The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops Around Detroit
Here are 10 great kid-friendly coffee shops in Detroit where you can take the family to enjoy healthy treats, train tables, and kids’ activities.
Of all the things that help us to be the best moms we can be -- whether it’s parenting books, advice from friends and family, or just our own natural instincts -- perhaps coffee is the one thing that unites us all. (I'm sure same goes for our babysitters and nannies, too!)
Having a favorite coffeehouse is essential to getting that all-important caffeine boost. It can also serve as a place for impromptu play dates, a great meeting place for parenting groups, and a sanctuary where mom, dad, and the kids can relax with a warm beverage and a tasty treat.
Here are some of Metro Detroit’s best coffeehouses where kids are welcomed with open arms.
Address: 19180 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48223
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Closed Sunday
This Detroit coffeehouse has a friendly vibe that radiates throughout the space. Whether you come to get a cup o' joe, to experience the annual Blessing of the Bicycles, or to see the local artwork on the walls, there’s always something to see or do at Always Brewing. Various local eats and drinks are available to try, as well, such as drinks from Eli Tea and Ferndale’s Chazzano Coffee Roasters. Kids will enjoy checking out the varied artwork and doing some serious people-watching as they sit at the store's big windows.
- Avalon International Breads: 422 W. Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201 | P: 313-832-0008
- Avalon Bakehouse Outlet: 4731 Bellevue St., Detroit, MI 48207 | P: 313-308-0150
- Avalon Cafe + Bakery: 1049 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226 | P: 313-285-8006
- Avalon International Breads: Monday - Saturday, 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Avalon Bakehouse Outlet: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Closed weekends
- Avalon Cafe + Bakery: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Friday, 7 a.m. - midnight | Saturday, 8 a.m. - midnight | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Avalon International Breads on West Willis Street is an ideal spot for kids. The shop is a Detroit mainstay and an icon in the Midtown area since its opening in 1997. Avalon's food is seriously tasty, with an emphasis on homemade breads, healthy breakfast foods, and good-for-you treats that change on a daily basis. The fruit-filled muffins are especially good, as well as the hearty breakfast sandwiches, which can be shared or enjoyed solo.
If your family wants to enjoy the sunshine, Avalon's outdoor patio area affords ample space to have a drink and a snack. Inside, there are so many sights, sounds, and delicious smells to keep the little ones entertained throughout the visit.
It's also worth noting that they have a couple other locations, too: one is their bakehouse outlet, and the other is a nice little cafe and bakery. You can find their locations up above the image.
Address: 23415 Greater Mack Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Hours: Monday - Wednesday & Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Thursday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Closed Sunday
You know when you see local student artwork on the walls of this St. Clair Shores coffeehouse that you’ve found a family-friendly haven. Caffe Far Bella knows how to appeal to families, with its relaxed seating, which includes comfortable chairs, cozy nooks with tables, and larger meeting tables where families can sit together.
The menu is varied and includes soups, sandwiches, and sugary treats. Plus, there are lots of local favorites in stock, including Better Made potato chips and the cafe’s famous S-shaped cookies.
Everything at Coffee and (____) is homemade, whether it’s the pallet-based furniture, the artwork, or the incredible food. Most of the goodies here are made specifically for vegans, for people with specific food allergies (e.g., gluten), and for those looking to go sugar-free. In addition to the healthy selections, a wide array of beverages will meet any kid’s needs, like hearty hot chocolate or fresh-pressed juice.
There are indoor spaces where you can curl up and read, as well as a large outdoor area for the kids to roam when the weather allows. The vibe is relaxed and open to all ages, with large tables ready for coloring, games, or whatever else you bring along.
Address: 15215 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Sunday, 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
When you see the train table all set up and ready to play with, you know that Cornwall Bakery is practically made for kids. The open, airy shop is known for its fresh bread, fun baking classes, and friendly atmosphere. Kids are welcome to linger at the train table, eat with mom and dad at one of the many tables, or check out the outdoor seating space.
The tastes here are sophisticated, such as macaroon muffins and sourdough bread, but a kid with a sense of exploration will enjoy all of it.
Address: 30625 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48082
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Many fans of this coffee house say they feel like family when they come to Eos Café. There are plenty of things in this space that a kid and a parent will like. Kids’ tables feature fun activities that are set out on a regular basis. Diet-friendly food options include gluten-free cakes and treats. Soups, salads, and so much more on the menu mean you can enjoy breakfast or lunch here.
Pro tip: If you’re a chocolate lover, the Coco Latte is a must.
- Cobo Center: 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226 | P: 313-877-8777
- Maple Theater: 4135 Maple Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301 | P: 248-855-9091
- Midtown: 3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 | P: 313-831-9627
- Roastery: 389 Enterprise Court Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302 | P: 248-754-0000
- Cobo Center: Hours vary according to event calendar.
- Maple Theater: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Friday, 7 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Saturday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Midtown: Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Friday, 7 a.m. - midnight | Saturday, 9 a.m. - midnight | Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Roastery: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
There's a space for everyone at this beloved coffeehouse. Both the open area for seating and the bar beckon kids, families, office workers, and meeting planners from across Metro Detroit. The bar is a great spot to sit back and watch as coffee is brewed in the morning.
(Just know that the vibe definitely changes after 7 p.m. to more of a date night scene.)
The open seating area features smaller tables for people working on the next great American novel, as well as community-style seating for larger families or meetings. All are welcome!
Address: 25109 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
Hours: Monday, 6 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Tuesday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Come hungry to Journey’s End, and plan on leaving with a few snacks to take home. This mother-and-daughter baking team is unmatched when it comes to creating amazing treats for in-house and at-home consumption. Imagine a lush, tangy cheesecake dessert topped with a thick, yet light frosting, and you’ll get the idea of the luscious foods on the menu.
It is smaller inside, but there's plenty of room for the kids to spread out and do a little exploring.
Address: 660 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
Hours: Monday - Thursday, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Friday, 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Sunday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
If your kid loves robots, computers, or watching machines at work, then the Roasting Plant is an ideal morning treat destination. There are so many gizmos working hard to make the coffee that everyone will be fascinated.
The space is like a modern coffee maze, with beans, roasting facilities, and coffee grinders seemingly everywhere. You can watch as your cup is made right in front of your eyes -- in a way that gives the whole coffee experience a much more exotic and special feel. Plus, there are great drinks of all kinds -- with and without caffeine -- on the menu for all to try.
Address: 200 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
Hours: Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Saturday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. | Closed Sunday
Urban Bean is an ideal spot to stop by during any downtown visit to take a rest, grab a coffee, or just sit a spell. The food includes local favorites Dutch Girl donuts, croissants and other sweet treats that are just right for little hands.
The colorful orange front of this downtown coffeehouse will grab the eyes of your youngsters before anything else. The funky interior features downstairs and upstairs spaces, perfect for spreading out games or treats. Kids (from toddler- to college-age) and young urban professionals are hanging out together in perfect harmony, making for a fun atmosphere.
There are regular musical performances as well for kiddos that love to dance.