When was the last time you sat down to a delicious meal in peace, savouring every mouthwatering morsel? Chances are as a parent, it’s been a while. Let’s face it, once kids come along, the peaceful mealtime goes out the window – unless you happen to be eating at one of Singapore’s best family-friendly restaurants.
Choosing the right restaurant to dine with kids is a crucial element for enjoying a tasty meal in peace. Find one with a play area and you might go undisturbed for an entire plateful. Who knows, you might even get to squeeze in dessert!
Things to look for:
This popular international buffet restaurant is located in Raffles City and allows parents to enjoy the all-you-can-eat spread as the kids happily play in the playground. Offering more than 300 buffet items over 29 different categories, there’s plenty of choice for even the fussiest of kids. Being a buffet, you don’t have to wait to eat and with capacity for 500 diners, there’s plenty of space for all.
Cafe Melba serves up food inspired by Melbourne and Asia (Melb + a = Melba) and their pancakes are some of the best in Singapore. Offering laid-back charm in the grounds of the Goodman Arts Centre, it offers plenty of space for the kids to run around. The Kids Club is a popular attraction for parents and kids alike! The first Saturday of every month, Cafe Melba hosts their Create art & craft event; offering an entire day of fun and activities along with an all-day breakfast menu and weekend roast for hungry little appetites! The bouncy castle is another popular feature of the Kids Club, giving kids the chance to jump and play every day. Every Monday it’s ‘kids eat free’ day where the children can play on the bouncy castle, get creative in the arts & crafts corner, or play with a range of footballs, rugby balls and other activities that are supplied by the Cafe.
Another great all-you-can-eat buffet is located in Heng Mui Keng Terrace, at Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe. A Peranakan fanfare, it welcomes 150 diners to indulge in the colourful Nonya kueh-kueh, as well as flavours such as Ayam Bua Kuluak and Sayur Lodeh. The friendly staff love families and there’s a good mix of colourful dishes for kids, and also a Kids’ Corner complete with cubby and play kitchen.
Open Farm Community is a popular bistro/cafe at Dempsey that attracts a crowd every day of the week. Designed to showcase innovative local farming, connect the community to nature, and celebrate local spirit, it’s set on a 35,000 sq ft of green land. Chef Ryan Clift has worked with some of the world’s best chefs and it shows – Open Farm Community has a plethora of awards under their belt. You can learn and relax with art, tours of the vegetable and fruit orchards, talks, gardening workshops, and of course eating. If you’re looking for a platform where families can come together and explore the many facets of food together, then Open Farm Community is the place to be.
Located in the heart of Bugis/Arab Street, this ocean-hued cafe adorned with vintage items provides a whimsical feel and a fun, welcoming atmosphere perfect for families. Thyme@Aliwal specialises in European and Asian cuisine and is suited for families with small children to dine in. The cafe has its own crafts corner for the kids to stay occupied and create a range of art and crafts while the adults can enjoy everything from a coffee & cake to one of the appetizing lunch specials including egg fried rice with herb marinated grilled chicken. The cafe also specialises in kids parties, offering a range of party packages, balloons, and cakes.
Marche at 313 Somerset has a play area called Heidi’s Hut where you’ll find wooden train tracks, a wooden playhouse and a wooden rocking horse. You can also find a baby service station, complete with microwave for heating up food. Marche at Suntec City has a play area that’s even bigger and better, with a second story of wooden fun. There’s also one at VIVOCITY. Offering European culinary delights from Switzerland, you can enjoy fresh, quality, healthy food in the tranquil setting of a Swiss Alpine Village.
Located at Singapore Botanical Gardens, Food for Tots is an excellent place to grab a coffee and a bite to eat after a picturesque walk through the gardens. Offering an outdoor playground and a good kids’ menu, it’s designed around love for family, care for the environment, and the enjoyment of rest and truly sustainable living. The eco-conscious restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery and features upcycled milk tin lamps and full-height glass walls that let in plenty of natural light. Large tables and generous aisles make navigating with a pram easy. The newest addition to the Food for Thought group brings the concept of kids’ self-service; believing kids can help themselves as well as help others. By dining at Food for Tots, you are giving back to the local community and the world at large.
Once again it’s time to hit an all-you-can-eat buffet – this time, however, it’s a Korean BBQ buffet. Offering great value for money and a large play area complete with not one, but two ball pits. Kids will happily play while mum and dad tuck into some great food. There are four all-you-can-eat restaurants to choose from – located in WestWay on the West Coast Highway; Guillemard on Guillemard Road; Robertson Walk on Robertson Walk; and Yunga (East Coast) on East Coast Road.
Ola Beach Club at Siloso Beach in Sentosa is the most perfect spot for a family day out or weekend escape! Taking inspiration from Hawaii, the beach club is decorated with all things beachy – surfboards, tiki torches, and a relaxed outdoors vibe. The club was designed with families in mind, providing a place for adults and young kids to be able to enjoy delicious food on the beach. For babies, Ola Beach Club provides a nursing room and changing tables along with a playpen. For the older kids, the pool is filled with giant inflatables along with a waterslide and a bouncy castle. To take the action to the water, try a family banana boat ride before sitting on the kid-friendly tables facing the cool lagoon and sample the range of tasty Hawaiian-food menu items which includes a children’s menu.
NOM – No Other Meaning – is a bistro and bakery that makes simple homemade fare at affordable prices. It is a social enterprise founded by the people behind Yesterdae Cafe, so dinner here will go to the greater cause of supporting disadvantaged Singaporeans. Most food and desserts are made from scratch on the premise with no preservatives so you know your little one is eating well. It is also a great venue for full month and first birthday celebrations.
Serving some of the best Eurasian food in Singapore, Quentin’s has an extensive menu and kid’s menu made from recipes that have been passed down for generations. Blending spices and flavours, each dish is a reflection of both east and West cuisine. You’ll be left satisfied after enjoying some lovely food and ambience with your family and the kids will lovely the cosy play nook featuring a ball pit and slide.
Serving Australian food, the roomy (and pram-friendly) Boomarang Bistro & Bar is a family-friendly venue suitable for little ones. The children’s ‘Little Tackers’ menu is printed on a colouring sheet, allowing the kids to be entertained as they doodle with the provided pot of crayons on each table. Food is delicious; with breakfast, lunch and dinner options for both kids and adults. If you’re just stopping by for a coffee-break, bring the stroller and scooters and sit on one of the tables overlooking the river as you order a cappuccino and babycino for the little one.
Located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, your family and the child in you will love a visit to the DC Comics inspired cafe. From Batman to Wonder Woman, there’s a hero for every fanboy and fangirl to enjoy. Serving American diner food, treat yourself to a burger, loaded fries and shake, or indulge in a superhero themed cake with a coffee.
Serving authentic French crepes, this little creperie opened in 2008 and serves a range of delicious treats. You can choose from gluten-free buckwheat flour or certified organic wheat flour. There are so many fillings to choose from such as cheese and mushroom or cooked apples and salted caramel.
Located on Martin Road, away from the bustle of the city centre, The Book Cafe is ideal if you’re looking for a quiet spot with comfy chairs to relax and unwind in. Sit back and enjoy a coffee and a slice of cheesecake while catching up with a friend. It has an easy going feel and warm atmosphere. You can easily spend a few hours here so order something from their extensive menu. Resembling a large living room, you’ll feel right at home.
Dining with children really can be fun when you choose wisely!