We’re always on the hunt for the best kid-friendly restaurants and cafes in Singapore. Are you in the mood for Saturday brunch by the water, with a stroll by the river to walk off that dessert? The Singapore River is the scene of many a happy afternoon scooting with the kids – and we’re thankful to have so many fab spots for families along its banks! We’ve pulled together the ultimate riverside dining guide for the hungry family in Singapore. Read on for our favourite kid-friendly places to feast in Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, and Robertson Quay.
Super Loco is our top spot in Robertson Quay. The outdoor tables populated by Bugaboos and kids zipping around on scooters are already a good sign, but settle into this bright and cheery brunch spot on a weekend and you’ll see why it’s such a hit. We love the technicolour decor, abundance of high chairs and brilliant brunch menu which includes super smoothies and treats for kids including ham and cheese enchilada and pineapple crepe. Grown-ups can tuck into monster huevos rancheros and a cheeky sparkling sangria. Hot tip: Weekend brunch is from 10am-3.30pm. No bookings for brunch, but we’ve never had to wait long for a table. Kids love running across the brightly coloured Art Bridge after brunch – join the chase to work off those Mexican desserts!
60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 The Quayside, Singapore 238252; www.super-loco.com
We road tested this new relaxed Eastern Mediterranean restaurant for weekend brunch, and we’re totally digging its relaxed beachy vibe. Brought to us by the team behind Neon Pigeon and Fat Prince, we were expecting big things from Summerlong (including exceptional cocktails). We weren’t disappointed with its good coffee, super-fresh salad counter and interesting ‘Little Pelicans’ menu. The best part of the dining experience is the old-school soft serve ice cream station with toppings galore (dairy free options available). We’ll be back with and without the kids.
#01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252; www.summerlongsg.com
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar
For a super casual, wholesome bite to eat with the kids pull up a seat on the terrace at SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar. Everything about this place fits our profile from the down-to-earth homemade fare to the fresh produce, artisanal goodies and pop-up art exhibitions. All ingredients are well sourced and the flavourful food is made from scratch with heart. Our kids love the oh-so-yum smoothies jam-packed with goodness – especially the choco-peanut butter banana one. Simple staples for brunch include yoghurt berries trifle, omelettes and pastries and baked sourdough to die for.
41 Robertson Quay, #02-01, Singapore, 238236; www.sprmrkt.com.sg
Boomarang is a bit of an institution with the family breakfast crowd in Singapore. Not only does it serve good, honest Aussie food, but the kids’ menu is printed on a colouring-in sheet. The restaurant’s massive frontage means that it’s super roomy (plenty of pram parking space), and you’ll easily score a table outside with a view of the river. Make sure to bring your scooters for your kids to burn up all that excess energy. And if brunch turns into lunch, hubby can catch the footy on the big screen. Hands down best chicken parmigiana in Singapore, and the Bondi breakfast spread fills more than one hungry tummy!
60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore, 238252; www.boomarang.com.sg
This Robertson Quay fave is so popular with the brunch crowd that outlets have now popped up all over Singapore. It’s little wonder as it’s a place you can kick back with the kiddos and enjoy damn good coffee. We’re also big fans of its brilliant brunch menu (the salmon scrambled eggs and banana bread are always a hit) and a genuine family-friendly vibe. There’s always something to keep the kiddos happy here: a box of toys, rocking horses and the perfect location to enjoy a scoot around. There’s no indoors to speak of, so come dressed down.
#01-28 Watermark at Robertson Quay, 7 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238215; www.kithcafe.sg
Common Man Coffee Roasters
A short stroll away from the river you’ll find Common Man Coffee Roasters, which simply had to be included in this foodie guide. CMCR boasts arguably the BEST coffee in Singapore, which isn’t really a surprise given its owned by the same peeps as 40 Hands in Tiong Bahru. The food is just as incredible as the caffeine – try the common man veggie wonderland (with haloumi), we guarantee you won’t get ordering envy. If you have small kids (read flight risk) opt for a seat indoors away from the roadside. Our tip: leave the pram at home as it’s up a flight of stairs.
22 Martin Road #01-00, Singapore 239058; www.commonmancoffeeroasters.com
Privé at the Asian Civilisations Museum
Privé at ACM is the perfect spot to refuel if you are hitting the museum circuit with the kiddos. But it is also a fabulous dining destination in its own right with its light, cool interiors and breezy outdoor deck with river views. The kids’ menu is awesome with classics like the superkid scrambled eggs and brain-food such as the salmon fillet with garden peas, broccoli and lemon mayo. We have it on good authority that the cupcakes and the ride-on cars in the courtyard have the power to squeeze out at least another hour of museum time… Watch the Privé Facebook page for specials for kids during school holidays.
