If you’re after some major brunch inspo, mama, look no further. We’ve rounded up dozens of our favorite brunch spots all over the island, from decadent free flows to child- and pet-friendly spots that open early. Dig in!
One of many things we love about living in balmy Singapore is that it’s always a good time for brunch. Our foodie island offers brunch in so many forms, from all-day pancakes at cute cafes, to decadent free-flow champers at our glitzy hotels. We have rounded up dozens of the best brunch spots in Singapore, including the handy key below to help you find your preferred features. Happy eating, mamas!
– Kids (at least up to age 5) eat free!
– Playground/Kids’ Room/Space to Run Around
This isn’t any old staid hotel buffet, it’s a lively and convivial spread that’s a bit more casual, perfect for families and large groups, and enticing for any foodie. Highlights include a make-your-own Bloody Mary, Michelin Guide-recommended premium meats, and dedicated children’s play area with blocks, a soft mat, a Disney video and even a nice colouring station.
How much:$138++ per adult inc unlimited Taittinger Brut, house wines, DIY Bloody Mary cocktails, juices, soft drinks, and tea; $48++ per child.
Ash & Elm, Level 1, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966, Tel: (+65) 6825 1008, www.singapore.intercontinental.com/dine-drink/ash-elm
Basilico at Regent Singapore
This legendary gourmet Italian buffet serves up some of the yummiest meats, cheeses, breads, and of course pastas we’ve seen in Singapore. It’s also notable for offering a Saturday brunch buffet (which means technically you and papa might be able to attend sans bebes), although the menu is obviously pretty kid-friendly (because what child doesn’t love pasta?!). Bonus points for a beautiful setting, and options for private rooms.
How much: Saturday brunch $83 (free-flow soft drinks and juice)/$127 (free-flow Prosecco, wines and beers)/$153 (free-flow Champagne) per adult; $41.50 per child (ages 5-12). Sunday brunch $108 (free-flow soft drinks and juice)/$152 (free-flow prosecco, wines and beers)/$178 (free-flow Champagne) per adult; $54 per child (ages 5-12). Children under 5 dine free.
Basilico, Regent Hotel Singapore, Level 2, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715, Tel: (+65) 6733 8888, www.regenthotels.com/regent-singapore/dining/basilico
Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regis Singapore
This ultra-swanky option at the St. Regis is probably not the kid-friendliest, but if you’re in the mood to really celebrate, or your cherubs happen to be particularly well-behaved foodies, this just might fit the bill! The decadent Sunday brunch (NOT a buffet, mind you) includes passed canapés, a gorgeous array of French wines, yummy sharing plates, and a choices of main courses like Lobster Thermidor and Charolais Beef Striploin, all to the soundtrack of live jazz music. NB: Be sure to arrive promptly at 11am to take optimum advantage of the complimentary hours of apértifs at Astor Bar from 11am to noon!
How much: Adults: $148++ inc free-flow coffee and tea / $180++ inc free-flow wines, Tiger Beer, soft drinks and juices / $195++ inc free-flow ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut NV / $395++ inc free-flow Krug Grand Cuvée NV; $75++ per child (ages 4-12).
Brasserie Les Saveurs, St. Regis Singapore, Lobby Level, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911, Tel: (+65) 6506 6860, www.brasserielessaveurs.com/en/brunch
Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel
Cafe Mosaic does an international weekend buffet lunch spread spanning Western and local favourites from Rojak to Laksa. The hotel buffet includes a bounty of seafood from Oysters to Tiger Prawns and Salmon Sashimi. On the weekend there are kids’ activities from 12pm to 2pm, too so your kids will be entertained while you enjoy lunch. Kids below 6 years old dine for free, with a maximum of two children per table.
How much:$48++ per adult; $24++ per child (6-12).
Cafe Mosaic, Carlton Hotel Singapore, 76 Bras Basah Road Singapore 189558, Tel: (+65) 6338 8333, www.carltonhotel.sg/dining/cafe-mosaic-singapore
Colony Restaurant at Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore
Formerly the much-loved Vintage Champagne Brunch at Greenhouse, this post-renovation version is just as lovely, with a wide range of cuisines (grilled meats, fresh seafood, dim sum, Tandoor, patisserie, and much much more) along with your choice of free-flow Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Blanc 2009 or Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Rosé 2009 (#SoSassy)
How much:$192++ per adult inc free-flow Champagne, selected cocktails, wine, draft beer, and soft drinks / $142++ per adult (no alcohol); $96++ per child (ages 6-12); $48 per child (ages 3-5).
