Moms, you all know the craving. Whether it’s a latte, chai tea, cup of black coffee or some seasonal, sprinkle-covered creation from Starbucks, there’s no messing around when it comes to that much-needed boost of energy. More often than not, that hankering doesn’t hit during “me” time—instead, it comes during, well, let’s call it “we” time. So where can you relax, recharge and re-caffeinate with kids in tow? Thankfully, there are plenty options across North Texas where you can get your caffeine fix while the kids play games, cavort on playgrounds and even slurp down their own youngster-approved beverages. So bust out your favorite mug and scroll on for our list of 20 local destinations to consider for your next coffee break with the family.
Beatitudes Tea Room
The buzz: Treat your little princess to a formal English high tea without having to go across the pond. Beatitudes offers quiet, quaint tea room experiences for families in Lake Dallas and Carrollton.
Why you’ll love it: Reserve a table for afternoon tea or a kid-friendly high tea; lunch is also served daily at the Lake Dallas outpost. Cupcake-baking party packages and tea parties (fancy hat decorating included) are available for kids.
Best for: Channeling Queen Elizabeth or Eloise at the Plaza.
Cost: Afternoon tea from $16/person
The details: Monday-Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
211 Main St., Lake Dallas, 972/987-9637
1017 S. Broadway, Carrollton, 972/987-9637
Buon Giorno Coffee
The buzz: Swing by for freshly roasted small batch pours. Stay for the shelves filled with coloring books, crayons, train sets and other toys to keep little ones entertained.
Why you’ll love it: Drinks are more like liquid desserts, and include offerings like a Blueberry Cobbler latte and a Tuscany Mocha made with dark chocolate and orange. Kiddie-approved sips include hot chocolate, smoothies and Italian sodas.
Best for: Espresso aficionados; this shop specializes in Italian espresso roasts.
Cost: Coffee from $2
The details: Hours vary by location
915 Florence St., Fort Worth, 817/698-9888
2350 Hall Johnson Road, Grapevine, 817/421-7300
1901 W. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100, Southlake, 817/698-9998
The buzz: The upscale grocery chain’s on-site cafe features outdoor patios with tables and many feature a playground for all ages for babes to slide, climb and bounce safely in a gated jungle gym.
Why you’ll love it: Plenty of gourmet coffee options, plus sweeter options like smoothies or gelato for the kids.
Best for: Multitasking parents. Check dinner, groceries and play time off the to-do list in one stop.
Cost: Coffee from $1.79
The details: Sunday-Thursday 7am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 7am–10pm
Coffee House Cafe
The buzz: Where should we begin? The warm ambience, the frozen hot chocolate and the eclectic menu—everything from french toast to tacos to beef tips—go a long way toward making this spot family-friendly any time of the day.
Why you’ll love it: In addition to espresso shots and the CHC signature house latte, this coffee house serves up meals made just for the littles. Pick from kiddie favorites like pancakes or a PB&J sandwich.
Best for: Live special events. Keep an eye on CHC’s Facebook page for upcoming shows, like the K3 Sisters concert on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Cost: Coffee from $3.45
The details: Monday 7am-2:30pm, Tuesday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 8am-9pm, Sunday 8am-3pm
6150 Frankford Road, Dallas, 972/232-2333
Cuppa Espresso Bar
The buzz: Mom can get hot or cold cappuccinos, cafes au lait, mochas or pretty much any other specialty coffee drinks. For the kids, order a Nutella frappe or a smoothie, then let them burn off the sugar rush in the indoor maze of tubular slides and tunnels for kids 52 inches and smaller or in the area specifically designed for toddlers — all inside Irving Bible Church.
Why you’ll love it: Tables between both play areas let you keep an eye on all your kiddos whether their crawling through glass tubes or waddling in the low-walled toddler zone.
Best for: Parents looking for coffee and indoor fun on hot or rainy summer days.
Cost: Coffee from $1.75
The details: Monday-Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 7am-7pm
2435 Kinwest Parkway, Suite 100, Irving, 972/560-4600
Dallas Farmers Market
The buzz: Before or after shopping for produce, honey and more, grab a coffee from Palmieri Cafe and set the kids loose in the Children’s Playscape.
Why you’ll love it: Misters and fans keep you cool in the open-air market while you sip espresso, cappuccino, Americano and more while watching the kids climb a net or graffiti the chalkboards.
Best for: Farm-to-table enthusiasts who travel with extra clothes; there’s a water table in the play space too.
Cost: Coffee from $2.50
The details: Monday-Sunday 7am-6pm
920 S. Harwood St., Dallas, 214/684-9932
The buzz: On nice days, sit outside at this favorite brunch spot with a good view of the modest play space (it reaches capacity with 10–15 kids).
