I have this thing for hipster coffee shops. Something about the white subway tile, the Tolix chairs, the perfectly displayed vegan donuts. I just can’t stay away. I’m all like “Take my four dollars for your perfectly crafted almond latte with your beautiful foam art.” Just take it.
Needless to say, we’ve frequented a lot of coffee shops with kids in tow, here are some of our favorites and why:
- Artis on Fourth: Another spacious coffee shop. Grab a cup and walk Fourth Street – we like the toy store and watching for trains. Also, they have a frequent user program and randomly send you texts – “Next coffee is on us.”, “25% off your next drink.” What? Sign me up. Oh wait, I already am. (Free WiFi)
- Bartavelle on San Pablo: Their avocado toast is on point. And, it practically shares a space with Acme. Enough said.
- Blue Bottle on Broadway: Get your cup to go and stroll over to Piedmont Avenue or the Temescal Farmer’s Market. Don’t miss the waffles.
- Casa Latina on San Pablo: The space is beautiful, the pastries are picture worthy, and we get to watch for buses out the huge windows. Have you tried their horchata-latte yet?
- Catahoula Coffee on Fourth (also in Richmond): Pick up a mexi-mocha on your way to Berkeley Aquatic Park. (Free WiFi)
- Coffee Conscious on Gilman: I love the maple oat cappuccino—smooth and sweet, it can’t be beat! Plus, the vegan doughnuts are perfection.
- Farley’s East in Uptown Oakland: Light and bright, the indoor space is for sipping and talking—no laptops allowed. Don’t miss the outdoor seating area. They have a nice selection of magazines to read (for free) if you stay, or get your coffee to go and walk around Lake Merritt.
- Fellini on University: Don’t want to take your kids out of the car? Fellini is where it’s at. Drive-up, order at the outside window and keep a close eye on your kids. They are super fast too. We like to stop here on our way to Totland.
- Hal’s Office on Solano: Old notary office turned coffee shop with the best neighbors possible – As You Wish Frozen Yogurt. Kids get ice cream, you get a latte with your ice cream. (Free WiFi)
- Highwire Coffee on San Pablo (also in Montclair Village and Alameda): They have a cute patio out back perfect for sharing a granola-yogurt bowl on a sunny day. (Free WiFi)
- Highwire Coffee Trailer on Solano: Order your coffee at the cute trailer, then sip and stroll Flowerland Nursery. Such a pretty, pretty place.
- Kaleidoscope Coffee in Point Richmond: In the heart of downtown – big space, comfy couches, big bright windows, AND ice cream. Our boys were sold.
- Philz Coffee on College or Gilman: They don’t have lattes, but their mint-mojitos almost make up for it. The one on College is across the street from La Farine.
- States Coffee X Bread on San Pablo (also in Martinez): With kid-friendly steamer drinks and lots of sweets on the menu, this coffee shop is a place my children thoroughly enjoy. Parent: try smooth espresso drinks like the not-too-sweet Honey Latte.
- The Hidden Cafe near Strawberry Creek Park: A coffee shop next to the park is a parent’s best friend. The cafe often has bubbles to entertain little ones while you sip on your delicious cuppa. Read more >
- Timeless on Piedmont: It’s all vegan—if you’re into that sorta thing—and even if you’re not, just go. The pastries are beautiful AND delicious. Walk through the Piedmont Cemetery after— it’s not creepy, I promise.
Some other favorites – for no other reason than they just make good coffee: Rasa Caffe (try the rose latte) and Alchemy in South Berkeley. Or Equator Coffees near Lake Merritt (highly suggest the caramel latte).
Tell me, where are your favorites and why? I know I’ve missed many, there’s practically a new one popping up every day. Not that I’m complaining or anything. We’ve heard from some of you and your favorites include: Zocalo in San Leandro (woman-owned!), Hive in Dimond, Mo’ Joe Cafe on Sacramento Avenue, Rawr Coffee off Broadway (next to Cat Town cat cafe), and Hasta Muerte on Fruitvale Avenue.
Reader (@Arvi1000) shared this map in 2019, but as some coffee houses have closed since it was created. This list was created by Anna Azimi and Maureen Burke; it was updated December 2021.