5 hidden family-friendly cafes worth checking out [Photo Gallery]
Locating these cleverly tucked away eateries might be a little tricky, but it would be so worth your while!
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Singaporeans may come in many shapes, sizes and races, speak various languages and look different, but if there one thing that unites us a community, it’s our love for food.
You would be hard-pressed to find a Singaporean who isn’t willing to travel to the far ends of their beloved island in search of a good meal. In fact, many of us consider eating to be our national past-time.
If you consider yourself a foodie, here are five cleverly-hidden family-friendly eateries that you may not have heard of yet. Scroll through the photo gallery to sniff them out and plan a visit with your brood soon!
Address: #01-01 Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way Opening hours: 7am to 10.30pm (Mon to Fri) & 7am to 3pm (Weekends)
If you have little ones who wake up at the crack of dawn, The Autobus is the place to head to, thanks to its super-early opening hours for java and brekkie. The perks of stopping for lunch at this spacious stroller-friendly bicycle-themed café ― located in the CBD area ― are aplenty. First, you can all park your bikes for free outside the café. Then, you’ll tuck into hearty and healthy protein bowls (from $12) you can customise to your taste ― the BBQ pulled pork, kale chips and slow-cooked seabass were our faves. On weekends, trot down to sample their hearty brunch menu that features star dishes like the super-juicy wagyu burger ($24). Wash it all down this with their signature cardamom-heavy chai latte and you’re all set for the rest of the day. Before you leave, don’t forget to check out their retail section which sells bicycles, workout gear and accessories. (Photo: The Autobus)
Wimbly Lu @ Jalan Riang off Upper Serangoon Road
Address: 15-2 Jalan Rian Opening Hours: Noon to 10.30pm (Mon, Wed & Thurs), noon to 11pm (Fri), 9am to 11pm (Sat) and 9am to 10.30pm (Sun)
Nestled in a quiet residential estate, Wimbly Lu might be a tiny eatery but loyal customers flock here for its simple, yet tasty fare in a cosy atmosphere. It’s signature waffles (from $6) ― fluffy inside and crisp outside ― are always popular with the peewees. Plus, the play area, featuring a toy-chest bursting with pretty playthings and picture books, keep the kiddos busy for hours. The all-day dining menu boasts comfort food such as chicken baked rice ($11), spaghetti carbonara (from $10) and beef lasagna ($15). Wimbly Lu also has a well-put together weekend brunch menu with cake offerings (the Nutella pie and chocolate cheesecake) are to die for, since it initially started out as a dessert bar. (Photo: Jassmin Peter-Berntzen & Wimbly Lu)
Address: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park Opening Hours: Noon to 11pm (Tue to Fri), 9am to midnight (weekends and PH). Closed on Mondays.
Looking at the throngs of people on weekends, it’s hard to believe that this restaurant only opened officially in December 2016 ― no reservations are taken by the way. Nestled in a rather ulu area of Seletar, Wheeler’s Estate sits in an old school black-and-white colonial bungalow. Choose a wooden bench seat or table with rattan chairs at the verandah area, so that you can keep an eye on junior as he plays at the nearby airplane-themed playground. There’s also plenty of wide open spaces for your Energizer Bunny and “fur kids” to run around and explore. The pull-apart bread ($12), baked with bacon and mozzarella cheese, and lightly-battered fish and chips ($25) are always a hit with the kids. Adults might prefer the Feed me Breakfast ($24) from the weekend brunch menu. The value-for-money dish consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, roasted mushrooms, tomato, spinach and potato rosti. (Photo: Wheelers Estate, UMEkids & SG Asia City)
Little Island Brewing Co
Address: 6 Changi Village Road Opening Hours: Noon to 11pm, daily
Tucked behind the famous Changi Village hawker centre, Little Island Brewing Co’s claim to fame is its unique self-service microbrewery concept. Just purchase a pre-paid card and self-pour the beers and stout on tap to sample a little bit of everything. Families are also very welcome at this open-concept diner which overlooks Changi Beach park. There are swings and a small tree house to keep the kiddos entertained, while mums and dads pair their pint with some delectable dishes. We recommend the Chicken Inasal ($22) ― a whole spring chicken marinated in Filipino style spices, and barbecued to finger-licking good perfection! Junior will also love the mac and cheese ($12), fish burger ($12) or French fries with a killer lime and horseradish aioli dip. (Photo: TripAdvisor & Little Island Brewing Co)
Address: 96 Rangoon Road Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9pm (weekdays) and 9.30am to 9pm (weekends). Closed on Tuesdays.
Set foot into this bakery-cum-café that’s full of vintage knick-knacks and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Junior will get a chance to play with old-school items such as rotary dial telephones, pretty hair clips and toy figurines that you can buy. Once you’re done exploring, settle into the four-seater sofa that was converted from a real vintage Mini Cooper and order from their extensive and reasonably-priced menu. You can’t wrong with any of their freshly-baked breads and pastries. But, if you’re up for something more substantial, try the fluffy pancake stack served with fresh berries ($13.90) or the deluxe Spanish omelette ($14.90) stuffed with chicken ham, cheese, mushroom, tomato, onions and bell peppers with warm toast. Child-friendly fare include the fresh-fruit smoothie ($7.50), popcorn chicken served with mayo ($8.90) and the Spanish sundae ($8.90) ― vanilla ice-cream topped with swirls of cherry sauce and fresh cherries… Yum! (Photo: www.chope.co)