If your little one would love breakfast with Charlie Brown, lunch with Superman and dinner with Harry Potter then you're going to need a themed café...
Going to a restaurant or café in Singapore with kids can be a bit of a hit-or-miss affair, but throw in the promise of something fun for the kids and, bingo, they’re suddenly on board. One fool-proof strategy? A themed cafe. Whether you fancy a seriously good burger with a side order of rock memorabilia, a sweet treat topped with a purr-fectly cute character or a bubbling cauldron of magic soup, we’ve found fun themed cafes in Singapore the kids – and the grown-ups – are going to love…
Kumoya Cafe is best known for its rotating themes throughout the year – it’s played host to My Little Pony, Pusheen and Sesame Street in the past. Next up: the lovable characters from We Bare Bears! Hurry on over with your little fans before it finishes its run in mid-April. We brought our own small fans along and the verdict was a big fat thumbs up. There’s SO much cute in this place, we’re obsessed!
Where: Kumoya Cafe, 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 19932
Platform 1094 (the Harry Potter-inspired cafe)
If you know the difference between leviOsah and levioSAH, and are still waiting in vain for a wax-sealed letter from a certain magical educational institution, you’ll want to hop on your broomstick and make a trip to this wizardry-themed cafe in Singapore’s Serangoon. Check out the Hogwarts-inspired interior and magic potion mocktails! (The drinks menu includes the real deal for grown-ups, with a signature cocktail called the ‘Goblet of Fire’ that involves actual flames.)
Where: Platform 1094, 1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
We have to admit it: we’re rather partial to the occasional splurge and spoiling the kids at Marina Bay Sands. And what better way to celebrate all those super purchases than by hanging out with superheroes? Head to the DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe to dine with full-sized replica superheroes, chow down on a family-friendly menu, and Instagram pics of the kids eating fries with their new dynamic besties.
Where: DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Bay Level 01-03 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018972
Hard Rock Cafe
Got a music fan on your hands? Then you’ll love this world-famous restaurant! Check out the cool rock memorabilia on display before ordering a huge ice-cream sundae to share while listening to rock tune classics. Hard Rock Cafe not only serves up a large portion of good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll, but it does a pretty mean burger, too.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe, 50 Cuscaden Road, #02-01, HPL House, Singapore 249724 and 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-209, 098269
For the video game-loving young folk, this is a hotspot of pure gaming heaven: Saint Games aims to inject a huge dose of video-gaming fun and entertainment in a cosy and comfortable setting. Get ‘down’ with the kids and learn a thing or two about online gaming before bagging yourself the ‘coolest parent of the year’ award for bringing kids, tweens and teens to this gamers’ paradise.
Where: Saint Games, 1 Stadium Place, #02-09 Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628
Alice in Wonderland fans will certainly love visiting this whimsical tea room! Much like the book, you can opt to have a tea party with a variety of sweet treats and a cup of tea at this Alice in Wonderland-themed cafe, Wonderland Savour. If you’re looking for something savoury, the cafe also has delicious mains that’ll make you feel like royalty. Don’t forget to take out your camera as well as you dine in the quirky, vibrant space that features portraits of the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
Where: Wonderland Savour, 435 Orchard Rd, #02-08 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877 or at 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-43 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Charlie Brown Cafe
If the kiddos are fans of the comic strip Peanuts, be sure to pop by the Charlie Brown Cafe at Cineleisure Orchard! Join the gang and dine on Western delights like sandwiches, burgers, steak, pasta and other bites while admiring the cartoonish decor of the restaurant, featuring Snoopy, Woodstock and of course, Charlie Brown. Tip: we’ve heard the chocolate lava cake is seriously good.
Where: Charlie Brown Cafe, 8 Grange Rd, #04-01, Singapore 239695
And one for the parents: Central Perk
Don’t think themed cafes in Singapore are all about the kids. For those of you who spent most of the ’90s trying to perfect the ‘Rachel’ hairdo while desperately trying to save enough cash for a trip to NYC to hang out on that sofa, Central Perk is exactly where you should be heading for a large serving of friendly nostalgia. Kids won’t have a clue why this coffee shop is anything spesh, but bribe them with a babyccino while you re-enact scenes from your fave Friends series… Or just tell them you’re ‘on a break’.
Where: Central Perk, 1 Magazine Road, 01-01 Central Mall, Singapore 059567
Photography (top image): courtesy of DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe