As a coffee mecca, greater Seattle has no shortage of spectacular places to nab a cup of joe, and many cafés offer comfy couches, reading corners, or a few toys. And many others that don’t have designated play areas for kids still welcome kids with cheery staff, great eats and kid-friendly drinks and sit-down space to read, draw or otherwise hang out together. Here’s our list of places that offer enough space, kid-friendly menu items, and, in many cases, toys or other distractions to keep little ones entertained.
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Auntie Irene’s / Des Moines
This south Des Moines community spot offers families a cozy place to sit and sip, with full tables for comfy chairs, a great menu, ice cream, and coffee. The shop’s mission is to be a “Second Living Room” for visitors. Owner Susie Horton is a 30-year resident of Des Moines, where she raised her three kids — she gets family and works right next to her staff. Located in Des Moines Marina.
C & P Coffee / West Seattle
C & P is where West Seattlites go to work, read, chat, hang out, and enjoy tasty drinks and locally sourced eats. Books on shelves, a few child-size chairs, and a whole lot of relaxation in this shop and outside on its covered deck and sunny backyard area. The coffee house often hosts live music, open mics, poetry and storytelling, and arts and crafts fairs – can you spell family fun?
Cloud City Coffee / Maple Leaf
This sweet spot has been a must-stop for parents and kids for ages, not only because it serves up great beverages for all but because it’s right next to Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Comfy couches, a kid’s play corner with books and toys, baked goods made on the spot, it’s like walking into the neighborhood living room. You’ll want to stay for a while.
Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes / Renton
Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes has local parents buzzing in South King County. This inviting coffeehouse offers locally made Caffé D’arte coffee and delicious cupcakes, regular-size and mini, baked on-site daily. Various hot drinks, real-fruit smoothies, and bubble tea round out the menu. The play area beckons with rocking horses, wooden toys, and books when the cupcakes are demolished.
Cupcake Royale / Multiple locations
There are cupcakes, and then there’s Cupcake Royale. Think cupcakes in all colors, big and small. Plus, ice cream. And yes, coffee. To our mind, these three go together to spell FAMILY. There are no toys or kids’ play areas, but the spaces are spacious; you can sit for as long as you like and surround by all those cakes; it feels like a party. Locations in Ballard, Burien, downtown Seattle, Madrona, and West Seattle.
Diva Espresso / Multiple locations
Parents love the Kenmore Diva Espresso location for the splash pad right outside the cafe. This branch of Diva is located in The Hangar, a public space with an outdoor fountain and other amenities. It’s not a huge splash pad area but great for younger kids. In the summer, they open the cafe so parents can drink their coffee while kids play. Kid-friendly drinks include hot chocolate, Italian sodas, and more, and grab-and-go food options are a perfect fit for families on the go. Seattle locations include Greenwood, Highlands, Chinook, Broadview, Stone Way, Harborview neighborhoods, and Kenmore.
85°C Bakery Café / Multiple locations
Ok, this one is not independent. It’s a Hong Kong chain. But, imagine a place where most pastries are under $4, Many are under $3, and cookies are less than $2. With more than 50 pastries to choose from, 85°C Bakery Café Taiwanese bakeries are a kid’s delight. Not to mention the drinks list. Yes, there is coffee in many delicious forms. But also bubble teas, smoothies, lemonades and more. Locations in Tukwila, Bellevue, Federal Way, Edmonds, and Lynwood. The Seattle International District location is temporarily closed at posting.
Firehouse Coffee / Ballard
The 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.
Cafe Hagen / Queen Anne and SLU
With great coffee, a tasty menu, and open space, Hagen, located on Seattle’s Queen Anne, in downtown and in South Lake Union, is “very kid friendly and spacious for a peaceful weekend treat,” according to one parent reviewer.
