Free kids’ meal. Indoor play area. Clean toilets. Space for strollers. Budget-friendly menu. Are these your criteria when it comes to eating out with your little ones? Then read on for our list of family-friendly restaurants in the east of Singapore that will keep your kids entertained and make eating out a hassle-free affair for everyone!
1. Café Melba at Goodman Arts Centre
Café Melba, a 120-seater café located within the Goodman Arts Centre compound near Katong, is well-known among families, and for good reason.
Surrounded by a lush green lawn, the spacious café has both indoor and alfresco seating to cater to a relaxing family brunch. It has an extensive menu, with brunch classics like Eggs Benedict and pancake stacks, to mains like Battered Fish & Chips and pizzas that are good for sharing. Kids eat free from the extensive kids menu with every main meal purchased at Café Melba on Mondays. On weekends and public holidays, from 9am to 4pm, kids can also enjoy endless fun on the bouncy castle set up right outside the restaurant.
What’s more, Café Melba goes the extra mile with its Kids Club programme, where you and your child can enjoy great perks with loyalty stamps - your child can earn one stamp per visit with the purchase of a kids meal. Collect eight stamps and redeem akid’s meal! Wait no further: your kid will receive a mystery gift when you sign up on their behalf!
Bonus: The compound is h-u-g-e. Check out what’s on for kids at The Artground nearby, including an engaging arts space with a range of paid weekend arts programmes for your little ones, including performing arts workshops, art and craft activities, and gardening-inspired workshops.
Café Melba (Goodman Arts Centre)
Address: 90 Goodman Rd, Block N, #01-56, Goodman Arts Centre, Singapore 439053
Opening hours: Monday to Friday — 10:00am to 10:00pm; Weekends and Public Holidays — 8:30am to 10:00pm
2. East Coast Commune
If you’re a frequent East Coast Park goer with your family and tots in tow, you must check out East Coast Commune. It opened two years ago and is fast gaining popularity, given its ideal location at Marine Cove near the beach, as well as for its fresh and delish menu featuring cold-pressed juices, hearty brunch selections and sourdough waffles.
The cool-vibes café is also one of the rare ones which has a private space doubling up as a nursing and baby changing room, making it our top baby-friendly restaurant.
Did we also mention that within its spacious sea-side inspired interior, there is an indoor play area with books as well as unique wooden play structures? With such thought given to make this the best eat-and-play haven for kids, it’s hard for families not to love East Coast Commune.
East Coast Commune
Address: 1000 East Coast Parkway, #01-03, Marine Cove, Singapore 449876 (Carpark C2)
Opening hours: Monday, Wednesday to Friday — 8:30am to 6:00pm; Saturday and Sunday — 8:00am to 6:00pm; closed on Tuesday
Another top-lister for family-friendly restaurants along East Coast Parkway is SandBank. On its menu is a wide array of handmade pizzas and pastas for even the fussiest eaters. There is also a junior menu priced at S$10 for kids below 12, which makes it budget-friendly for parents.
What’s unique about this bistro is its outdoor 15m-long plunge pool for kids. The pool might be closed due to Covid-19 measures, so do check with the restaurant prior to your visit if you plan to bring your children for a dip in the pool.
That said, the beach is literally at SandBank’s doorstep! Let your kids bask in the sun and dip their feet in cool seawater after a satisfying meal. How’s that for a fun day out for kids?
Bonus: If you have little fur kids in your family, this will be the perfect place for you as well! SandBank is a pet-friendly café so start planning for your family weekend at East Coast Park now.
Address: 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32, Parkland Green, Singapore 449875 (Carpark C1)
Opening hours: Monday — 5:00pm to 11:00pm; Tuesday to Friday — 12:00pm to 11:00pm; Weekends and Public Holidays — 10:00am to 11:00pm
4. Tiong Bahru Bakery
We are stoked that Tiong Bahru Bakery has (finally!) opened an outlet in the east. Oh, the smell of artisan French bakes and fresh gourmet coffee wafting through the air!
Nestled in the heart of Siglap, the new outlet pays tribute to the old-school charm of the vicinity with its whimsical biscuit-inspired décor. This new outlet is also roomy with indoor and outdoor seating, making it baby-friendly, unlike some of the other more tight-on-space branches. You can bring your child, pram and diaper bag, and still have some space to breathe.
The bakery’s signature buttery croissants are guaranteed to satisfy hungry little tummies. Or if they are looking for more, go for the S$10 TBB junior set. It comes with hot chocolate, a choice of pastry such chocolate Danish and small sugar brioche, a badge, and an activity book to keep those young active minds engaged.
Bonus: The menu includes Siglap-exclusive items such Your Royal Ryeness, a sourdough coffee milkshake. This one’s for you, parents.
Tiong Bahru Bakery at Siglap
Address: 77 Upper E Coast Rd, #01-01, 77@East Coast, Singapore 455218
Opening hours: Daily, 7:30am to 8:00pm
Perch at Jewel Changi Airport has our vote for the best kid’s menu in the east. Not only does it have a great menu, some of the seating nearest to the HSBC Rain Vortex will give you the best views of the iconic waterfall, while spending family time with your little ones.
Why not introduce your child to a blue swimmer crab cake for appetiser? How about grilled spring chicken or pan-fried baby seabass for mains?
