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Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in the Seattle Area

Cafes with play areas, kids' events, fun treats and other perks for families

Published on: September 26, 2016

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We asked ParentMap staff and readers where they like to go when they just must have a latte — but on “we” time, not “me” time.  Parents who caffeinate with kids in tow like laid-back spots with toys or a separate play space, or child-friendly treats like cupcakes, doughnuts or specially prepared drinks. Don’t see your favorite coffee stop listed here? Email with your tip! 


Wunderkind. Photo credit: Elisa Murray

Wunderkind. This cafe in northeast Seattle, near University Village, has two separate Lego play areas. Downstairs is dedicated to the 18 months–4 years set; upstairs, older kids have the opportunity to build more complex creations. All dining tables have excellent sightlines to the play area. Legos and yummy snacks (Beecher's mac 'n' cheese) keep the kids happy. Wraps, paninis and a nice selection of beer and wine keep parents sated. Classes (Lego, Minecraft) are offered periodically and check out the birthday party packages. You can get a day pass or 30-day unlimited pass. Check the Facebook page for birthday party closures. 3318 N.E. 55th St, Seattle. 206-854-7186. [N.E. SEATTLE]

Mosaic Community Coffeehouse. In Wallingford, the basement a church (Discovery House) doubles as a large, welcoming community coffeehouse complete with a separate children's playroom, a meeting room and a welcoming vibe. Coffee and pastries are available by donation (pay what you think is fair). Model altruism for your wee one by purchasing tokens to "pay-it-forward" for those patrons who can't afford to pay. Very important note: Hours are limited, so check website; at press time, they were open Monda–Wednesday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 4401 Secnd Ave N.E., Seattle. 206-632-4560. [WALLINGFORD]

Royal Drummer. This new addition to the Ballard coffee scene has quickly become a reader favorite, offering great coffee, seasonal pastries (try the house-made donuts or coconut bread) plus heartier breakfast and lunch options. Bonus: Join Barista Bre for toddler story time every Thursday at 10 a.m. 6420 24th Ave N.W., Seattle. 206-420-7723. [BALLARD]

Sip & Ship. Mail a package, browse a small but well-chosen selection of baby and toddler gifts (tiny "Ballard" onesie, anyone?), and head upstairs to the loft for a latte. Close the gate so your littles can't tumble down the stairs, and set them to rummage through the toy box or book shelf.1752 N.W. Market St., Seattle. 206-789-4488  [BALLARD]

Firehouse Coffee. Firehouse has not just a table, but a small room (with a door!) to keep the kids busy. Take your drinks into this Ballard coffee shop’s small playroom, close the door, and enjoy in (relative) peace while your child plays. Ahhh. Lot parking. 2622 N.W. Market St., Seattle. 206-784-2911 [BALLARD]

Barn & Field, Kitchen & Bakery. This hidden gem, located in the conservatory inside Swansons Nursery in north Ballard, reopened in September 2016 under a new name. Visit for the tropical atmosphere, sweet treats or breakfast and lunch menu and stay to watch the koi in their own private oasis. After lunch, pull the kids in a wagon and plan your garden while strolling through the lush plants. Visit the chickens (seasonal) and the small playhouse. Look for the mouse entrance! 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle. 206-782-2543. [BLUE RIDGE]

Courtesy Green Bean Coffee

The Green Bean Coffeehouse. This spacious, bright hangout in Greenwood offers good coffee, hot chocolate, a train table, a crafts station and story time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Plus, it's near all the action Greenwood boasts, from the Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. to the Family Cyclery (in its temporary location at 8554 1/2 Greenwood Ave.) to the awesome upcycle shop with creative playspace, Seattle Recreative. 8525 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle. 206-402-5150 [GREENWOOD] 

Chaco Canyon, Greenwood: Just across the street from Green Bean is Chaco Canyon, a full vegan restaurant with wonderful soups, salads, entrees and treats, kombucha on tap and a small, but fun, kids' corner. 8404 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle. 206-708-7418 [GREENWOOD]

Mighty-o Donuts. They don't have a kids' space, but they do have organic, vegan donuts, trans-fat-free. And they taste pretty darn good. Oh, and the cafe's in a vintage Seattle building and is a short walk to Green Lake. Check out the location in Ballard too, with a window for watching the donut-making action. 2110 N. 55th St., Seattle; 1555 NW Market Street, Seattle 206-547-0335 [WALLINGFORD/BALLARD]