Colony Restaurant, Ritz-Carlton Millennia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039799, www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/singapore
The Edge at Pan Pacific
The Edge at Pan Pacific offers a four-hour brunch served at seven live food ‘theaters’ offering everything from Peking duck and laksa to the Knife Shaved Crudo Bar, Scorched Raclette Cheese and a Caviar Bar. Go up to watch the theatrical cooking and you needn’t even worry about looking like a glutton with a loaded plate as waiters will deliver your food directly to your table. There’s a dedicated Kids Corner to keep your munchkins entertained so you may as well grab a little glass (or two) of bubbly!
The buffet brunch is free for kids under 6 years while the older kids are at $59 (with free flow soft drinks and juice). During Sunday brunch, there is a professional balloon sculptor and a kids’ level ice cream buffet for little hands to access.
How much:$128++ (no alcohol) / $188++ per adult (inc free-flow Champagne, beer and wine); $64++ per child (ages 6-11). Kids 5 and under eat free.
The Edge, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039595, Tel: (+65) 6826 8240, www.edgefoodtheatre.com
Café Swiss at Swissôtel The Stamford
The Sunday Family Brunch Buffet at the Swissôtel is not only well-priced for parents ($110++ with free-flow sparkling and house wines!), but also features a bevvy of kid-friendly activities like a pop-up playground, balloonist, magician and face painter. For every two paying adults, the first child dines free. And oh by the way, there’s a huge range of yummy food on offer, too!
How much:80++ per adult (one glass of welcome mocktail) / $110++ per adult (inc free-flow sparkling and house wine); $40++ per child, but one child dines free with two paying adults.
Café Swiss, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178882, Tel: (+65) 6431 6156, www.swissotel.com
Kitchen Table at W Hotel Singapore Sentosa Cove
A fave amongst families who want to make a day of it and chill by the pool, the laid back “Sunday Remix brunch” features themed stations like a seafood fridge, carving and grill, and the always popular “Wok & Roll”. Kids under 4 dine free; and the whole fam gets access to the W’s snazzy Wet Pool (which has a swim-up bar. There’s your Sunday cardio sorted!). If you pre-pay a week in advance, you can also save 20% off your bill (blackout dates and restrictions apply).
How much: $128++ per adult (free-flow soda, coffee and tea) / $148++ (free-flow house red/white wine, beers, and cocktails) / $168++ (free-flow Champagne); Kids $48++ (ages 4 to 6) / $68++ (ages 7-12) / children under 4 dine free.
Kitchen Table, W Hotel Singapore Sentosa Cove, 21 Ocean Way, Singapore 098374, Tel: (+65) 6808 7268, www.wsingaporesentosacove.com
The Knolls at Capella Singapore
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. 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.
How much: $128++ per adult (inc specialty mocktails, soft drinks and fresh juices) / $148++ (inc free-flow boutique wines, beers and specialty cocktails) / $178++ (inc free-flow Taittinger Champagne) / $258++ (inc free-flow Vintage Taittinger Champagne); $48++ per child (ages 4-6); $78++ per child (ages 7-12).
The Knolls, Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297, Tel: (+65) 6591 5046, www.capellahotels.com/singapore
This beautiful resort’s “Magnifique Sunday Brunch” offers 16 different “ateliers” serving luxurious eats like foie gras, lobster, French cheese and charcuterie. You’ll also find handcrafted chocolate truffles, as well as free flow Taittinger Champagne. Kwee Zeen also has a fantastique kids’ club with everything from board games to a climbing structure, not to mention face-painting and a bouncy castle! Plus, parking is free and with a brunch receipt you’ll also gain all-day access to the beautiful resort pool.
How much: $145++ per Adult (no alcohol) / $175++ (inc free-flow Taittinger Champagne, beer, wine and cocktails); $65++ per child (ages 5-11; kids under 5 dine free).
Kwee Zeen, Sofitel Singapore Resort and Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore 099891, Tel: (+65) 6708 8366, www.sofitel-singapore-sentosa.com
La Brasserie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Recently refurbished, with its Neo-Palladian architecture, La Brasserie sets a sophisticated scene for dining. The food is French brasserie classics, and at weekend brunch you’ll find a dedicated supervised kids’ corner. The brunch buffet comprises fresh crustacean on ice, Slow-Roasted Prime Rib, Crispy Crackling Pig, charcuterie and cheese and a room for desserts plus made-to-order dishes (from Duck Confit to Prawn Laksa) served to your table. There is a DIY Bloody Mary station, too – a staggering collection of condiments, spices and sauces to go in your vodka which is also dangerously self-serve! Kids under 6 eat free. There is also a mini kids’ buffet in the kids’ room so littlies don’t need to take a break from face painting, balloon sculpting, drawing, TV and other fun-filled activities.
How much: Saturday prices: $68++ (inc soft drinks) / $99++ (inc free-flow Bloody Marys, wine and beer) / $138++ (inc free-flow Veuve Clicquot); Sunday Brunch: All of the above plus 168++ inc free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs; kids under 6 eat free.
