The Mind Cafe is an ideal meeting place where families,colleagues and friends meet up for board games over good food, snacks and drinks. The Cafe was started by a group of board games enthusiasts who wish to propagate the board games' culture of clean fun and intellectual development. Our objective is to bring people together. Especially so in today’s fast-changing pace, where tradition and personal touch has gradually been taken over by the convenience of internet and technology, our group aims to bring back the quality time spent together. Be it a family outing, company gathering, or simple friends get together, we provide the games suitable for almost all ages.
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For a mind-blowing good time
Board games are the go-to for icebreakers and for some good ol’ bonding. My friends and I decided to try this cafe out when we were bored out of our wits walking around Dhoby, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made.
Offering different price packages, you’ll only be blowing off about twelve bucks per person for hours of fun. Some of the games resembled soldiers that barely made it back from war, so if you’re picky about the condition of your board games, it’s best to bring your own set from home. From games like Monopoly to Cards Against Humanity, you’re bound to find a game for you.
Be prepared to gain some laughing abs and memorable memories, and come after you’ve had something to eat, as the food isn’t to die for. Oh and to hold your bladder, because the Dhoby branch only had one toilet for both genders.
Back to the Boardgames
The Mind Cafe is a place where I discovered by accident. Located at Funan Digitalife mall, Dhoby Gauht and Safra Tampines, The mind cafe is a cosy place for one to bring their friends to have an old school boardgames session over a huge cup of drinks.
Back in the past, The mind cafe have special days of the weeks where there's special promotions like ladies night etc. I LOVE to go during ladies night on tuesday for it's complimentary! Plus they give you this huge cup where the drinks are free flow.
The board games that were offered were quite unique for these games are the oldies kind of Snakes and ladders game but instead, they were new fresh and unheard of. These are great for one to explore new boundaries and have a fair play between friends! However, I did noticed that these new games seemed a little complicated and too tedious for one who just want to unwind, relax and play the game lawlessly.
time for silly fun
If you're with a group of friends or family and find that you have run out of things to do, you might find this ideal. Its time to put the smartphones aside and really "live in the moment", have some silly fun with your family and friends.
Playing boardgames at The Mind Cafe is definitely great for bonding with your loved ones. They have quite a wide selection of games to pick from so if you get bored, you can simply pick another. My experience with my friends was awesome. It was a day of fun and laughter and that's very different from simply meeting up to have a meal or shop - because honestly, you rarely find people truly communicating with each other.
Simple food and drinks are available as well so no worries about that. Overall, it's great for bonding and worth a visit if you have time to spare!
Go on non-peak hours
It is a lovely, small lovely place and definitely fun with the variety of boardgames to choose from. There are price packages that are worth the value during non-peak hours. Try to avoid Friday evenings and weekends not because it is expensive, but because the crowd there gets too loud for anyone to have a conversation or enjoy the games because large group of people playing would bound to get really rowdy and their spurts of screams and squeals will drive you crazy.
They serve decent food and drinks and I suggest you be a member if you like to play boardgames because being a member gives you quite a bit of perks
For Group Outings!
One of the first board gaming establishments in Singapore, Mind Cafe provides the perfect place for group gatherings especially for class outings! I have visited outlets at Prinsep and Boat Quay; both places are crowded on weekends so it's best to get there early or make a reservation.
There is food and drinks served at the cafe that is average - both taste & price. The good thing about this place is that there are 'instructors' around to teach you the rules of the games and there are many games that are really unique! (A large range too)
However, it gets a little too noisy for my liking especially when you are sitting beside large groups of jc kids who laugh at the smallest things!
Overall, a great place for class outings and overgrown kids re-living their childhood memories of playing board games.
a place to bond and be silly
I recalled my first visit to Mind's cafe. My friends and i were looking for a different activity to spend our Friday night instead of the usual hanging out at Cafe's to chit chat and just pass time. A friend then recommended Mind's cafe and we were quite apprehensive in the first place because we were all not into playing games and thought it was going to be one boring activity.
We were thoroughly wrong and in fact we had a time of our lives, laughing, screaming and getting silly without a care in the world. You get to choose from a wide selection of games to play and mostly those you have never heard off. It is beyond the typical boring snake and ladder games where you use to play when you were a kid.
For those who thought playing games was boring, wait till you come to Mind's cafe and you will be blown away by the amount of fun you can get from playing games but of course you must bring the right group of friends to play with you. The more the merrier. Enjoy!
Something different as compared to usual places like the movies
The Mind Cafe offers a wide range of card and board games so feel free to take your pick after making your orders for food. It's a unique concept as the usual places we frequent, like the cinemas or coffee places, can get relatively boring.
The Mind Cafe is suited for both large and small groups of people. If there are too many people, you can choose to have two different games in the group and swap when time's up. It's a place where everyone can gather for some laughs and light snacks, and bond over board games. If you are unsure of what games is suitable for your group size, approach any server who will introduce some games to you. However, not all staff at The Mind Cafe is familiar with the vast array of board games available so you might have to wait a little if one of the "game masters" is attending to another table of guests.
Great for gatherings!
Mind Cafe is a place where I think time passes by the fastest whenever I spend time over there. I always go with my friends or cousins whenever we want to spend some time together but have no idea where to go. There are so many interesting games to play with over there.
There are also food and drinks available so we can eat and play at the same time, and the drinks can be refilled when you have finished it. I do find it a little expensive but since it is a good place for gatherings with friends, I think it is okay if you were to go there once in a while.
Board & card game Paradise
Since young I had never known many board or card games, maybe Monopoly and UNO. I was really impressed when I first went to The Mind Cafe. After which I still visited a few times. I usually goes to the one at Tampines Safra, this would only be fun when you go with a group of friends. We had drinks there and would have some small snacks, drinks are free refillable if the rules have not changed. The staffs there are really helpful can you can ask for a recommendation of games.
Some of the board games that I would recommend are Ticket to Ride and Cluedo.
Challenge your friends and build the longest train road and fulfill your mission cards (which is to build from one destination to another) with the amount of your resources in Ticket to Ride, it is really fun game because there are chances that people would want to block your route.
As for Cluedo, find out where the murder took place, who did it and what weapon they used. Do try it out with your friends and enjoy yourself :)
When You Have Nothing Else To Do
I have been to Mind Cafe quite a few times but it really is sort of a last resort. For example, you and your group of friends have no idea what to do, can't decide between yourselves what to do and are just plain bored.
While the cafe generated a lot of hype when it first started, that hype has since died down since other cafes like it have started springing up. The cafe does provide a wide variety of games with shelves of different board games, but honestly apart from the usual games (like Taboo or Charades), what else do you really want to play. The other games either seem really complex or really boring.
The staff there isn't too good, some are helpful, others confuse you more than help you in understanding how to play the game. I would say that the food is horrible and so are the drinks (which you are forced to get).
Ultimately, your experience at Minds Cafe depends on the company you are with. And if it's good company, you really don't need to go there to pay a pretty high price to have fun. Just hop over to Selegie Soya Bean and hang out there for free, with good food and bean curd instead!