#01-02, 1 Empress Place, Singapore, 179555; www.theprivegroup.com.sg
Crab lovers unite: this spacious family-friendly restaurant serves up mouth-watering plates of chilli and pepper crab for families with a taste for spice. Don paper bibs and get ready for a tummy-bursting meal with the quiet lapping of gentle waves as your constant companion. And if it’s all too much for the little ones – they can have their fill of chicken satay, fried rice, noodles, steamed buns and some of the freshest broccoli in Singapore.
#01-01/02 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore, 058282; www.jumboseafood.com.sg
We totally adore daddy chef Emmanuel Stroobant for being so very welcoming to our littlies. Visit Brussels Sprouts from 5pm Sunday to Thursday and your kids (under nine years) can choose spaghetti meatballs, shepherds pie or burger for free whenever you order from the big eats menu. One kid per paying adult – sounds great to us! With a divine selection of mussels and re-fillable frites to choose from, eating here is definitely a feel good riverside experience.
#01-12 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, The Pier @ Robertson, Singapore 239013; www.brusselssprouts.com.sg
This Mexican restaurant is no stranger to loud gatherings, so call your crew for an arvo session with the kids. Expect generous servings of tacos, burritos and quesadillas and a good dose of fiery Latino flair. All dishes on the kid’s menu are served with rice and beans, and our little hip-shakers always go for the Mini Chicken Chimichanga or the soft taco. Don’t worry – the chef is adept at tailoring spice to junior palates. Café Iguana is the proud home of the blue agave margarita, so best to order one as a good guest!
#01-03, Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282; www.cafeiguana.com
This Australian coffee roastery has a lovely outdoor area perfect for people-watching. With wallet-friendly brunch offerings and oh-so-chic industrial decor, this is one place you and your kiddos will certainly enjoy whiling away the time at. If we had to choose a time of the day for a feast here, we say breakfast because of the knock out kids short stack pancakes and the sinfully rich MC pie mac & cheese. And that’s just for us… Although the roast beef sandwich with rainbow fries is hard to refuse.
Toby’s Estate, #01-03/04, 8 Rodyk Street, Singapore 238216; www.tobysestate.com.sg
Bar Bar Black Sheep
Fresh air and sunshine? We’re so there. You’ll adore this spot for its simple Asian/Western fare. It’s no fuss, no service charge, no GST, just classic hawker-style Thai, North Indian and Western plates served up quick! Cheap cold beer deals only enhance the experience for us parents. Your kiddies will have a blast running wild right outside too – don’t forget your scooters.
86 Robertson Quay; www.bbbs.com.sg
This hidden gem is a hit with the HoneyKids mums for its lovely patio (beautiful views but with walls high enough for you to enjoy your meal without stressing about safety) and excellent North Indian dishes the whole family can enjoy. If your kids want their curries super mild, the kitchen will sort it out for you! Look carefully for the doorway to Our Village as it’s a little bit tucked away along the Boat Quay strip. And you don’t have to leave the stroller at home – there’s lift access! It’s a great spot to book when you have visitors in town.
46 Boat Quay, Singapore 049835, best to book on p. 6538 3058.
Firm Dempsey favourite, PS. Café has a deceptively enormous sister restaurant on Martin Road. Our kids beg to go here on a Saturday for afternoon tea and babycinos – and we usually give in because the cakes are honestly spectacular. Other standouts from the extensive menu include the superfood salad (with a side of truffle shoe string fries of course), the PS Café waygu beef burger and Lulu’s leftover lasagna. If you insist on lining little stomachs before sweet endings, go for the rustic croquet monsieur with smoked ham, montreux gruyere.
38 Martin Road, Singapore, 239072; www.pscafe.com
Pizza, fish and chips and burgers anyone? Every child’s dream dinner comes true with Brewerkz’ kiddy meal offerings. Waltz down to Brewerkz and let your littlies indulge in some robust American fare, sans cutlery! You’ll probably be feeling charitable after a rack of baby back ribs and splash out for the rainbow cake for dessert. Not a crumb will remain.
#01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road, Singapore 058282; www.brewerkz.com
Red House Seafood Restaurant
Right smack-bang in the middle of the Roberston Quay action, you’ll find Red House Seafood – the scene of many a local family dinner since 1976. The huge circular tables accommodate large groups and the easy access to the riverside should extend the adults’ feast a little longer than usual (we recommend the Sri Lankan mud crab with pepper). Plenty of delish Asian grub to keep the little ones sated too.
#01-14 The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252; www.redhouseseafood.com
Tongkang Riverboat Dining
If you’re keen to treat your teens to a quintessential Singapore experience, eat aboard one of the last surviving pair of traditional cargo riverboats floating on the Singapore River. They’ll be glad to be blissfully free from the toddler set usually frequenting family-friendly restaurants. You’re safe with the food too with even the fussiest teenager sure to feast on staples like carbonara, chicken quesadilla, wedges and succulent meats seared on signature hot stones.
#01-06, 3D River Valley Road, Singapore 179023; www.tongkang.com.sg
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