Come One, Come All – Taking the whole family out for a good meal needn’t be difficult. These eateries welcome everyone, from babes in arms and restless toddlers to, well, fussy grown-ups.
TEXT: ANNABELLE BOK
PHOTOS: Casa Verde, DuitSg, Fika, Grub, Ju Shin Jung, Mooks Thai Bistro, and Ola Beach Club
The relaxed, cosy atmosphere here sets everyone at ease – even the kids. And this cafe specialises in large table settings where the whole family, give or take a few friends, can munch down together in home-style comfort. The fusion menu means there’s something to tickle every palate too. And don’t forget the exciting weekend buffet!
WHERE: 301 Canberra Road
This centrally located Scandinavian cafe has a small indoor play area for twitchy youngsters, and has also made the news for welcoming nursing mothers with open arms. Families who come here have good things to say about the Swedish Meatballs, Fisherman’s Pasta, Grilled Chicken and Herb-Crusted Salmon.
WHERE: 257 Beach Road
Mooks Thai Bistro
This cosy eatery provides place settings for kids, complete with high chairs, utensils and tableware, making them the ideal location for family meals and birthday parties! The space is easily configured for large groups, and most dishes come in large sharing portions. Crowd favourites here include the Fried Chicken with Thai Herbs, Thai Street Grilled Squid with Seafood Sauce, and Thai Ice Milk Tea Smoothies.
WHERE: HomeTeamNS’ Bukit Batok Clubhouse, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7
This laid-back trattoria offers a comforting array of local delights and Italian classics, with pork-free options for Muslims who don’t mind the café’s not having halal certification. There are nursing rooms, nappy changing stations and shower facilities right next door, and dog bowls for your furry friends at a designated corner of the al fresco dining area. Kids will love running around the open space dotted with palms and fountains!
WHERE: Singapore Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, 1 Cluny Road
Serving up creative and classic burgers as well as other signature dishes right in the heart of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (which hosts lush greenery, water play areas and kids playgrounds), Grub is a bona fide fab find. It even holds craft and exploratory workshops for kids every first and last Saturday of the month.
WHERE: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Pond Gardens, 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 (psst, new branch opened at Balestier Clubhouse! Visit them today at 31 Ah Hood Road (S)329979!)
Ju Shin Jung
Who says Korean barbecue and kids don’t mix? Ju Shin Jung’s West and Guillemard outlets boast impressive play areas – Ball pits! Electronic rides! – and space for several strollers to manoeuvre without hindering foot traffic. The West branch even has a well-stocked library in its waiting area. You’re welcome.
WHERE: #01-18/19 Westway Building, 27 West Coast Highway; #01-01 Guillemard Village, 102 Guillemard Road
Ola Beach Club
It’s a little bit of Hawaii, within reach – tuck into Hawaiian favourites like huli huli chicken, kalua pork, lomi lomi salmon, loco moco and more while your little ones frolic in the pool just a few steps from your table. Both kid-friendly and adult water sports and activities are available, and the beach is literally metres away. Fun in the sun? You bet!
WHERE: 46 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa