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Equal Exchange, a popular new, kid-friendly coffee shop in Ballard

Now you can make those Target trips for detergent and stool softener a lot more fun with the promise of coffee and a treat afterward! Equal Exchange Espresso Bar, a coffee shop featuring kid-friendly amenities, recently opened in Ballard in the same building as the new Target at 15th and Market street. 

Though Equal Exchange only opened in November, word has spread, and families descend on the conveniently located coffee haven like a flock of seagulls. The space hums with the sound of new babies, giggling toddlers and donut-crazed preschoolers, so if your child loudly announces they need to use the bathroom or runs face first into a table, they’ll barely turn heads. 

A few comfy couches and chairs are set up around baskets full of children’s books and reasonably clean toys for the 3-and-under crowd. It’s a great place to meet friends or park the stroller and rest your weary soul. Enjoy a hot caffeinated beverage and a chat with a new parent friend while the kids make unwavering eye contact and silently pull toys from each other’s hands. 

Featuring Mighty-O Donuts, biscuits and gravy, pastries and other crowd-pleasing offerings, Equal Exchange can also serve as a quick pit-stop for to-go snacks on your way back to the parking garage. Picking up toothpaste and trash bags with kids in tow just got a lot more fun.  


Equal Exchange Espresso1448 N.W. Market St., Suite 150, Seattle. Open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.