Top Pot Donuts. We love the Wedgwood location for outings with kids: The covered outdoor seating is very Seattle-by-way-of-Palm-Springs. The donuts stacked in a glass case at the front counter are irresistible; and the ice cream is Wedgwood's best. And it's a short walk to the Wedgwood library or an excellent treat stop on the way to or from Magnuson Park. [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Cloud City Coffee

Cloud City Coffee. Located a scone's throw from the triple park that is Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, is a real neighborhood "third place" — like visiting a friend who happens to be a terrific baker and has a living room with comfy couches, a kids' corner with books and toys, and a genuinely welcoming atmosphere. Delicious baked goods are made in-house. Breakfast burritos and sandwiches offer heartier options. 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. 206-527-5552 [MAPLE LEAF]

Grateful Bread. A comfortable corner is devoted to children's books and toys. A wide porch area offers picnic-style seating for warmer days. Soup, sandwiches and artisan breads are the specialties, along with Grateful Espresso and baked goods. They have occasional folksy live music. And the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library is four blocks south, while View Ridge Playground is five blocks east. With 7001 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. 206-525-3166  [WEDGWOOD]

Vios. A pair of Greek cafes in Ravenna and Capitol Hill have reached star status among Seattle parents, featuring super play areas, excellent coffee, snacks, food and an atmosphere that immediately puts families at ease. The Ravenna location is open early for coffee and breakfast and has the extra benefit of being housed in Third Place Books. Wifi can be spotty. Ravenna, 206-525-5701 and Capitol Hill, 206-329-3236  [RAVENNA and CAPITOL HILL]

Kaffeeklatsch. For having brought good coffee to downtown Lake City, this German bakery is already beloved. It also boasts excellent bread and desserts with impossible-to-pronounce German names; yummy sandwiches; a small kids' play area and games. Plus, because it's in a useful little strip mall, you can shop at Bartell's, walk to the bank, go the library, or take care of other mini-errands in one sweep. 12513 Lake City Way NE,  Suite H., Seattle. 206-462-1059 [LAKE CITY]


Chaco Canyon. This organic, vegan cafe, says a reader, "has a small but nice kid area with books and a train table. It is closed off by a wall from the seating area of the restaurant." 3770 S.W. Alaska St., Seattle. 206-937-8732  [WEST SEATTLE] 

Great Harvest Bakery. Great Harvest hands kids free whole-wheat breadsticks and parents big fresh bread slices before they've even ordered — what's not to love? Filling soups and fresh sandwiches are available. Gluten-free options, breads and sweet treats too. 4709 California Ave S.W., Seattle. 206-935-6882 [WEST SEATTLE]

Red Cup Espresso

C&P Coffee serves espresso from awesome Lighthouse Coffee Roasters, baked goods from Essential Baking Compay and has couches and kids' books and a few "just right" chairs for littles. 5612 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. 206-933-3125  [WEST SEATTLE]

Dubsea Coffee. Stumptown Coffee and goodies from the best-loved bakeries in town (Macrina, Le Fournil, Little Rae's bakeries, Mighty-O Donuts). For the kids, a reader tells us, there are toys, books, a changing table in the bathroom and room to roam, though not a separate play area. 9910 8th Ave. S.W., Seattle. 206-708-6806  [WHITE CENTER]


Courtesy KEXP
Courtesy KEXP

La Marzocco Cafe at KEXP. This spacious cafe on the west end of the Seattle Center campus is home to Seattle's beloved indie radio station, KEXP. Watch the DJ spin records (there are two viewing windows), settle into a chair or couch; enjoy free seltzer water on tap; chow on yummy treats from London Plane. Each month a new coffee roaster or brand takes over with a new menu and experience. Watch Facebook for updates. On sunny days the doors open to the patio by Key Arena, where kids can run around. And KEXP offers free daily tours of the station (sign up at the front desk at La Marzocco), and open recording sessions, which are basically free, all-ages shows (sign up the day of, 90 minutes before). Check the schedule472 First Ave. N., Seattle. 206-388-3500 [SEATTLE CENTER]

