We've got the ultimate guide to kid-friendly restaurants and cafés in Singapore – so sit back and enjoy a meal while the tiny humans play!
We’ve given you the lowdown on the best pizza restaurants in Singapore, and shared the hottest restaurants for a romantic date. But if you’ve ever been given a dirty look by a fellow restaurant goer when your little darling has had a full-scale meltdown, you know what we mean when we say a kid-friendly restaurant can be a beacon of light for parents who enjoy eating out with – shock horror – their kids. Parents, we bring you a whopping great list of the best kid-friendly restaurants the length and breadth of Singapore, the places where parents can finish a good hot meal in (relative) peace…
Psst… in light of the coronavirus situation, the Ministry of Health has laid out new rules for food and beverage establishments: as of 7 April, all local establishments will convert to being open for takeout and delivery only until 4 May. Wherever you and the fam decide to order from, just remember to practise social distancing when you queue up – and please, don’t forget to wash your hands!
Now this is how you do a relaxing Sunday brunch by the water in Singapore. Bayswater Kitchen, overlooking the Marina at Keppel Bay, brings on instant weekend vibes with its light and bright space, breezy outdoor dining area and cool nautical styling. What makes it a kid-friendly restaurant? A great kids’ menu for the under-12s with some seriously good fish and chips ($14), then foosball and a ping-pong table! And for us parents, the Brunch By the Bay menu serves up a whole lotta goodness. It all calls for a glass of rosé or jug of Pimm’s while you kick back and enjoy the live jazz that’s sometimes on offer, we say. And after that long lunch, the kiddos can scoot along the marina. This is as laidback as it gets, folks.
Where: 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari
Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari is our new destination kid-friendly dining fave in Singapore. 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. We paid it a little visit with our own troopers; check out our full review!
Where: 130E Minden Rd, Singapore 248819
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 addition to 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 loved the modern Hawaiian menu, and the kids tucked 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.
Where: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099005
We road-tested this relaxed kid-friendly 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 in Singapore, 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.
Where: The Quayside #01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Potato Head Folk
If, like us, you usually head straight to the rooftop bar, you probably didn’t know that Singapore’s Potato Head branch has an amazing kid-friendly space on its second floor. Expect the same whimsically painted walls and sculptures, but throw in some fun little burgers on legs, brightly coloured bunting and high chairs and you’ve got your new weekend hangout with the kids. Check out their brilliant brunch menu: it’ll be hard to tear the kids away from the Dizzy Rascal kids’ burger and a milkshake. We love this joint!
Where: 36 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089143
Head on over to Seletar to check out Wildseed, the chilled-out kid-friendly restaurant below colonial-style stunner Summerhouse: this is where parents in the know are hanging out on Sunday mornings for coffee, pastry and lovely live music in Singapore.The best bit? There’s an awesome plane-themed playground right next door, where the kids can burn off some energy after brunch or hit the swings! Tip: book early to snap up a spot in the air-conditioned room, but even if you’re planning on dropping in, there’s plenty of seating! There’s also a branch at Alkaff Mansion in Telok Blangah Hill Park: great if you’ve walked the Southern Ridges.
Where: Level 2, 3 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798387
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 in to 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 kids’ menu is so healthy, fresh and inventive that you’ll happily scoff their leftovers. LOVE that lasagne. For the full download, including mouth-watering pics, check out Honeycombers’ review of OFC here. Warning: once you go, you’ll find yourself back most weekends.
Where: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Oxwell & Co
We’ve been known to herald in le weekend with a Friday night drink and nibble at the gastro-pub with the mostest, Oxwell & Co. Until now, we’ve treated it as more of a parent’s guilty pleasure than a kid-friendly restaurant. Well, do we have news for you… there’s a dedicated kids’ menu ($20), which will mean you can still chillax with delectable burgers and beers while your kids scoff junior beef burgers, meatballs or fish and chips. You’ll squeeze in a nightcap as they doodle away on their menus and inhale their ice-cream dessert. And for those of you with older kids, head to Oxwell & Co on a Friday or Saturday evening, and nab an alfresco table on the street for a Parisian vibe (road closed to traffic from 7pm).
Where: 5 Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, Singapore 069688
We’ve long been massive fans of the 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 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 scooting and loads of games for the kids including soccer balls and nets, a basketball ring, frisbees, and a 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! (Pssst: Head over on a Monday because kids eat free!)
Where: 90 Goodman Road, Goodman Arts Centre, Block N#01-56, Singapore 439053, and Mediapolis, 1 Stars Avenue, #03-01, Singapore 138507
British export Pizza Express is a fantastico place to get a pizza fix with its Piccolo kids’ menu ($12 for pizza/pasta, drink and dessert). The HoneyKids mum crew had a top night at Pizza Express. So good in fact that we may, or may not, have been back a few times since… The colouring pencils and activity sheets distract little hands in the four minutes it takes to cook the pizzas to perfection. And did we mention the dough balls? We’d go there for the little garlicky balls of heaven alone.
Where: Various locations at Duo Galleria, Marina One, Century Square, Holland Village and Scotts Square.
If you’ve got a little one with a penchant for furry friends of the equestrian variety, then kid-friendly restaurant Riders Cafe is for you. Chow down on contemporary comfort food on the verandah of a colonial black and white, and then head down for a look at the horses. On many a past weekend pre-Covid-19, we often gave in to the kids’ demand for a pony ride.
Where: 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965
Plank Sourdough Pizza
If you love the soft, pillowy sourdough bread at 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 kid-friendly recipe for a cracking meal out at a restaurant with your crew. Pop next door for a sweet treat for dessert afterwards (and a takeaway bottle of wine and loaf of bread we were raving about!). There’s also a small playground just across the way for a post-lunch run around.
Where: Various locations at Dempsey Hill, Namly Estate, Eng Kong Park, Serangoon Garden and Swan Lake.
If you’re a bit like us and are loving Tiong Bahru right now, then you’ll be right at home at cool Flock Cafe. It’s definitely more of a breakfast and coffee kinda joint than a kid-friendly restaurant, but with menu highlights such as the cheeky poached eggs with braised pork cheek, hollandaise sauce and brioche, you’d be crazy not to give it a whirl. Healthy, fresh juices for the kids, too.
Where: 78 Moh Guan Terrace #01-25, Singapore 162078
A gem on Sentosa’s white sands of Siloso Beach, Coastes is the ultimate laid-back beachfront kid-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 icy beverage in hand. Perfection!
Where: 50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000
Not only does kid-friendly restaurant Boomarang 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 (pram parking is a doddle), 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 he absolutely must, hubby can catch the footy on the big screen. Yup, super kid-friendly!
Where: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-15 The Quayside, Singapore 238252; Boat Quay, 52 Circular Road, Singapore 049407
Huber’s Bistro is a casual alfresco kid-friendly restaurant, designed as an add-on to their ginormous two-storey butchery. Hit the awesome soft-fall playground first to run off some energy. It’s shaded and gated, so you won’t have to worry about run-aways or sunburn. Then head to the bistro for a bite to eat and an ice-cold beer. As you can imagine, the meat is as fresh as it comes. They’ve got at least seven sausage dishes on the menu, and some pretty good-looking burgers too. Before you leave, don’t forget to stock up inside, and you’ll be sorted for dinner for the next week or so.
Where: 22 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249679
True to his roots as the father of good kids’ nutrition, the menu at Jamie’s Italian restaurants at Forum have an impressively wholesome yet appealing menu for the little people: think fish of the day in a bag, happy chicken lollipops and even a mini picnic. Yep, it’s the perfect kid-friendly restaurant for us folks living in Singapore! Kids are the VIPs here, and the staff know how to take care of them with activity packs at the ready. We think the menu, a retro viewfinder with pictures of the kids’ menu items, is the coolest thing ever. Needless to say, parents will also be more than happy with the fantastic Italian fare. Kids will rave about the old-school view-masters, stickers, crayons and paper-tainment.
Where: The Forum, 583 Orchard Road #01-01/04 Forum, Singapore 238884
This kid-friendly restaurant 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 pancakes are always a hit) and a genuine family-friendly vibe. There’s always something at Kith Cafe to keep the kiddos happy here: a box of toys, rocking horses and the perfect location to enjoy a scoot around.
Where: Various locations.
Okay people, we’ve decided it’s time to let you in on a little-known kid-friendly Singapore secret – Valle bar and restaurant. It’s a no-frills outdoor casual bar and restaurant. There are many reasons that it is absolutely brilliant: a) it serves skinny pizza and bar food like nuclear buffalo wings and fries; b) it has a craft beer, wine and cider menu to die for; c) you can order from neighbouring Esarn Thai restaurant and Poulet Vous Rotisserie direct to your table; d) your kids have plenty of flat scooting space and e) kids can (unofficially) play downstairs at the condo playground.
