The many hip neighbourhoods that make up the East Coast are renowned for having the largest and most diverse concentration of food options. Foodies are spoilt for choice in this breezy seaside locale! If you’re craving some top quality grub that is also suitable for mini foodies in the making, here’s our top 10 suggestions forEats on the East Coast the whole family can enjoy!
Cuisine: Italian Kid’s menu: No, but plenty of options on the menu for minis Baby chair: Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom: No, but pencils, colouring sheets and paper are provided at the table Highlight: Best wood-fired pizzas on the island!
Located in a small row of shop houses on East Coast Road, Al Forno’s has been serving families in the area authentic pizzas and pastas since 1995. Expect a warm and friendly casual family dining experience surrounded by the delicious aroma of pizzas baking in the wood fire ovens.
400 East Coast Road, Singapore 428996 Tel: (+65) 6348 8781
Cuisine:Pub grub Kid’s menu:Yes Baby chairs:Yes Space for strollers:Yes Playroom:No Highlight: Free flow chips!
With a dedicated children’s menu, free flow chips and plenty of space for the little ones to move around what’s not to love about Brussel Sprouts? Set on the East Coast Parkway with breezy ocean views and a large grass frontage, parents can relax at an outdoor table, sip on an icy cold Belgian beer and chow down on some fiery mussels while the kids run around (but not before they make the occasional stop for those free flow chips!).
902 East Coast Parkway, #01-27 Block F Big Splash, Singapore 449874 Tel: (+65) 6346 4344
Cuisine: Singaporean and Hong Kong style seafood Kid’s menu:No, but loads of options available on the main menu Baby chairs:Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom:No, however its location on the East Coast Parkway means there is plenty of space to run, ride, swim, and scoot after lunch! Highlight: Did we mention the location?
There are several Chinese seafood restaurants located in this Seafood Centre but our pick of the bunch is always Jumbo. Reservations are a must — especially on weekends — and if you can, always try and book a table outside so you can keep an eye on the kids as they run, ride and scoot along the parkway. With service starting at 5pm every night (except Sunday where they are open from lunch), gorgeous ocean views and an occasional sea breeze, it’s the perfect spot for a seafood dinner (please do give the Chili Mud Crabs a try mama!) before you send the wee ones off to bed.
East Coast Seafood Centre, #01-07/08 Block 1206 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449882 Tel: (+65) 6442 3435
Cuisine: Italian Kid’s menu: Yes Baby chairs: Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom: Yes, but only open on weekends from 10am to 2.30pm Highlight: The homemade sausages — very special!
This gem can be a little tricky to locate but is worth the effort to find! Set in the grounds of the Goodman Arts Centre, this fabulous Italian restaurant really caters for the little ones. As well as having a kid’s menu, the restaurant also has an indoor playroom plus a ton of space outside for active tots to run around while parents dines al fresco on the terrace.
90 Goodman Road, Block C Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053 Tel: (+65) 6346 5813
Cuisine: Westerncafé fare Kid’s menu:No, but plenty of options available on the main menu Baby chairs:Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom: No, but its location next to a park and the river provide plenty of space to run, ride and scoot! Highlight: The coffee – some of the best in Singapore!
This Papa Palheta spin off is no doubt well known among coffee loving mamas (and papas!). Located beside Kallang River, this fabulous café serves pastries, salads and sandwiches alongside their famous coffee. For the little ones, there’s popsicles and a park! Enjoy your coffee al fresco while you watch your tots play in the park or scoot along the river.
66 Kampong Bugis, #01-02 Sam Tat Building, Singapore 338987 Tel: (+65) 9451 0236
Cuisine:Hearty Western fare Kid’s menu:Yes Baby chair:Yes Space for strollers:Yes Playroom:Not specifically but they do have a children’s playground and plenty of curios for little eyes to admire. Highlight: Not leaving hungry!
On the upper end of the East Coast and just 5 minutes away from the popular Pasir Ris Park, this casual dining restaurant, café and bar has fantastic food for adults and kids, as well as plenty of space for strollers (it’s set in an old army barracks so is huge!). While it does get quite busy on the weekends (and service can be a bit patchy) the food is well worth the trek – just don’t leave without trying the truffle fries!
Cuisine: Burgers Kid’s menu: No Baby chairs:Yes Space for strollers:Yes Playroom:No Highlight: The 3 Plain Joe — the way a beef burger was meant to be!
If your slightly older children love a burger but you just can’t face a burger of the chain store variety then Two Fat Men is the place to go. This no frills street side establishment on East Coast Roadserves delicious back-to-basics burgers that are made with quality ingredients and served alongside designer beers to quench the parental thirst. Friendly staff also serves Thai snacks from a simple Thai joint up the road. This is a great place for a cheap but good quality meal.
376 East Coast Road, Singapore 428984 Tel: (+65) 6346 0046
Cuisine:Ice cream Kid’s menu:It’s kind of all about the kids here! Baby chairs:Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom:No, however children can draw all over the whiteboard covered walls with neon markers. Hours of entertainment right there! Highlight: Their ice cream making master classes with an all you can eat buffet!
The team at Udders proclaim they are ice cream artists and rightfully so! Their very original and sometimes cheeky flavours make them a stand out in the frozen treats market, where you’re bound to find something for everyone. Kid classic flavours like Cookies and Cream and Strawberry Fields are always a hit, as are Baileys and Bourbon and Horlicks Balls for the grown ups.
Cuisine:North and SouthIndian Kid’s menu: Yes Baby chairs: Yes Space for strollers: Yes Playroom: Yes (a small one) Highlight: The dedicated nursing room with a proper change table and a children’s toilet.
Craving a curry? This family-friendly Indian resto won’t break the bank and looks out for young taste buds by providing several non-spicy and not-too-spicy options. There is also a dedicated kid’s corner with a wooden playhouse, play kitchen and an array of wooden toys to keep the littlies occupied so parents can enjoy their meal in peace!
135/137 East Coast Road, Singapore 428820 Tel: (+65) 6440 6786
Melissa Bujtor, originally from Australia, now based in Singapore, is an ex-banker turned mum and budding food and lifestyle photographer. She is extremely passionate about all things food, especially when she can combine it with her other love – travel! You can view Melissa’s work and contact her via her blog here.