Philadelphians love their coffee and are particularly fond of the independent coffee houses that dot the city. Like the neighborhoods they are a part of, each has its own unique vibe, but all of these picks below get special kudos for being family-friendly to both bleary-eyed parents desperate for their next ‘cuppa joe and the kids they bring along with them. – Jennifer Oxenford
The Little Treehouse
10 W. Gravers Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118
It doesn’t get much more kid-friendly than this wonderful coffee house and hands-on children’s play place in Chestnut Hill. The Little Treehouse is open for lunch seven days a week, with a super kids menu and great grub and java for moms and dads, too.
Milk & Honey Market
4435 Baltimore Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19143
Any coffee shop that hosts kids music events gets my vote, and Milk & Honey doesn’t disappoint. They host “FREE Second Saturday Snacktimes,” musical snacktimes on the second Saturday of the month from 2-3 p.m. with Jay Sand of All Around This World Music (allaroundthisworld.com). After a Milk & Honey snack, kids can enjoy interactive singing and movement, featuring wonderful songs from around the world. Space is limited, so if you go to Milk & Honey Market for the Second Saturday Snacktime, please be sure to RSVP at allaroundthisworld.com.
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Though not technically a coffee-shop, the World Cafe Live is a great spot to have a cup of coffee and take the kids every Saturday morning for their weekly lunchtime concert series, Peanut Butter & Jams kids concerts. Doors open at 11 a.m. and shows start at 11:30 a.m. Parents can sip their coffee while the kids rock out to featured children’s artists. A kid friendly lunch buffet is also available at every show. Ticket prices vary. Check the World Cafe Live concert calendar for more details.
917 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Uber-cool Gleaner’s Cafe is a kid-friendly coffee shop in the Italian Market. Some say the service is a little stand-off-ish, but the bagel sandwiches are not to be missed. Great coffee (La Colombe) and a Hershey’s Kiss with your free refill, combined with the kid-friendly atmosphere, make this a great place for tots and their java sipping moms and dads.
29 N. Lansdowne Ave
Lansdowne PA 19050
The Regency Cafe coffee shop outside of West Philadelphia in Lansdowne has a great kids menu, featuring healthy lunches and snacks and specialty drinks for tots. It’s because of Regency Cafe that my toddler now has a bit of a strawberry milk habit (thankfully, it’s not the powdery pink milk but rather real whole milk mixed with the real Italian strawberry syrup). Chat up owner and master baker, Chris, to find out what came out of the oven that morning, as well as when the next mommy group might be meeting there.
High Point Cafe
602 West Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119
The High Point Cafe is a great community cafe in the heart of West Mount Airy where kids are welcomed with specialty milk drinks and tasty hot chocolate. For adults, the coffee is delicious and the made-to-order crepes are a nice touch for kids and parents, too.
Jennifer Oxenford is the founder of phillyfun4kids (www.phillyfun4kids.com), your place to find free and mostly free things to do with your kids in and around this great city of motherly love.