Ever wanted to dive into Singapore’s original hipster ‘hood? Here's how to absolutely smash it with the kids...
Haji Lane you say? For families? Not just for hipsters and beautiful young thangs? Yup: we’re tellin’ ya straight up that this cooler-than-ice pocket of town is the place to hang out no matter what your age or trend-factor. So if you are looking for a new family-friendly ‘hood to mingle in, then we’ve found top-notch spots from mum and daughter pedi sessions to a cafe full of cats, kid-friendly dining options to some seriously awesome vintage fashion picks around Haji Lane, Arab Street and Kampong Glam…
Meomi Cat Cafe
Coffee and cats all in one hit: Meomi Cat Cafe is the purr-fect cafe that’ll have the whole family feline happy. Kiddos age six and up are welcome to come hang out with the mogs while you grab a slice of cake and a coffee.
668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801
The Singapura Club
Stop off for lunch at uber-hip The Singapura Club on Haji Lane and chow down on fried chicken, Hainanese chicken rice balls and lamb in a bun: all washed down with a Milo-based cocktail (not suitable for kiddos!). We say leave the small humans at home and head here for date night if you can.
26 Haji Lane, Singapore 189219
The world-wide selfie obsession doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, and we’re loving the ultimate narcissistic cuppa coffee: the selfie coffee. Use the props and snap a wefie with the kids, which will then be drop-boxed straight onto your foam coffee cup. Bonus points for the doodle tables where the kids can scribble while you enjoy your caffeine fix and light-bite lunch.
11 Haji Lane, Singapore 189204
Alaturka Mediterranean and Turkish Restaurant
If it’s a taste of the Middle East or Mediterranean you’re craving, then we’ve long been fans of the delicious kebabs, mezze and platters at Alaturka. Plus it has high chairs!
15 Bussorah St, Singapore 199436
For a sweet treat, grab a slice of pie from Windowsill Pies to keep you going long into the afternoon. With flavours including S’mores, pecan and pumpkin, and morello cherry, deciding what to plump for could be the toughest decision of your day. Our advice? Try them all! Dine in or take out.
17 Haji Lane, Singapore 189227
Street Submarine, a halal-certified sub sandwich bar flung open its doors recently with a great menu packed with international and local flavours. Chilli rendang sub, anyone?
34 Haji Lane, Singapore 189227
A SPOT OF POST-LUNCH SHOPPING
Formerly a cafe, our Haji Lane fave Hygge is now a one-stop-shop for everything cute. We love their personalised gifts and minimalist home decor, accessories, apparels and bags.
37 Haji Lane, Singapore 189230
Life By Design
Harry Potter fans will love the chance to check out Life by Design, where aside from tarot cards and healing crystals, you’ll find actual spell books!
Life By Design, 43 Haji Lane, Singapore 189236
Luca & Vic
If you are looking for some lovely unique toys a step away from your usual go-to sets of LEGO, then Luca & Vic is perfect for both the young, and the young-at-heart. We’re talking little crafty finds and wind-up toys, metallic pedal cars and Elmo plushies: this place has it all.
29 Haji Lane, Singapore 189222
For everything from leather bags and vintage TV sets to retro cameras and funky fashion, colourful Spoilmarket has it all. This place is a veritable treasure trove for anyone who loves browsing through knick knacks and collectibles.
Spoilmarket, 74 Haji Lane, Singapore
Turkish stores on Arab Street
If you’re looking to jazz up your decor, or add a splash of colour to your kiddo’s bedroom, you’ll definitely find something fabulous when it comes to lamps and lighting at any of the Turkish stores on Arab Street. We love the Turkish mosaic lamps and the carpets – pretty!
99 Percent Hair Studio
We have it on good authority (from the hipster Honeycombers teamie in the office) that 99 Percent Hair Studio is where we should be heading along Haji for a good hair day.
40 Haji Lane, Singapore 189233
The Nail Social
Not only does the The Nail Social offer super-spiffy manis and pedis with a relaxing vibe, but it’s committed to giving back to charities including Beyond Social Services. Kids will love the iPads with Netflix attached to every chair!
42A Haji Lane, Singapore 189235
Treat your small dudes to a pampering sesh at seriously cool Liem Barbers. With its top notch reviews, its own products, awesome cuts and attention to detail, this is definitely a hairdressers the kids will love as much as you will the results. No pudding basin cuts in sight.
48 #02-01 Haji Lane, Singapore 189224
KEEP THE KIDDOS BUSY
The Malay Heritage Centre
Learning made fun is the name of the game over at the Malay Heritage Centre where the whole family will love finding out about Malay culture here in Singapore. Expect different interactive and hands-on exhibitions throughout the year.
85 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198501
We’ve been collecting some of the gorgeous creations from the Elephant Parade for some time now, so were super happy to find out it has set up a permanent shop in Haji Lane. This social enterprise runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues, often designed by celebs as well as artists. Not only is this store packed with beautiful ‘phants of all shapes and sizes (durian-shaped elephant, anyone?), but there is also a craft corner for kiddos – and adults – to paint (and bring home) their very own masterpiece. Priced at $49, this is the perfect reward for dragging them into one shop too many, and the staff are immeasurably helpful too. This is officially our new favourite hang out.
Elephant Parade, 30 Haji Lane, Singapore 189224