Discover Singapore's Top Board Game Cafes and Shops for Epic Game Nights!

November 3, 2023

‘Fess up – who’s still stuck in a rut when it comes to ideas for group activities with friends? Not all of us are outdoorsy enough to go on a group hike together. And there has to be something else to do besides hanging out at the usual brunch spots every weekend. As geeky as it sounds, give board games and card games a chance! Roll the dice and spend quality time with your friends shopping at specialty stores or chilling at board game cafes in Singapore.

Fun board game cafes in Singapore

1. King and the Pawn

Are you sick of hourly charges and just want to play your games in peace? Then you’ll love King and the Pawn. All you have to do is pay a small board game fee and you can stay as long as you like! Yes, even until the wee hours of 1am. The best part is not needing to go anywhere because King and the Pawn also serves up some delicious grub. Spice up your weekend brunch affair with a truffled honey croque madame and a game of Codenames.

Photo: King and the Pawn • Bugwagen • Rafael Liang • Joseph Mathews

King and the Pawn

24 Purvis St, level 2, Singapore 188601

2. Play Nation HQ

Play Nation may be tucked away in a two-storey conservation shophouse, but it’s a veteran in the board game cafe scene. What we love is the affordable packages it provides, with free flow drinks and snacks to boot. There’s even a group package that comes with a private room and three hours of console and board games. It even provides console rentals if you prefer gaming in the comfort of your home, or if you need entertainment at a house party.

Photo: Rachel Cheng • Victoria Teo • Play Nation HQ

Play Nation HQ

58 Prinsep St, Singapore 188686

3. Kommune @ 82Soho

Computer, console, and board games? Count us in. With immersive private rooms or cosy living room setups, you’ll have plenty of fun with your friends. If you’re getting tired of rolling dice? Pop over to Tigress, 82Soho’s restaurant concept. Fill your tummies and play a game of billiards to shake things up. Or enjoy Korean karaoke sessions with sound systems from the biggest karaoke company in South Korea. While walk-ins are welcomed, we highly recommend making a reservation if you’re going in a big group to make sure you get a spot.

Photo: Anuja Lamahewa • Kommune by 82Soho • Bryan Lim • Angel Tan

Kommune by 82Soho

277 Orchard Rd, #03-18, Singapore 238858

4. Mosanco Settler’s Cafe

Want to game at home but can’t find the privacy or space? Gather up your posse of board game enthusiasts and reserve a table at this cafe. You’ll be treated to a massive library of games, alongside ample playing space and comfy seating. Also, fuel up on a full selection of bites, coffee and booze from the menu. It’s also got art jamming sessions where you can paint all your feelings on a canvas.

Photo: Settlers Cafe By Mosanco • YH J • Gede Bagus Bayu Pentium

Settlers Cafe By Mosanco

Serangoon Rd, 562, Singapore 218178

5. The Mind Cafe

Bored of hitting the same old bars for after-work drinks with your colleagues? Give your liver a break and your noggins a workout at The Mind Cafe. Sit down to classic games like Monopoly Deal and Uno, or more intriguing options like Cutthroat Caverns and Voodoo Mania. Don’t worry about scarfing down a quick dinner before getting here; the cafe features a full menu with mains like beef lasagna and fried rice alongside desserts.

Photo: Alex Foo • Asfi Rayhani • Daniel Koh • Germain Potet • D S

The Mind Cafe Flagship Store

60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664

6. Dueller’s Point

If you’re a Magic: The Gathering enthusiast, this shop stocks up on single cards from the popular card game and exclusive sealed products. Dig around a little and you’ll find board games, popular card games, gaming supplies and, for the hardcore ones, paint for figurines. A board gamer’s heaven!

Photo: Dueller's Point • Joe Low • andy ang

Dueller's Point

450 Hougang Ave 10, B1-541, Singapore 530450

The next time boredom hits, head to these board game cafes or shops in Singapore for fun times. Whether you're a seasoned board gamer or a newbie looking to try something different, these establishments offer the perfect setting for a memorable and entertaining game night with your friends. So, gather your crew, choose your favorite board game, and let the good times roll!

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