From a perfectly strong cappuccino to a quick hit of espresso, for most mamas getting their daily fix of caffeine is essential! Luckily we’re spoilt for choice in S’pore with a stack of cafés that offer good coffee and are very child-friendly. Ready to enjoy your morning java jolt in peace while the kids play? Let’s sip and scoff our way around Singapore!
You all know how much we love Kith at Robertson Quay: toys for the tots, ample space for strollers, the coffee, but did you know they are now at Quayside Isle as well? You heard right mama, Kith has taken up sticks at the new seaside go-to dining destination on Sentosa and we are smitten. They do the same good coffee, the cool smoothies for kids, the old-school toasted sangas, but they now have the ultimate waterside destination to match. A tub of toys for the littlies, sofas that face the water (you’ll need to be there early to snap one up) and oodles of room for speed monsters to scoot and you have yourself one sweet café.
7 Rodyk Street, #01-28 The Watermark at Robertson Quay, Singapore 238215
Tel: (+65) 6341 9407
Open Monday – Sunday 7am-7pm
31 Ocean Way, #01-08 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098375
Tel: (+65) 6734 9007
Open Monday, Wednesday – Sunday 8am-10pm (closed Tuesdays)
A Sassy Mama fave, Spruce ticks all the right boxes. Enjoy your iced latte on the wide decking of Spruce’s leafy verandah, whilst the kids play on the outdoor shaded playground. They’ve recently opened a second location at the old Bukit Timah Firestation, where they continue to serve their signature coffees and hard-to-resist cakes. It’s not as child-friendly as the Tanglin location, but perfect for a post Bukit Batok Nature Park coffee hit.
320 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, Singapore 247980
Tel: (+65) 6836 5528
Open Monday – Friday 10:30am-10:30pm, Saturday – Sun and Public Holidays 9am-10:30pm
260 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588190
Tel: (+65) 6466 5582
Open Monday -Friday 11:30am-12am, Saturday – Sunday and Public Holidays 9am-12am
Not just for brunch, stop in at Toby’s Estate for a very good cup of joe and a pastry, whilst the littlies keep busy with the in-house toys (we couldn’t get our 3 year old away from the bead sorting frame!). Communal dining ensures plenty of room for prams, and the blast of air conditioning will keep junior cool before a session of riverside bike riding.
The Pantry at Loewen Gardens
A huge netted outdoor trampoline, a swing set with a slide, plus a stack of bobby cars for toddlers to ride around on is what you’ll get at The Pantry. There’s also loads of space for kids to ride their scooters and a strong coffee waiting for mama (plus a delectable range of homemade cakes and slices!). Be warned it is a pretty popular spot amongst Tanglin mums so best avoid the after-school hours if you want to give your tots the best chance at a quiet play.
75 Loewen Road, Singapore 248844
Tel: (+65) 6474 0441
Open Monday – Friday 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm (closed Sundays)
Baker & Cook
Baker & Cook scores big points for their impressive range of artisan breads, their strong coffee and their kid-friendly treats (we dare you to not walk out of here with a sweet treat for your little one). Due to its popularity, it can get crazy busy in the mornings, so best get there super early if you’re to have any hope of snagging a table inside (no highchairs, but plenty of space outside to stash the stroller!). Well-behaved kids can be rewarded with a play session at the nearby Watten Estate Park (one of our favourites!).
77 Hillcrest Road, Singapore 288951
Tel: (+65) 6469 8834
Open Sunday – Thursday 7am-8pm, Friday – Saturday 7am-10pm
Tiong Bahru Bakery
Take a stroll through the hip Tiong Bahru area and stop for a coffee and a croissant at this chic (and über-popular) bakery. We admit the space isn’t exactly sprawling, but a good dose of highchairs and a glass display cabinet at toddler height (littlies can help decide exactly which cake they would like) makes it a worthwhile visit. Don’t forget to indulge in any of their artisanal breads whilst you are there – they’re surefire crowd pleasers and packed with good stuff!
Known amongst the cool crowd for being understatedly trendy, Loysel’s Toys is also a decent location for an afternoon coffee date with the kids. The hole-in-the-wall café is located on the Kallang River, making it a perfect little spot for busy bees to do some scooter time. Snatch a table outside and you might just be able to finish your café au lait without getting up to chase the kiddies.
Food for Thought
Churning out the cappuccinos since its launch in late 2011, Food for Thought is a popular spot amongst parents doing the early morning coffee run. An outdoor playground is the biggest draw here, with just enough space for toddlers to scooter or run around (we like that the staff are accommodating to little ones too). If the heat gets too much for the tikes, take the fun (and coffee) inside, where you’ll find a massive air-conditioned space, highchairs for babies and colouring sheets for small hands (ask the staff!).
Head down during the week (it’s beautifully quiet on weekday mornings) for an espresso and a muffin with the kiddos and play “I spy” with the million dollar yachts moored in the marina. Alfresco dining at its best, we love the cooling sea breezes from this fabulous waterside location, as well as the colouring sheets and small outdoor playground for busy toddlers.
Enjoy your morning java with the horses at Rider’s Café, and indulge in a sweet treat with your littlies. Set in an old Black and White, this well-liked café serves the trad caffeine culprits – cappuccinos, lattes and espressos – as well as some seriously good scones and muffins. Active kids can play on the outdoor playground or watch the horses from the verandah (if you manage to get a table here on Sundays there are even $10 pony rides for the kiddies).
51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
Tel: (+65) 6466 9819
Open Sunday – Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday – Saturday 8am-10pm (closed Mondays)
Melbournites are super familiar with the Carlton coffee institution, Brunetti, and rightfully so. Brewing up some of the best (and strongest!) coffees in Singapore, there is also an overwhelming selection of sweets and pastries (and even gelato) for hungry monkeys. The outdoor dining is the biggest attraction for families as there is ample space for babes in strollers and toddlers on scooters, and no one minds if the kiddos get a bit noisy!
Perhaps not immediately springing to mind as one of the most child-friendly cafes in town, this enticing little coffee shop is still a huge hit with the mums and little bubs crowd. With some of the strongest cappuccinos around, it’s a nice spot to head towards with the littlies as the paved area outside is perfect for the kiddos to run around on. Just take note mama that there really is little room inside for prams, so best to leave the strollers at home and take babe in arms.
We adore the view of the CBD and the Marina Bay area from South Coast (the breeze off the water is just the icing on the cake) but are particularly chuffed with the quality of the coffees. With decent sized cups of java, the space in front of this bistro is ideal for active preschoolers on bicycles. The ability to sip your cappuccino while keeping an eye on your scooting tots is one of the best parts about this location.
The Bread Project
This quaint little shophouse is perfect for those living on the East Coast to drop past for a fresh loaf of bread or a crunchy pastry (or even a sticky bun!). While it is not a dining destination per se, it makes for a nice stop on a day out in the East – combine a visit to The Bread Project with a wander through the eclectic Joo Chiat or as a pit stop on your way to East Coast Park.
The Fabulous Baker Boy
This charming little outdoor café (don’t worry, it’s shaded and there are fans to stir the air a bit) is perfect to head to with scooters and stroller so that the littlies can wear themselves out in the park and mama can reward herself with a little something sweet. There’s plenty of open space between the tables if you’ve got toddlers, and as it’s totally open on one side kids can hurl themselves down the grassy slope in front and remain in full view, hopefully without you needing to leave your seat.
The Foothills (opposite Liang Court), 70 River Valley Road, #01-15 Singapore 179037
Tel: (+65) 6694 8336
Open Tuesday – Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 10:30am-11pm, Sunday 10:30am-4pm (closed Mondays)