If sleep-ins are a thing of the past and your kids are up with the sun (or even well before), then no doubt they’ll be ready for an early feed too. Sadly, not many cafés in Singapore are ready when you are, but we’ve narrowed down the best restaurants for early risers (before 10 am) so you can start your day off with a good brekkie and coffee to get you through a busy weekday or weekend with the kids. Here is our guide to the best restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops for enjoying breakfast with kids in Singapore.
Anyone that has been to Bishan Park would be familiar with Canopy restaurant which is a pet-friendly venue (just beside the dog run), serving Western food from breakfast through to dinner. Canopy has recently opened a new branch in HortPark and this place is giving us major relaxation vibes and is the perfect place to start your day. While the breakfast menu is small (think eggs, juices, smoothies, coffee, and tea) it is delicious. And we love the open-plan design and internal hanging garden. Don’t forget to visit their website to join their membership program and earn rewards.
While it is best known for its delicious pizzas, Picotin also serves up a scrumptious breakfast. From English Breakfast to french toast, smashed avo, granola, and an assortment of sandwiches, there is sure to be something here to suit even the pickiest of eaters. While there are two Picotin branches, our pick is Picotin Fairways, which has a great view of the golf course. Not to mention there is a 36 hole outdoor mini golf next door which the kids will love!
Bee’s Knees is set amongst the botanic gardens and is the place to go if you are after a laid back cafe that is both kid and pet-friendly. With lots of open space, it is perfect for your kids and furry friends to run around while you sit back and relax. The Bee’s Knees serves up typical breakfast food, think eggs, fruit bowls, and croissants, and their all-day sweets also deserve a mention. The kids will love this place, as they regularly hold fun art events, and you can even order a picnic basket to take and sit and enjoy the gardens.
The Book Cafe is the perfect place to relax, curl up on a comfy sofa, and enjoy some delicious breakfast all while reading your favorite book. Serving up all-day breakfast, you will find your breakfast staples like eggs, bacon, and flaky pastries. Who knows, you may even convince the kids to pick up a book as well! Our top tip is, before you head there, check out The Book Cafe website for some great promotions that can help save you some dollars!
The Garden Slug is the place to go for all-day breakfast. And when we say all-day breakfast, that’s exactly what we mean - you can order breakfast items on the menu up until close and on the weekends this means 10 pm! While the breakfast menu isn’t exactly extensive, they cover the main staples like bacon and eggs, as well as offer up some more exotic items like gluten-free coconut pancakes or cheese toast with truffled scrambled eggs. Giving us old-school coffee house vibes, there is indoor and outdoor seating, the food is tasty, the portions are big, and it is reasonably priced. And what’s more the Garden Slug is also pet friendly!
If you are in the mood for something sweet then head to The Fabulous Baker Boy. It’s a bakery, dessert shop and a cafe! Check out their mouth-watering all-day breakfast menu from their fluffy pancakes (think choc chip, raspberry, or Cinn Bun to name a few), to fried chicken and waffles, or a good old-fashioned fry up. And once you're done with breakfast, be sure to pick up a slice (or two) of cake to take home.
The Fabulous Baker Boy, 28 Aliwal St, #01-01, Aliwal Arts, Center, Singapore 199918, +65 89517716, www.thefabulousbakerboy.com
Carrot Sticks & Cravings Cafe is a casual and family-friendly cafe that serves nutritious food that you would find in a typical Australian cafe, think smashed avo and strong coffee! What’s great is, they cater to different dietary requirements like gluten-free and dairy-free and their meals are made with fresh healthy ingredients. The kids will also love Carrot Sticks & Cravings cafe as there is a coloring station, a playground with trampolines (at Dempsey location), and yummy kids meals (think tomato pasta, pancakes, sandwiches and baby oats) - all served with a side of popcorn!
Set amongst the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Food for Tots is the latest concept from the Food for Thought Group, whose aim is to get children to appreciate their natural surroundings. With an interactive play area amongst the flora and fauna, and with an all-day brunch menu, this place is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. Menu items like the DIY beef burger, the kids chocolate banana pancake and bolognese are sure to be a favorite with the kids! And guess what? You can even host your own event there!
Wild Seed Cafe is the perfect breakfast spot to take the kids and even your furry friends! Open in two impressive locations: the Summerhouse and the Alkaff Mansion, there is plenty of grassed open space for your little ones to run around. Wild Seed Cafe serves up usual all-day breakfast staples like bacon and eggs, but their weekend brunch menu (which includes a waffle factory with gelato) is something to definitely check out! Also, keep an eye on their Facebook page for weekday specials for early risers, and while you are there you may also want to pick up a piece or two of their almost too pretty to eat cakes!
If you are looking for a laid back cafe that serves all-day breakfast then head to Cafe Melba. The menu has both Australian and Asian influences as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. Kids will love this cafe, as not only is there ample space to run around, they can also have a jump on the bouncy castle (weekends from 9am) or play tic tac toe. You will also love this place, as kids eat free on Mondays (with the purchase of a main meal), and other discounts and freebies are on offer when signing up to their kid’s club.
