Corner Coffee Shop
Winner: Caffe Ladro
The name means “coffee thief” in Italian, because when it opened in 1994, the original Queen Anne shop intended to pinch customers from coffee giant Starbucks. Despite the recent proliferation of café-cum-play spaces, old-school Seattle-style coffee shop Caffe Ladro has stolen hearts to become ParentMap readers’ favorite corner cafe.
Green Bean Coffeehouse, in Greenwood, serves quality coffee and has tons of seating. Kids love the train table (and the shop’s proximity to Top Ten Toys). It’s also a nonprofit dedicated to community development.
Auntie Irene’s in Des Moines has no intention of becoming another Northwest coffee empire. Instead, it’s happy to serve as your second living room. Customers linger in this charming shop, which serves lunch, pastries, fair-trade coffee and ice cream. It also offers a drive-through for when you don’t have time to stop and smell the coffee.
In Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, Cloud City Coffee is all about community. Comfy couches, a lending library, newspapers, games and a kids’ play area all complement locally roasted coffee and a full menu.
Although hyperlocal Mike’s Community Cup doesn’t even have a website (it is on Facebook), it’s been serving coffee and helping out in the SeaTac community since 2008. Mike’s super-loyal customers rave about the coffee, the food and the friendly service.