The Thomson area has one of the oldest and longest roads in Singapore, fringed by lots of green on either side. It is named for a Scotsman who helped build roads into the interior of the island back in the 1840s and 1850s.
But this is no fuddy-duddy neighbourhood with only tropical foliage and sleepy shophouses for company. The neigbourhood has room for young families who want to eat, play and chill.
Made up of three parts – Thomson Road, Old Upper Thomson Road and Upper Thomson Road – this long stretch of road is home to some gems your kids will love, including chic eats and creative play spots.
One Man Coffee
You don’t want to be late for brunch at One Man Coffee. The rows and rows of chairs outside the cafe are there for good reason.
Slightly past 11 am on a weekday and a queue was already forming outside.
If you somehow can’t seem to find the cafe, it is helpful to know that One Man Coffee shares premises with the Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar.
The space is small – but charming in an indie sort of way – and it can accommodate perhaps a high chair or two at the most. But if you can jig up a spot, you’ll be seated at the popular rustic wooden tables with long benches – especially if you are with a big group – in cool air-conditioned comfort.
Kids will love eating from the wooden slab, where the tomatoes will roll around (and off) like crazy marbles, and makes you feel you’re eating off a chopping board. Hungry ones can go for the Big Brekkie ($12), with six-minute-cooked eggs, roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, and ham on sourdough bread. In fact, they’ll happily whip up a small tot-sized set at your request too. A simple extra order of egg and roasted tomatoes for your kid will set you back only $3.
Also, don’t miss the Gashouse Egg with Bacon Jam ($10), which is One Man Coffee’s version of Toad-in-the-hole.
You’ll be happy to know that they serve up a complimentary babycino for kids! (But only when they are not crazy busy; and you might have to ask.)
One Man Coffee
Address: 215R Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: Monday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Wednesday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Read more, for the full list of places you can take your kids in Thomson.
Oodles of fun,Little Day Out, where I’m a contributor. Little Day Out is an online resource dedicated to curating the best of Singapore for families with young children, including kid-friendly places, events and activities.