Serendipity Café. Opened by two Magnolia families, Serendipity is a favorite in the neighborhood. Playroom, good coffee, extensive kids' menu, appealing options for adults (including “grown-up mac and cheese”); what's not to like? It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Air-conditioning too! 3222 W. McGraw St., Seattle. 206-282-9866 [MAGNOLIA] 

Bustle Caffe’. This family (and pet) friendly coffee shop atop Queen Anne offers friendly service and a table in the back with toys, books and games. Try one of the seasonal specialty drinks. 535 West McGraw Street, Seattle. 206-453-4285. [QUEEN ANNE]

Craftworks Coffee Bar. One reader raves about the welcoming experience at Craftworks. "I've come over there with activities for the kids just to get out of the house and they are amazing...and CLEAN, spacious bathrooms!" In addition, it's right next to the Seattle Center and have cold brew and nitro coffee on tap in addition to kid-friendly drinks. 110 Republican Street, Seattle. 206-695-2518. [QUEEN ANNE]

Storyville Coffee Queen Anne. No dedicated kid space, but find free airplane cookies for tots and friendly staff. Storyville also serves hot chocolate at a lower temperature for wee ones. One reader shares, "the homemade granola and breakfast sandwiches are a huge hit for our kiddos!" For fun with the fam try out Storyville's own irk! board game available to play in-house. 2128 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle. 206-780-5777. [QUEEN ANNE]

El Diablo Coffee Company. El Diablo offers Cuban-style coffee drinks and a small menu. Brightly painted tall stools decorated with Mexican bingo cards and stylized murals of devils, angels, flowers, mermaids and the Virgin of Guadalupe will intrigue older children. Little kids may be more comfortable sitting on the covered porch. Queen Anne Books is next door. Queen Anne Community Center is two blocks west. 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., #101 Seattle. 206-285-0693 [QUEEN ANNE]


Tougo. A beloved neighborhood hangout in the Central District, with a good kids’ play area in the back. It’s also dog friendly! 1410 18th Ave., Seattle. 206-860-3518  [CENTRAL DISTRICT]

Courtesy Cupcake Royale

Cupcake Royale. The stores aren’t especially kid-friendly (no toys, no space), but … cupcakes, and ice cream ($2 Tuesday cones!). ‘Nuff said. The Ballard store can be loud and crowded with Macbook-toting 20-somethings, but if you visit with kids, you won’t be in the minority. We especially recommend the Madrona store. The West Seattle and Madrona locations don't offer scoops but do have pints available (disounted on Tuesdays). Bonus at Ballard and Capitol Hill — Rodeo Donut because who doesn't need a donut with their cupcake and ice cream? [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Tin Umbrella Coffee. Right in the heart of up-and-coming Hillman City neighborhood in Rainier Valley is Tin Umbrella, South Seattle's first coffee roastery. In this light-drenched location find local art on the walls, and fresh pastries and grab-and-go sandwiches in the counter. In the back corner under the big table, you can also find a rotating assortment of children’s books. There is a changing table in the bathroom and a high chair is also available. 5600 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle. 206-743-8802. [RAINIER VALLEY]

Tin Umbrella Cafe
Tin Umbrella Cafe. Photo courtesy of Tin Umbrella



Issaquah Coffee Company. Located in Gilman Village, you'll find Stumptown Coffee, comfy chairs (or outdoor seating on the porch) and a  great play area for kids, complete with a train track. 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. #46, Issaquah. 425-677-7118  [ISSAQUAH]

Victor's Celtic Coffee Co. Victor's feels folksy and laid back. King County Library's Redmond branch is a short drive away at 15990 N.E. 85th, as is lovely Anderson Park at 7802 168th Ave. N.E. But be warned as in most places "unattended children will go home with 4 shots of espresso and a puppy." Victor's is located at 7993 Gilman St., Redmond. 425-881-6451 [REDMOND]

Soulfood. A reader tipped us off to this Redmond cafe/bookstore. "They have a nice play area with toys and books, my daughter loves it and it has saved my sanity so many times." Soulfood also hosts live music and other events. 5748 Redmond Way., Redmond. 425-881-5309. [REDMOND]

Photo courtesy of Soufood Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Soufood Facebook page

Midori Bakery. Another reader favorite, Midori offers excellent coffee and upscale, delicious pastries with a separate kid's table and lots of children's books. And did we mention the French pastries?16505 Redmond Way, Redmond. 425-836-6583. [REDMOND]