Why you’ll love it: Free refills on the Dream blend roast, several gourmet coffee and tea choices, kid-size organic juices and smoothies and a play space with climbing features and chalk to keep babes busy.
Best for: Early risers. The play space gets crowded by late morning.
Cost: Coffee/tea from $2.75
The details: Hours vary per location
2800 Routh St., Dallas, 214/954-0486
6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 360, Dallas, 214/824-2503
Farmhouse Coffee & Treasures
The buzz: The inside of the Farmhouse is adorned with many trinkets, treasures (as the title suggest) and comfy sofas for you to sit back and recline on while the kids play a board game or roam around the front yard.
Why you’ll love it: The kiddos can sip their hot chocolate with sprinkles (Kallie’s KoKo on the menu) while flipping through children’s books at this quaint turn-of-the-century farmhouse that anchors the Harvest residential community. Across the street is a playground with all kinds of climbing features for little kids and big kids alike.
Best for: A relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Cost: Coffee from $3
The details: Monday 6am-12pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-6pm
1300 Homestead Way, Argyle, 940/231-6508
The buzz: Sit with your coffee on the patio overlooking the football field-size garden with plots of herbs, rows of veggies and even a chicken coop.
Why you’ll love it: Kids roam and explore the fenced-in area freely. You enjoy an Oak Cliff Coffee-brewed latte, cortado and more from the espresso bar in peace.
Best for: Parents who dream of drinking coffee with a view.
Cost: Coffee from $2.50
The details: Daily 8am–3pm
5310 Junius St., Dallas, 214/887-8330
George Coffee Shop and Provisions
The buzz: Located in Old Town Coppell, this coffee shop bordered by a white picket fence, makes you feel right at home with love seats (in kiddie size too) and spacious tables for the kids to spread out their crayons. Choose from flavored lattes to the Spencers Special for your little one, which is a delightful concoction of housemade chocolate and vanilla syrup, topped off with whip cream, cinnamon and cocoa powder. (Yum!)
Why you’ll love it: This spacious coffee shop also has a dreamy outdoor patio for the kids to run around. Or just dash across the street to take advantage of the green spaces that make up the Coppell Old Town Pavilion. Locals can regularly spot families kicking around a soccer ball or playing frisbee.
Best for: A lazy, sunny morning. Pass the time by reading your favorite book while the kids play nearby.
Cost: Coffee from $3
The details: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-8pm, Friday 6:30am-9pm, Saturday 7am-9pm, closed Sundays
462 Houston St. Coppell
Java Me Up
The buzz: Tackle your reading list and caffeine fix at this cafe housed inside the Valley Ranch Public Library building.
Why you’ll love it: Gourmet coffee options for you; smoothies, interactive kid-friendly activities and plenty of green space out front along the Cimarron Trail satisfy kiddos.
Best for: Multitasking parents looking to check homework, coffee and playtime off their to-do lists. Saturday and Sunday 11 am 7am – 10am ; small 1.75
Cost: Coffee from $2.25; coffee from $1.75 Saturday 7-10am and Sunday 7-11am
The details: Monday-Saturday 7am-9pm, Sunday 9am-7pm
401 Cimarron Trail, Suite 150, Irving, 972/409-6838
The buzz: From sweet milkshakes to savory pigs in a blanket or a much-needed espresso shot, Kimzey’s can serve all your family’s needs.
Why you’ll love it: A trip to this local coffee shop feels like a visit to Snow White’s house in the woods—with Tuesday morning story readings and free “babycinnos” for kids.
Best for: An after-school pick me up. Grab a hot-caffeinated drink after school while the kids slurp down milkshakes.
Cost: Bottomless coffee from $4.25; half off milkshakes Monday-Thursday 11am-5pm
The details: Monday-Friday 6:30am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 7:30am-9pm
429 U.S. Highway 377 S., Argyle; 940/240-1001
The buzz: This craft coffee shop roasts the beans in house and puts an inventive spin on espresso drinks. Plus, they occupy your littles with coloring books, crayons, toys and puzzles at a kid-size table.
Why you’ll love it: Drinks with flair such as Love Potion, made with white chocolate and strawberry-infused milk and Lavender latte, created with house-made vanilla syrup and lavender. There are also smoothies and gelato for the kiddos.
Best for: Days when you need to get out of the heat or rain.
Cost: Coffee from $1.85
The details: Monday-Friday 5:30am-10pm, Saturday 6am-10pm, Sunday 6am-9pm
8700 N. Tarrant Parkway, Suite 109, North Richland Hills, 817/581-4444
Liberation Coffee Co.
