Skip the screens, tablets, and smartphones – time to get back to basics for some quality family time as Little Steps walks you through five unique gaming cafés around the island loaded with board games, gaming consoles, and even pool tables!
The shop front of Battle Bunker is hard to miss, with its colorful display of animation figurines and well-stocked shelves of games. The other half of the shop is occupied with tables where you can enjoy endless hours of board gaming and miniature-painting. From SG$10 an hour, along with the purchase of any beverage, there is no limit to the number of games you can rent to play in the café. The selection of games offered are suitable for ages 6 and above.
Battle Bunker, 201 Victoria Street #03-16/17 Bugis+, Singapore 188067, +65 6509 4011, www.battlebunker.com.sg, Facebook Page. Opens Mondays – Thursdays & Sundays 12:30pm – 9:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 12:30pm – 10:30pm.
Coffee Min epitomizes the café culture where people could gather, communicate, entertain or enjoy a pastime leisurely. It is a special space where you only pay for the time spent in the café rather than the food, drinks, and games provided. Presently, there are two outlets. Little Steps visited the one at Clark Quay Central. The comfy seats and laidback atmosphere are perfect for families who wish to unwind together. There are plenty of activities to keep little ones occupied too – books, table-top and board games.
Prices: Weekdays SG$6 for the first hour, SG$1 for subsequent 10 minutes. Weekends SG$8 for the first hour, SG$1 for subsequent 10 minutes. SG$30 for the whole day.
Play Nation HQ is a gaming haven for all ages. From simple pirate roulette, mind challenging board games to console gaming, there’s something for everyone. The Princep Street branch occupies a two-storey shophouse. The first level consists of the café and open spaces for table games, while the second level is for console gaming. The charming interior is spacious and inviting. The offering at the café are affordable and tasty. Adults will love the hand-crafted coffee and beers, while little ones could choose a variety of freshly baked sweet or savory treats from the menu. We love the play and dine concept in this café! There are also branches at Scape Park and Tampines Hub.
Prices: Mondays – Thursdays SG$6.50++ per hour (board games), SG$7++ per hour (console games). Fridays – Sundays SG$7.90++ (board games), SG$9.50++ (console games). Prices are inclusive of free flow of drinks.
Play Nation HQ, 58 Princep Street, Singapore 188686, +65 6336 9578, www.playnation.com.sg, Facebook Page. Opens Mondays – Thursdays 12pm – 11pm, Fridays 12pm – 2am, Saturdays 2pm – 3am, Sundays 2pm – 11pm.
Settler’s Café is the pioneer of gaming cafés in Singapore. Established since 2003, it has curated one of the biggest selection of board games in Singapore, with more than 700 types to choose from. The café offers a variety of gaming packages, each priced differently and their meticulous staff are able to explain the rules to every game at the café!
Settler’s Café, 39 North Canal Road, Singapore 059295, +65 6535 0435, www.settlers.sg, Facebook Page. Opens Tuesdays – Thursdays 6pm – 11pm, Fridays & Saturdays 1pm – 1am, Sundays 2pm – 8pm. Closed on Mondays.
The Mind Café boasts of the widest selection of board games on the island, with over 500 games to choose from. Best part, kids below 7 play for free! At S$4 an hour for ages 7 and above, it is rather affordable for a time of gaming fun with the whole fam. Be sure to book a table before your visit as this place fills up fairly quickly during peak periods.
The Mind Café, 60 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188664, +65 6334 4426, www.themindcafe.com.sg, Facebook Page. Opens Mondays – Thursdays 2pm – 11pm, Fridays & Eve of PH 2pm – 6am, Saturdays 12pm – 6am, Sundays 12pm – 11pm.