Top 10 Best Boardgame Cafes in Singapore
Once upon a time board games were synonymous with boredom; something you only dragged out if the internet was down or if you really had nothing to do on Christmas Day or Chinese Lunar New Year. Not anymore: they’ve had something of a cool makeover in recent years, and as we all get more and more sick of staring at our phones all day long, board games are a great way to connect with friends and let off some steam, and most importantly, have some fun without going into the digital realm.
The Tropika Club team outlines the best boardgames and tabletop games cafes in Singapore for 2021.
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1. The Mind Cafe
The Mind Cafe is a board game cafe – not just your regular cafe that offers fantastic coffee and tasty pastries, we are here to share the love of board games!
All are welcome to Mind Cafe to play till you drop, with our exhaustive game library of at least 500 games in the cafe! We also offer a wide range of food and beverages to keep you refreshed while
you game. If you’re looking to purchase a board game, head to our online library http://themindcafe.com.sg/games. Our specialty is in organizing and hosting Game Show Events. To date, we host an average of 6 events a week that caters to corporate companies, ministries and private birthday parties.
The management team oversees daily operations, service standards, and games and events management.
The Games Show Emcee run the games program for corporate team bonding event and birthday parties
The gaming and service staff are further assigned as Games Master, Games Facilitator and Games Coordinator based on their games knowledge and length of service.
Lastly, the kitchen staff take charge of the entire kitchen operation to ensure a smooth delivery of nice and delicious food to be served.
Location: 60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664
2. Settlers Cafe
Bask in the comfort of privacy and soft cushion seats as you indulge in quality bonding over Board Games, food, and drinks!Enjoy your Board Games dining and chill session at our exclusive private room, crafted to the needs of creating your most enjoyable and pleasant memories with loved ones.
Also formally themed as The School, Mosanco Settlers Café aims to nurture essential character traits through Board Games – Board Games do not just entail fun; they are a platform for character building and learning. We believe that shining more focus on this educational aspect of Board Games in our café can bring about more purpose and joy amidst having fun with our loved ones.
Penetrating the café scene back in 2003, Settlers Café introduced the concept of Board Games dining to the industry, successfully paving the way for many others to follow suit. We believe we can provide a platform that allows more than just bonding over food, but for people to connect, learn, and even teach altogether.
Bragging at over 600 different game titles to offer, we believe that there’s always a game for every social group or individual for any occasion.
If proven untrue, it is our mission to find one.
Since we started this journey decades ago, we have witnessed revolutionary advancement in technology and the generations evolving along with digitalization. Despite these changes, we choose to stay true to what matters.
Location: 39A N Canal Rd, Singapore 059295
3. Gamesaurus Rex
Gamersaurus Rex is a retail store dealing in Board Games, Miniature Hobby Games, Hobby Supplies, RPGs, and Gaming Events! Come on down and join our communities, or learn to play a whole range of games from Dungeons & Dragons, Warhammer and lots more!
Location: 259A Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574386
4. Experience Point
Remember terrible boardgames like Monopoly and Risk? Remember how, despite the fact that they would often pack only a half-hour of fun into three long hours of waiting for someone to just win and put everyone else out of their misery, you would still go back to them time and time again because there was something special, something almost magical, about gathering around a table and playing boardgames with your friends and family?
At Experience Point, we love tabletop games: be they boardgames, card games, or pen-and-paper roleplaying games, as long as they can be played on a table, we love them (and probably have them in our library of 200+ games). We would love for you to experience the same joy and wonder that we felt when we first encountered the modern boardgaming revolution; and, at just $4 per hour (to a maximum of $12 per day!), there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t.
If somebody’s driving you here, it’s closer for you to stop at Jalan Besar Stadium, just outside the entrance to the People’s Association building, then follow these badly written instructions. If you’re driving yourself, park at the multi-storey carpark located at 808 French Road, go to level two, and then fumble your way towards the adjacent Blk 803.
Location: 803 King George’s Ave, #02-190, Singapore 200803
5. Games @ PI
Games @ PI is located at the heart of Orchard!
- Each table booking is for 6 pax max. There are 2 tables available.
- Please note that games are Bring Your Own, we do not offer games for rental
- Booking times are from Mon to Sun. 2 Slots are available: 2pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm.
- For non-members, it’s a flat charge of $10 per booking to be made upon arrival. Members will pay 1 PI point per booking.
- Please book a table at least 2 days in advance, cancellations to be made 1 day before a session. Late cancellations and bookings are frowned upon.
- There will be an additional charge of $10 per hour after 9pm.
- Masks must be worn at all times
- Drinks can be consumed in the store. No food is allowed.
- Please clear your trash after your game session
Location: Orchard Rd, Unit 03-01 Midpoint 220, Singapore 238852
6. Battle Bunker – Bugis+
Battle Bunker is a community that is made by people with passion in Miniatures, Toys, Card and Boardgames. We carry a vast selection of world leading miniature titles and extend our hands to reach out to people that are interested to be part of us. We have supplements from painting supplies, assembly kits and expansions the pleasure you take in the hobby.
Here in our shop, we carry a vast selection of game miniatures and titles for you to choose from, which also includes painting supplies, assembly kits, and expansion sets to assist you in having an enjoyable experience building up your hobby with ease.So what are you waiting for?Come on down and let us show you the ropes of gameplay, model fixing, and painting techniques and we can be sure you will learn something fun today! See Less
Location: BUGIS+, 201 Victoria St, #03-16/17, 188067
7. Play Nation HQ
Play Nation is an urban concept founded in 2009 with the vision of creating a comfortable place for people to play, bond and socialize over fun and engaging games. Specializing in console games, board games, and corporate events, Play Nation serves over 200 corporate customers every year. Established in 2009 and operating with a tagline of “Saving the World from Boredom“, each outlet offers console games, board games, as well as card games to play with.
The games cafes are fun, spacious environments, where you can choose your entertainment from a wide variety of options, and purchase food, drinks, and snacks to fuel the gaming session. You can purchase console & board gaming in 1 hour or 2 hour packages. The current package prices & cafe menu are listed at the official website.
As a popular console games cafe in Singapore, the company keeps in touch with their customer base via several social media channels, including Facebook at facebook.com/playnationsg/.
You can also follow their official Instagram account at instagram.com/playnationsg_new/ for updates about new board & console games, events, promotions, and much more.
Location: 58 Prinsep St, Singapore 188686 (Multiple Locations)
Located at 63 East Coast Road, Xpidemix began as a consulting company for scale modelling with LEGO and hobby model kits. We eventually expand to include a wargaming model kits and a myriad selection of board games. The marketplace was created as a solution to the growing underplayed board games on our customers shelves. Rather than eventually ending up with missing or deteriorating components, we believe handing it over to new hands will be more worth it akin to recycling.
The store is along East Coast Road at The Red House which was renovated and improved back in 2017. It is exactly opposite Roxy Square and enjoys the bustling vicinity alongside Katong I12.
Xpidemix Marketplace gives customers the opportunity to sell or trade away their older games, miniatures or collectibles on a focused online marketplace area. Xpidemix has a retail storefront which , as an option, allows sellers to drop off the sold product. Buyer can come in at a later time at his or her convenience to pay and pick up the items.
Location: 63 E Coast Rd, #01-03, Singapore 428773
9. Game State
Game State Singapore is the brain child of Jacki. For four decades she indulged her four children (three boys and a girl) as they accompanied her on her work trips to seek out the latest miniatures board games. Together they lugged box sets from Australia, UK, USA etc, some taller than they were. Many hours were spent in the family’s craft room reading up on the latest lores, rulebooks and assembling those miniatures.
In the last decade, she guided and influenced her grand-children to jump on the bandwagon to the point of them being as fanatical as their parents. Jacki started Game State Singapore to share with the local gaming community a safe and clean environment for gamers of all ages. She often jumps with joy when she sees 4 yr olds come by the shop to ignite a life-long passion.
Oh did we mention that she started gaming four decades ago as a student in the UK? Another motivation for starting Game State as a brick and mortar shop was to provide female gammers with an inviting environment to enjoy miniature board games.
Location: 50 Armenian St, #01-02, Singapore 179938
10. Card Board Crew
Card Board Crew is a passionate team of board games enthusiasts that hosts private and public events. Read our “Story” on the Facebook Page for more details!Or visit here for our events: https://www.meetup.com/Singapore-International-Boardgames-Meetup/
Card Board Crew is a passionate team of board games enthusiasts. We have a fervent desire to eliminate the traditional social stigma that “board games are old and boring” e.g. Monopoly, Risk, Chess, Scrabble or Snakes & Ladders.In order to change and shape the traditional impression of board games, we conduct the following through the usage of modern and exciting board games:- Regular public gaming sessions- Hosting of parties (e.g. milestone, game launch)- Private/Corporate bonding events- Promoting local game designers- Distribution of unique board games (not easily found/purchased)
Location: 30 Simei Street 3, #01-08 Simei MRT Station, Singapore 529888
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