La Brasserie at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326, Tel: (+65) 6597 5288, www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-bay-hotel/la-brasserie
The Line at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore
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 at the nearby Buds by Shangri-La to keep the littlies busy, this is one brunch buffet to put on your ultimate Sing to-do list.
How much: Kids under the age of 6 can enjoy buffet meals at no extra cost when accompanied by a paying adult (valid for up to two children). For more than two children under the age of 6, or children 6-12, a 50% discount on the buffet price will be given.
The Line, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350, Tel: (+65) 6213 4275, www.shangri-la.com/singapore
Melt Café at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore
This is one of our faves because – in contrast to just about every other high-end brunch in town – we’ve never once felt let down by the food at any of the dizzying array of stations, from the Tandoor grill, to the live carving station, to the succulent fresh seafood and sashimi. There’s also a fab kids’ room with a separate spread of kid-friendly grub (admittedly not the healthiest – we’re talking chicken fingers, pizza, and cookies) to go with caring attendants and activities like a big movie screen and coloring tables. Given that kids 6 and under eat free, though, we say let them eat cake (and cookies, and lollipops…).
How much: Adults: $118++ (no alcohol) / $178++ (inc cocktails, housepour wines and beer) / $218++ (inc free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne); Children: $48++ (ages 7-9) / $78++ (ages 10-12) / children 6 and under dine free. (Prices are from 1 May 2018)
Melt Café, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, www.mandarinoriental.com/singapore
Mezza9 at Grand Hyatt Singapore
Treat yo selves to free-flow Perrier Jouët Champagne alongside delicious sustainable seafood options, delectable desserts, and a rotating slate of wine pairing stations (cool!). We also love that Mezza9 offers private rooms that can be fun for big groups (or feeling less self-conscious if you’ve got noisy kiddos in your party).
How much: Adults: $118++ (no alcohol) / $158++ (inc free-flow Perrier Jouët Champagne, wine, Tiger beer, and a selection of martinis and hand-crafted gin and tonics) / $178++ (inc free-flow Perrier Jouët Blason Rosé Champagne) / $208++ (personalised V.I.P. Sunday Brunch with tableside butler service, premium magnum red and white wines, and free-flow Ruinart Blanc de Blancs or Ruinart Rosé Champagne); Children: $59++ (ages 3-12).
Grand Hyatt Singapore, 10 Scotts Road, Singapore 228211, Tel: (+65) 6732 1234, www.singapore.grand.hyatt.com
One Ninety at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore
One-Ninety Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel offers a semi-buffet lunch with live cooking stations as well as some table service. The cuisine is a mix of Italian and Asian with a brick pizza oven for authentic pizzas alongside mains like Slow-Cooked Pork Belly with Braised Cabbage and Hainanese Chicken Rice. Parents can enjoy the spread while their kids are being entertained in a separate room called the Playland complete with bouncy castle, colouring and face painting. Children under 5 dine also free so they can tuck into the kids’ buffet spread to their heart’s content.Out of sight, out of mind say what!?
How much: Adults: $72++ (food only) / $128++ (inc free-flow Ruffino Prosecco) / $180++ (inc Taittinger Brut Reserve N.V.); Children: $36++ (ages 5-11).
One-Ninety Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, 190 Orchard Blvd, Singapore 248646, Tel: (+65) 6831 7250, www.fourseasons.com
Town Restaurant at the Fullerton Hotel
Few restaurants in Singapore can rival the elegant grandeur of the Fullerton and its lovely riverside setting, not to mention the totally delicious spread of everything from fresh seafood, to decadent desserts, and particularly tasty local faves like chicken rice, lobster nasi lemak and satay. They’ve also got a dedicated kids’ room with fun crafts and activities. Everybody wins!
How much: Adults: $120++ (no alcohol) / $168++ (free-flow house wine and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut Champagne); Children: $60++ (ages 6-11) / Kids 5 and under dine free.
Town Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, Tel: (+65) 6733 8388, www.fullertonhotels.com/the-fullerton-hotel/town-restaurant.html
Other Brunch Faves
So much more than just a great bakery and coffee shop, Baker & Cook also offers all-day brunch classics like eggs benedict and French toast. We’re particularly partial to the Chip Bee location, which has a wonderfully big indoor space (though it does get crowded on weekends) with a small tub of toys and an outdoor space you can plonk the kids (and the dog) down in. Bonus points for opening bright and early at 7:30am, and thank goodness for their strong coffee! No reservations, so take your chances mama.
Baker & Cook, Various locations, www.bakerandcook.biz
Serving the ultimate all-day breakfast, Boomarang is a family classic, opening from 7am on weekends – woohoo 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!
