A Portland coffee connoisseur has got their pick of third wave, pour over, single-origin brews all across town. But what if you’ve got the little ones in tow and not only need a pick-me-up but also a distraction for your 4 year old who just won’t stop moving? Not to worry– you’ve got your choice of that, too. Plenty of cafes promise an entertaining corner for the younger set along with a delicious cup of joe for mom or dad. We’ve picked a few of our favorites across town–read on for more!
Papaccino’s Coffee House & Cereal Bar
A bright and friendly space filled with colorful murals of dragons and trees, this cafe also has a big playroom chock full of toys and lots of room to spread out. Menu options include all the coffee, as well as nibbles and meals like bagels, pastries, breakfast sandwiches and more. And there’s a cereal bar, fun for kids of all ages! With a welcoming friendly vibe, parents will love to relax here while kids play.
4411 SE Woodstock
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A neighborhood joint in Kenton that offers a relaxed vibe for parents. With a solid menu of great options, including pastries and kids servings of grilled cheese, pb&j, or the magical cinnamon sugar toast, the whole family will be easily satisfied. Kids can enjoy the separate playroom with toys and books. With a passion for good food and coffee that invites good company, Posie’s aims to make you feel right at home.
8208 N Denver Ave
St. Honore Boulangerie
This classic French bakery has a few locations around town, all with high honors for deliciousness, and friendliness. For a spacious visit, swing by the Division or Lake Oswego locations, as they have the most room and a bit of outdoor space. Be sure to stop in the back for a peek at the clay firebrick oven, and to watch the bustling bakers at work forming perfect loaves and twisting yummy pastries.
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The three stories of this indoor playground comes attached to a cafe for a coffee fix (or breakfast and lunch!). You will pay a small fee for admission for the kids, but they’ll get access to scads of climbing, crawling, sliding and playing areas that will get the wiggles out while you sip in peace. Toddlers can enjoy a separate area, and parents are welcome to join the fun (at no extra cost!). Visit on Mondays after 5pm for free admission!
$4-$8/child, parents free
1434 NW 17th Ave
Jim and Patty’s
Serving the best coffee since 1976 in various iterations, Jim and Patty have a few locations now across Portland, pleasing folks with their friendly service, delicious lattes like the Velvet Hammer Mocha, and yummy pastries like the Pig Newton, sausage patties wrapped in a cheddar biscuit. The atmospheres in all their spacious cafes are warm and friendly for kids, all with a welcoming neighborhood feel that makes the whole family feel right at home.
4 Portland locations
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Purrington’s Cat Lounge
Get your little cat lovers over to this cafe, where they can enjoy the romping cats and do their best to convince you to adopt one. Reserve a time slot in the lounge for ages 6 and up to visit the cats as they relax and purr. They are shelter kitties, so they may have been through a lot– it isn’t the time for rough play. For an all-ages visit without the reservation fee, head to the separated cafe side, where the kids can enjoy a chocolate milk and mom gets a ‘Meowmosa’ while watching kitty antics through the window.
$12/person/hour for the cat lounge, ages 6 and up
No charge for cafe, all ages
3529 NE MLK Jr Blvd
Honorable Mentions for the Treats
The two locations at this stylish cafe may be on the small side, but the winning prize here are the treats—Dutch stroopwafels, thin wafer-like waffles with syrupy caramel sandwiched between. The kids will likely gobble them up too fast, but parents could use this tip: rest them on top of your latte for a minute to let the steam soften them!
2030 N Willis Blvd
4523 NE Fremont
This cafe slings donuts that are freshly made with unique toppings, sometimes with long lines winding out the door. The donuts are a delicious treat– covered in nutella, jam, maybe even bacon, and perfectly sized for tiny hands and mouths!
The inside is spacious when it isn’t crowded, and a small rack of kids books helps pass the time while you wait for your treats. Parents can enjoy sampling all of their housemade chai mixtures, with flavors like lavender, turmeric, ginger, or smoky vanilla!
4759 NE Fremont St.
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Baker and Spice
A sweet neighborhood bakery tucked away in Hillsdale, yet only 5 minutes from downtown, this hotspot has long been a family mainstay for baked goods (check out the Cakery just down the street!). While you can also order lunch items like a turkey sandwich, you’ll most likely want to head here for the sweets– seasonal fruit hand pies, drop cookies, cupcakes, lemon tarts, and the Katie bun, a Danish pastry rolled with cinnamon, brown sugar and raisins. Eat in with a delicious coffee, or have the kids pick all their favorite to fill up a to go box.
6330 SW Capitol Hwy.