Where: 5 Ridgewood Close Unit G6, Singapore 276696
You know the moment you roll up to Picotin Express that you’re entering a kid haven. We have a soft spot for the lush Bukit Timah location, nestled within a green golf course. The alfresco deck has a relaxed family vibe, the kids’ menu is spot-on. The mini putt-putt golf next door 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!
Where: Champions Golf Course, 60 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286966, and 382 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427622
Da Paolo Pizza Bar
Arguably dishing up the best pizza on the Little Red Dot, you can’t go past kid-friendly Italian restaurant Da Paolo Pizza Bar for your family feast. The gorgeous little strip of restos along Jalan Merah Saga in Chip Bee Gardens all afford exquisite outdoor shaded space, and the pet store next door is always entertaining. Extract good behaviour with a promise of a stroll down to the Daily Scoop ice-cream joint, post-dinner.
Where: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-46, Singapore 278116
The Vineyard at HortPark
The Vineyard at HortPark is more of a sophisticated adults venue midweek, but come the weekend it’s a kiddie utopia, complete with 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 options starting from $8, you really can’t go wrong! HortPark is a great starting point for a pram-friendly walk along the Southern Ridges, too.
Where: 33 Hyderabad Road HortPark #02-02, Singapore 119578
District 10 at UE Square
What could get more perfect for a family outing than an eatery with a bouncy castle for the kids? It doesn’t hurt that the food is pretty spesh, too. Sip a cocktail and let the good times roll while your little people bounce the hours away within your line of vision.
Where: District 10, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #01-15/16/17 UE Square Shopping Mall, Singapore 239917
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 truly 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 exploration garden – it’s right around the corner!
Where: Various locations.
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 the parents.
Where: 200 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508529
Super Loco is our top spot in Robertson Quay. The outdoor tables populated by Bugaboos and kids zipping around on scooters are 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 funky decor, abundance of high chairs and brilliant brunch menu that includes super smoothies and treats for kids including ham and cheese enchiladas and pineapple crepes. Grown-ups can tuck into monster heuvos 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!
Where: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-13 The QuaySide, Singapore 238252; Duxton Hill, 15 Duxton Hill, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 089598; Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04 Customs House, Singapore 049323
When the term ‘family restaurant’ was coined, it was in reference to Trapizza. For a great kid-friendly restaurant in Singapore, head to Sentosa for a paddle and then mosey on up for a refreshing tipple and slice of pizza. The kids can roll their own pizza dough and then frolic on the numerous play gyms while you unwind with a sundowner – yas! The kids will be keen to gobble down their cute pig-shaped pizzas the moment they hit the table.
Where: Shangri-La Sentosa, 10 Siloso Walk, Singapore 099538
Lamenting the loss of The Bank Bar + Bistro? SandBank, its kid-friendly little sister restaurant is still open at East Coast Parkway. The 15m plunge pool makes this seaside diner a definite hit with the kids. In between bites of crispy bacon and hash browns from the weekend breakfast buffet, the tots can dip their toes into the 0.5m pool while the bigger kids can have a splash in the deeper pool. There’s even a shower area just around the corner for them to wash up. If you’re having trouble prying them from the pool, we suggest bribing them with a trip to the beach! (Although the husband might have a bit more trouble ungluing his eyes from the three TV screens…)
Where: 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32 Parkland Green, Singapore 449875
The Living Cafe
If you’re on the hunt for super-healthy grub for your active kiddos, give kid-friendly restaurant The Living Cafe in Bukit Timah a go. Think raw, wholewheat, sugar-free, gluten-free goodness. It’s all very yummy – even for us mere mortals yet to jump on the health-food bandwagon. And the fit-out is just as light and breezy as you’ll feel when you leave.
Where: 779 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 269758
The Boiler @ Howard Road
Kid-friendly restaurant The Boiler is home to some seriously delish Louisiana-style seafood. Come hungry and tuck into an authentic Cajun seafood boil with seasonal crab, prawns, mussels, clams and lobsters served in a bag with your sauce of choice. It’s served with corn on the cob and bread rolls but if you’re still hungry, there’s add-ons like smoked sausages, sweet pearl corn and even buttered rice for that extra bit of yum. Don’t worry, kids won’t be left out of this seafood madness: they’ll be busying digging into crispy fish and chips while the stellar staff make them feel right at home.
Where: 18 Howard Road, #01-06 Novelty Bizcentre, Singapore 369585
Take a break from museum-hopping and head to Flutes at the National Museum for some kid-friendly fine dining. There’s a great kids’ menu (and amazing staff who have been known to take the kids off our hands for a quick minute or five so we could eat in peace. There’s even an escalator behind the museum to take you to straight to Fort Canning to burn off all those calories with some after-lunch adventures.
