The best family-friendly cafés in NYC

Want to grab a coffee with the kids in tow? These spots are super family friendly and offer tyke-friendly features.

By Alexandra Lim-Chua Wee |
Photograph: Courtesy B Cup Cafe

Whether you’re looking for a new coffee hub to help the kids with homework or a spot to sneak in a snack break, here are some of our favorite family-friendly coffee shops to fill every caffeine (and cookie!) craving. While you're at it, you might check out our favorite spots to grab rainbow food, our list of the top cereal restaurants in town and these great spots to grab a soul-warming cup of hot chocolate.

Best family-friendly cafés

Photograph: Courtesy Joyce Bakeshop
Restaurants, Bakeries

Joyce Bakeshop

Prospect Heights

Since 2006, this couple-owned cafe has served as the perfect study-and-snack destination for local families with little ones in tow. With plenty of table room, a bay window bench ideal for dog-watching, and highchairs available, you can come for the free wi-fi and stay for the many sweet and savory offerings, always served with a smile. Kids will keep busy with a mini library of children’s books, while you treat yourself to an award-winning black and white cookie. And don’t forget to snag a signature “Cutie Pie” or “Stud Muffin” onesie for sale (plus a matching shirt for you, of course) before heading out.  


PLG Coffee House and Tavern


Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly space to catch up on emails, or just craving a killer almond croissant, this neighborhood favorite (formerly called Gratitude Cafe) is your new go-to. With both plenty of work tables, as well as laptop-free zones, gear up to be productive or simply kick back. Either way, tots have a spot to call their own! A designated play area keeps them occupied while you indulge in organic smoothies, house sammies, and locally-sourced goodies from Colson Patisserie and Terrace Bagels. Ready for some fresh air? The eatery is just a short walk from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Photograph: Courtesy Lark Cafe
Restaurants, Cafés

Lark Cafe


You (finally!) don’t have to worry about wheeling in clunky strollers to grab your cup of joe. At this friendly coffee house — designed and built specially for families with kids — open spaces are just one of the many delights. Stop by for weekly storytimes, classes, and sing-along-events, hosted in a special kid-designated playroom complete with toys and comfy lounge pillows. Or, pop in for a cozy afternoon of baked goodies (Dough doughnuts and Ovenly scones, please!) sunny reading spots, and plenty of work tables for chats or catching up.

Photograph: Courtesy B Cup Cafe
Restaurants, Coffee shops

B Cup Cafe

East Village

This local gem is just as inviting on the inside as it is on the outside. Loved for its healthy eats (with meat-free and gluten-free options galore!) and comfy seats, the cash-only cafe also doubles as a great spot for people-watching. Local artwork adorning the walls make for a creative, relaxed vibe, while couches are perfect for younger visitors to snuggle into with a good read. If you’re really looking to hunker down for some work time — ahh, free wi-fi and plenty of outlets — be sure to arrive on the earlier side as the space is known to fill up quickly.

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Blue Marble Creamery

Prospect Heights

WIth a recently renovated store-front, this cafe-creamery is bringing local families even more cool kid fun. After grabbing a scoop (Or two! Or three!) of your favorite flavors, hang out in the backyard or bring the gang and gather ‘round communal tables. Countertops are perfect for snack breaks, while early opening hours and freshly brewed La Colombe (or draft lattes!) make this shop an ideal a.m. pitstop. On Wednesdays, be sure to swing tots by for weekly puppet shows and sing-a-longs courtesy of local kids’ entertainers, Yellow Sneaker.

Photograph: Courtesy Elk Brooklyn Cafe

Elk Brooklyn Cafe

Windsor Terrace

Grown-ups can find a cozy, comfortable coworking vibe at this coffee shop — sister shop to Lark — leaving little ones to play in their very own area.  Pick between a spacious backyard (with a heated/AC tent!) and a full-time play room complete with a pretend kitchen, toys, and tot-sized books. For lunch, order fresh smoothies and sandwiches from Brancaccio’s then stick around for weekly sing-along events, local parent meet-ups, and even pre/post natal women’s workout classes. (Is there anything you can’t order at this cafe? #Brooklyn)

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