Parents will know this: When it comes to eating with the kids, several factors are essential if you wish to have a pleasant and stress-free meal.
Top ones include a flat and wide space (for energetic tots to run wild), baby chairs and cutlery, kids’ meals, a baby-changing area, and most importantly, an outdoor or indoor playground or play area.
Here are five kid-friendly restaurants you can check out that will allow you, the harried adult, to sit back and enjoy your food in peace, while the kiddos have a ball of a time.
And to all the kid-friendly restaurants and cafes: All the parents in Singapore owe you our thanks.
1. Plank Sourdough Pizza
30C Loewen Road
Open: Monday to Thursday (12pm to 3pm, and 6pm to 10pm), Friday to Sunday (12pm to 10pm)
Baker & Cook
30C Loewen Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (8am to 10pm)
Plank Sourdough Pizza and Baker & Cook share a gorgeous space in this breezy Dempsey haven. This is unsurprising, as the pizzeria and artisanal bakery are sister brands owned by celebrity baker Dean Brettschneider.
They are housed in separate buildings in the Core Collective Dempsey area, but share a menu.
The hits? Go for the wood-fired pizzas, such as Pizza 11 (round S$29.50, plank S$16) with tomato sauce, mozzarella, burrata, parma ham and rocket, or Pizza 0 (round S$25, plank S$15) — with tomato sauce, pepperoni and mozzarella.
There are also pastas, brunch items and a menu for the “little people”. If you’re hankering for dessert, pop over to Baker & Cook for cakes, tarts, buns and even a sourdough loaf to-go.
A highlight of the spot is its adorable outdoor wooden playground. Kids will enjoy the treehouse, boat and bouncy swing as well as the vast green space that allows them to run to their hearts’ content.
What to order: Pizza 9 (from S$12.50); Mo & Jo famous cheeseburger (S$25); banoffee plank pizza (S$14.50)
2. Jimmy Monkey Cafe @ PLQ
Park Place Residences at PLQ, 01-10, 2 Paya Lebar Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (8am to 10.30pm)
Jimmy Monkey Cafe, located next to the huge Paya Lebar Quarter Parkside Playground, is a definite yes for parents with kids in tow.
Watch your kids entertain themselves on climbing nets, rope swings, rubber climbing surfaces and twisting slides — there are gently sloped rock hills for toddlers to clamour on as well — while you dig into the cafe’s casual Western fare
If you’re there for brunch, get The Hulk (S$16), comprising smashed whole avocado, chunks of feta and housemade dukkah on sourdough, or the tomato and burrata tartine (S$22) of blistered tomatoes, burrata cheese, romesco and rocket pesto with sourdough.
There’s a kids’ menu of familiar favourites as well as a long list of drinks (which include beverages of the alcoholic kind).
What to order: The Hulk (S$16); tomato and burrata tartine (S$22); baked rigatoni puttanesca (S$20)
3. Kith Cafe (Great World)
Great World, 02-152/153, 1 Kim Seng Promenade
Open: Monday to Friday (10am to 10pm), Saturday and Sunday (9am to 10pm)
With nine stores islandwide, Kith Cafe hardly needs an introduction. What’s great about this particular one is that it’s right next to Great World’s travel-themed outdoor playground.
This means you can keep an eye on the kids through a glass panel in air-conditioned comfort while you eat.
The playground is whimsical, sporting a hot-air-balloon climbing structure with a tube slide, a train, a pirate ship, a trampoline and animal spring rockers.
The cafe itself is space-themed, and it offers brunch favourites as well as pasta, pizza, sandwiches, heartier mains and pastry sets for tea.
Signatures include the Kith Breakfast (S$24) that comes with bratwurst, bacon, roasted tomatoes, garlic mushrooms, and your choice of toast and eggs.
There’s a pretty extensive kids’ menu that’s served with either babyccino or watermelon juice. So you’re covered when it comes to fuelling the kids. A tip: Ask for activity sheets to keep the kids occupied while at the table!
What to order: Kith Breakfast (S$24); poached eggs and avocado (S$20.95); granchio, or crabmeat linguine with cherry tomatoes (S$25.95)
4. Fusion Spoon at Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Tanglin Gate, B1-00, 1 Cluny Road
Open: Monday to Friday (9am to 9pm), Saturday and Sunday (7am to 9.30pm)
Fusion Spoon at Botanic Gardens is a casual eatery with plenty of seating.
Its menu is diverse, with Asian options such as nasi lemak with chicken, rendang or sambal tumis prawn (S$8), sweet-and-sour fish fillet with rice (S$8) and seafood hor fun (S$8). There are also Western choices of pasta, pizza, burgers and mains.
Its kids’ menu is made up of mostly light bites with fries or baked pasta dishes.
A fuss-free spot to rest your feet after a nice walk through the Botanic Gardens, there’s an indoor play area with interactive elements as well as an outdoor playground with slides and climbing structures, so there’s no lack of fun stuff to do for the kids.
Don’t forget to grab a Korean bingsu (from S$6.80) or waffles with ice cream (from S$8.30) for dessert.
What to order: Sweet-and-sour fish fillet with rice (S$8), bingsu (from S$6.80)
5. Three Buns Quayside
60 Robertson Quay, 01-01
Open: Monday to Thursday (5pm to 12am), Friday (12pm to 12am), Saturday (10am to 12am), Sunday (10am to 10pm)
For a hearty meal that comes with a side of scenic views, head to Three Buns Quayside at Robertson Quay. It’s right next to a play space called Blocks for the Future, near the vibrant Alkaff Bridge.
Started by the folks behind Potato Head, its cooked-to-order juicy burgers are oh-so-satisfying. Get the Fun Boy Three (S$25) with Tasmanian vintage beef patty, smoked Applewood cheddar, roasted portobello mushroom, garlic miso butter, double ketchup and truffle aioli in a toasted brioche bun.
If you want to go big, the Jason Four Cheese (S$26) proves delectable, with two Tasmanian vintage beef patties in a brioche bun loaded with aged gouda, cave-aged cheddar, brie and mozzarella cheese, cooked down with Brewdog Punk IPA, and layered with double ketchup and Three Islands mayo (a blend of mayonnaise, ketchup and sriracha).
You can opt for a lettuce wrap instead of buns, and there are also vegetarian options as well as hotdogs and bowls. There’s a kids’ menu with burger and hotdog options, too.
Wolf these down as you watch the kids navigate the intriguing geometric play cubes and slide, or simply admire the scenes along the Singapore River.
What to order: Fun Boy Three (S$25); Jason Four Cheese (S$26); Truffello, a vegetarian option with twice-cooked portobello mushroom (S$19)