Coffee: the lifeline of so many a frazzled mum and sometimes the ONLY way to get through the day after a sleepless night with your toddler, a fraught day with a sulky teenager or just a day of parenting fails (forgotten tooth fairy duties, sneaky veg detected in the pasta and a school excursion form you didn’t sign…). But how is it possible to get in a relaxing coffee date with the kids always in tow? We’ll tell you how: babyccinos! These thimble-sized offerings of frothy milk dusted with chocolate powder and sometimes a side order of marshmallows are THE way to get a prolonged moment of peace while you mainline your own quadruple espresso shot. If it buys you a brief bubble of sanity, then buy into it, we say. And on that note, here’s a list of places where you’ll find the frothiest babyccino hits around Singapore…
Oh Deli: oh how we love thee! Not only do we rate it as one of the best butchers in Singapore, but turns out it does a pretty mean babyccino too (pictured top). Delightfully frothy and sure to keep the kiddos happy long enough for you to gulp a fab latte and maybe even chow down on a delectable wagyu beef wrap, all-day brekkie or homemade scone with fresh cream and jam. The staff are super duper nice too.
Oh Deli, 421 East Coast Road, Singapore, 429008; www.ohdeli.com.sg
Thyme@Aliwal, formerly Eat Play Love, has kept the arts and crafts corner and the babyccinos and added a fresh coat of paint and a huge helping of nostalgia. A guaranteed winner on the drink score, and also a great pick to ensure you get your cuppa and a slice of cake in relative quiet.
Thyme@Aliwal, #01-07 Aliwal Arts Center, 28 Aliwal Street, Singapore 199918; www.thyme.sg
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee
We’ve long been fans of the Aussie cafe vibe that Craftsmen Speciality Coffee has nailed perfectly right here in Singapore, and as well as its amazing menu (you HAVE to try the pulled pork burrito!) it offers up top-notch coffees and pretty-as-a-picture babyccinos. The colourful mini marshmallows seal the deal.
Craftsmen Speciality Coffee, locations at Siglap V, Eastwood Centre, Thomson Road, Mohamed Sultan Road, and Clarke Quay Central; www.craftsmencoffee.com
Our kids beg to go to any of the seven PS. Cafe locations on a Saturday for afternoon tea and babyccinos – 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) and the PS Café wagyu beef burger.
PS Cafe, locations at Harding Road, Ann Siang Hill, Palais Renaissance, Paragon, One Fullerton, Raffles City and Martin Road; www.pscafe.com
The winning ingredient here is that there is ample space for scootering pursuits after your little one downs their drink. You can sip yours while they play up and down along the river. Win-win.
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, Singapore 238216; www.tobysestate.com.sg
Yep, we know it’s generic but you can’t fault the fact that it provides that moment of babyccino peace and quiet for FREE. We’re all about saving money wherever we can, so we’ll take that free froth several times over while we languish over our grown up version. We especially love the Starbucks at Parkland Green where the kids have plenty of space to run around once they’re done with their ‘cino.
Starbucks, various locations; www.starbucks.com.sg
Plain Vanilla Bakery
There’s nothing plain about the babyccinos at Plain Vanilla Bakery. Kids will love their perfectly foamy milk drinks: extra brownie points for the animal and dino cookies included in the sweet deal too. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a cupcake: mummy and bubba date perfection right there.
Plain Vanilla Bakery, locations at Tiong Bahru, Cluny Court, ION Orchard and Telok Ayer; www.plainvanilla.com.sg
The stalwart of the Tanglin Mum Brigade, you can’t go wrong for a quick lunch, a chat and a FREE babyccino at Brunetti’s. The oh-so-tempting biscuits, cakes and ice creams at kid eye level means you probably won’t make it out without a biscotti or macaron purchase to go along with that frothy milk…
Brunetti, #01-35 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933; www.brunetti.com.au
ABC Boulangerie Co.
With eight outlets dotted around Singapore, you’ll never be too far from a tried and tested babyccino hit at ABC Boulangerie Co (a popular spot for mum meetups too). Little ones will love feeling all grown up as they sip their choc-dusted drink just like mum does – we say make a date of it and try its kids meals, sandwiches and quiches too: freshly baked and totally delicious.
ABC Boulangerie, various locations; www.artisanbakery.com.sg
Baker & Cook
Baker & Cook is our go-to for coffee, cakes, moreish dips, sourdough pizzas and, of course, babyccinos! This is also where you should be heading for freshly baked breads that are not your run-of-the-mill supermarket finds: we’re talking everything from a good ol’ fashioned bloomer to a Turkish pide, a Danish rugbrod to a fig and aniseed sourdough!
Baker & Cook, various locations; bakerandcook.biz
Appease the kiddos on a shopping trip around Orchard with a welcome pit stop at Cafe Manuka in Paragon. The nearby ride on toys plus the simple but healthy tucker make it a great pick for refuelling after a busy day in the malls.
Cafe Manuka, #05-k3/k4 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859; www.facebook.com/cafemanuka
Carrotsticks & Cravings Cafe
Created and run by a mum-of-three who is on a mission to bring tasty but healthy cafe offerings to families, Carrotsticks & Cravings also serves up a mean babyccino. The delish kid-friendly meals all come with a side of side of poppin-licious popcorn, plus if you head to the Dempsey outlet you’ll also find trampolines to keep the tots busy with while you drink your coffee in peace.
Carrotsticks & Cravings, 75E Loewen Road, 248845 and 7 Rodyk Street, #01-34, Singapore 238215; www.im-creator.com/free/carrotsticksandcravings
Top image: Selina Altomonte
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