Keeping up with the kiddos often entails a jumbo-sized java — and no one needs a caffeine-fix more than moms and dads. But since parents rarely fly solo, we’ve rounded up the best kid-friendly coffee shops to frequent in LA with a tiny entourage in tow.
Swork takes the top prize for the best LA area coffee house that caters to kids. Created by Tricia Neal, Swork was conceived to be a community meeting place, where Eagle Rock locals and visitors alike may enjoy a warm reception and attentive customer service. Their cheerful kids area is in a secluded section in the back of the coffee shop where tots can play with toys, including a train table and cars, while parents enjoy a cup of Joe and visit with friends or meet new ones. Swork’s menu includes baby food, mini bagels, yogurt, smoothies, and warm vanilla milk for wee patrons — and moms and dads will be wowed by the extensive coffee and tea drinks menu. In addition to taking trips to Guatemala to meet with coffee growers and sample beans in order to establish her coffee bar, Neal offers, “Everything that goes in to your cup of coffee, your ice-blended Sworkuccino and your smoothie was hand-picked, carefully considered, and tested in our drink lab, because only the best will do for our customers.”
2160 Colorado Boulevard
Eagle Rock, Ca.
European sensibility and design make this open and airy coffee bar and wafflerie on Beverly Boulevard an inviting space for families. Coffee and espresso is locally roasted and ground to order, and if you like your caffeine in chocolate form, Shaky Alibi’s gourmet drinking chocolate is served hot in 1.5 ounce shots! High chairs are available for babies, and big kids will relish the opportunity to sit at the bar (where no alcohol is served). Gorgeous, handcrafted authentic Liege sweet or savory waffles or a scoop of organic ice cream will keep your kids sweet on sticking around while you sip and savor your brew.
7401 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca.
Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee House
Open 6:00 am – 11:00 pm Monday through Friday, parents pulling all-nighters can rest assured Priscilla’s Gourmet Coffee House will keep them fueled! This family-owned coffee shop in Burbank has a casual, laid back vibe and an impressive and extensive list of imported gourmet coffees. Kid favorites from the pastry case include mini cinnamon rolls, mini brownies, and chocolate muffins, so you can treat your little sweetie on your pit-stop.
4150 Riverside Drive
Add some retro flair to your caffeine fix with a visit to Fred 62 in Los Feliz. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Fred 62 is a reliable source for a coffee bean induced buzz anytime. This traditional American coffee shop features an old-fashioned counter and ice cream fountain, and kids will love bellying up to the bar to order a root beer float or ‘deliciously thick, 50’s style’ shake or malt in a variety of flavors. For those who like their coffee straight-up with no frills, you can’t beat Fred 62’s bottomless cup of coffee for $1.87. They also serve lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, mochas, and specialty teas.
1850 North Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca.
Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe
If you want to pair your coffee run with breakfast or a homemade bakery treat, head to Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe in Santa Monica, which boasts an inviting, casual, family-friendly atmosphere. They serve delectable coffee from Verve Coffee Roasters and award winning loose leaf teas from Art of Tea. They use organic milk and house made syrups (vanilla, caramel and Valrhona chocolate) in their espresso drinks. Kids will lap up their house made hot chocolate and you may want to share a slice of their strawberry cream cheese cake to make your coffee outing a special event.
1014 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, Ca.
— Beth Shea