Hoffman’s Fine Cakes & Pastries / Redmond
One word. Cookies. And lots of them. And colorful cupcakes too. Hoffman’s has these and more. Don’t let the word “fine” dissuade you. This stop loves kids, and it’s a hop and a skip to Redmond Downtown Park, with its splash pad.
Honey Bear Bakery / Lake Forest Park
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 story time at the library downstairs.
Irwin’s Neighborhood Bakery & Cafe / Wallingford
Irwin’s in Wallingford is your spot if you are looking for a spot to hang with your kids, eat great food, and enjoy a real community and neighborhood vibe. Muffins and pie to die for. Popular for after-school homework. There aren’t a lot of tables inside, but seating extends outdoors.
Issaquah Coffee Company / Issaquah
Drink your Joe on the porch while the kids enjoy themselves in the play area. Kids will enjoy beverages, great eats, and a staff ready with a smile. Not to mention, they really get into holidays.
Kaffeeklatsch / Lake City
Lake City’s Kaffeeklatsch has cozy vibes and excellent German baked goods. If you can, nab a seat outside on a sunny day.
Mighty-O Donuts / Multiple locations
Mighty-O is celebrated for their spectacular donuts – and rightly so – but their coffee is equally great. Best of all, their Ballard location has an enormous kid-centric playspace with low tables and chairs, toys, and books. Also, locations in Ballard, Capitol Hill, Denny Triangle, downtown Seattle, and Tukwila
Moondrop Coffee / Alki in West Seattle
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 and take a stroll down Alki afterward. Distraction? There’s a beach right out the window. Sip your Joe for a while, then hit the sand.
Mosaic Community Coffee House / Wallingford
Mosaic is a favorite parent gathering spot in a church basement in Wallingford (close in the summer). Mosaic operators have created a place of intentional community, and the coffeehouse includes a separate children’s playroom (called Demitasse. Drinks and baked items are available by donation. They have structured hours throughout the week to embrace different groups. Call 206.632.4560 to find out the best time to bring kids.
Neko Cat Cafe / Capitol Hill
Coffee, kid-friendly treats, and cats. Which they can pet. Need we say more? Located on Capital Hill. And also in Bellingham, should you be traveling and need a kitty fix. You must make an appointment to visit the cats.
Seattle Coffee Works / Ballard
The Ballard location is a spacious, relaxed space with big tables where kids can sketch or doodle.
Serendipity Café / Magnolia
For Magnolia families, Serendipity is a decidedly family-friendly go-to breakfast (and lunch and dinner) and coffee stop. They serve locally made pastries, Herkimer coffee and espresso. Sit, sip, and eat while the kids hang in the play area, stocked with books and play games.
SoulFood CoffeeHouse / Redmond
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.
Top Pot Donuts / Multiple locations
Donuts + kids + coffee for parents = happiness any day of the week. These spots are comfortable. There are books on the walls. Bring a stack from home, and settle in for an hour or two of family reading. Locations in downtown Seattle, First Hill, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill, Ballard, Wedgewood, Bellevue, Renton, Kirkland, Redmond, Edmonds, Issaquah, Mill Creek, and Tacoma.
Tougo / Central District
In this beloved Central District shop, the central theme is community. People gather, kids hang out in the play area, and dogs are welcome. Delicious food, Black-owned and dedicated to making all feel welcome.
Zoka / Multiple locations
Zoka coffee and tea cafes have plenty of drink options for kids and parents, tasty treats, and no time limit. The chill vibe is relaxing, and patrons don’t mind if little ones wander among the tables (as long as a parent is in sight). Make it a stop on a family bike along the Burke Gilman Train in the University District, or plan to walk, roll or ride around the Greenlake loop, just down the hill from Zoka’s flagship Tangletown location. Also, in Kirkland.
Wunderkind / Bryant
Wunderkind is a “LEGO café” in North Seattle’s Bryant neighborhood, offering 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 food selection is available, and craft beer and wine will keep parents happy. Day passes are available for $6; monthly/annual passes are available for purchase.
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