Loco, The Quayside,60 Robertson Quay #01-13, Singapore 23825, Tel: (+65) 6235 8900, www.super-loco.com
Les Bouchons, known for their Grilled Black Angus Rib Eye Steak ($39.80) with salad and free flow homemade French fries, has moved right beside the playground at Rob Quay. Kids will be happy with Nutella crepes ($8), or from the kids’ menu the mini Cheeseburger or Savoury Crepes ($12) both come with a juice. There are also a few toddler playthings put out on the weekend (but no shade cover over the play area, so bring your hats!).
Les Bouchons, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-02, Singapore 238252, Tel: (+65) 6733 4414, www.lesbouchons.sg
Boomarang opens for brekkie at 7am so that’s a big plus in any parent’s book! The kids’ menu meals (printed on a colouring-in sheet) are all at $9 and range from French Toast with berries, Bacon and Eggs with Toasted fingers for breakfast to Chicken Schnitzel and Mac & Cheese for lunch or dinner. It’s popular with families, cyclists and groups of people watching sports on the big screen.
Boomarang, 60 Robertson Quay, 01-15 The Quayside (+65) 67381077, www.boomarang.com.sg
On the weekends there’s a bouncy castle (currently closed until further notice due to pandemic) on the patio of District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square. There’s al fresco seating, too so you can enjoy your Italian meal of pizza or pasta while the kids burn off some steam in view.
District 10 Bar & Restaurant, 81 Clemenceau Ave, UE Square Shopping Mall, #01-15/16/17, Singapore 239917, Tel: (+65) 67384788, www.district10.com.sg
Señor Taco has a lovely location in Chijmes with a small lawn out front where kids can run around and sit on bean bags while parents order food. There’s a kids’ menu offering Mexican bites (on a kids’ worksheet) at $14 for nachos, quesadillas, a scoop of ice cream scoop and a drink. On Sundays there’s usually an activity corner for kids with someone helping children make slime or do other activities ($5 per child) – this is not on offer due to the pandemic – do call ahead to check when it may be available.
Señor Taco, 30 Victoria Street, #01-19,CHIJMES, Singapore 187996, www.senortaco.sg
Within a shopping mall you probably won’t find a playground or bouncy castle, but if you’re visiting ArtScience Museum or attending a musical at MBS, these are our top kid-friendly picks:
SweetSpot at ArtScience Museum
SweetSpot at ArtScience Museum is the only cafe inside the museum (at the entrance) and offers a good spot to grab a coffee or wholesome dish like a salad bowl. They have a kids menu and treats like frozen yoghurt so it’s a hit with kids pre or post a trip to the FutureWorld exhibition.
SweetSpot, Lobby, ArtScience Museum, Tel: (+65) 6688 5555, www.marinabaysands.com/restaurants/sweetspot.html
Black Tap (L1-80) is a popular spot with kids thanks to their amazing crazy milkshakes (at around $22 apiece – and over 1,000 calories – these are best shared!). You’ll also find a good selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads (no dedicated kids’ menu, though).
Din Tai Fung (#B2-63) is ubiquitous (with locations all over the island), and always a crowd pleaser with their award-winning dumplings and kid-friendly basics like buns and fried rice. There’s not a separate kids’ menu, but they do offer high chairs, booster seats, and adorable kids’ dining sets and cutlery with their cute little dumpling mascot.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (L1-82/B1-07) is a must for anyone who loves fried chicken, though their burgers and other BBQ delights are equally delicious. Their kids’ menu serves up mini versions of their most popular dishes, including a fried chicken drumstick, a crispy chicken biscuit, a little burger, and mac & cheese. Kids’ meals are priced between $12-$16 and come with a choice of drink and a scoop of homemade ice cream. Kiddos will also receive crayons and colouring sheets, and tend to love the classic rock tunes blaring on the stereo.
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972
While there’s no playground here as such, all these casual seaside spots offer al fresco seating where you can feel the sand between your toes where the kids can make sandcastles or splash in the waves before your meal.
Coastes is a massive hit with families thanks to the easy-going casual atmosphere where dogs and kiddos are welcome. There’s plenty on the menu for kids from waffles and fruit platters to hearty mains (meat sourced from Huber’s) but the big draw is the proximity to the sea and those beach beds ($20 hire).
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-05 Sentosa, Singapore 099000, Tel: (+65) 6274 9668, www.coastes.com
Trapizza, the casual Italian resto on Siloso Beach and part of Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa offers pizzas while the kids play in the water play area nearby, run on the beach or explore Nestopia, the nearby kids’ playground ($18 per hour on weekends).
Trapizza, 10 Siloso Beach Walk, 098995, Tel: (+65) 6376 2662, www.shangri-la.com/singapore
Ola Beach Club is a few beach beds down from Coastes bang on the sandy beach with the benefit of a small pool (as of July 2020, not in use) where kiddos can cool off. For older kids there are plenty of water sports on offer here, from kayaking to paddle boards, banana boats or jetblade thrills in the sea. Check out our full review of Ola Beach Club!
Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099005, www.olabeachclub.com
Enjoy brunch on the beach at this bar-meets-beach-club where kids can play in the sand and sea. Older kids will be happy with playing frisbee and there’s a pool too. Call ahead and book a cabana (brunch menu from 10am-4pm) if you plan to make a leisurely day of it.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942, Tel: (+65) 9750 5323, www.tanjongbeachclub.com
FOC Beach Club
Another popular beach spot thanks to the pool and access to prime beach for the whole family (dogs too) at FOC the Spanish inspired beach restaurant by the same peeps behind PIM PAM and FOC Hong Kong Street.
FOC Beach Club, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098943 Sentosa Singapore, www.focsentosa.com/
Wheelers Estate (sister of Wheeler’s Yard in Balestier) does breakfast, Australian style steaks, fish and chips and burgers, as well as picnics in their lovely outdoor garden. There’s a fab playground nearby where kids can swing and play in view of parents sitting out on the lawn. It gets pretty hot after 10am so consider walking over to the shaded viewing deck nearby to spot some planes taking off or landing!
Wheeler’s Estate, 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, 798386 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6262 0001, www.wheelersestate.com
Arbora Hilltop Garden and Bistro at the top of Mount Faber is a lovely casual restaurant surrounded by the lush greenery and tranquillity of Mount Faber Peak – it’s at the top of the hill 100 metres above sea level so the views are stunning! The menu is a mix of Western classics and Asian delights, refreshing craft beers and botanical-inspired drinks. Don’t miss the ‘Flower Pot Surprise’ dessert (we will say no more!). What makes it super kid-friendly is the experience of dining somewhere where you can take the Singapore Cable Car to reach your destination at the peak! Before or after your meal you can walk over to Faber Point and Henderson Waves (or even all the way over to Hort Park) for a whole afternoon of exploring!
Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro, 109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203, www.onefabergroup.com/restaurant/arbora-hilltop-garden-bistro/
Nautical themed Bayswater Kitchen, complete with a boat-inspired bar, boasts a prime position on Keppel Bay overlooking the yachts and makes a lovely spot for al fresco dining. Foodwise there’s a kids menu with staples like Fish & Chips. There’s a new playground near the alfresco seating for younger kids while older kids will love the room at the back sporting a beautiful ping pong table and a foosball table (currently closed due to the pandemic). There’s indoor seating and some space for prams.
Bayswater Kitchen, 2 Keppel Bay Vista, 098382 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 6776 0777, www.bayswaterkitchen.com.sg
Kith @ Millenia Walk
Whether you’re in need of a coffee or something more substantial, Kith at Millenia walk makes a good pit stop offering a kids’ menu and a cute dedicated indoor children’s play area (currently closed due to the pandemic) with plenty of pram space. There are a few Kith outlets in town: their Winsland House has a large open courtyard for kids to run around in just beside the cafe, and the Rob Quay branch has scoot space and some toddler playthings with outdoor seating.
Kith @ Millenia Walk, 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-49 Marina Square Shopping Mall Singapore 039594, www.kith.com.sg
If you’re 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 retro-style playground outside for the youngsters! Just be 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!
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Tel: (+65) 6475 0200, www.facebook.com/thecoastalsettlement
Picotin Express is a go-to spot for brekkie for families in the East. On weekends there’s a bouncy castle (currently closed until further notice due to pandemic) to keep the kiddos entertained while parents tuck into a hearty brunch with options like full English breakfast ($22), American style pancakes ($12) and pain au chocolate ($2.5). By night Picotin Express is more akin to a modern Italian bistro (serving up Ribeye and Wedges, Snapper, Salads and Pizza), with idyllic leafy surrounds and makes a great choice for that lazy Sunday evening dinner when no-one wants to cook! If you are looking for a place to hold a private party, know that Picotin hosts functions, too, and the restaurant is equipped with a sound system and projector, and can host up to 200 people.
Kids’ menu: Kids meal sets are at $15 for main, drink and ice cream.
Picotin Express, 382 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427622, www.picotin.com.sg
Cafe Melba is all about family time. There are two branches — one in the East, and one in the West at Mediapolis. At Goodman Arts Centre there’s a huge lawn with a bouncy castle on the weekends. There’s ample space for prams indoors. Check out their latest kid-friendly features and deals here!
Cafe Melba, 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N#01-56, Singapore 439053, and Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 138507; Tel:(+65) 6440 6068 www.cafemelba.com.sg
Jimmy Monkey Cafe @ PLQ
While not exactly on the East Coast, Jimmy Monkey Cafe at PLQ deserves a special mention for its healthy menu, alfresco dining and amazing location right by the massive PLQ Parkside playground! The dining area is nice and shaded but the playground can get pretty hot during midday – so make sure you head down in the early morning or for some tea time chow in the afternoon!
Jimmy Monkey Cafe @ PLQ, 2 Paya Lebar Rd, #01-10 Park Place Residences at PLQ, Singapore 409053, www.facebook.com/jimmymonkeycafe
Zaffron is a fun spot for Easties looking for Indian fare where the kids can play indoors. A cute wooden wendy house (currently closed until further notice due to pandemic) awaits with kid-friendly toys (better for younger tots).
Zaffron, 137 East Coast Road, Singapore 428822, zaffronkitchen.com
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