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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

We asked ParentMap staff and friends 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, donuts or specially prepared drinks. Don’t see your favorite coffee stop listed here? Email emurray@parentmap.com with your tip! 


Wunderkind. Photo credit: Elisa Murray

Wunderkind. This newish cafe in NE Seattle, near University Village has two separate Lego play areas, good snacks (Beecher's mac and cheese), coffee (including a drive-up window on Tuesdays), happy-hour deals, and classes (Lego, Minecraft). There is a small fee for the play area. 3318 N.E. 55th St, Seattle. 206-854-7186. [N.E. SEATTLE]

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 tinies 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 an entire room 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]

Courtesy Green Bean Coffee

The Green Bean Coffeehouse. This spacious, bright hangout in Greenwood offers good coffee, hot chocolate, a train table and drawing supplies 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 to the awesome upcycle shop, Seattle Recreative. 8525 Greenwood Ave. N.  206)-402-5150 [GREENWOOD]

Chaco Canyon, Greenwood: And 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. [GREENWOOD]

Mighty-o Donuts. They don't have a kids' corner, but they do have organic, vegan donuts, trans-fat-free. And they taste pretty darn good. Oh, and the café’s in a vintage Seattle building. It's also a short walk to Green Lake, so you can fuel up here, and head to the lake for some fun. 2110 N. 55th St., Seattle. 206-547-5431 [WALLINGFORD]

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 it's a short walk to the Wedgwood library. [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Cloud City Coffee

Cloud City Coffee. Cloud City Coffee, located a short walk 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 vibe. Delicious baked goods are made in-house. Breakfast burritos and sandwiches offer heartier options. It's a scone's throw from the awesome new Maple Leaf Park. 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]

ViosA 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. 206-462-1059 [LAKE CITY]


Chaco Canyon. This organic 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. 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 sweets. 4709 California Ave S.W. 206-935-6882 [SEATTLE]

Red Cup Espresso

Red Cup Espresso. The lattes are delicious, and your pre-coffee-drinker will get a kick out of the gummy bears served alongside her hot chocolate. 4451 California Ave. S.W., Seattle. 206-913-0203 [WEST SEATTLE]

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

Café Delia. This excellent café is no longer inside Proletariat Pizza but now right next door to White Center’s beloved Pizza Shop. Offering Macrina Bakery goodies and kid friendly. 9622B 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle. 206-294-1617 [WHITE CENTER] 

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, 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/gathering space on the west end of the Seattle Center campus is home to Seattle's beloved indie radio station, KEXP. Just opened in April 2016, it's been an instant hit with young Seattle singles and families alike. 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. On sunny days the doors open to the patio by Key Arena, where kids can run around. Best of all for music-loving families, KEXP offers 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. Check the schedule472 First Ave. N., Seattle [SEATTLE CENTER]

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]

Serendipity Café. Opened by two Magnolia families, Serendipity is a favorite in the neighborhood, and for good reason: Playroom, good coffee, good kids’ plus appealing menu for adults, too (including “adult mac and cheese.”). It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. With A.C. 3222 W. McGraw St., Seattle. 206-282-9866 [MAGNOLIA] 

Umbrella Tree Cafe. Located in the former Twirl Cafe space, the Umbrella Tree is a bright cafe and play space on Queen Anne, wiith classes, a toddler play time during midday several times a week, story time and more. There is a fee for the play area. 2111 Queen Anne Ave N., Seattle.  (206) 283- 4552  [QUEEN ANNE]


Tougo. A beloved neighborhood hangout in the Central District, with a good kids’ play area. It’s also doggie friendly! 1410 18th Ave., 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. [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Tin Umbrella CoffeeRight in the heart the up-and-coming neighborhood of Hillman City in Rainier Valley, find this bright, 2-year-old coffee roaster, Tin Umbrella. Find local art on the walls, a welcoming vibe, and — if you're lucky — a newspaper created by local kids. 5600 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, 206-743-8802. [RAINIER VALLEY]


See also our list of Eastside coffee shops.

Issaquah Coffee Company. Located in Gilman Village, you'll find Stumptown Coffee, comfy chairs and a  great play area for kids, complete with a train track. 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. #46. 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. Victor's is located at 7993 Gilman St. 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 such as a community drumming circle. 5748 Redmond Way. 425-881-5309 [REDMOND]


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. 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. 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. 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 Books 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., 206-366-3330 [LAKE FOREST PARK]  


Common Ground Coffee & Cupcakes. This sweet little shop is located in old downtown Renton, and it’ll sell ya cakes in 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. 900 S. Third St. 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. With A.C. 3609 Market Pl. W., Suite 101, 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]

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