Hoffman's Fine Cakes & Pastries. Spacious and kid-friendly, with lots of yummy treats and a breakfast and lunch menu. Kiddos will love all the fun (and delicious) cookie options. 16175 Cleveland St., Redmond. 425-828-0926. [REDMOND]

River Trail Roasters. A reader shares, "River Trail Roasters in Redmond has indoor and outdoor seating, kids' hot cocoa, a cool roasting machine that the kids can watch through a big glass window, and it is right near the Sammamish River trail so it's great for an adventure." 158TH Ave. N.E., Redmond. 425-242-0379. [REDMOND]

Five Stones Coffee Company. Although Five Stones doesn't have a play area, readers tell us it has "amazing coffee," "super-friendly staff," "a welcoming vibe," and "delicious toasts with toppings like ricotta, honey etc that kids love!" 8102 161st Avenue N.E., Redmond. 425-242-0099. [REDMOND]

Caffe Rococo. This family-friendly shop roasts its own coffee and boasts treats from the Alki Bakery. While no dedicated kid's area they do offer a kid's free hot chocolate or juice with adult purchase! 136 Park Ln., Kirkland. 425-803-9081. [KIRKLAND]

SnoValley Coffee Co. This popular neighborhood spot is dog- and kid-friendly with a small kids' area with books and toys. They offer all the things you come to expect at a nice coffee shop along with beer and wine. 7811 Center Blvd., Snoqualmie. 425-396-0337. [SNOQUALMIE] 


PlayHappy Cafe: Photo credit: Annabella Photography

PlayHappy Cafe. Lynnwood's 8,500 square foot play space (formerly called Playdate Cafe) has free wifi, a cafe/eatery, birthday party rooms, etc. The play space includes slides and climbing structures, a small bouncy house, a playtown and separate area for infants/toddlers. There is a fee for the play area. 4114 198th St. S.W., Suite 3, Lynnwood. 425-582-7007 [LYNNWOOD]

Cafe Aroma. Kitty corner from Crest Cinema is this sweet cafe that boasts great coffee, a kids' play area in a separate room, and comfy chairs. The space used to be a 1940s-era gas station. 509 N.E. 165th St., Shoreline. 206-440-0690  [SHORELINE] 

Cafe Zippy. Recommended by a reader, this North Everett spot boasts a kids' activity area, local artist showings, and live poetry readings and music on weekend nights. Also, happy hours. Oh, and they deliver lunch by bike! 2811 Wetmore Ave., Everett. 425-303-0474 [EVERETT] 

Third Place Books. Photo credit: brewbooks, flickr cc

Third Place Commons/Honey Bear Bakery. Once an institution in Wallingford, Honey Bear Bakery still lives on at Lake Forest’s Park Third Place Commons, one of a number of good eateries at the food court. There’s a good-sized play area, a giant chess area, live performances at the stage and, of course, all the magic of the bookstore. 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park. 206-366-3330 [LAKE FOREST PARK]  


Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes. This sweet little shop is located in old downtown Renton, and offers cupcakes with fun flavors like “Peppermint Patty” and “Almond Joy.” We think your crew will probably be occupied with the treats in front of them, but if not there are toys for them and free WiFi for you. Bonus for Pokemon peeps - they sometimes set lures so you might get lucky. 900 S. Third St., Renton. 425-235-1717 [RENTON]  

Frog n Kiwi Café in University Place is a favorite South Sound meet-up place for families, earning kudos for its large, separated play area and a varied menu of espresso drinks, snacks and sandwiches. $3.49 is the summer fee for the play area; $2 on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. 3609 Market Pl. W., Suite 101, University Place. 253-292-1318. [UNIVERSITY PLACE]

Anthem Coffee & Tea in Puyallup is a hip meeting place for families, offering coffee, tea, even beer, if it’s been that kind of a day, 210 W Pioneer Suite 101, Puyallup. 253-881-1445. [PUYALLUP]

The Spar. You might not think The Spar (Tacoma's oldest saloon) would be kid-friendly but you'd be wrong. They serve coffee and breakfast and lunch fare along in their espresso cafe. A reader raves about the chill atmosphere and little nook with toys for kids. 2121 North 30th St., Tacoma. 253-627-8215. [TACOMA]

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