You can’t just head to the nearest cafe with your baby, you gotta think first.
When you have a baby or toddler, where to go for coffee with a friend requires a little more thinking than heading to the nearest cafe.
For me, in a perfect world, the location:
- Has toys or a play area for kids
- Has high-chairs available
- Is kid-friendly, aka, the staff actually like kids
- Has good coffee and food (let’s not sacrifice TOO much ladies!)
Here are a few places I know of, but the list is short! Would love your suggestions on your favourite kid-friendly coffee shops in Vancouver where you can spend an hour or so without stressing about your baby disturbing people or your toddler getting bored.
Kokopelli (4593 Dunbar, near 30th Ave)- This Dunbar cafe has a big play area for kids while offering freshly baked muffins, homemade granola, and their yummy mac and cheese. Connie (the owner of Modern Mama) and I often meet here to strategize while the kids play.
Plaisir Sucré (2668 Arbutus St, near 13th ave) – This Kitsilano cafe is a 5-minute drive from my house and I had NO idea it offered a small play area for kids. My friend Michelle told me about this week and we met there for a catch-up session before going to the first week of our Social Tots program. Strong coffee, freshly baked croissants and French pastries – I’ll be back soon.
Uprising Breads Kitsilano (3066 W. Broadway, near Balaclava)- While this cafe has no play area, it’s quite large, and the staff seems to love kids as they are always great with my toddler. We came here every week in the winter after Tommy’s gymnastics class. Tommy had his morning snack while I sipped on a cup of coffee and took a break. There are high chairs available and fresh sandwiches, soups, scones, and muffins.
Whole Foods Cambie – A great thing about Whole Foods is their Kid’s Club – you can swing by their Customer Service desk while shopping and pick up a free snack for your child to eat- typically an apple, orange, banana, box of raisins, or apple sauce. A great service as my son is all about eating while I shop. The Cambie Whole Foods also has a small play area and lots of high chairs. My only problem with Whole Foods for a coffee date is that they are quite busy, and with such fast turnover, keeping the tables and play area clean is a challenge, so it’s a less comfortable setting.
Vinci’s Caffe & Gallery – (194 W 3rd Ave at Columbia) You might not think so at first but this grand little cafe, nestled in the mixed residential, artsy and equally industrial area of Mt. Pleasant is a win. It’s surprising beautiful and cozy and there’s plenty of space for strollers. Although they don’t have a change table, they can set you up if needed. And with gluten-friendly and healthy options on their menu it’s a nice escape from reality. And they will make a grilled cheese for your fussy littles!
That’s all I got! Where do you go for a baby/child friendly coffee date in Vancouver? I would love to hear your ideas!
Originally posted by Angie Schick, but has been updated.