The seasons have changed and the rain has set in. When that happens it’s always nice to have a tried and true kid-friendly coffee shop in PDX to venture out to. Sometimes mom just needs a little pick-me-up because we all know that adulting and parenting is a challenging job and not for the weak. BUT, we don’t want just any coffee shop when we have littles in tow. There is nothing worse for me than getting someplace that was called “kid-friendly” to find silence and people who have clearly shown up to use the space for their second office. “I’m sorry fine sir, is my toddler’s squealing and scone-throwing bothering you?” Ugh, maybe you’ve been there too. If so, here are eight Portland coffee shops that won’t get you death looks from other customers. You can relax, enjoy conversation with a friend, have a nice treat, and your little ones can enjoy a new play space and maybe even some awesome entertainment.
Playdate PDX (NW 17th Ave)
Playdate PDX is an indoor playground (3 stories) with an attached cafe for parents. Their structure features an interactive dance floor, climbing, and crawling activities meant to stimulate your children. There are four slides of varying degrees of difficulty. They have a separate toddler area and a main play area that is recommended for children up to 12 years old. Admission per child is $4-14, and Monday’s after 5 p.m. is free!
Roseway Play (NE Fremont)
Roseway Play offers quality, local pastries, coffee, food, beer, and wine with free WiFi to enjoy while your children play in a fun and safe space! There is a great two story playhouse with a slide and tons of toys. All day play is only $3 per child.
Posie’s Bakery & Cafe (North Denver Ave.)
Poise’s a fantastic coffee shop for delicious bagels and other amazing baked goods. They have a wonderful menu and there is a kid play room near the back of the cafe.
Jim & Patty’s (NE Fremont, NW Lovejoy & SW Beaverton)
Pick up some of Portland’s original Black Tiger Coffee or get their famous coffee cake while enjoying the warm and friendly folks at Jim & Patty’s. There isn’t a designated kid section but it’s family friendly and has toys and board games to enjoy.
Lauralhurst Cafe (East Burnside)
Laurelhurst Cafe has a kid’s play area and is dog friendly. They have outdoor seating when it’s nice and offer activities like Pop in Art with Rachel and Storytime Singalong with Dingo and Olive. They have a great menu and even offer Happy Hour from 5-7 p.m. everyday.
Warehouse Cafe & Market (SE Milwaukie Ave)
The Warehouse Cafe serves local fresh produce (whenever possible) and even has their own small market in case you need something for dinner. They have a full room that is comfortable for the kids to play in and parents to visit. At 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Friday there is entertainment for the kids. My kids always loved going to listen to music by Tallulah’s Daddy. It is also conveniently located in same building as Hazel and Pear consignment shop!
Pied Piper Play Cafe (SE 17th in Sellwood)
Enjoy good food, coffee, beer, or wine while your kids play in the entertaining indoor and outdoor play areas. They have entertainment for the kids multiple days of the week and even host birthday parties. Check out their events calendar!
Maplewood Coffee and Tea (SW 52nd and Custer)
Maplewood offers a huge tea menu for those who prefer it over coffee. It’s a delightful spot in an old house and they have an entire back room closed off for the kids and parents to enjoy. It has lots of natural light and is a beautiful place to sit down and relax.
And just in case you need a trip to a donut shop on your way to the cafe, check out these family favorites. Who says you can’t have donuts and coffee all in one day? I’m always game for that!! If you have another favorite kid-friendly coffee shop let us know in the comments!