Do you struggle to find a place to go out and eat for fear that the food will not appeal to your kids? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with 5 places that have both cute and tasty dishes that your kids will love. From shaved-ice polar bears to panda bao and teddy bear hot pot, your kids will be begging to go out and try these dishes! Who says food cannot be adorable and tasty at the same time?
Baristart is a sleek Japanese coffee shop serving food and drinks containing Hokkaido Milk products. The stand out dish for kids is the Shaved Ice (Shiro Kuma), which is a combination of shaved ice, ice-cream and fruit constructed in the shape of a cute polar bear head served with syrup or Hokkaido milk sauce to pour over the top. And for the parents, this place serves delicious hot and cold coffee and a range of tasty western/Japanese meals from breakfast to dinner.
Baristart Tanjong Pagar, 65 Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar, Singapore 079004, +65 6904 3168, www.baristartcoffee.sg. Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am to 10pm. Walk-ins only.
Baristart Sentosa, 40 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098996, +65 6970 0631, www.baristartcoffee.sg. Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 10am to 8pm. Walk-ins only.
Little House of Dreams’ specialty is sweet treats, but they also serve up savory meals. The thing kids will love the most are the mini cakes which are decorated like cute animals. From foxes to pandas, tigers, and even sharks, there will be something to please everyone. From Little House of Dreams’ baby pink exterior to the inside which is adorned with fairy lights and foliage this place is as aesthetically pleasing as the cakes are!
Little House Of Dreams, 58 Seng Poh Road #01-15, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 160058, +64 9030 4959, www.littlehouseofdreams.com/store/pc/home.asp. Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday and Public Holidays 8am - 8pm, Friday, Saturday & Public Holiday Eve 8am - 10pm. Hot Food Menu Available Monday - Friday 12pm - 8pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am - 8pm.
Mama Panda Kitchen is the place to go if your kids are panda crazy! Located in Singapore’s River Safari, it’s the perfect place to visit after you have seen the park’s real-life pandas. The highlight dish for the kids is the panda bao which comes in red bean and chocolate custard flavors and is shaped like a cute panda head. For the adults, there is also coffee, which comes etched with a panda on top.
Mama Panda Kitchen, 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore Zoological Gardens, Singapore 729826, +65 6269 3411, www.wrs.com.sg/en/river-safari/things-to-do/dine-and-shop.html Opening Hours: daily 10:30am-6pm. Tip eat outside of lunch rush hours as it gets quite busy.
Spice World Hot Pot serves authentic Sichuan hot pot. The kids will be excited about the teddy and kitty characters that can be added to your hot pot. For meat lovers, there is the premium barbie wagyu beef which is a doll dressed in meat (giving off Lady Gaga 2010 MTV award vibes). Don’t let the cute factor of this place fool you, the hot pot broth is packed with flavor, and the vegetables are nice and fresh.
Spice World Hot Pot, 3B River Valley Rd, #01-06/07, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179021 +65 6265 9777, www.facebook.com/SpiceWorldSingapore. Opening Hours: Monday - Thursday & Sunday 10:30am - 4:00am and Friday & Saturday 10:30am - 6:00am. Note there are only 10 of each kitty and bear mala butter hot pots a day, so reserve in advance.
Social Place Singapore is a Chinese restaurant with a modern twist. This is the place to come to if your kids are “foodies” and are adventurous with flavor combinations. From the presentation to the flavor of the dishes, they are all really creative. Social Place Singapore serves up dishes like mahjong jellies (actually looks like mahjong tiles), rose-shaped floret buns with red bean center, yam filled pigs buns and the oh so cute, small pig pudding.
Social Place Singapore, 583 Orchard Road, #01-22, Forum the Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 8870 2288, www.socialplace.sg. Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am - 2:30pm & 6pm - 10pm.