The buzz: Specialty, seasonal drinks like the Hazelnut-Mocha latte that combines dark chocolate and hazelnut and mainstays such as mango, banana and strawberry-banana vegan smoothies are highlights on this coffee shop’s beverage menu.
Why you’ll love it: This cafe offers free coffee monthly from 7–9am and hosts kid-friendly events throughout the year, including block parties, craft fairs and more. Plus, the dark chocolate macarons have a cult-like following among adults and kiddos alike.
Best for: Parents who don’t sit still well. Grab your coffee to go, and make the 8-minute walk south to the trails at Andrew Brown Park, which also features the Kid Country playground for kids.
Cost: Coffee from $1.75
The details: Monday-Sunday 6:30am-8pm
651 N. Denton Tap Road, Suite 200, Coppell, 972/427-1991
The buzz: Keep kids occupied with borrowed (or purchased) games such as Candy Land, Connect Four, Monopoly and more while you enjoy a fancy caffeinated beverage.
Why you’ll love it: An extensive coffee menu, including several kid-friendly chocolate drinks and games you can play with the kids.
Best for: Parents looking to entertain kids while they refuel on hot or rainy days since all the fun here takes place indoors.
Cost: Coffee from $2.25
The details: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-9pm
5757 Main St. Suite 111, Frisco, 214/618-8130
The buzz: Get your espresso, cappuccino, latte, or iced coffee — and a fresh-pressed orange, apple or grapefruit juice — to go, and accompany your littles in the green space out front. Press Cafe is located at the Trailhead at Clearfork.
Why you’ll love it: It’s the easiest playdate to plan: With coffee in hand, hit the paved Trinity Trails on foot. They are dotted with restrooms and water fountains for breaks along the way. Or once you’ve finished your cold brew, sign up for a kids’ bike rental with helmet and flat kit from Mellow Johnny’s (free with a $30 adult bike rental).
Best for: Families who can’t sit still and need a dose of fresh air … or good food. The farmers market opens every Saturday from 8am–noon.
Cost: Coffee from $3.50
The details: Monday-Sunday 7am-10pm
4801 Edwards Ranch Road, Suite 105, Fort Worth, 817/570-6002
Seven Mile Cafe
The buzz: Enjoy every last drop of French-pressed house coffee, a two-shot Nutella mocha or one of the cold brews, and get the littles a vanilla, Oreo or peanut butter-and-chocolate shake.
Why you’ll love it: The Highland Village location busies kids with shelves of books and toys.
Best for: Early risers. The cafes close by mid-afternoon daily.
Cost: Coffee from $3.25
The details: Monday-Friday 7am-2pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-2:30pm, 2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 1100, 972/317-8600
Monday-Friday 8am-2pm, Saturda-Sunday 8am-3pm, 529 Bolivar St.
The buzz: A kiddie corner outfitted with books, games, toys and even pretend coffee-making tools will keep littles entertained.
Why you’ll love it: Two words: moon milk. This top-secret creamy concoction (it’s a combination of seven organic ingredients) gets poured over lattes and cold brews or mixed into coffee-free milkshake-like drinks for the kids.
Best for: Families with dairy sensitivities. The magic moon juice can be added to non-dairy soy, almond and coconut milks too.
Cost: Coffee from $2.50
The details: Monday-Friday 6am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday 7am-8pm
6943 W. Main St., Frisco, 469/893-5007
The buzz: The large coffee shop is adjacent to a free indoor, two-story play structure complete with bridges, slides and climbing areas (to name a few).
Why you’ll love it: The cafe serves coffee, espresso drinks, tea, smoothies and apple juice for the littles, plus comfy sofas and free Wi-Fi. The treehouse-themed play fort is toddler-friendly too.
Best for: Parents looking to tire the kids out without venturing outdoors.
Cost: Coffee from $1.75
The details: Monday 6am-8pm, Tuesday-Thursday 6am-7pm, Friday 6am-3pm, Closed weekends
7540 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Dallas, 214/361-2275
The buzz: Located in the heart of Oak Cliff is this all-in-one bookstore, bar and coffee shop. Choose from their array of books and catch up on reading while sipping on a hot cappuccino or chai latte.
Why you’ll love it: This indie destination is a good date spot any night of the week (check the website for events), but Sunday mornings are for the kids. Join Kids in the Cliff at 11am each week for themed storytimes and discussions.
Best for: Book lovers of all ages. WD gives customers the option of requesting a book they would like to purchase that’s not in the shop, plus coffee on them through using this service. Submit your request online.
Cost: Coffee from $2.75
The details: Tuesday-Friday & Sunday 10am-12am, Saturday 10am-1am, Monday 2pm-12am
314 W. Eighth St., Dallas; 214/942-0108
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