Sometimes you just have to have a latte, but that hankering doesn’t necessarily happen on your “me” time; often, the craving consumes you during “we” time. So where can you relax and caffeinate with kids in tow? In the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there are lots of laid-back coffeehouses and spots where you can savor a cup of joe or tea while the kids cavort on a playground, play a retro game, even sip their own kid-friendly drinks. Here are the 20 best local places to take a coffee break with kids.
The Buzz: Take your kids out to high tea without having to go across the pond. Beatitudes Tea Room is a quiet, little shop perfect for afternoon tea with your kids. (The adorned bright pink door marks the spot.)
Why Parents Love It: Reserve afternoon tea for you and your girlfriends, or book a tea party (complete with fancy hat decorating) or cupcake-baking party for your kiddo.
Best For: A tea party, reminiscent of Eloise at the Plaza.
Cost: Afternoon tea from $16 per person
The Details: Monday—Friday 10am—3pm, Saturday 10am—2pm. 211 Main St., Lake Dallas, 972/987-9637
The Buzz: Bookshelves filled with coloring books, crayons, train sets and other toys keep little ones entertained.
Why Parents Love It: Drinks are more like liquid desserts and include offerings such as a Blueberry Cobbler latte made with blueberry and vanilla and a Tuscany Mocha made with dark chocolate and orange. Kids sip steamers, hot chocolate, smoothies, Mocha Frappés 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.
The Buzz: Central Market’s cafe features an outdoor patio with tables and a playground for all ages.
Why Parents Love It: Lots of gourmet coffee options, smoothies or gelato for the kids and a place for them to slide, bounce and climb safely (the jungle gym is gated).
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. Multiple locations.
The Buzz: The warm ambience, frozen hot chocolate and eclectic menu—everything from french toast to tacos to beef tips—go a long way toward making this breakfast, lunch and dinner spot family-friendly.
Why Parents 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: Lunch and live events. Keep an eye on CHC’s Facebook page for upcoming live shows, such as the K3 Sisters’ performance 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
The Buzz: Get a hot or cold cappuccino, cafe au lait, white mocha or other specialty coffee drink. 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 Parents 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
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 Parents 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 Parents 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 kiddos busy.
Best For: Early risers. The play space gets crowded by late morning.
Cost: Coffee and tea from $2.75
The Details: Hours vary on location. 2800 Routh St., Dallas, 214/954-0486; 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane Suite 360, Dallas, 214/824-2503
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 Parents 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 and 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 Parents 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: Open daily 8am–3pm. 5310 Junius St., Dallas, 214/887-8330
The Buzz: Located in Old Town Coppell, this coffee shop bordered by a white picket fence, makes you feel right at home with loveseats (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 Parents Love It: This spacious coffee shop also has a dreamy outdoor patio for the kids to run around. Plus the Coppell Old Town Pavilion located across the street has a green space perfect for a game of soccer or frisbee.
Best For: A sunny Saturday morning. Spend the morning reading your favorite book while the kids play nearby.
Cost: Coffee from $3
The Details: Open Monday—Thursday 6:30am—8pm, Friday 6:30am—9pm, Saturday 7am—9pm, Closed Sundays. 462 Houston St. Coppell
The Buzz: Tackle your reading list and caffeine fix at this cafe housed inside the Valley Ranch Public Library building.
Why Parents 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 $1.75 during happy hour on Saturdays 7—10am and Sundays 7—11am. Coffee from $2.25 during regular hours.
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 Parents 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 during happy hour Monday–Thursday from 11am—5pm.
The Details: Monday—Friday 6:30am—9pm, Saturday and 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 Parents 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, #109, North Richland Hills, 817/581-4444
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 Parents 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 Parents 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 Parents 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
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 Parents Love It: The Highland Village location busies kids with shelves of books and toys.
Best For: Early risers. The cafe closes at 2pm on weekdays and 2:30pm on weekends.
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; 529 Bolivar St., Monday—Friday 8am—2pm, Saturday—Sunday 8am—3pm.
The Buzz: A kids’ corner outfitted with toys, card games, books — even pretend coffee-making tools — keep littles entertained.
Why Parents 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: There’s a huge coffee shop that’s adjacent to a free indoor, two-story play structure complete with bridges, climbing features, slides and more.
Why Parents 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 wear the kids out inside.
Cost: Coffee from $1.75
The Details: Monday 6am—8pm, Tuesday—Thursday 6am—7pm, Friday 6am—3pm, Closed on Saturdays and Sundays. 7540 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Dallas, 214/361-2275
The Buzz: Located in the heart of Oak Cliff, Wild Detectives is a bookstore, bar and coffee shop all in one. Choose from their array of books and catch up on reading while sipping on a hot cappuccino or Chai Latte.
Why Parents Love It: This independent bookstore-slash-bar is a good date night spot, but Sunday mornings are for the kids. Join Kids in the Cliff from 11–11:45am for themed storytimes and discussions.
Best For: Book lovers. 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: Monday 2pm—12am, Tuesday—Friday and Sundays 10am—12a, Saturday 10am—1am. 314 W. Eighth St., Dallas; 214/942-0108
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