I can safely say The Book Cafe ranks riiiiight up there as one of the most kid-friendly cafes I’ve visited in Singapore. Ironically, I’d been pushing off checking out this cafe for months, because I thought it was very baby-UNfriendly (I was under the impression that, being a book cafe, it was practically like a library and kiddos were not tolerated).
Of course, the day never came where I’m *ahem* rid of both kids, so one day I just decided to bite the bullet and meet some girl friends there. I’ve since been back 3-4 times, with either one or both kids, and I am delighted with this cafe. It’s cozy and laid back, with friendly service and a casual atmosphere.
The patrons seem to be split into three groups: the diners that park themselves for ages (studying or working on their laptop), the diners that are there for a quick business lunch, and the diners with young children in tow (points to self). I’ll be frank – I feel really sorry for the people there trying to study or work. The cafe is split into two areas, with the couch section popular with the parents-with-kids. If you’re there trying to study or work, you’ll may want to think again. I personally wouldn’t want to be there whilst kids are wandering around and being distracting! That said, the couch section is AWESOME if you have kids in tow. The couches are low enough for kids to climb up and down from, are very comfy, and you’re able to spread out all your kiddie paraphernalia. It’s also pretty contained, so kids are pretty safe. And, OH MY GOODNESS, they have toys. A big, fat box of toys for kids to dig around in and amuse themselves with. What a hit!
I have a soft spot for their latte. I ask for mine in their big mug (usually reserved for their iced drinks), with an extra shot otherwise it’ll be too milky. It always hits the spot, and I love sipping on my big glass of coffee as I relax on the couch and oversee the kids, without having to chase after them like a crazy chicken.
Their food ranges from pretty decent to excellent. The prices are very reasonable, and the portion sizes satisfying. For example, the chicken and mushroom alio olio is a children’s portion, at $7 I believe? It’s as big as an adult-sized portion at other cafes! It had more ingredients than it did pasta so my older son really enjoyed it. The olive rice with chicken was also very filling. Tender grains of rice flecked with a generous portion of tasty chopped olives, and packed with chicken chunks.
But their cheeseburger and wedges. OH MY. Their number one dish and a must-order. Surprisingly, once of the best burgers I’ve had in Singapore! The glossy bun is soft and fluffy, and I love the melted cheese and crispy lettuce. But it’s the patty that rocks – cooked medium by request, it was so juicy and full of that real meat flavour (compared to some fast food places with very odd tasting meat!). The whole thing was juicy and dripping, and packed with deliciousness. I’m smacking my lips just thinking about it! I’ve had it about 3 times now, and it’s been good every time, so consistency is there.
The Book Cafe is one of the rare places where I can sit down and relax for an extended period of time, whilst the kids potter around and play. More often than not, I’m trying desperately to keep them amused, or chasing after them in a cafe. For this reason, I really appreciate The Book Cafe’s concept and kid-friendliness. They also have their own baby change table making it a convenient relief for mums with a messy job at hand. Plus, their regular adult toilets have a drop-down mini toilet seat, for potty trained kids. Fab!
Last Bite: The Book Cafe offers a couch section with a large box of toys, sure to be a hit with your kids. With free WIFI and a wide menu, they are a popular spot for parents with kids. Check out their cheeseburger, it’s a stunner!
Easy access: Yes
Change tables: Yes
Kids’ menu: No
The Book Cafe
20 Martin Road #01-02 Seng Kee Building Singapore 239070
Tel: (+65) 6887 5430
Open: Mon to Thu 8am-10:30pm, Fri to Sat 8am-12am, Sun 8am-10:30pm
Beverly is a mama of 2, a confessed shopaholic, a hardcore foodie, and the writer and editor behind the new website, Brunch with my Baby. Brunch With My Baby is all about helping parents live a stylish, delicious and fun life with their kids in Singapore (and beyond!).