Joe to go (or stay!): Kid-friendly coffee shops around town
As a coffee mecca, Seattle has absolutely no shortage of spectacular places to nab a cup of joe – but many coffee shops aren’t super kid-friendly.
Finding a coffee shop with the right vibe – not too quiet, plenty of space for kids to move around – can be a huge challenge. Fear not: we’ve rounded up a few of the coolest coffee shops around town that are decidedly kid-friendly! These places offer enough space, kid-friendly menu items, and enough distractions to keep little ones entertained.
Wunderkind is a “LEGO café” in North Seattle’s Bryant neighborhood, offers a place where kids can create and parents can unwind. Relax in one of the comfortable dining areas as your kids build creations at one of the many LEGO tables, some geared towards toddlers, others offering more complex sets for older kids. An excellent selection of food is available, and craft beer and wine will keep parents happy. Day passes are available for $6; monthly/annual passes are available for purchase.
Bryant: 3318 NE 55th St., wunderkindseattle.com.
Firehouse serves Caffé Vita coffee and a wide range of snacks and food, and offers parking in its lot (a nice bonus in busy Ballard). Kids can enjoy an entire playroom full of books and toys, and the sliding door keeps roaming toddlers (and tantrums) contained.
Ballard: 2622 NW Market St.
ViOs’s two locations are equally kid-friendly, with plenty of space for kids to roam around and a casual vibe. Their Ravenna location is particularly cool for book lovers, as kids can wander through Third Place Books after you grab a cup. Their Cap Hill location has an awesome sectioned-off kids playspace.
Ravenna: 6504 20th Ave NE; Capitol Hill: 903 19th Ave E.
Mighty-O is celebrated for their spectacular donuts – and rightly so – but their coffee is equally great. Best of all, their new Ballard location has an enormous kid-centric playspace, complete with low tables and chairs, toys, and books.
Greenlake: 2110 N 55th St.; Ballard: 1555 Market Street
Grumpy D’s sits off busy 15th Avenue in Ballard, but it’s actually an incredibly calm, quiet, comfortable space to sit and grab a cup – and keep your little ones entertained. Their enormous selection of books for kids will keep your little readers entertained; the staff are also totally patient and helpful with kids.
Ballard: 7001 NW 70th St.
Moondrop’s rad bubble teas and smoothies are kid-pleasers for sure; they’re also totally great as an adult treat, too. Grab a breakfast sandwich to go with and take a stroll down Alki afterwards.
West Seattle: 1619 Harbor Avenue Southwest
Ballard Coffee Works
Sister location to Seattle Coffee Works, Ballard Coffee Works is a spacious, cool space with big tables where kids can sketch or doodle.
Ballard: 2060 NW Market St.
Kaffeeklatsch has cozy vibes and awesome German baked goods. If you can, nab a seat outside on a sunny day.
North Seattle: 12575 Lake City Way NE.
Honey Bear Bakery,
Lake Forest Park’s spacious Third Place Commons is a haven for families in North Seattle and beyond. Grab a coffee and a pastry from Honey Bear bakery and then relax as your kiddos play in the enclosed play area or with the life-size chess set. To make a day of it, enjoy lunch at one of the many eateries in the food court, browse the shelves at Third Place Books, and check out storytime at the library downstairs.
Lake Forest Park: 17171 Bothell Way NE, honeybearbakery.com.
This Redmond spot is a community-driven café frequently hosting live music, poetry readings and even the occasional drum circle. Most of their menu is organic, with plenty of gluten-free options and a special “just for kids” menu. Their play area is decked out with toys and books; follow up your visit with a walk on the neighboring Sammamish River Trail.
Redmond: 15748 Redmond Way, soulfoodcoffeehouse.com.
(This article was updated November 2, 2017)