Where: 93 Stamford Road, #01-02, National Museum of Singapore, Singapore 178897
Camp Kilo Charcoal Club at Kallang
If you’re craving a genuine outdoor BBQ, kid-friendly restaurant Camp Kilo is where the party’s at. Kick back at this chill roast joint by the Kallang river with beer in hand, a platter of roast meat and a DJ. This outdoor joint welcomes people of all ages as well as pets. It also holds weekly events including the upcoming vegan day out as well as Camp Kido, which is made specially for little campers – think plenty of games, activities and workshops to keep them entertained. Talk about an easy weekend winner!
Where: 66 Kampong Bugis, #01-01, Singapore 338987
The Japanese fusion menu at Atmosphere Bistro has plenty of great food picks for the whole fam and makes a great pit stop if you’ve been busy in the Parkland Green area of East Coast Park for the day. Amazing menu aside, we also love that this place has an indoor play area for little ones and plenty of green space outside for kids who can’t keep still – plus there are regular cooking classes for mini chefs (keep an eye on its Facebook Page for deets). Could this place be any more perfect for families? How about regular sports screenings for dad, and even a dartboard for the moody teens in da house? Yep: this restaurant is totally kid-friendly and we can’t wait to go back!
Where: 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-25 to 27, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6440 9705
Carrotsticks and Cravings
Following the success of the Carrotsticks and Cravings recipe books, author and mum-of-three Terri-Anne Leske has upped the kid-friendly restaurant game by opening Carrotsticks and Cravings. Located within Loewen Gardens and Robertson Quay, this Aussie-inspired cafe has the sort of relaxed, fresh vibe we love. Kids can run around the large outdoor space or have a jump on the trampoline around the corner while you sip on a latte. There’s a dedicated kids’ menu too, with delish, nutritious options including toast with smashed avo and feta and a mini acai bowl. Adults are also well catered for – our favourite dishes include the green falafel bowl and breakfast berry parfait.
Where: 75 E Loewen Road, Singapore 248845 and 7 Rodyk St #01-34, Singapore
It definitely doesn’t get any kid-friendlier than Picnic! Strategically located right in the heart of Orchard Road in Wisma Atria, this restaurant is the perfect respite from a day of shopping. Take your pick from 10 different stalls offering a range of cuisines – Japanese, Taiwanese, Italian, American – you name it! After you’ve ordered your meal, you can settle the kids with some colouring or let them run around on the “grass”. They can also let loose in the mini ball-pit or dance like nobody’s watching on the stage – woohoo!
Where: Wisma Atria #03-15-49, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore
Gallery and Co
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of the newly revamped Keppel Arts Centre at the National Gallery. After all, it’s guaranteed to keep the little ones busy with all its art and crafts tables and cool spaces to play in and explore. Kid-friendly restaurant Gallery and Co has nom-worthy food in close proximity to Keppel Arts Centre and an awesome $10 kids’ lunch set that can’t be beat (they get a free toy too!). For the kid-ults, there’s a good selection of mains, including a TDF Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich and a generous Wagyu steak bowl. Here’s our top tip: grab a cuppa and a pain au chocolat to munch on while the kids get all artsy!
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178975
If boozy brunches are your thing, head over to FOC Sentosa for a sun-dappled Spanish feast with the fam – this branch is a super kid-friendly restaurant! The kids will enjoy building sandcastles on Tanjong Beach and jumping in the pool after. The sangria can’t be beat and don’t get us started on the delish patatas bravas and croquetas de jamon – yum! If your kids aren’t fans of paella or tapas, there’s a fish and chips option and a chicken sandwich too!
Where: 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore
Hai Di Lao
If you haven’t had your hotpot cherry popped, bring the fam over to Hai Di Lao. Where else can you can get a manicure or massage while you’re waiting to be seated? Also, there’s free snacks for both the parents and the kids to tide you over before your actual meal. There’s also a fun play area for tots and a cool “dancing noodle man” too!
Where: Various locations.
Beauty In The Pot
Kids love hotpot just as much as we do, so when we heard Beauty In The Pot was a super kid-friendly restaurant, we were psyched! Every Beauty in The Pot outlet in Singapore has a customised children’s playground within the outlet. Its playgrounds are fully air-conditioned, equipped with soft fall mats and sanitiser. Every outlet of Beauty in The Pot also has staff trained in balloon sculpting to entertain kids and provides children’s toys!
Where: Various locations.