Boomarang, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Tel: (+65) 6738 1077, www.boomarang.com.sg
We love Brotzeit for brunch for their German Breakfast Platter for two that mixes savoury and sweet, which is so key to hit that brunch sweetspot. They also have a massive platter for 4 which is great if you go with friends. Their Rosti with poached eggs and smoked salmon is really delicious. For kids you’ve got affordable staples like a hot dog from the kids menu, or you can let ‘em graze from the breakfast platter.
Brotzeit, Various locations, www.brotzeit.co
The Jigger & Pony Group have recently opened a new all-day restaurant-bar, Caffe Fernet, overlookingMarina Bay. The 130-seater is located along the panoramic waterfront of the Customs House so expect pretty sweet views while you are munching your brunch. Start with a brunch cocktail like the Amalfi Spritz with Beefeater Gin, Nardini Acqua di Cedro, wormwood, lemon, mint, and prosecco or go freeflow on your cocktails for $55 (maximum 3-hour session, last drink order at 4:30pm) for a bottomless order of select cocktails like Watermelon Frose and Classic Aperol Spritz. Next up try the Breakfast Spaghetti of guanciale, poached egg, parmigiano-reggiano for a dreamy creamy brekkie pasta or for something more traditional the housemade ricotta with gin and wild berry jam, eggs in a multitude of ways and for sweets – Caffe Fernet Tiramisu or the amaze-bomb stuffed Boboloni with vanilla-lemon curd.
Caffe Fernet, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay #01-05, 049323 Singapore, www.caffefernet.sg
Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre is a well-known name on the kid-friendly lists with their huge space for running and scooting around freely, not to mention the playroom, arts and crafts station plus bouncy castle —which is now open EVERY DAY (if weather permits) from 3-8pm weekdays and 9am-8pm weekends. Cafe Melba Mediapolis also has a fab space for scooting, a giant tic-tac-toe game, and bouncy castle, too. The “Australasian Fusion Food” can be a bit hit and miss, but because of all the fun for kids, parents can actually eat their lunch without entertaining kids themselves, so they’ve got that going for them! You’ve also got tons of options to choose from, including pancakes, French toast, and a variety of egg dishes, along with sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, and much more.
Cafe Melba, 90 Goodman Road Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053, Tel: (+65) 6440 6068, www.cafemelba.com.sg
Café Melba at Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, Mediapolis #03-01, Singapore 138507, Tel: (+65) 6352 2721, www.cafemelba.com.sg/mediapolis
Carrotsticks & Cravings at Loewen Gardens is a haven for healthy food lovers and Instagram devotees alike, serving up almond milk flat whites and turmeric lattes to go with healthy, refined sugar-free dishes like Smashed Avo, Feta and Dukkah on sourdough toast, Acai Bowls, and the highly Instagrammable Ricotta and Fig on Sourdough with Chai Granola. Plus there’s lots of gluten free and dairy free dishes, a cute kids’ menu and a trampoline on site, too. Some of our brunch faves include the breakfast berry parfait, the peanut butter smoothie (yum!) and affordable energy balls. Just take note, mama: they’re closed on Sundays (and close at 3pm on Saturdays)!
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Rd, Singapore 248845 Loewen Road, Singapore 248845, Tel: (+65) 8356 3331, www.carrotsticksandcravings.com/cafe-and-cooking-school
Chock Full of Beans
Coffee lovers in the East flock to this cute café in Changi Village, where even kiddos will delight in surprise designs on their hot chocolates. Daily brunch is served til 5:30pm, with classics like French Toast, Eggs Benedict (with some nice vegetarian variations!), Big Brekkies, and even bagel plates. Prices are downright reasonable, too, with all but one item coming in at under $20.
Chock Full of Beans, Blk 4 Changi Village Road #01-2090, Singapore 500004, Tel: (+65) 6214 8839, www.chockfullofbeans.com.sg
This American diner-style resto (in fact an outpost of a popular pancake spot in New York City) is a must-visit for pancake lovers. Equally delectable are the Fried Chicken and Waffles, Huevos Rancheros, and exotic sides like buttery biscuits and Fried Green Tomatoes. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the kid- (and mama!) pleasing milkshakes.
Clinton Street Baking Company, 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608, Tel: (+65) 6684 4845, www.clintonstreetbaking.sg
In Singapore, if a restaurant has been around (in the same spot) for more than 5 years it’s nearly an ‘old-timer’ – and it must be onto something. This charmer on Club Street (refreshingly quiet on weekend mornings!) offers up brunch staples like Buttermilk Pancakes, Soft Scrambled Eggs and Avo Toast, along with a nice selection of share plates like Crispy Popcorn Chicken, Flatbreads and Dips, and Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Club Street Social, 5 Gemmill Lane, 01-01, Singapore 069261, Tel: (+65) 6225 5043, www.clubstreetsocial.com
The Coastal Settlement
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
There’s a limited breakfast menu available daily from 9am-3pm with some egg dishes, French toast, and a fruit platter, but the biggest selling point here is the beachside Sentosa location. Sip on a cheeky margarita and feel the sand between your toes while you watch the kiddos splash in the calm, shallow water. Even dogs are welcome at this awesome open-air spot.
