Looking for coffee shops in New Jersey where both you and your kid will enjoy yourselves? Read on for our top picks.
Coffee shops often conjure up fond memories of listening to music, having great conversations, and sipping soothing, steamy beverages. It might seem daunting to bring little ones to this kind of venue, but we've found 10 family-friendly coffeehouses where you can totally kick back and relax with the kids.
Some have fun children's programs, and most serve non-caffeinated drinks like steamers (steamed milk with flavored syrups), hot chocolate, frozen drinks, and more. Since coffee shops often have limited seating, pick an off-peak time, pack up a few favorite books, and get ready to settle in for some cozy family time.
If you prefer a spot of tea, check out our post on where to enjoy high tea in New Jersey with kids, and bookmark our New Jersey Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide for tons of great places to dine with your family.
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Best Coffee Shops in New Jersey to Bring Kids
This relaxed coffee shop with a music focus lets you flip through vinyl as you sip your favorite coffee. All coffees are organic and sourced, roasted, and brewed by Bubby's. For the kids, there are iced and hot chocolate options as well as fresh and frozen lemonade. Plus, there are pop-star-inspired drinks with homemade flavored creams to sweeten the deal.
This cozy coffee shop is the perfect casual spot to have some calm family time over a delicious cup of Joe. For the kids, there's a really nice smoothie and bakery menu. We love that they host a Santa letter box every year as well as occasional sip-and-paint events and other fun family-friendly fun throughout the year.
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Sweets are over the top at KTB Coffee, including these Nutella croissants.
Coffee, panini, smoothies, crepes....your taste buds will be happy here! With a relaxed atmosphere and yummy food, this coffee shop also frequently has live music and events at night. Sometimes, there are kids' events earlier in the day like a Halloween party or gingerbread house building, and there's a little kiddie corner with some toys.
This quaint shop makes kids feel as welcome as adults. You can order hot chocolate at "kid temp" (thank you!) or treat your little one to a specialty caffeine-free drink like Monkey Business (banana, caramel, and steamed milk) or Bee's Kneez (honey, cinnamon, and steamed milk). Throughout the year, they host events like kid-friendly musicians, book readings, and visits from special characters during the holidays.
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Stay and play at The Hive, which hosts a daily play space in addition to delicious coffee and confections.
This bright and airy coffee shop invites visitors to sip a freshly made coffee, snack on some delicious pastries, and peruse the selection of lovely personal and self-care items. Then, stay to play! This coffee shop is a standout because it has a dedicated play space with a rotating assortment of toys to keep your little one busy. The Hive has some amazing cookies, so your child will want to sip and play as much as you do. The play space is open daily from 7am to 5am for $7 per child.
This spot is fun because they offer cute flights of drinks (flight reservations are required on the weekend). The hot chocolate flight, for instance, comes with four varieties to try: peppermint, Nutella, cookies & cream, and white. There are also lattes flights and a traditional flight—perfect for giving your teen their first tastes of cappuccino, cafe mocha, caramel macchiato, and vanilla latte. Aside from flights, there's a huge breakfast and lunch menu. There are a bunch of coffee-free frappes, fruit smoothies, Italian sodas, cocoa drinks with flavored steamers, and more!
7. Hidden Grounds – New Brunswick, Hoboken, Jersey City
Grab a spot on the couches, order up a steamy beverage, and stay awhile. Each location of this coffee shop chain has its own vibe, but they're all cozy and comforting. The Hudson Street spot in Hoboken and the New Brunswick location at 4C Easton Ave. have espresso bars and plenty of seating.
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Bring your imagination to the Paper Plane Coffee Co. and you can take flight while you sip.
This well-loved Montclair coffee shop is moving to a larger location in mid-January 2023, and it will definitely be a place for families to unwind. The owner says the space was created with everyone in mind, including kids. Part of the shop has seating that feels like you're in an airplane, and the new space has two free arcades that are preloaded with several nostalgic games for everyone to enjoy. As for the menu, there are kid steamers, hot chocolate, and small snacks.
Grooveground is a record and coffee shop combo that features a great outdoor seating area. Sip and enjoy music outside on certain Friday nights. In the winter, kids will love the hot chocolate bar with seven flavors to choose from. And in the summertime, the shop has popsicles to cool you down.
10. Kudo Society – Teaneck, Palisades Park, Bergenfield
Kudo Society has something for everyone, starting with freshly roasted coffee and fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods. You'll win over the kids with the smoothies, frozen hot chocolate, or the hazelnut/vanilla/Nutella drink. There's also a nice Hot & Sweet menu of non-espresso drinks. Kudo also serves up an array of Korean foods and bubble teas.
All photos courtesy of the venues.