My school-aged kiddo has headed back to the classroom, which means I’m left with only one little person to wrangle on a daily basis. It’s time to hit up the preschool/playgroup circuit and arrange a get-together or two. The weather will be playground-appropriate soon, but sometimes my mom friends and I like to seek refuge in a spot that also serves the biggest, best cup of coffee in town (no surprise there). And, lucky for us and other North Texas parents, there are plenty of buzz-worthy spots that fit the bill. These eight coffee shops serve up lattes, cold brews and even basic drip, all in a kid-friendly environment.
Where to Go for a Cuppa Joe
Breadwinners Cafe & Bakery – Northpark Location
Most Dallas moms know the beauty of the outdoor seating that is Breadwinners at North Park. Get there early, order coffee for you, the fruit and muffin combo for your little one, and then watch her wear herself out in the grassy outdoor space beyond the patio. Not only will you be able to enjoy your early morning buzz without having to take your eyes of your busy toddler, but she’ll be totally ready for nap time when you leave. Now, that’s smart parenting.
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas Tx, 75225
Palmieri Cafe at Dallas Farmers Market
If you haven’t made your way down to the Dallas Farmers Market, make it a priority. You can grab a to-go cup from Palmieri Cafe—an Italian coffee shop and bakery that serves fresh and authentic Italian pastries and coffee—and then wander over to the new play space on the north side of the market. There’s a water table, chalkboard, and even a climbing net to keep your little adventurers busy while you chat with other parents.
920 S. Harwood
Dallas, Tx 75201
Coffee House Cafe
This kid-friendly spot in North Dallas made its way onto the Thrillist’s Best Dallas Coffeshops. It’s got all kinds of yummy menu offerings, like silver dollar pancakes, fresh fruit and PB&J, a patio (dogs are also welcome) and all the coffee served at the espresso bar is certified fair trade and organic. If you pop by on the weekend, there’s even live music! Best part? If you don’t, the littles can handle an extended visit; simply roll through the new drive-thru for coffee and freshly baked goodies.
6150 Frankford Rd.
Dallas, Tx 75252
Rosalind Coffee Company
This hidden gem (formerly known as Generator Coffee House & Bakery) has a basic coffee menu, with the addition of a few unique drinks: They offer a shaken espresso, a lavender latte and you can even buy fresh-roasted beans to go! The kid-friendly perks? A ton of coloring books complete with crayons, great music, and a friendly vibe.
107 N. 6th St.
Garland, Tx 75040
Davis Street Espresso
Cute and cozy, this Bishop Arts coffee spot has building blocks, books and a fun outdoor space complete with an old bus that beckons to curious little ones, all of which makes a visit with kids a breeze. Be sure to take note that the menu is pretty specific (no dairy-free milk, no to-go cups) but they use beans from Oak Cliff Roasters, and there are even special drinks for the kids.
819 West Street
Dallas, Tx 75208
Book Club Cafe
This locally-owned coffee roasting company is also a cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day except Wednesdays. Located in historic downtown Rockwall, it’s got a sun-filled corner with games, a skateboard bench that always keeps curious kids busy, yummy baked goods made from locally sourced food items and The Benny. Don’t ask, just order.
107 E Kaufman St.
Rockwall, Tx 75087
Starbucks at Park Lane
Recommended by a fellow Dallas Moms Blog contributor, the Starbucks at Park Lane offers up a big grassy area that’s the perfect spot for wiggle worms to run and play while mom or dad enjoys a cuppa (or a frappa).
8026 Park Lane
Dallas, Tx 75231
Java Me Up
A family-owned coffee shop that is also a place where the community can gather, Java Me Up is located next adjacent to the Valley Ranch Public Library. You can enjoy your coffee with a view of the river from the outside patio, and then opt to either check out some new reading material for story time or let your little date release some energy on the nearby walking trails.
401 Cimarron Trail #150
Irving, Tx 75063
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— Gabby Cullen