In case you need another reason to caffeinate, Sept 29 is National Coffee Day. Plus, Portland was just named Best Coffee City in America. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite kid-friendly spots, so you can enjoy your cup of joe, sans whining.
(Like your coffee on the affordable side? Check out these national chains offering deals and freebies on National Coffee Day.)
The Stacks Coffeehouse
Aptly named, The Stacks Coffeehouse is lined with bookshelves, including a robust kids’ section. You can even borrow books, so no tears when it’s time to pack up! They serve Roseline coffee and make many of their own syrups, including chocolate, maple cardamom, vanilla and (seasonally) pumpkin spice. 1831 N Killingsworth St., $2-$4.75 per cup.
Maplewood Coffee & Tea
Located between April Hill City Park and Southwest Community Center, Maplewood Coffee & Tea is a great place to grab a cup of coffee on your way to more fun. They serve coffee by Extracto Coffee Roasters, and they have a free lending library on their patio where kids can borrow books or donate some to share. If your child orders a drink, it will be served in a special kid cup with whipped cream and sprinkles on top. 5206 SW Custer St., $2.50-$4.25 per cup.
Posies Bakery & Cafe
Located in the Kenton neighborhood, Posies Bakery & Cafe serves up delicious treats and Roseline coffee. Their kids’ menu items, served with chips or cucumber, include all the favorites: grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly and cinnamon sugar toast. During non-pandemic times, there is an indoor play space for preschoolers, and the shop is only a block from Kenton Park. 8208 North Denver Ave., $2.50-$4 per cup.
Space Monkey Coffee
With a name like Space Monkey, it has to be a winner, right? They serve Cellar Door Coffee, and your kids will definitely want to order the funky monkey sandwich — peanut butter and chocolate — while you sip your brew. There are toys for preschoolers in the back hallway, and Mt. Scott Park is just across the street. 5511 SE 72nd Ave., $1.75-$5.25 per cup.
The Daily Feast
The Daily Feast, a mom-owned diner downtown, proudly serves local brew Spella, roasted right here in Portland, 12 pounds at a time. You can order your coffee however you like it: they’ve got mochas, capuccini, espresso, lattes and more. During non-pandemic times, there’s a bookshelf of toys for kids to play with while they wait, which are cleaned after every use. Located across the street from the historic Central Library and six blocks from Powell’s Books, this is a perfect spot to grab a coffee before heading off with your little bibliophiles. The menu features kid-friendly home runs, like flavored hot cocoa and smoothies, or a Greek yogurt parfait that looks like dessert but is chock full of nutritious food. There is street parking, or you can park in the garage by City Target, which is only a couple blocks away. 837 SW 11th Ave., $3.50-$6 per cup.
Slappy Cakes is known for their DIY pancake bar, but did you know they also have stellar coffee? While your children are busy piling mounds of toppings on their pancakes, you can relax and sip your hot Stumptown brew, be it classic drip or something fancier, like a cappuccino or mocha. 4246 SE Belmont St., $3.25-$4.50 per cup.
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