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000, Tel: (+65) 6274 9668, www.coastes.com
We would never claim this is the kid-friendliest café in town (the massive flight of stairs in front is not stroller-friendly that’s for sure!), but besides make a mean java they serve a nice array of all-day breakfast, including healthy options like house-made granola, a kale & egg white scramble, a super yummy (and vegetarian) Turkish breakfast with crispy feta and hummus, along with faves like Brioche French Toast. Hey, you can bike and scoot along the river with new energy afterwards! Prices are steep, but this is one where we’d claim it’s worth every penny, and they’re open early from 7:30am daily.
Common Man Coffee Roasters, 22 Martin Road, Singapore 239058,
Tel: (+65) 6836 4695, www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
COMO Cuisine offers the refined contemporary healthy food that the Como Resort & Hotel Group is known for. Portions are modest so there’s always room for dessert. We love the fact that instead of a kids’ menu they are into developing kids’ palates so small foodies get to choose any dish in a smaller portion. Brunch dishes definitely tend more savoury than sweet, and it ain’t cheap, but the Dempsey setting is lovely, and it’s also dog-friendly.
Como Cuisine, Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677, Tel: 1800 394 6688, www.comodempsey.sg
Love kebabs (and perhaps got a hangover)? Yummy Middle Eastern spot Fat Prince has a free-flow Saturday brunch with two hours of free-flow kebabs, to go along with one complimentary brunch item (everything from granola, to cured salmon) and free-flow Prima Donna cocktails or wine. Kebabs come with five indulgent fillings, including grilled Halloumi cheese with smashed avocado, spiced macadamia and pomegranate molasses, and charred pork belly with smoked potato puree, apple, mint and raisins. Lasting from 11:30am to 3pm, the two-hour extravaganza is priced at $108++ per person.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317, Tel: (+65) 6221 3683, www.fatprincesg.com
Singapore’s first-ever full-scale wood-fired bread oven proudly takes centre stage at Firebake in the East Coast. Bread making as an artisan craft is taken to the max here, where sourdough is made using European historical methods and honest unprocessed ingredients.These bad boys bake sourdough used for tartines, sandwiches and bread-centric salads, as well as slow-cook main dishes such as grilled meats, fish, and even desserts. Savoury lovers will go crazy for the bread plate and tasty heirloom tomato salad, and what kiddo wouldn’t love yummy pastries like a croissant or dark chocolate roll (perfectly priced at just $3-$3.50, too!)?
Firebake, 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930
Tel: +65 9784 2950,www.facebook.com/firebakesg
Food for Tots
Although we were super sad to see the closing of Food for Thought in the Botanic Gardens, this is quite possibly the only way to top it: combine a super kid-friendly (and affordable) menu (Ham & Cheese Toast Dippers! Blueberry Smoothie Pancake! Pasta & Meatballs Nest!) of all-day brunch dishes and plop it down smack dab in the heart of one of Singapore’s very best outdoor spaces (Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden)? Yes, please!
Food for Tots, 1H ClunyRoad #01-K1, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore 259604, Tel: (+65) 6338 4848, www.foodforthought.com.sg
Since opening in Tiong Bahru in 2010, this coffee mecca has been serving up hipster brunch faves like Smashed Avocado Toast, Banana Bacon French Toast, and Free Range Eggs Cocotte. Maybe not the best place to bring teeny tinies given the somewhat cramped quarters, but it’s a sweet little spot to catch a good cup of coffee post yoga, or to take older kids. They open bright and early at 7:30am, too.
40 Hands, 78 Yong Saik Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078, Tel: (+65) 6225, 8545, www.40handscoffee.com
French-themed Ginett (sounds like Jeanette) is already one of our faves for girls’ drinks or date night thanks to their buzzing vibe, great affordable wines and fun charcuterie sharing boards. But their “Enjoy Brunch Til You’re Full” on Sundays just might be the pièce de résistance: for just $42++ you can eat all the Pancakes, Eggs Benedict, Merguez Sausage and more that you could want (great value if you’re eying one of their yummy brunch cocktails, too).
This lovely restaurant is conveniently situated just across from the amazing National Orchid Garden and adjacent to the lovely ginger garden in the Botanics. In fact Halia is the Malay word for ginger, and it’s a prominent ingredient across the totally extensive all-day brunch menu (served every weekend from 10am til 5pm). The menu runs the gamut from classics like Pain Perdu (delectably fluffy hazelnut brioche smothered with praline sauce, bananas and chocolate ice cream) and Truffle Scrambled Eggs to basics like avocado toast and fruit salad, with lots of vegetarian options (it’s also Halal). The patient staff will happily bring kiddos crayons and child-friendly utensils, and of course they can always hop right outside to get the wiggles out. And thumbs up for the nice kids menu!
The Halia at Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, Tel: (65) 8444 1148, www.thehalia.com
This Danish mega-chain has been doing for juice what Starbucks did for coffee. Of course they do coffee too (and its 100% organic), plus sandwiches like Avocado, Mozzarella, Tomato or Spicy Tuna. But it’s the juices that have people super pumped – and what kid doesn’t love juice? Of course, we have a feeling kiddos will most love the shakes and “joegurt” bowls with yogurt, granola, fruit and other goodies. There are a few CBD outlets, but with a sea breeze and plenty of room for scooting, the Sentosa location is the no-brainer for fam-friendly weekend brunch.
Joe & The Juice, 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove, #01-09, Singapore 098375, www.joejuice.com
Jones the Grocer
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, and happy pooches curled up under one of the many outdoor tables). Friendly staff make even the youngest patrons feel welcome, and with a kids’ menu, highchairs and even crayons for colouring, there’s plenty on offer that little ones can enjoy (like Mama’s coconut pancakes).The coffee here is also yum and will have you ordering at least a second round. Get there before 11 to avoid a wait, mama. NB: There’s also a Great World City location for you River Valley mamas, but it lacks the breezy outdoor ambiance of the original Dempsey location.
Jones the Grocer, Block 9, #01-12 Dempsey Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247697, Tel: (+65) 6476 1512, www.jonesthegrocer.com
Merci Marcel, is that neighbourhood French café-restaurant that you wish would set up shop in your hood. Luckily for hipsters, they chose Tiong Bahru. The interiors are gorgeous, the food largely French – charcuterie boards, lots of cheese (flown in from France weekly), and a multitude of egg dishes and French Toast (of course!) on the brunch menu to go with the French wines from as little as $8 a glass. They open at 8am on weekends mama, and they don’t take reservations for brunch!
Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68, Singapore 160056 , Tel: (+65) 6224 0113, www.mercimarcel.com
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar is a hot favourite for kid-friendly dim sum on the weekend thanks to their kids’ room to entertain your sprogs. The elegant all-you-can-eat buffet has a spread of 40 types of dishes, from seafood delicacies to modern dim sum, roasts, wok dishes and desserts, plus the all-you-can-booze (extra $60) cocktails, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, wines, and beers. Children under 6 dine free for their weekend dim sum brunch buffet while 6 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off. Cute treats for little diners include the snail shaped Escargot cheese puffs and the Hokkaido milk cheese tart.
Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Level 4 Grand Park Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, Tel: (+65) 6603 8855, www.mitzo.sg
With a dog-friendly covered al fresco area and grungy-chic interiors, this new spot in River Valley serves up brunch all weekend long. Parents will appreciate the continually changing craft beer selection, while kiddos will like yummy sweet dishes like Spiked Orange French Toast with homemade brioche and chocolate ganache, or homemade granola with cinnamon milk, spiced labneh and berries. Savoury fans have plenty to choose from, too, with a variety of egg dishes alongside sandwiches and breads that are made in-house daily.
Nickeldime, 8 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-01. Singapore 238958, Tel: (+65) 6735 1035, www.hiddendoorconcepts.com/nickeldimedrafthouse
This longtime Tiong Bahru stalwart owned by celebrity chef Ryan Clift features a menu that’s completely gluten-free and dairy-free, making it a favourite among mamas and little ones with food sensitivities. The brunch menu is nonetheless every bit as inventive and flavourful as you’d expect from Chef Clift; they’ve even got special brunch cocktails!
Open Door Policy, 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650, Tel: (+65) 6221 9307, www.odpsingapore.com
A collaboration between celebrity Chef Ryan Clift and Spa Esprit Group, Open Farm Community is a joy to mamas’ hearts – this huge, airy, light-filled Dempsey restaurant has a farm-to-table eating philosophy, a fabulously healthy menu and a great outdoor play space (and garden area with roving chickens!) where kiddos can wear themselves out while they wait for their food to arrive. The kids’ menu is delightfully wholesome. We adore the takeaway juices, coffees and delectable croissants (from Tiong Bahru Bakery!) at the café counter; the outdoor seating area is also super dog-friendly.
Open Farm Community, 30E Minden Road, Singapore 248819, Tel: (+65) 6471 0306, www.openfarmcommunity.com
Paulaner Bräuhaus, Singapore’s first authentic German microbrewery has reopened a three-storey bar and restaurant at Millenia Walk with a large polished bronze boiler where the beer making process begins, taking centre stage. On Sundays, Paulaner Bräuhaus serves up a heaving German brunch buffet from 11.30am to 2.30pm serving hot and cold stations of sausages, Bavarian meatloaf, pork knuckle and salads. Sunday Brunch is priced at ($58 with soft drinks, $68 with beer and soft drinks, and $16 for children 5-11). Kids under 5 eat free; and children are entertained with supervised activities such as colouring or mask making so you can help yourself to the dessert buffet in peace – a chocolate fountain, warm apple strudel and a variety of ice cream.
