For dim sum with a twist, try ChoPSuey Café at Dempsey Hill. It’s a relaxed option for a family Sunday brunch (better for those with older kids we’re afraid) in all its 1920s sleek black and white décor. The Chinese fusion menu has plenty of dim sum options to keep junior diners happy – steamed dumplings, pork buns, and rice rolls all make an appearance — so it’s best to book a table on the alfresco terrace, order a few baskets to share and enjoy the atmosphere.
Block 10 Dempsey Road #01-23, Singapore 247700
Tel: (+65) 9224 6611
Famous for its xiao long bao, queues form early at their flagship store at Ngee Ann City, so best get there early to avoid a long wait (never fun with bored kids, we know!). This much loved restaurant chain has 50 locations scattered throughout Singapore so you can get your dim sum fix whenever and wherever you like! Deep fried shrimp dumplings are always a fav with the kiddies, as too are the baked egg tarts. With prices ranging from $3.60 to $5 per basket you can afford to try out some new dishes here!
Ngee Ann City #04-19, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Tel: (+65) 6735 6666
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We’ll be the first to admit that Din Tai Fung is not technically a dim sum restaurant, but with their juicy and delicious xiao long bao on offer and their family friendly set up, we could hardly resist the mention. High chairs, plastic cutlery and speedy service make it perfect for a quick, casual (and wallet-friendly!) meal with the kiddos – just get there early, it’s always busy at peak times. The Paragon location is particularly popular with families for the small playground located on the 5th floor — it’s the perfect post-lunch play spot (take note mama that the Paragon location is under reno until the 1st week of September, so get you’ll need to get your dim sum at any one of their other locations).
Paragon Shopping Mall #B1-03, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 23885
Tel: (+65) 6836 8336
Perfect for big family gatherings (their massive tables can seat up to 15 people!) Hua Ting at Orchard Hotel is renowned for its Chinese and Cantonese cuisine – it consistently ranks amongst the best in Chinese dining in Singapore. With a dim sum menu at lunchtime only and high chairs for the little ones, save this one for a special occasion mama – it’s worth it!
442 Orchard Road, Singapore 238879
Tel: (+65) 6734 7766
Imperial Treasure Restaurant (Nan Bei)
Consistently packed to the rafters, this extremely popular and humungous Chinese resto specialises in traditional dim sum fare. Kids will love the steamed custard buns and are certainly not out of place in the convivial atmosphere – noisy tots are simply part of the process! Families are out in force on the weekends so advanced bookings are essential.
Imperial Treasure Restaurant (Super Peking Duck)
Dedicated to producing the crispiest Peking Duck in Singapore, the Super Peking Duck branch of Imperial Treasure is a ton of fun for little ones as they try their hand at wrapping their own duck pancakes. Sliced on the plate (right in front of your eyes!) the duck here is some of the best we’ve tried. Good behaviour can be rewarded with a session on the Paragon indoor playground on the 5th floor.
Paragon Shopping Mall #05-42/45, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore
Tel: (+65) 6732 7838
With a seafood corner that is packed with heaps of live seafood (kids are always fascinated by watching the sea creatures mope around in the tanks) Jade Palace serves traditional Cantonese cuisine in an upscale setting, including, you guessed it, dim sum! There are always plenty of activities happening in the basement of the Forum too, to keep the kids entertained after lunch.
Forum Shopping Mall #B1-13, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 23884
Tel: (+65) 6732 6628
If you’re after cheap and cheerful dim sum in a no frills open-air environment, then drop past Kow Loon Hong Kong Dim Sum (get it?) for authentic Cantonese style food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this hawker centre resto is great for the older kids as they swap the air-conditioned city malls for a more authentic dining experience.
Block 151, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 #01-3030, Singapore 560151
Tel: (+65) 9685 9371
If you want your dim sum with a view, head to Majestic Bay Restaurant at Gardens by the Bay and eat while gazing at the waterfront. This massive seafood restaurant serves a wide range of dim sum (only for lunch we’re afraid) but is a lovely spot for letting the kids run around in the gardens afterwards. Parents will love their signature Seared Chilli Crab Meat Bun, while spice-averse kids can munch on their spring rolls.
Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Tel: (+65) 6420 6848
Dim Sum menu only available from Monday to Friday 11:45am – 2:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm.
This very modern (and rather fancy) Chinese restaurant serves traditional trolley-style dim sum as part of their lunch and dinner a la carte menus. Housed inside the Goodwood Park Hotel in Orchard and overlooking the hotel’s swimming pool, this one’s popular for its weekend dim sum high tea buffet set and famed Peking duck. Serving all the classic dim sum goodies, parents will love the steamed scallop dumplings while the kids tuck into their own flaky egg tarts. Advance bookings are a good idea here too.
22 Scotts Road, Goodwood Park Hotel, Singapore 228221
Tel: (+65) 6730 1704
Modern Asian Diner (M.A.D)
It would remiss of us not to include M.A.D as a family friendly dim sum resto (even with its confusing mix of cuisines on the menu!). A decent selection of dim sum – the baked barbeque pork buns are a stand out option for hungry little ones – and super speedy service, plus highchairs and plastic plates for tinies make it a great weekend dim sum option for families.
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Red Star Chinese Restaurant
A Singapore institution, Red Star is a classic dim sum joint where the pushcarts of yesteryear still rattle around piled high with baskets of siew mai, chee cheong fun (rice rolls) and prawn dumplings. Wait staff are kid-friendly and happy for munchkins to move around a bit plus there’s even baby-changing tables in the bathroom (massive bonus points!). They don’t take reservations for lunch so rock up early if you want any hope of avoiding a queue – just don’t forget to order the char siew sou or egg tarts whilst you’re there!
Block 54 Chin Swee Road #07-23, Singapore 160054
Tel: (+65) 6532 5266
If you’re looking for dim sum worthy of a Michelin Star then Tim Ho Wan is your place. Serving authentic (and affordable!) Hong Kong style dim sum in casual and kid-friendly surrounds (they even have high chairs on hand for the tinies), families flock here to get a taste of the famed barbeque pork buns. With dim sum made to order, this restaurant is so popular you’ll need to get in early to avoid the rush.
#01-29A The Atrium at Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Tel: (+65) 6383 2828
One of Singapore’s longest standing shophouse eateries, Yum Cha Restaurant in Chinatown in all its dim sum deliciousness, can be a tricky one to find. The entrance is tucked away behind the market stalls on Trengganu Street (if you can’t find it do ask one of the stall holders to direct you) and has a steep flight of stairs to navigate. If you can, leave the stroller at home or be prepared for a work out! Rickety trolleys deliver steamer baskets of spinach siew mai, xiao long bao and seafood dumplings to eager diners while efficient wait staff ensure you and the kids get fed – pronto!
20 Trengganu Street #02-01, Singapore 058479
Tel: (+65) 6372 1717
Sassy Mama Tip: For most dim sum restaurants it’s best to call 3 days in advance to book a table (especially on weekends!) and let them know how many highchairs you’re going to need. Many restaurants also use MSG, so if you’ve got little ones that are allergic (or you just want to avoid it all together), do inform the staff so they can accommodate.