The 5 Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in Atlanta
Check out Atlanta’s coffee scene and find special treats for you and your kids.
Atlanta offers a wide array of fun things that parents, babysitters, and nannies can do with their kids. As a mom, though, I've found that sometimes the idea of chasing my little ones for hours through the Aquarium or playing “kitchen” at the Children’s museum is more than I can bare. On those days, I long for a place where my kids can be entertained while I sip my coffee.
Yet, while all parents and professional child wranglers love coffee, not all coffee shops love kids. To help you out, I took on the task of finding Atlanta’s most kid-friendly coffee shops so, on those frantic mornings, you can rest assured knowing your children and caffeine are in good hands.
We’ve rounded up five of Atlanta’s finest kid-friendly coffee shops, where you can enjoy your daily caffeine jolt without receiving judgment from those seeking a quiet cup.
Address: 720 Moreland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sunday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Vibrant colors decorate the outside of this large coffee shop, inviting all to enter. Be warned, not all language on the artwork inside is intended for small eyes. That being said, between the brilliant art and eclectic crowd, no one will notice if your child is dressed as Spider-Man, as my 5-year-old often is. Three large seating areas provide an area for kids to be kids while allowing others generous space to work without interruption or talk privately with friends. Large, old couches line the windowed walls that surround a kid-friendly nook. Well-loved books, a rocking horse, and art easel are also available to keep the kids happy.
When their little tummies start rumbling, you’ll be thrilled to see the counters lined with homemade pop-tarts, banana bread, sandwiches, and so much more. My littles could not keep their eyes off the brightly colored funfetti cake. With (limited) paleo, vegan, and gluten-free options, you are sure to find something on the menu that everyone can enjoy. If mom needs a special treat, I highly recommend the “Oh Honey,” a latte lightly sweetened with honey and a hint of vanilla. As a bonus, my kids love to watch the baristas whip up fancy latte art on my drinks.
Address: Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
If your kids are like mine and thrive off sunshine, then skip the traditional coffee shop and plan your Saturday around a trip to the Piedmont Park Farmer’s Market. Finding street parking may be a bit of a headache, but there are pay-to-park lots all over. Truth be told, a few dollars at the SAGE parking lot is worth skipping the stress of parallel parking my SUV in downtown ATL. Blue Donkey sells mostly coffee drinks for adults, but its location allows for easy access to other local vendors, such as King of Pops popsicles and Ma’s Irish Pancakes, and it’s also directly across from my daughter’s favorite place to play in the park.
The thing I love about Blue Donkey is their attention to quality given their small, batch-roasted coffee and locally sourced milk. The flavors are laid out in carafes from bold to sweet, but don’t fear indecision. The employees at Blue Donkey are happy to offer small sample cups to help you find your ideal cup. My favorite coffee is bold with a mildly sweet and creamy finish, which makes the Tear Jerker the perfect cup. Don’t be scared by the name though. This iced coffee has double the coffee per brew to pack a punch, but it has milk and sugar to balance out the full-bodied flavor.
Address: 745 Edgewood Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30307
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The beautiful colors and unique flavors of the doughnut case at Revolution had my kids captivated while they tried to decide on “only one.” The Nutella Cream Puff was a dream come true for my 5 -year-old and has left him begging to return every day since our last visit. The specialty doughnut changes monthly and is wildly popular. During my visit, every person in the place was asking for June’s special -- the Peach Slider, and as the day wore on, many left empty handed. Specialty items go quickly, so if your heart is set, head in early.
With doughnuts in hand, this is one of my favorite kid-friendly coffee shops. The kids are happy eating their treats or busy playing with the small retro kitchen while you can be left to enjoy your morning cup of Counter Culture coffee. There were lots of vegan and one gluten-free option available, which is a huge bonus for this family.
Address: 701 Highland Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30312
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 12:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Friday & Saturday, noon - 11 p.m. | Sunday, noon - 9 p.m.
Located just off the Beltline in the Old Fourth Ward, this ice cream and coffee parlor is the perfect spot for an afternoon pick-me-up. The simplicity of the décor ensures your toddler would not ruin anything with their sticky fingers. With delectable samplings of Cookies & Cream and Sprinkle Cookie for the kids, grownups can enjoy more sophisticated flavors, like Lavender & Honeysuckle or their Cold - Brew Coffee ice cream with Cocoa Nib Crunch.
Carting kids around all day is hard work, and some afternoons require more of a boost than just a scoop of ice cream can provide. Once your kids are tucked into their bowls of frozen treats, sit back and enjoy a cup of Revelator coffee or treat yourself to an Affogato -- handmade vanilla ice cream topped with a bold shot of espresso. The sugar and caffeine buzz is sure to get you through dinnertime. While the prices are higher than your average ice cream shop, these small-batch, 100 percent made-from-scratch ice creams remind us that you get what you pay for. Their unique flavors will excite your tastebuds and have you coming back for more.
Address: 928-B Garrett St. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Located in Glenwood Park, Drip Coffee boasts a huge parking lot directly behind this modern building, allowing for easy access for you and your crew of kids. Once inside, quiet music fills the room, making me feel less inclined to shush my kids every five seconds for fear of interrupting the patrons who came to work on their mobile devices. Chalkboard tables and a variety of board games will keep kids of all ages entertained. Highchairs are available for toddlers, and there is plenty of space for strollers while you place your order.
Aside from the selection of Batdorf and Bronson coffees, I was pleased to see a wide variety of snacks and baked goods, as well as a cooler stocked with sandwiches, smoothies, and yogurts. In the afternoon, let your kids enjoy one of the flavors of Morelli’s ice cream, available to the left of the register.
Did we miss any of your local favorites? Let us know in the comments below!
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