The best part? Kids aged 12 and below eat for free in this all-day casual dining restaurant and the promotion runs throughout the week. Yes, weekends are included! You get a free kid’s main course and choice of juice for every adult main course ordered, no matter which day of the week.
Bonus: To top it off, this kid-friendly bistro also gives out activity sheets for children the moment they are seated. It even includes a word search game for older kids to keep them engaged.
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport, #02-244/245, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10:30pm
6. TONITO Latin America Kitchen
Located a few units away from Perch is TONITO Latin America Kitchen, with its quirky, colourful interior providing the most welcoming space for ‘diners of all ages’ as they proudly state. This family-friendly restaurant serves Latin American fare, including street food and staples like Mexican quesadillas, Argentinian pastas, and Peruvian stews.
Kids aged 12 and below eat free with every adult main course ordered. The kid’s menu includes all-time favourites, such as carbonara pasta, fish burger, and Latino pizza.
Bonus: Just like Perch, some of the seating in TONITO will give you a clear view of the HSBC Rain Vortex. Enjoy the views of the waterfall in the background with lush greenery and take full advantage of the panorama, especially during the Light & Sound Show that happens every evening.
Tonito Latin America Kitchen
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard #02-248, Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: Daily, 11:30am to 10:30pm
7. Timbre+ Eastside
This sustainable food park is designed to be child-friendly. For one, it has an indoor play area with hammocks at the centre helmed by a Vertical Sprout Play Tower. Two, it has a book swop corner to keep your brood entertained, screen-free, while waiting for food.
Food-wise, there is a huge variety of Asian and Western fare at affordable prices to meet the diverse palate and budgetary needs of families. With more than 20 stalls under one big roof, from yong tau foo (Hakka dish primarily of tofu and vegetables stuffed with ground meat mixture of fish paste) and smoked duck lor mee to beef burgers and mookata, kids will be spoilt for choice.
Timbre+ Eastside also morphs into a bustling music scene in the evenings. Live bands take over the stage to fire up the atmosphere and belt out crowd favourites, usually after 7:30pm. Not a fan of throbbing music? Head for the cool confines of Studio+, an air-conditioned space where kids can enjoy their meals in comfort.
Bonus: Check out the KF1 Karting Circuit next door and feel the adrenaline of the race drivers.
Timbre+ Eastside @Expo
Address: 1 Expo Dr, Outside Singapore Expo Hall 5, Singapore 486150
Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday — 9:30am to 12:00am; Friday and Saturday — 9:30am to 1:00am (Individual stall timings vary)
8. Hub & Spoke Café
Hub & Spoke is another café that has entered the eastie scene in the last two years. Its lovely glass house setting with both indoor and alfresco dining makes it an ideal restaurant for a family get-together.
Serving mainly western delights as well as local classics, families can take their pick from the kid-friendly options in the menu, including Bratwurst Pork on Truffled Mash, Chicken Chop, and the all-time favourite Fish and Chips. Hub & Spoke also offers an assortment of bubble teas – for kids with a sweet tooth.
During the daytime, it is common to see families with kids making a pit-stop at the café to fuel up before biking to East Coast Park via the park connector linked directly to Changi Airport Terminal 2. No bike? You can rent one at the adjacent GoCycling shop too (from $6/hour for a kid’s bike) and let your little one experience an unforgettable post-meal visit to the Jurassic Mile.
Bonus: Hub & Spoke is not only a family-friendly café, but is also pet-friendly too. Go ahead and bring your fur kid along!
Hub & Spoke Café
Address: 60 Airport Blvd, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, #01-T2S-02, Singapore 819643
Opening hours: Daily, 7:30am to 10:30pm
9. Beauty in The Pot @ Jewel Changi Airport
Who doesn’t love steamboats? But those who have tried eating hotpot with young children would know that it’s no fun having to keep their little hands away from piping broths and trays of fresh raw food all the time.
Thank goodness for hotpot chains like Beauty in The Pot, which offers complimentary children’s toys and an exclusive play area with climbing structure and slides to keep children entertained while parents dine. This means parents can nourish their bodies with rich collagen soup in peace, while kids can play to their heart’s content.
Bonus: The playground at the Jewel Changi Airport outlet is also fully enclosed and air-conditioned, like most of its outlets. This makes it the perfect family-friendly restaurant to go to, especially on rainy days when the craving for hotpot hits you hard.
Beauty in The Pot @ Jewel
Address: 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel Changi Airport, #B2 - 224, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am – 3:00am
10. The Tree Café
The Tree Café at E!Hub is another place where parents can consider a kid-friendly restaurant experience. Its rustic, café-in-a-garden setting offers the family a unique dining experience. It’s like a picnic under the trees, but better. Not only is it fully air-conditioned, but clean toilets are just a stone’s throw away.
Did we mention that the whole menu is so kid- and budget-friendly that there is really no restriction to what children can eat. Everything from mains to pastas and rice bowls is below S$10. The portions are generous too. This makes The Tree Café one of the most value-for-money, family-friendly cafés in the east.
Bonus: The Tree Café at E!Hub is located just beside Tayo Station, a massive 10,000-square-feet themed playground for children aged 12 and below. Head over for unrivalled sensory play after a sumptuous meal!
The Tree Café
Address: E!Hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Level 3, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: Daily, 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Bookmark this article and the next time you rack your brains on where to bring your little ones, a trip to one of these 10 cafés and restaurants might be the perfect weekend plan!
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