Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in Westchester

Kids can start off their morning with a delicious waffle at Peekskill Coffee Shop.
Kids can start off their morning with a delicious waffle at Peekskill Coffee Shop.
1/22/23 - By Marisa Iallonardo

Family-friendly coffee shops are among the many reasons I love living in Westchester—a list that also includes world-class outdoorsy activities and a huge range of things to do with kids every day of the week. As someone who works from home and also has two young kids, though, checking out the many great coffee shops near me is particularly close to my heart. Tea plus a treat is a win-win for me and them!

So whether you want a place to hang with your baby where you can read a book or two, or a spot to stop after basketball practice for a muffin with your little athletes, there are plenty of mom-and-pop shops to choose from throughout the county. The places on this list are all local—many owned by local families, too—and all offer delicious dishes, family-friendly hangs, and lively events that kids can take part in. Read on for a few of our favorite coffee shops in Westchester.

Looking to go out to lunch or dinner with the fam instead? Check out our Guide to Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Westchester


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Best Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops in Westchester 

1. The Pamplemousse Project – White Plains

This coffee shop, which opened in late 2022, is owned by local residents. This welcoming spot is located downtown, right on Mamaroneck Avenue. (Note: If you can’t find street parking, there’s a lot on Mitchell Place.) Community is a big part of the mission here, with all of its profits donated to charity. And that gives you even more reason to head over and try its ethically sourced coffee and tea and let the kids make a bee-line for the wall of candy. The eagle-eyed might also notice some chocolates in the display case!

2. Pop’s Espresso Bar – New Rochelle

In the weeks leading up to having my daughter, my then family of three spent almost every weekend morning at this New Rochelle coffee shop, which has lots of latte, coffee, and tea varieties. It also has some great food on offer—from the cinnamuffin French toast to the omelets. Not to be missed? Its “dannoli,” a donut made with cannoli cream. (And yes, it does come in different flavors.)

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3. The Good Witch Coffee Bar – Hastings-on-Hudson

Train-obsessed kids? They’ll love visiting this Hastings coffee shop, which is located in what was once the train station ticket lounge. Owned by Joanna Prisco, a local mom of two young kids, you’ll find an array of coffee and tea options—honey cinnamon latte, anyone?—plus homemade baked goods, like muffins and brownies. They also host fun, kid-friendly events—from a Halloween “Monster Mash” to a New Year’s Eve countdown at noon, which featured a piñata and a conga line—or you can rent the space for birthday parties.

4. Coffee Labs Roasters – Tarrytown

This Westchester staple, which opened back in 2003 right on Main Street in Tarrytown, offers what it calls “relationship coffee.” That, proprietors explain, “is more to us than just buying green coffee from farmers at origin, it's about forming real friendships with people all over the world.” You’ll find amazing coffee and tea, plus lots of fun pastries from local bakeries like The Dessertist.

5. Slave to the Grind – Bronxville

Another long-time coffee shop in Westchester—its been open for close to 30 years!—Slave to the Grind in Bronxville offers great coffee, tea, and sweets. Have a seat at the coffee shop, or take your drink to go and stroll through the very walkable downtown area.

6. Everyday Healthy Cafe at White Plains Public Library – White Plains

Whether you’re at the library for a music class with your toddler or to stock up on some books with your elementary schoolers, head downstairs from The Trove (that’s the kids’ section) and visit the Everyday Healthy Cafe for some coffee and snacks. There are tables to sit and read at, too.

7. Laughing Horse Coffee and Tea Co. – Harrison

Head to this local, family-owned Harrison coffee shop, which features a great selection of coffee, tea, and pastries—including gluten-free and vegan options—as well as events, like an all-ages open mic night.

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8. Katonah Reading Room – Katonah

What’s better than grabbing a cup of coffee—and a new book or two? You can do exactly that at this bookstore/coffee shop in Katonah, which offers lots of kid-friendly treats, including candy, ice cream, homemade cookies, and milkshakes, as well as savory options, like avocado toast. Just note that while it has some outdoor benches, there’s no indoor seating—so keep that in mind when visiting.

9. Bean Runner Cafe – Peekskill

We featured this Peekskill cafe, which offers options for breakfast and lunch, in our roundup of play cafes in Westchester—and it continues to deliver. Hang in the family area, which includes some kid-friendly games, and order from the kids' menu, stocked with favorites like pancakes, PB&J, and grilled cheese.

10. Peekskill Coffee House – Peekskill

Another option when you head to Peekskill, this coffee shop right on Division Street offers lots of seating—and plenty of tasty options for you and the little ones, including hot chocolate and frozen hot chocolate and a wide variety of sweet and savory crepes and waffles with fun add-ons. Head over on a Saturday afternoon, when it has live music, too.

11. Tazza Cafe – Multiple Locations

This local chain has multiple locations in northern Westchester—as well as one in Ridgefield, Connecticut—that offers the coffee and tea you expect, along with healthy food options, like acai bowls, smoothies, and overnight oats. Most of the locations, including the ones in Armonk, Millwood, and Thornwood, have lunch options like salads and sandwiches.

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