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Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in the Seattle Area

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!


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. [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. [BALLARD]

Mosaic Coffee ShopMosaic Coffee House. Pay what you can for coffee and treats (good stuff from Little Rae’s Bakery) at the nonprofit Mosaic, located in the spacious basement of a church, then repair to the huge, separate children’s play area for some down time. They have a train table, books and lots of other toys. Note: Mosaic's hours are limited; check the website. 4401 Second Ave. N.E., Seattle. [WALLINGFORD]

The Green Bean Coffeehouse.
This spacious, bright hangout in Greenwood offers good coffee, hot chocolate, kid-sized chairs, a train table and drawing supplies and story time on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. It's a stone's throw from other wonderful family businesses in Greenwood, including the Family Cyclery, Seattle Recreative and Chaco Canyon. 210 N. 85th St., Seattle. [GREENWOOD]

Wayward Coffeehouse. Vegan donuts; organic juice and rice milk; shade-grown coffee. Healthful treats, friendly staff, and a small kids' corner with toys – plus mellow, no-cover music in the evenings. Free WiFi (though it can be spotty). 6417 Roosevelt Way N.E. #104, Seattle. [ROOSEVELT]

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. [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. Locations all over the Seattle area, from downtown Seattle to Wedgwood, to Bellevue and Queen Anne. [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Cloud City Coffee. Cloud City Coffee is a real neighborhood "third place" -- like visiting a friend who happens to be a terrific baker. Comfy couches, a kids' corner with books and toys, and a genuinely welcoming staff make Cloud City kid-friendly. Delicious baked goods are made in-house. Breakfast burritos, quiche and sandwiches offer heartier options. The just renovated (and awesome) Maple Leaf Playground is five blocks south. 8801 Roosevelt Way N.E., Seattle. [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. 7001 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle. [WEDGWOOD]

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. Secret Garden Bookshop is next door. Clover, a charming children's clothing and toy store, is two blocks south at 5335 Ballard Ave. N.W. Located at 2218 N.W. Market St., Seattle. [BALLARD] 

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 and 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. [RAVENNA and CAPITOL HILL]

Kaffeeklatsch. For having brought good coffee to downtown Lake City, this two-year-old German bakery is already beloved. It also boasts excellent bread and desserts with impossible-to-pronounce German names; yummy sandwiches; a well-stocked kids' play area; games, and an extremely welcoming neighborhood vibe. 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. [LAKE CITY]


Chaco Canyon, an 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 SW Alaska St. [WEST SEATTLE]

Red Cup EspressoRed 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. [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. [WEST SEATTLE]

Café Delia. A cafe inside a pizza shop -- White Center's beloved Proletariat Pizza -- is by definition kid friendly. Add in excellent coffee and Macrina Bakery goodies, and (according to a reader) a kids' yoga spot right across the street, and you're set. Inside Proletariat Pizza, 9622A 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle. [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.[WHITE 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., Seattle. [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, six days a week (until 3 p.m. on Sunday). 3222 W. McGraw St., Seattle. [MAGNOLIA]

Umbrella Tree Cafe. Located in the former Twirl Cafe space, the Umbrella Tree is a bright cafe and play space, wiith classes, a toddler play time during midday several times a week, story time and more. 2111 Queen Anne Ave N., Seattle. [QUEEN ANNE]


Tougo. A beloved neighborhood hangout in the Central District, with a good kids’ play area. It’s also doggie friendly, and right next to Magpie, a store selling locally-designed and consigned kids clothing. 1410 18th Ave., & Union, Seattle. [CENTRAL DISTRICT]

Cupcake Royale. The stores aren’t especially kid-friendly (no toys, no space), but…cupcakes. ‘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. [MULTIPLE LOCATIONS]

Cornerstone Café Open Play, South Seattle. Drop by this new community space in Hillman City for free open play for tots, affordable drop-in child care, and more.

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The Village Bean in Bothell's Country Village. A well-stocked play area, good eats and caffeine, and “a train ride outside when the weather is nice.” 720 238th St. SE, #A. [BOTHELL]

Issaquah Coffee Company. Stumptown Coffee, a train table, and comfy chairs. 'Nuff said. In Gilman Village: 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd. [ISSAQUAH]

Victor's Celtic Coffee Co. Victor's feels folksy and laid back. There is a small toy box, or bring drawing supplies from home and settle into the big padded booth in the back corner. The 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. [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. 15748 Redmond Way. [REDMOND]


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. 4114 198th St. S.W., Suite 3. [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 NE 165th St. [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. You can double up on tasks by picking up your Full Circle Farms or Tiny's box there. Oh, and they deliver lunch by bike! 2811 Wetmore Ave. [EVERETT]

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. [LAKE FOREST PARK]

Espresso Works. A reader recommends this spot in Kenmore for its coffee drinks and kids' play area. It grew from a coffee stand to a coffee shop, bringing loyal customers along the way. You'll find lunch and breakfast items, too. 6734 N.E. 181st St. [KENMORE]


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.. [RENTON]

This article was originally published in 2007,and was updated by ParentMap staff in 2012 and 2013.

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