Ever since I became a parent, I am always on the constant lookout for restaurants that satisfy both my palate and my children's with understanding wait staff in a relaxed dining environment. And an even greater bonus would be extra activities within that restaurant to keep them occupied. No, I do not mean the iGadgets.
So here's a listing of 10 kid-friendly restaurants that we have been to and hopefully, it will also give you some enjoyable and affordable dining options that will leave everyone in your family feeling full and happy.
1. Eatplaylove Cafe
Where else in Singapore can you find a quaint retro cafe that serves up reasonable food fare, coupled with an awesome crafting corner for kids? That's Eatplaylove Cafe for you and ever since our last time there, both Ash and Ayd have been clamouring to head back again.
Full Review: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/04/eatplaylove-cafe-craft-paradise-found.html
28 Aliwal Street, Aliwal Arts Centre, #01-07
Opening hours: 12pm - 10pm daily except Tues
Tel: 6444 6400
2. Belly View Restaurant
Tucked away in a hidden corner of Changi is this gem of an alfresco dining place that whips up delicious tze-char food. Families can choose to dine on the boardwalk, right beside a kick-ass scenic coastal view and preoccupy their kids with the mini playground, a wooden swing and a hammock. Sounds wonderful, I know.
Belly View Cafe
10 Changi Coast Walk, National Service Resort Country Club
(beside Constant Wind Sailing Centre), Singapore 499739
Tel: 6445 5108
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily
3. Nook: D.I.Y. House of Pancakes
If you are looking for a dining place where kids (and the parents) can play with food to their hearts' content, then Nook is it. This is one cool place where you get to make, doodle, flip your own pancakes and eat your own creations! And the best part? The boys polished off every single morsel on their plates without me having to nag.
Nook D.I.Y. House of Pancakes
Bukit Timah, 21 Lorong Kilat, #01-03,
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 12pm-10pm | Saturday, 10am -10pm |Sunday, 10am -7pm
Tel: 6466 1811
A wholly vegan - including NO eggs or dairy products - fast food joint which sells mainly burgers - this was the kids' first-ever vegan meal and they loved it. I suppose a separate dine and play area for the kids certainly helped matters too.
Full Review: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2012/10/this-fast-food-is-no-junk-food.html
VeganBurg (The Grandstand)
200 Turf Club Road, #01-32
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:15am – 9:45pm | Sat, Sun & PH: 10:30am – 10:00pm
Tel: 6462 1281
5. The Bank Bar + Bistro
Located in the redeveloped part of the Central Business District (CBD), The Bank Bar + Bistro exudes an old world charm with its dark wood furnishings and leather seats, complete with motifs of Straits Settlement money. But what really endeared me to the place was a separate playroom specially devoted to the kids while the adults tucked into saliva-inducing Weekend Roast and All-Day Breakfast offerings (9am – 6pm on weekends).
Full Review here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/08/the-bank-bar-bistro-where-kids-play-eat.html
The Bank Bar + Bistro
#01-01 One Shenton, 1 Shenton Way
Tel: 6636 2188
Opening Hours: Mon to Thu: 11am - 12am | Fri: 11am - 1am | Sat to Sun: 9am - 12am
*Happy Hour all day on Sat & Sun
6. District 10 at UE Square
Who can say no to a hearty brunch on a lazy Sunday morning with the entire family? Especially when a huge bouncy castle is thrown into the mix! That’s right - a Bouncy Castle is specially inflated for the kids every Sunday (11am to 3pm) and it is strategically placed right beside the outdoor dining area, so that parents are able to sneak a peek at what their young-lings are up to via a see-through netting at the side of the bouncy castle.
Full Review here: www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/05/bouncy-fun-in-restaurant.html
81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-15/16/17
UE Square Shopping Mall
Tel: (65) 6738 4788
Weekend Brunch Hours: 11am to 3pm
*Bouncy Castle on Sundays only.
7. Saizeriya Ristorante E Caffe
If your kids have as a voracious appetite like mine, you can probably empathize how dining outside is getting tougher on the wallet. So thankfully, there is Saizeriya – a Japanese chain of casual, low-priced Italian Restaurant famed for its wallet-friendly jaw-dropping prices. There are no special playrooms or activities for kids here though, but the food prices are enough to turn us into repeat customers. And just how affordable? Try the half-dozen escargots for $5.90!
Full Review here: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/07/saizeriya-ristorante-e-caffe.html
Liang Court (177 River Valley Road, #02-22, Liang Court Shopping Centre Singapore 179030)
City Square (180 Kitchener Road, #B2-55/56, City Square Mall Singapore 208539)
Bukit Timah (1 Jalan Bukit Anak, #02-24C, Bukit Timah Plaza Singapore 588996)
Toa Payoh Central (HDB Toa Payoh #02-514, 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, 310190)
Hougang 1 (1 Hougang Street 91, #01-38 Singapore 538692)
The Cathay (2 Handy Road #B1-25/26/27 Singapore 229233)
Another DIY pancakes eatery where kids need no invitation to play with their food, kids can have their say in choosing the pancake batter and toppings. Squirt, slap and paint the griddle with whatever batter you fancy and then splatter it with your choice of fixings and toppings, before eating it all up like a messed up kid. Who says food can't be fun? And the best part - kids can never complain about the food because they made it themselves!
Full Review here: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/07/slap-me-some-cakes-at-slappy-cakes.html
200 Turf Club Road, #01-20/21
The Grandstand, Singapore 287994
Tel: 6466 3303
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10am - 10.30pm | Sat & Sun 9am - 10.30pm
9. Timbre @ Gillman
Tucked away in a sleepy corner of Gillman Barracks, Timbre @ Gillman is exactly the sort of place where one can afford to kick back and chill the weekend away. Especially if you head down on the first Saturday of every month, where the Saturday Social BBQ will offer lots of craft activities to keep your young ones duly occupied. Or how about the huge open green field to let them just run amok as you sip on your pint of ice cold beer?
Full Review: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2013/10/chillin-with-kids-at-timbregillman.html
Timbre @ Gillman
Block 9A Lock Road, Singapore 108926
Tel: 6694 4201
Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 4pm to 11.30pm | Fri, Sat & eve of PH: 5pm to 12:30am | Closed on Sunday
Saturday Social BBQ Hours - 4pm til late
10. 1942 Alfresco @ Changi [CLOSED]
This war-themed restaurant has got to be one of the most ulu, or remote, restaurants that I have ever been to in Singapore. Located in Changi, the eatery has tons of activities to keep the children busy and happy. The most notable activity would be its private War Museum, with lots of interesting World War II related items on display. How about board games, pinball machine, dart-throwing, a pool table and even war and movie props for them to touch? My kids didn't want to leave for a good 2 hours even after we were done with our meal!
Full Review: http://www.cheekiemonkie.net/2014/04/1942-alfresco-changi-restaurant-its-war.html
1942 Alfresco @ Changi
30 Cosford Road, Singapore 499550
Tel: 6542 4492
Operating Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to midnight (Closed on Tuesdays)
Do you have any other child-friendly eateries in Singapore to share? Do let us know in the comments below!