In Singapore with the young ones and their grandparents in tow? We show you the best family-friendly spots on the island.
1. Adam Road Food Centre
For breakfast, feast like a king on nasi lemak (fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf, accompanied with an array of side dishes like omelette, fried fish and anchovies) from Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak at Adam Road Food Centre. Each plate comes with a generous helping of fragrant rice infused with coconut milk, that’s meant to be mixed with copious amounts of sweet and spicy sambal (chilli paste). The kids will love the juicy fried chicken wings, while the adults should try the otah (spicy grilled fish paste), ikan kuning (yellowstripe scad) and bergedil (potato patty) for the full local experience.
2. Singapore Botanic Gardens
The family is in for a day of fun at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, conveniently located across the road from Adam Road Food Centre. The only tropical garden to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 158-year-old landmark is home to Michelin-starred ‘gastro-botanica’ restaurant Corner House, , the National Orchid Garden, which houses more than 1,000 species of orchids, and the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden (free admission). The latter has play areas, tree-houses and a maze to keep the young ones entertained, while the older folks can unwind in the shade of a gazebo to the tune of birds chirping.
3. Orchard Road
From Singapore Botanic Gardens, you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Orchard Road, Singapore’s glamorous shopping belt. Drop the kids off at BOUNCE Singapore, an indoor trampoline park, while you spend time clocking in some much-deserved R&R or treating yourself to an uninterrupted fine dining meal. Orchard Road is home to a fleet of Michelin-starred restaurants, including Béni for French food reinterpreted with Japanese sensibilities, and Les Amis, one of Singapore’s oldest fine dining establishments.