1. Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is our new fave kid-friendly destination cafe in Singapore. All thanks to the outdoor playground, plenty of jungle greenery to explore and an edible garden to get busy in. Add to that bunnies, chickens and plenty of great eats and this place was made for families. You can tuck into a menu packed with healthy dishes made from fruits and herbs harvested straight from the on-site garden. Or nibble on some cheeky pastries and cakes.
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
2. Ola Beach Club
Brunch on the beach with a pool and sand between your toes? Yes, yes and yes to that… only at Ola Beach Club! This big player in Singapore’s beach club scene is super family-friendly – we’re talking nursing room, nappy-changing facilities, toddler-sized kid-friendly tables and a playpen for the littlies. We love the modern Hawaiian menu, where the children can tuck into burgers and an amazing grilled chicken. Grown-ups, of course, should enjoy the fab tiki cocktails by that pool. Check out our full review of Ola Beach Club and get over to Sentosa now.
Ola Beach Club, 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099005
3. Open Farm Community
One of our absolute favourite spots to treat the kids (and ourselves) to a feast is Open Farm Community. The moment you step into the epic grounds of this farm-to-table kid-friendly restaurant, you’ll see why it’s the name on everyone’s lips in Singapore. Abutting thriving beds of kale, thyme and Italian basil, you’ll find a huge kids’ sandpit, a family grocer garden, a collection of quirky sculptures, a Common Man Coffee Roasters coffee shop and a sprawling green (where you can bowl or get your yogi on). The children’s menu is so healthy, fresh and inventive that you’ll happily scoff their leftovers. We LOVE that lasagne. Warning: once you go, you’ll find yourself back most weekends.
Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
4. Cafe Melba
We’ve long been massive fans of this corker of a kid-friendly restaurant that is Cafe Melba. Both branches in the East and West have really got it all in terms of delicious Australasian fusion grub and a gigantic lawn (with a bouncy castle on weekends). Plus, the East location has Goodman Arts Centre right around the corner – score! At Mediapolis, you’ll also find a sweeping area perfect for family fun, scooting and loads of games for the kids. Think: soccer balls and nets, a basketball ring, frisbees, and life-sized wooden noughts and crosses board! Food-wise, our pick is the parma ham and rocket wood-oven pizza, washed down with a lime frozen daiquiri. Refreshing! Ask about the Kids’ Club Card, which involves some tasty perks… And pssst, on Mondays, kids eat free!
Cafe Melba, Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053; Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 138507; and 31 Mount Sophia, #01-00, Singapore 228480
5. Plank Sourdough Pizza
If you love the soft, pillowy sourdough bread at kid-friendly cafe Baker & Cook, you’re going to go cray-cray for the pizza at sister restaurant Plank Sourdough Pizza. Think wood-oven, fresh, authentic Italian ingredients and a relaxed vibe – the perfect family-friendly recipe for a cracking meal out with your crew. Pop next door for a sweet treat for dessert afterwards (and a takeaway bottle of wine and that sourdough bread we were raving about!). There’s also a small playground just across the way for a post-lunch run around.
Plank Sourdough Pizza, various locations including Dempsey Hill, Namly Estate, Serangoon Garden and Swan Lake.
A gem on Sentosa’s white sands of Siloso Beach, Coastes is the ultimate laid-back beachfront family-friendly restaurant/bar. There’s just something about enjoying a tipple and a simple meal with your toes in the sand. Your little ones will while away the hours building sandcastles right next to your table as you enjoy the sunset with an icy beverage in hand. Family restaurant perfection, we say!
Coastes, 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
7. Picotin Express
You know the moment you roll up to Picotin Express that you’re entering kid heaven. We have a soft spot for the lush Bukit Timah location, nestled within a green golf course. The alfresco deck has a relaxed family-friendly vibe, and the kids’ menu is spot-on. The mini putt-putt golf course next door (currently closed) will offer loads of happy distraction for the kiddos – there are also swings, hurrah! – so you can eat in peace. And if you’re an east-sider, the Joo Chiat branch has foosball, a pool table and the occasional bouncy castle to keep younglings happy. Yep, it’s definitely one of the more kid-friendly restaurants out there!
Picotin Express, 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286966; 382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622; and Waterboat House, 3 Fullerton Road, #03-01, Singapore 049215
8. The Vineyard at HortPark
The Vineyard at HortPark is more of a sophisticated adults’ venue midweek, but come the weekend it’s a kiddie and family-friendly restaurant utopia, complete with a bouncy castle, bowling, balloon sculpting and archery zone. All this in a stunning setting – sounds pretty good to us! The French-Italian menu is delish, and with weekend brunch, you really can’t go wrong! HortPark is a great starting point for a pram-friendly walk along the Southern Ridges, too.
Vineyard at HortPark, HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, #02-02, Singapore 119578
9. PS. Cafe at Harding Road and East Coast Park
For a special treat, check out PS.Cafe at Harding Road (Dempsey) and PS.Cafe by the Sea at East Coast Park. In true PS.Cafe style, the food is sumptuous, and special mention must go to the cakes, which are unbelievable both in flavour and size. And those truffle fries… The ambience at this stylish cafe is simply divine, and the outdoor lawn and garden will entertain your little ones for a good hour or so. If you’re at the East Coast location, take advantage of the playground and toddler-friendly exploration garden – it’s right around the corner!
PS.Cafe, 28B Harding Road, Singapore 249549 and 1110 East Coast Parkway, Cyclist Park, #01-05/06/07, Singapore 449880
10. The Coastal Settlement
Come casually attired and pull up a pew on the alfresco deck at The Coastal Settlement with your fam. It’s got a fab vintage feel and an equally quaint kids’ courtyard with swings, toy rocking horses and rides. We adore the retro styling (including old-school TVs and telephones). There’s plenty of wide-open space for your kids to explore, and a stellar cocktail menu for parents!
The Coastal Settlement, 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529