About The Mind Cafe (Dhoby Ghaut)
Are you a fan of chess, checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, Risk, The Mystery Date Game, Mr Bacon’s Big Adventure, Operation, Chutes (or Snakes) & Ladders, Battleship, Cluedo, Sorry, Operation, Connect Four and more? If you answered yes to any of the above, or had a suggestion of your own (of course you did!), then Singapore’s Mind Cafe is for you and your friend. This Prinsep Street, Dhoby Ghaut location is The Mind Cafe’s flagship store, located just minutes away from the Dhoby Ghaut MTR, and the preeminent place in the city to grab an enervating coffee and some brain fuel, and get stuck into some clean fun and intellectual development.
- Monday 14:00 - 23:00
- Tuesday 14:00 - 23:00
- Wednesday 14:00 - 23:00
- Thursday 14:00 - 23:00
- Friday 14:00 - 06:00
- Saturday 12:00 - 06:00
- Sunday 12:00 - 23:00
Singapore typifies today’s hyper-technologised world, where contact – and good clean fun – is made so much more often via the screen of your smartphone or computer than via the time-honoured and traditional, but deeply unfashionable, method of meeting, face to face, flesh-and- blood people for such old school activities as coffee drinking and a good board game. The younger amongst us may very well ask, What is a board game?; but hardly wait for us to adjust our bifocals, clear our throats, and offer illumination – they’ve got yet another MySpace Tweet hash alert to contend with, judging by their latest Bookface update newsletter. The Mind Cafe’s mission is set to reverse this sad trend, to propagate the board game’s culture of clean fun and intellectual development and, ultimately, to bring people together. The best place to have this happen is at The Mind Cafe’s original gaming emporium down Prinsep Street, close to the Dhoby Ghaut MTR.
There are hundreds of games to choose from at The Mind Cafe. They line the shelves, and are hidden behind groups of youngsters (and seniors, too) all rolling dice, dealing cards, and moving counters every which way on a range of colourfully designed, puzzling and challenging board-based games. Theme nights and promotional offers add spice to the proceedings at The Mind Cafe’s Prinsep Street outlet, in Dhoby Ghaut, where the odd marriage proposal between eager gamers has been known to take place. And remember, all this strategising takes up a lot of energy: The Mind Cafe understands this and has plenty of coffee, snacks, and light meals on offer to keep your minds humming as you anticipate your opponent’s next move and wipe the floor with them.
Great friendly staff (good knowledge of all the games, gives great suggestions, friendly yet professional too), good variety of games, amazing low price that will a great reason for me to go back again.
Really good, food is good as well. The amazing part is the free flow of drinks and snacks which makes the price of the package really affordable
The reservation was done swiftly online without any kinks, it was an extremely pleasant experience doing a reservation. At full house, the staff were patient with my queries and provided assistance to my table in quick time and seemed to be doing so for the other tables too! Great staff on a public holiday, Good Friday! Thank you to you guys. :D
Booked for the wrong day buy staff was helpful to change the dates on the spot. Games there are sufficient and will definitely return with friends.
My reservation was at 4pm. Went there but had to wait for almost 40mins because according to them, the previous customers refused to leave. They served us well in the 40mins that we waited, by giving us free titbits and chairs for us to sit and wait. They also sounded nice and apologetic. We thought the service was pretty sincere and good at that time. We finally went in at around 440pm. Had to say, service by the staff was really good in the few hours that we were playing the games. They were patient with our food or drink refill requests and nice and friendly in the coaching of the games. However, at the end of the session, our impression of the cafe changed. We took the 4 hour package so we assumed the games would end at about 845pm. While we were playing the last round of our game at around 830-840pm, someone came to rush us several times to leave (not just to finish up the game). We repeatedly told them that all we needed was a short while more to finish up. We were playing saboteur (those who know the game would know this game wouldn't drag on and on because we have no more cards left to draw and the table was already full of what we have 'built'). We merely needed like a few more mins to finish up the game and this was communicated twice or thrice to the same staff who came many times to ask us to pack up. He told us that he went to ask his manager but we had already exceeded 6mins of grace period (and so we had to pack up immediately). Not even sure how the grace period was calculated because we actually went in at around 440pm after a 40mins wait?! We were shocked because there were many other empty tables around, and we already wasted almost 40mins earlier just waiting for a table (that we had booked). We felt that they were being too calculative on the extra few minutes we needed to finish up the game (especially when there were lots of empty tables nearby). Btw, we are not too sure if it's the same Filipino looking guy (perhaps the 'manager' mentioned by the staff) who served us earlier and who had gotten his staff to rush us off. Would say that we were really turned off by what happened. We're happy with the previous few times we went but this time round it was really quite a disappointing experience. Don't think we would go back to the cafe again.
There are plenty of fun games but some of them are in a different language or with missing instructions or with missing parts. I often find parts of certain games in the wrong box. The atmosphere is cosy and pleasant especially at the private couch area. The staff need to be more flexible if asked to split the bill or to reprint a receipt if you want to be a member after they have explained to you that you can be a member after they are the ones who printed the receipt. The food is tasteless but that is not so important as it is mostly a cafe. The staff should politely ask people to take care of the games and put them back the way they found them and maybe put signs about it. I always have fun at the mind cAfe but there are some things which if improved can attract and retain more customers.
Reserved for 4 and table given was so small. We had to place our drinks on the floor while playing. We ordered for the free flow snacks for 3 hrs. Some staff had no initiative and were reluctant to help us top up our snacks and drinks. In the end, we had to help ourselves. And when we did, the staff were unhappy with it and that we were taking too much. Since we have already ordered for free flow as published on their menu, why are we still being limited to a quantity? Also, we chose a game that we did not understand and asked for help from one of the staff. He dismissed us by saying that he did not know how to play the game too and that another staff that knew, was not working on that day. He left us as it is and we had to google to figure out how to play the game. Me and my friends were shocked at the service given to us. Understand that there is a crowd, but is it not common sense to increase your manpower during peak hours, especially on weekends? We were very much disappointed with our visit. Our bill totaled to $70 for 4 in 3hrs, this is quite pricey since most of their customers are student-aged.
Service there was EXCELLENT!! Food is AMAZING!!! Great atmosphere and best of all, the package that Mind Cafe have is really really affordable. This is the reasons why more people should check out this place as it has not just a wide range of board games available but the many different promotions at different days which are guaranteed to make you come back for more. However it can get abit loud when groups of people come, as they may shout and scream which is still fairly understandable as its a big group. Overall AMAZING EXPERIENCE, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 10/10.
Another enjoyable day at mind's cafe with my friends. The staff were patient and helpful with our queries. Another aspect that can be improved on is the pricing packages. There were 7 of us, some opted for the 2hr + free drink & snacks package while some of us wanted to just have the pay by hour package (without the drinks & snacks). We were told that this was not possible and that everyone at the table has to have the same package, which was quite discouraging. This may be due to reduce the possibility of non-package payers sharing snacks and drinks with their peers.
Since it was a weekday evening, the place was empty and the counter staffs were engaged in their own board game; which I think is good since it allows them to be acquainted with the games and can make better recommendation to other customers. However, service became poor. Infact, it was missing. We had to walk over to their table to place our food order, and when the kitchen 'ding' that the food was ready, the counter staff actually made a 'tsk' sound and shouted for his friend to hold the game. It just made us, paying customers, feel like we are interrupting his game. We had to ask for our cups so we can get our free-flow house pour. Other customers that walked in were merely pointed to an empty table, without the counter staff even standing up to address the customers. Pro: Good selection of games, including light party fun games as well as full board games (ie: Arkham horror).
The restaurant was more interesting than expected. They had funny and punny posters around the cafe. The food ordered was great! and the service provided was excellent! I love how helpful all the service staffs were. They have new games and old games and if you dont know how to play it, the staff will teach you how. One thing that bothering me was that the noise from other groups of people playing was overpowering so much so that me and my friends could not hear ourselves talking to each other. Will definitely come back here soon!
The assistants there were really very helpful. Though, I think they were seriously short of hands, cos there were times when we needed their assistance but they were busy attending to other gamers and there were only two of them around at that point of time. One to serve drinks and food while the others are busy with cashiering and lending assistance to gamers, patiently explaining to gamers on rules of different games played in the cafe.
Staff was friendly and allowed me in early though my booking was for 8pm (I reached an hour early). Food was reasonable (could have had more sauce for my tom yam pasta!), but free flow drinks was awesome. Friends and I had a chill time of playing and enjoying ourselves. Staff was sweet to play happy birthday song for my friend when the cake came out (they even prepared the candle though I totally forgot abt it).
Ambiance isn't as great as the funan branch. The place feels a little flat, looks more like an eatery rather than a place to chill and to play board games. The place is also too narrow so there are limited types of seating. As such we couldn't get a big round table which will facilitate games for big groups. However, the service was good, the staff were proactive in recommending games there catered to our size (14). I was, however, disappointed that some of the games that were in the process of being decommissioned due to wear and tear were not replaced for us to play, as some of the decommissioned games were quite interesting.
Booked for 5 but when I wanted to call to add an additional person, their hotline directed me to make a booking instead. Would have given a rating of 6 but because of that I'm giving a 5. They gave me seats for 6 but I myself would want to avoid such last minute changes by calling and informing them. Nevertheless it was a great time there with a huge variety of board games, some sets are getting old so if it's changed soon it would be even better.
Service was great. Did not have to wait much when we arrived on time. Service staff were prompt in asking us whether we want our drinks refilled. Cosy environment with many board games to choose from. A good place to hangout with friends on a weekend. Overall, a great experience for first timer like me. (cafe was full house on my visit, so do remember to make reservation)
I came on a relatively busy day. They were a little slow in serving me at the counter but it was understandable as they had quite a bit of traffic. The staff are very knowledgable in their games. They are able to explain in great detail and yet still make it fun and enjoyable. Do ask for their recommendations as they know more about their games than most other people. If you're looking for a place where you can spend hours on end playing, yet don't want to spend a lot of money, here is the place to go.
Great prices, great concept - loved the variety of games and the atmosphere where it's OK to be loud, rowdy and have fun. The food was OK too and there are some really great deals. The cafe is open late too, so, people can go after work, after drinks, etc to hang out. Service was a bit slow and slightly unorganized, but it's largely self-service, so not too bad. I've gone several times and would definitely go again!
The cafe had several game packages to choose from which included drinks and snacks. Staff was always around to help us with game recommendations and explanations. If you need help to break the ice within the group, let the staff know and they will give your good suggestions on which games to play, absolutely enjoyed our time there and it was value for money too.
Friendly staff, interesting concept.. My hubby and I had a very gd time there. The set meals are totally worth it.. Though the iced latte I had was watery and tasteless... Better go for a hot drink next time I think. The chicken lasagna we had was too good... Bursting with flavours.. But the cheese baked rice was a huge let down as it had not salt at all. An awesome place to spend hours having fun.
We never tried the food, so we are unable to comment on it. However, most of the games part were missing and were the manuals. Staff shad no clue about the games. We had to google it ourselves. There was this female staff who was friendly and reliable. She knew some of the games and taught us. She also mentioned about the ongoing promotions. We asked another staff, who is a chinese male, for instructions on how the play the games. He told us he would get back us but did not at all. I would suggest the management of mind cafe, to employ more staffs to assist in games and cashiering, especially during peak hours at the prinsep street outlet. I would not consider going back again.
It was a very fun experience. Since there was only 2 of us, we were lost as to what to play. We seemed advise from the game staff and they advised us accordingly and gave us very clear instructions on the game and even checked up on us after a while. Great service and the good food to keep us going too 😊
It was my first time at Mind Cafe. I love the variety of games they had available there but would've been great if there were enough staff around on a busy night to help us with some of the games we have never played before. It was extremely crowded on a friday night and the crowd can get a little too loud due to the small space. Otherwise, I had a lot of fun playing classic games such as Jenga, Uno and Scrabble with my friends. It reminded us of our childhood days :)
I was there on a Thursday at 6.15pm and most of the customers was about to leave. It was good timing as it is less crowded and the staff can attend to us. We asked the staff for recommendation for games that is for 2 persons, she bring along the game and patiently explain to us how to play the game and watched us play for a start. Overall was satisfy with The Mind Cafe
There was a huge variety of board games- most of which were extremely fun. Had to -3 because the package that we got (Christmas package) came with free munchies and drinks, but they were almost completely out of the munchies and the drinks were subpar. Also there was this group of 10 that were going bananas next to us screaming at a very high pitch while playing the game for a good half an hour, which is more than sufficient to tick anybody off. There was also an event which made it ridiculously noisy and overbearing at times, but on a normal day I'd imagine it'd be pretty pleasant- do check if there is an event going on that day before heading down.
We are a group of 12 people visited Mind Cafe on Sunday. I would say it is a great place for small groups of 4 to 5. Since at Dhoby Ghaut, it was not possible to reserve a private room, it can be verrrry noisy in the hall, especially trying to engage 12 people across a long table. We manage to get into the smaller sofa room, and had a much better experience. I would say the staff is extremely helpful!! 5 stars service. If more privacy it would be much better!
I will always come back for the especially good deals (especially on Tues and Wed nights) and for the great games. In my opinion, The Mind Cafe has the largest selection of board games around and for just $2.50/hr (or less), you can definitely play to your hearts content. It's almost always full, so making a reservation is highly recommended.
My first visit to a board game in a cafe setting. My observations on a Friday night, about 8pm, in September 2015: 1. Pictures of food looked good in its website. However, decided to settle for drinks to assess the quality. All of us were hugely disappointed (diluted and hence, we stopped at that. Ordered one dessert in the end to give her another chance. 2. Quality of the board games is not well-kept. The establishment should assert patrons to keep the contents in their designated places. Imagine viewing cards of every kind strewn all over the box. Time was spent to sort them! First and last because I would rather join a board game meet up session.
11/03/2016 - It was a good evening and the staffs were helpful. I would like to particularly compliment Joey who went out of his way to help my friends and I get the seats we wanted, to keep in mind that I wanted a particular game and give it to us when the game was available and was always ready to help. Keep it up with such amazing service, Joey!
I am glad that the staff are starting to learn more games and can recommend some to us. Hope they keep the good progress up and be able to teach us more good games. In general they are friendly and good natured, though the choice of food is always quite disappointing because what we want is always not available. Perhaps a smaller, more consistent menu is what they need.
Overall I had a good time with my friends there. The only downside is that when it's busy they don't really have sufficient staff to cover all their clients. However, the staff worked as quick as they could and always with a smile. The food served was decent though portions are not large. Would recommend this place as their range of games were sufficient to keep us entertained.
The staff was very customer oriented. They were able to entertain our every request and made sure we had a wonderful experience. The venue is great for our gathering as we need not worried about making too much noise as everyone there was also playing games and having fun. The food was great too!
The Duck Spaghetti is awesome! Just a bit pity that the tiger prawns are not available. There are a lot of different type of games, which is very fun. My friends and I had a very fun time! The rate was affordable for us, so we would definitely visit The Mind Café again! :D
One of the newest game I. E. Coup was quite fun. Ambience is OK if you get seats that are in a separate room. They should always have someone at the counter because no one was there for 5 minutes and their people were mainly at the pantry. Other than that, game masters were friendly, service was good ultimately. Price was also reasonable.
Overall it was a good experience. One quick feedback for improvement was that, we have made an early reservation for ten people. However, we were given tables that can accommodate 8 persons and we have to squeeze ourselves in. We were knocking into the other group behind us several times as well. So, something to work on based on the reservations planning. Thanks!
My friend and I both really loved this cafe because of its unique concept and also because unlike many popular cafes, this one was not packed with people making it a nice space to relax and unwind. The food was pretty good as well and I'd definitely recommend this cafe for anyone looking to go somewhere quiet and fun.
The staff at mind cafe were very efficient in refilling our snacks and drinks.the food there was also very filling and Delicious with the portions large for the price.I would definetly go again as it is a great way to bond with family and relax from work and studies
We enjoyed visiting mind cafe. But Since we wanted to try new board games, it was difficult for us to find games with instructions and there was nobody in the starting to tell us how to play. Though later one of your staff members helped explain. The experience would have been better if instructions to games were available.
The staff was very understanding when four of our members couldn't come. Just a slight downside is that the place was rather noisy, and I understand that it's because of the crowd, but if it were possible to place some 'cushion' material to soften the walls, I think that the noise rebound would be lesser :)
We had a group of 15 people there, it was a big group and the staff arranged for us to all sit together. They went above and beyond and did it with a smile :) we all had a great time because of them. Thank you!
Enjoyable evening at the Mind Cafe, huge range of boardgames to choose from, nice food and pleasant environment. Patrons are mostly teenagers, youth & young adults, and the atmosphere was always relaxed, lively, buzzy with occasional outbursts of laughter or exclamations from the more rowdy groups.
Staffs are friendly and helpful. Definitely will visit again. I wish they can offer more drinks and snacks in addition to what they have now. Last time when I order hot aloe vera tea or something, they do not have it in stock. A little bit disappointed. However, it was a very pleasant experience overall!
Great place however it was quite small. As we had 4 people and was given only table so if we were to eat and play at the same time is kind of hard. In term of service, there are rooms for improvement. It would be better if the staff are more attentive when we are requesting for foods and drinks. Will visit again but would avoid peak period.
Service was average. Staff was friendly enough. Some of the games were kinda used and old. Got the $11.90 promotion with free flow of drinks but to to get refills we had to personally bring the cups to the food counter - so what is the point of paying service charge? Overall, it was a good experience but that is more due to the good time with friends.
It was nice, just that I hope I was asked if whether I would want to extend initially before asking us to go to our designated area would be better, because I didn't know I was not allowed to extend after my time is up.
Staff were friendly but staff count was too minimal to cater to the large incoming crowd on a Sunday afternoon. Placed orders for chicken wings but the food never came. Staff was also patient in explaining to us gameplay rules, and having them to know almost the gameplay of all games in the cafe is something I would say is value-added to our visitation to the cafe.
Games in reasonable condition. Some had missing pieces but were replaced with makeshift ones. Knowledgeable staff were able to recommend games and explain rules. About 25% of the games can be played by kids. Book early to get seat in nice sofa area! About 60% on weekday 5pm, non school holiday day.
Great fun as usual. Staff tried putting us 4 pax on a 2 pax table as it was crowded but shifted us to a bigger table shortly. Other than that no issues except it gets loud during busy hours so be mentally prepared!
had a great time at e place cos it was so cosy and there are so many games to choose from! not to mention, e staff there was friendly and taught us how to play the games! :) will definitely go there again!!
This place is good to have friends gathered together for fun games. The store has several games to choose from. Although the store is always short of staff, some staff still spend their time to explain to us the rules of the games.