Heading to Singapore’s super popular East Coast Park on a sunny day with the kids never fails to keep the whole family happy. Whether it’s a day of bucket and spade action on the sand, an afternoon of scooting, jumping on a hired bike, or even an overnight camping adventure, this tropical stretch of coastline is always a winner. But where are the best places to refuel with hungry kids along the way? With Big Splash and Long Beach areas currently closed for renovations, finding a great pit stop could be a challenge: which is why you need our guide to all the great eats and activities happening at Parkland Green…
ALL THE EATS
The Japanese fusion menu at this super kid-friendly restaurant and sports bar just got a huge new re-vamp, and we recently went along to try it out on your behalf: you’re welcome! See that photo above? That’s just a small taster of the fabulous things on offer, and we’re still full up from one of the best burgers in Singapore – the lava cheeseburger – the pretty-as-a-picture coolers, amazing garlic butter mussels, delish pulled pork burger, mouthwatering waffle burger (it shouldn’t work but it so does) and good ol’ fashioned fish ‘n’ chips (perfect for picky kids). And desserts? You absolutely HAVE to try the Black Pearl – a molten chocolate affair that will be flamed at your table! 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 dart board for the moody teens in da house? Yep: this place has us totally covered and we can’t wait to go back!
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-25 to 27, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6440 9705; www.atmosphere-bistro.com.sg
Full Pint Brewery
Being right next to the sea, it’s no surprise that this microbrewery has an impressive array of seafood picks on the menu. There’s also plenty of pizza, pasta and meat choices for those not a fan of anything fishy, and a great kid’s menu too. Fussy kids are always well on board with chicken nuggets and cheesy fries when all else fails. Plump for an outdoors table so the kids can run free, and pop by at the weekend after 9pm for live music.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-20 to 24, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6342 0244; www.facebook.com/fullpintbrewery
Patro’s Sports Bar and Restaurant
While on paper a restaurant that serves up both Indian and Mexican fare might seem a baffling combo, in reality it works a treat! Our kids are happy tucking into chicken fajitas and burritos, while us grown up folk can spice things up with a very decent curry (the spinach paneer and fish masala is fantastic). This place is a food hit for our whole family, and with its outside space where the kids can play ball or run riot, we’ve made this a regular pit stop already.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-18 to 19, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6440 9372; www.patrobar.com
We’re always on the look out for a great kids eat free deal, and here’s one that not only has lots of fab eats on the menu, but also a small swimming pool for your little nippers to cool off in! Head over to SandBank on a weekend between 8.30-11.30am to bag the deal (one child eats free for every adult buffet purchase) and don’t forget your swimmers! It’s also a good pick if you want to catch an international sports game on a huge screen while you chow down on goodies including pasta, pizza, burgers and seafood.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28 to 32 Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6346 7988; www.sandbank.com.sg
St. Marc Bakery and Bar
For a quick bite to eat you can’t go wrong with a stop-off at St Marc Bakery and Bar. Pick up a signature chococro (that’s a chocolate croissant) and a latte – or a beer if you are feeling so inclined – before continuing your adventures around East Coast Park.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-09 to 10, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875, p. 6342 1786; www.saint-marc-sg.com
Okay, it’s not a drawcard but you know you can come here and get a reliable coffee and wifi if you need it. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating but beware, the crowds swell in the mornings (maybe it’s the aforementioned wifi), proving this chain’s perennial popularity.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-17, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875; www.starbucks.com.sg
ALL THE ACTIVITIES
Tag Team Inc
We’ve been caught out in the rain a few times at the East Coast Park (hot tip: avoid wearing white during a downpour…), so we’ve got Tag Team Inc on our minds for the next time we need something to do indoors. This place is HUGE – the largest indoor tag arena in Singapore to be precise – and kids from age four will love the challenge of beating mum and dad in laser tag combat.
Service Road 449876, Parkland Green, East Coast Park; www.tagteaminc.sg
Whether you need a set of wheels for a toddler, a family chariot for four or a bog standard bike with a basket, Pro Cycle has everything and anything bicycle related to hire or buy: wheely useful indeed.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-11/12/13, Singapore 449875, e. firstname.lastname@example.org
While we are not entirely sure how to say Hvpersport, we do know that it is a must for kids or adults looking for quality inline skates, urban scooters and skateboards to buy – it even runs regular lessons on how to stay on your feet with wheels attached to you.
920 East Coast Parkway, #01-14/15/16, Singapore 449875, t. 6342 0280; www.facebook.com/Hvpersport
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