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Brunch and Munch: 7 Family-Friendly Cafés to Heart

Thursday, 16.06.2016


Photo credit: Cindy Q

We love family outings. We love to bond over food. We have… kids.

Bored, fussy and hyperactive kids can create a scene at the dining table and let’s admit it, we don’t often get to enjoy our meal when that happens. Luckily, cafés which have a more family-friendly vibe are gaining popularity around Singapore, enticing parents and kids alike with a winning mix that usually features a dedicated kids’ menu, play areas and even lush greenery. 

Whether you’re heading out with kids in tow for an early riser breakfast or a lazy Sunday brunch, these seven cafés recommended by the YELP community have been a hit with parents!

Just imagine this: the chance to linger over a hot cuppa and eggs benedict while your kids get fuelled up and entertained at the same time (as romps are not just permitted but encouraged!). What more could you ask for?

Food For Thought


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The Food: Tuck into a sumptuous breakfast of scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, or pancakes drizzled generously with chocolate and topped with juicy berries. There’s bound to be something your kids will love from the “Food for Tots” menu – keep those fussy tummies satisfied with a delectable choice of milk chocolate pancakes, breaded fish fingers, juice boxes and more. 


Walnut and banana pancake with fresh cream and gula Melaka syrup. Photo credit: Left: Kai L. Right: Peter S

The Environment: Tucked away in a cosy corner of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Food For Thought is great for families of all sizes. Whether it’s a spacious setting with huge family tables or a compact table for four, the café feels apropos to a laidback but luxurious dining meal. There’s even an outdoor playground onsite for your kids to romp off all that post-breakfast buzz. 

Food For Thought:
1 Cluny Road, #B1-00, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, Singapore 259569

Café Melba


Photo credit: Jac S

The Food: Café Melba serves a unique blend of Aussie-Asian fusion fare where it aptly derives its name from: (Mel)bourne and (A)sia. It’s the perfect place to head to if you’re hankering after a traditional roast, which is available exclusively on weekends – so you have the entire week to anticipate such a hearty meal! The Kids menu caters to two groups – one for the younger tots and the other for tykes above 3.


Pancakes with berry compote, whipped cream and maple syrup.  Photo credit: Left: Tzeko M Right: Jay S

The Environment: Treat your family to a visit over the weekend – aside from board games and colouring sheets to keep your kids mindfully occupied, there’s plenty of green space for them to run about in, and even two bouncy castles that usually prove irresistible to all! What’s more, this trendy eatery is pet-friendly too (so go on, bring pooch along!)

Café Melba:
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road, Blk N, #01-56, Singapore 439053

Coastes


Photo credit: Main: J F Inset: D K

The Food: Breakfast is served till 3pm daily, so take your time and enjoy a meal by the beach with such options as crispy potato pancakes, Portobello mushroom scrambled eggs and more. Otherwise, be spoiled for choice with a good variety of sandwiches, pizzas, pastas and even special sections geared towards meat or seafood lovers.


Baked beans and eggs on toast.  Photo credit: Nik T

The Environment: This is about as beachfront as you can get when it comes to dining by the sun, the sand and the sea! Remember to pack the kiddo’s beach paraphernalia, then kick back and watch them build sandcastles as you work on that post-meal sun tan. 

Coastes:
50 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099000

Kith Café  (CLOSED)


Photo credit: Kith.com.sg

The Food: Choose from artisanal sandwiches like wagyu beef burger or truffle mushroom sandwich from a spoil-you-for-choice menu with other numerous brunch options available until 5pm. Kith Café also offers a kids menu that is just about right for picky eaters, with pastas, grilled sandwiches and pancakes available to fuel their day.


Kith Breakfast.  Photo credit: Cindy Q

The Environment: A perfect weekend brunch getaway, Kith Café has four outlets scattered around the island (we’ve chosen the most “rustic” one at Sentosa Cove). Here, tots can scoot along the marina or play at the toy-box while parents keep a watchful eye over them. You can even ask for toys (subject to availability) to anchor your kids at the dining table!

Kith Café:
31 Ocean Way, #01-08 Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove (Closed)

GRUB


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The Food: Although a kids-only menu isn’t available, a special until-4pm brunch menu offers treats like toast, burgers and churros which the whole family can share alike. GRUB prides themselves in using natural ingredients which means everything is whipped up as healthily as possible, free from MSG, additives and other preservatives. Sounds about as good and wholesome as meals cooked right at home.


Photo credit: Left: Carolyn L Right: Paul Y

The Environment: Located in the middle of Bishan Park, which means young families can look forward to idyllic surroundings coupled with an extended after-meal playtime session. Cosy, casual, convenient, carefree and charming: GRUB has all the 5C’s, and at no extra cost! 

GRUB:
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983

Prive Café


Photo credit: Nik T

The Food: From DIY sandwiches and wraps to stone-baked pizzas, Prive Café’s culinary offerings are simple but savvy and sophisticated. Indulge the kids with their very own menu, complete with main courses with fun names (guess what Cowabunga and Captain Hook could possibly refer to?), choice of dessert as well as freshly-squeezed juices or milkshake, a perennial fave.


Image (above-left): Avocado & chorizo tartin with poached eggs.  Photo credit: Left: Nik T Right: Nik T

The Environment: The café boasts a stunning view of the marina with a picture-perfect backdrop of the skyline and sea. Kids can play at the outdoor area or choose indoor comfort with a dedicated corner filled with craft materials and the heavenly scent of free popcorn.

Prive Cafe:
No. 2 Keppel Bay Vista, Singapore 098382

Living Café & Deli 


Image (above-right): Zucchini Pasta.   Photo credit: Left: Jerilyn M Right: Steffenie S

The Food: If you are trying to get your family to eat healthier, Living Café & Deli is a great place to start. Healthy doesn’t mean boring, and the café prides itself as Singapore’s “best healthy and raw food café”. The kitchen excludes red meat, cow dairy, white sugar, preservatives, additives, artificial colours and gluten from its bumper menu. Meat lovers can still have their fix as salmon, barramundi and chicken are also available. The kids’ menu is equally healthy – there’s fried brown rice, vege pizza and sweet potato wedges, to name but a few.


Acai kick start pack with antioxidant.  Photo credit: Claudio G

The Environment: The café is in fact owned and run by Balanced Living, a wellness centre that runs holistic programmes and events, together with a retail shop, all geared towards promoting natural health. Housed in a two-storey enclave, the café is on the ground floor and the ambience is bright, airy and with a chilled out vibe. 

Living Café & Deli:
779 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269758
 

All images are uploaded by the kind people of the YELP community.

For more child-friendly eateries, reviews and listings (and not just confined to gastronomy either!), check out YELP at 
www.yelp.com.sg.


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