Paulaner Bräuhaus, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01 -01, #02-01, #03-01, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596, Tel: (+65) 6883 2572, www.paulaner-brauhaus-singapore.com
East Coasters loooove the all-day brunch food at this cosy café on East Coast Road. Yummy dishes include an Açai Smoothie Bowl, Matcha Green Tea Crêpes, and the ubiquitous Avocado Smashed Toast, in addition to more substantial egg dishes (we hear the Turkish Eggs are divine, as is the coffee!).
Penny University, 402 East Coast Road, Singapore 428997, Tel: (+65) 6345 9055, www.facebook.com/pennyuniversity
PS. Café serves up an extensive brunch menu at all their locations, but for our money the loveliest for brunch is the Harding Road outlet in the heart of Dempsey Hill. Dining on the outdoor deck overlooking the huge lawn area is the nicest part about eating here, 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!). We love the sprawling, shady lawn for little kids to run around on, though. NB the pretty location at Ann Siang Hill does not allow kids!
P.S. Café, 28B Harding Road, Singapore 249549, Tel: (+65) 9070 8782, www.pscafe.com
Having firmly established itself as one of Singapore’s fave brunch spots, Riders Café offers a winning combo of old world charm and comfort food (kids menu highlights include French Toast sticks and Breakfast Bacon Pizza). 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!
Riders Café, 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965, Tel: (+65) 6466 9819, www.riderscafe.sg
Sacha & Sons brings New York deli-style food to Singers. Located in Mandarin Gallery, Sacha & Sons welcomes you in with a handsome counter displaying homemade sesame bagels, salads and an eye-grabbing dessert of Apricot Noodle Kugel. The all-day brunch menu will have you noshing on deli classics like bagels, latkes and a variety of egg scrambles. Not quite like the real thing, but as close as you’ll get on this part of the Equator!
Sacha & Sons, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
Tel: (+65) 6735 6961, www.sacha-deli.com.sg
Like Sacha & Sons, Schmear brings breakfast bagels to Singapore, New York Deli style. The lovely café at Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove offers alfresco seating popular with families and dog owners. It would be hard to find a bagel shop with a better outlook. Bagels are house made and hand-rolled by the owner daily. The breakfast menu offers classics like Challah French Toast, Pancakes, omelettes and Açai bowls, but it would be rude not to start with one of their bagels. For kids you can’t go wrong with a cinnamon raisin bagel and there’s a choice of schmears (cream cheese), from strawberry to chocolate and even sun-dried tomato! For drinks we recommend the All Press coffee, cold-pressed juices, and a variety of delicious smoothies.
Schmear, #01-03, 31 Ocean Way, Singapore 098373
Tel: (+65) 6334 3832, www.schmear.sg
Spruce is a super-popular brunch spot with families, and rightly so. Parents can sit back on the deck, enjoying a cup of coffee in (relative) peace while kiddos run around on the grass (sometimes there’s even a bouncy castle!). Standard brunch fare rules here, with the stand out option being the freshly made breads and pastries. Reservations are recommended.
Spruce @ Fire Station, 260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #01-01, Singapore 588190, Tel: (+65) 6466 5582, www.spruce.com.sg
We are totally in love with the decor at this new Robertson Quay resto: think lots of wicker, a white washed palette and swinging chairs — it’s like Bali meets the Mediterranean. The yummy brunch menu has a Middle Eastern bent with options like Turkish Breakfast (labneh…mmmmm!), Falafel Scotch Egg and a Cypriot Burger, though you can also go sweeter with Almond Yogurt, Blueberry Pancakes, or the intriguing “Fried Dough” with sour cherry, chocolate and pistachio nut butter. And naturally they’ve got Avocado Toast. Anywhere the kids can scoot, the dog can come along, and mama can nosh on delicious food is a winner in our book.
Summerlong, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04, Singapore 238252, Tel: (+65) 6235 1225, www.summerlongsg.com
So much to love about this colourful spot right at Robertson Quay: The kids can scoot along the river, and dogs are welcome. The coffee, juices and smoothies are fab (as are the margaritas, of course), and you’ve got unique brunch dishes you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in Singapore [done properly, at least!], such as Huevos Rancheros and Breakfast Tacos (we love their light and healthy breakfast bowls, too!). On top of all that, their well-priced kids’ menu has gluten-free options and perfect portion sizes to please discerning little diners. Waits usually aren’t too long in the big space if you decide to rock up at the last moment, but they do take reservations, so why risk it?
Super Loco, The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay #01-13, Singapore 238252
Tel: (+65) 6235 8900, www.super-loco.com/robertsonquay
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!).
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098942, Tel: (+65) 9750 5323, www.tanjongbeachclub.com
Thyme at Rochester
Thyme at Rochester is a newly-opened restaurant tucked up in leafy Rochester Park. The fairly standard brunch menu (served from 9am on the weekend), includes pancakes, a variety of egg dishes, and avocado on toast (of course). Kids below 8 years old eat free with every adult that orders a main or pasta from the à la carte menu (other discounts and promotions are not applicable with this deal). There is also a little play area with a Wendy house for small tots at the front of the restaurant where mamas and dads can watch their bubs while eating their food in peace.
Thyme at Rochester, 44 Rochester Park, Singapore 139248, Tel: (+65) 8157 7236, www.facebook.com/Thyme-at-Rochester
It’s a well known fact that we are huge fans of Tiong Bahru Bakery – in particular their legendary croissants and Kouign Amann– here at Sassy Mama HQ. The croissants – light, flaky, buttery, moist – are good enough on their own, but are somehow even better in sandwich form. The Raffles City location features a particularly inventive mash-up of sweet and savoury with its exclusive hot foods menu; we can’t wait to see what they come out with next at their forthcoming Holland Village location (set to debut in June 2018!).
Tiong Bahru Bakery, Multiple Locations, www.tiongbahrubakery.com
This “specialty bagelry with a delish soul” has two casual locations (in Tanjong Pagar, and Novena) with limited seating, hip-hop music, and a bevy of inventive bagel sandwiches (why settle for bogstandard lox and cream cheese when you can have “The Srirach” with house-marinated chicken thigh, or the decidedly un-kosher “Avo-Baco” topped with fried egg and aioli?). Bagels are plump and doughy, and come in a variety of flavors (including kid-pleasers like Cheddar and Cinnamon & Raisin). The cream cheese combos (Nutella Cream Cheese & Pistachios, Cream Cheese & Clover Honey, Smashed Avocado & Feta) are also quite tantalizing.
Two Men Bagel House (Tanjong Pagar), 16 Enggor Street, Icon Village Altez, #01-12, Singapore 079717; Novena: 103 Irawaddy Road, Royal Square @ Novena #01-04 (next to Courtyard by Marriott), Singapore 329566, www.twomenbagels.com
If kiddos aren’t yet familiar with Alice and Wonderland, this whimsical spot on Dempsey Hill is a fantastic introduction. They’ll be fascinated by the stained-glass windows, and they’ll love running around in the lovely back garden (there’s even a former cable car from Sentosa to explore). The delicious food will equally please parents and munchkins; how many other kids’ menus have you seen featuring Waygyu burgers?
White Rabbit, 39C Harding Road, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 249541
Tel: (+65) 9721 0536, www.thewhiterabbit.com.sg
If you fancy something a little different, pack up the kids, their scooters and bikes and head to Whisk & Paddle out in Punggol. The café is perched on the reservoir, which has a beautifully scenic cycling path. Fuel up at Whisk & Paddle’s outdoor seating, where you can admire the view while your little ones play in the genius kiddie floor area. On the menu: waffles – both sweet or savoury with eggs Benedict and ham or salmon – plus a selection of pastas, burgers, fish dishes and pizzas. Run by a family, this is a super cute hidden gem that is kid- and dog-friendly – we like it a lot!
Whisk & Paddle, 10 Tebing Lane, #01-01, Singapore 828836
Tel: (+65) 6242 4617,www.whiskandpaddle.com.sg
These guys are the masters of the all-day breakfast and aim to please with their extensive international inspired menu (there’s plenty of kid-friendly fare on the menu, too, with vegan and gluten free bread available upon request!). No expensive champagne brunch here — just good honest grub in two super fab locations on Orchard. Both spots tend to get mobbed on the weekends, though, mama, so do yourself a favor and book ahead!
Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, 3/F, Singapore, 228209. Tel: (+65) 6636 1816.
Mandarin Gallery, 333a Orchard Road, 3/F, Singapore, 238897. Tel: (+65) 6235 3900
Head straight to Wildseed in so-hot-right-now Seletar for brunch. Open at 9am, Wildseed is just one part of the multi-concept lifestyle destination that makes up The Summerhouse. Part alfresco dining, part aircon, Wildseed is a casual cafe serving up gourmet breakfasts and homemade patisseries and cakes. The brunch menu tends savoury, except for its DIY ‘waffle factory’ menu that’s a big hit with kiddos. Wildseed is popular with dog walkers and families alike – they have kids’ colouring sheets and crayons to keep little hands busy.
Wildseed Café, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, Tel: (+65) 6262 1063, www.thesummerhouse.sg/wildseed-cafe-bar