Juanita Villa is a new contributor to 510families from Montclair. She is the mom to one-year old Lucio and enjoys cooking, sewing, running, yoga, and exploring her neighborhood with her little family. We appreciate Juanita sharing her favorite places today.
Our favorite places to eat
Montclair Village has many restaurants to choose from but when you have kiddos in tow, it can become a bit tricky. The House of Bagels is a great place to take babies and tots for bagels in the morning or for brunch. It gets crowded on the weekends but it is definitely kid-friendly. They even have highchairs (a plus for me) and mini bagels for the babes, not to mention the bagels are excellent..
The Egg Shop is another cute little gem in the Village. They serve up the standard breakfast/brunch/lunch menu and you will be sure to find other families dining there with their kids.
El Agavero Restaurant is great for lunchtime because it’s not too crowded. They have a reasonably priced kid’s menu and the food is good.
My husband and I like to go to Crogan’s for dinner with our son most Friday nights. It is very kid-friendly and we are often surrounded by many families with little ones as well. They serve a variety of foods: hamburgers, fish, pasta, and wings along with a standard kids menu. The waiters are super friendly.
Taqueria Las Comadres II is a good place for good Mexican food on the go. They serve burritos as well as plates. I order a side of rice and beans for my son, and he likes it.
Shopping for kids
The Toyhouse in Montclair is a great little shop that has very cute toys and books for kids of all ages. You can let your little tot crawl around and play with some of the cool toys they sell, including many eco-friendly toys.
A Great Good Place for Books is a nice local book store that has many children’s books.
Other Insider Tips
The Montclair Library is a fantastic place for kids. They have a nice play area in the back with toys that you can take your tots to go play, and even have a baby bounce class on Thursdays. The library also has great $2 books sales with good finds!!
For sweet treats, Yogofina and Colonial Donuts are our favorite hot spots.
Mountain Yoga offers wonderful mom and baby yoga classes but you have to check the schedule because classes are not offered on a predictable schedule.
Peet’s Coffee is a favorite spot for many parents and their little ones, inside and out. There isn’t a changing table, but the restroom is reliably clean.
Thank you so much to Juanita and Lucio for sharing their favorite spots. We’re so happy to have them on our 510 Families team and look forward to more happenings from Montclair.