This is an early morning spot for those of you who are up with the birds, or the kids on the weekend! Serving up breakfast and all-day dining, Baba Chews serves up a mix of scrumptious Continental, American and Asian cuisine.
Killiney Kopitiam has an extended menu offering a wider variety of local delicacies. Choose from Kopi O, Kopi C, soft boiled eggs, toast with peanut butter, or kaya toast, and French toast. They have locations all over the island and you’re sure to find one in your neighborhood. For a local breakfast, this is the place to head to.
Start your day the right way with a Starbucks breakfast. With breakfast staples like yummy omelettes, sandwiches, wraps, coffee, and tea there is something for all tastes. There’s fruit cups and yogurt pots too if that’s more your taste. Sit outside and enjoy people watching as you and the kids munch away.
Boomarang Bistro & Bar serves all-day Aussie breakfast dishes such as corn cakes, smoked salmon brioche, the Boomarang Benedict and omelettes galore. While the Little Tackers breakfast menu and coloring pages will keep the kids happy.
A popular café with a loyal local following, Kith now has several outlets across the island. The atmosphere is intimate, service is friendly and the food is fresh and simple with plenty of healthy, smaller options for the little ones and great coffee for you! It’s super family-friendly with a tub of toys and scooter space outside.
The focus is on the coffee at Toby’s Estate, housed in a renovated warehouse by the Singapore River. The Café & Roastery has expert baristas on hand to make the perfect brew. There’s also a decent all-day breakfast menu with many styles of eggs or sweeter options of hotcakes, French toast, and muffins. Afterward, join the brigade of prams along Robertson Quay.
Toby's Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216, +65 6636 7629, Facebook
We loved the original Baker & Cook at Greenwood Avenue for it’s scrumptious breads, pastries, homemade granola and proximity to the Watten Estate playground and the Chip Bee Gardens branch is an even bigger space with a toy corner and a buzzy atmosphere on weekends. An artisan bakery, café and foodstore in one so you can enjoy a lazy brekkie and stock up for later. For those in the East, head over to their outlet at Swan Lake Avenue.
At Forty Hands Cafe come for breakfast, it’s served all day! Choose from homemade granola, salmon hash, French toast with banana and bacon, the big boy breakfast or eggs Benedict. Traditionally a hip and happening coffee spot, these guys are serving up a hot chocolate so good Willy Wonka would be proud. You may need a stroll around the neighborhood after this one!
Forty Hands Café (Tiong Bahru), #01-02 Block 78 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 163078, +65 6225 8545, www.40handscoffee.com
Forty Hands Cafe (East Coast), 226 East Coast Road, Singapore 428923, +65 6877 4860, www.40handscoffee.com
This boulangerie and casual café located in the quaint neighborhood of Tiong Bahru has freshly baked bread and pastries you can enjoy dining in or take-away. Many have unique Asian flavors and some say they have the best croissants in town. The popular Tiong Bahru Bakery by Gontran Cherrier also now has branches at Raffles City, Tangs and Martin Road. For a fab alfresco feel, head over to Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari at Minden Road.
Hidden among lush greenery at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club, you feel miles away from the city at Riders Cafe. Enjoy mouth-wateringly delicious dishes from the minimal menu and then wander the stables to see the horses or even grab a pony ride which start nearby at 10am. There’s a small kids playground just outside as well. Be sure to book ahead on weekends.
The make-your-own pancakes concept is a huge drawcard for the kids and both the Turf City and Sentosa Slappy Cakes outlets open at 8am on weekends making it appeal to their parents as well. Choose sweet or savory pancake fillings, slap it on the hot plate in front of you, add some tasty toppings and voila!, you have a ‘home’ made pancake. There are, of course, non-pancake breakfast options too.
Penny University is an artisanal cafe born out of a love of coffee discovered in London. They source beans from local roasters, serve specialist cakes and bread freshly baked daily in the area, support and collaborate with local bakers, and aim to be a haven for people of the East Coast and beyond. This place is not Halal-certified, but Muslim-owned. Sit outside and watch the morning commute as you relax with your cup of coffee with the little one.
Penny University, 402 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428997, www.pennyuniversitysg.com
The sister restaurant to The Bank is Sandbank. This is particularly family-friendly, with a 15-m plunge pool (temporarily closed) that is perfect for your little ones to cool off in the afternoon sun. They have an in-house bakery, handmade pizzas for the kiddos and sumptuous meats and seafood for mom and dad. Relax with a cold drink as the kids play on the green.
Sandbank, 920 East Coast Parkway, #01-28/32 Parkland Green, Singapore, 449875 +65 6247 7988, www.sandbank.com.sg
Chow down on the weekend with some tasty Grub! Grub's weekend brunch menu packs a punch with its hearty eats. Order the breakfast set for the kids with the classic scrambled eggs and pork sausage, and tackle a meaty pork steak burger yourself. Brunch ends at 5pm, so get your orders in!
Modeled and inspired after a 1950’s beach club, Tanjong Beach Club is the perfect place to unwind after a long week and feel the sand between your toes. Saturdays are ideal for family fun. The kids can build sandcastles while you take a swim in the infinity pool and relax with a cocktail. Yes please!
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa Island, Singapore, +65 9750 5323, www.tanjongbeachclub.com
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