With chillier temps finally here, a cozy coffee shop can feel like a welcome snuggle away from the intensity of a Minnesota winter. But which local coffee shops are family friendly? Where can families find easy to access drive through coffee shops or fun play areas for the littles? Below, our postpartum doula team shares their list of coffee shop favorites from across the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Duluth. Read on, and don’t forget to share your favorites too!
Drive Through Coffee Shops
Sometimes with kiddos in the backseat and winter weather rearing its ugly head, the best option is the drive-through. We love these independent coffee shops with a drive-through option:
Twin Cities Coffee Shop with Drive Through
Blackwater Coffee Company & Cafe | Maple Plain
Mocha Monkey | Waconia (bank location) and St. Bonifacius
Mudd Slingers | Roseville
People’s Organic | Eden Prairie
The Bru House | New Brighton
Valley Natural Foods Coffee and Juice Bar | Burnsville
Duluth Coffee Shop with Drive Through
Casa Latte | Duluth
Dunn Brothers | Duluth
Rochester Coffee Shop with Drive Through
And check out these links to search for additional drive-through options in Duluth, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Rochester at Caribou, Starbucks, and Dunn Brothers, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Brugger’s Bagels.
Coffee Shops with Play Spaces
If you like to linger, or are looking to get out of the house and stretch your legs, we love these coffee shops with both formal and informal play spaces:
Corner Coffee Camden | Camden, North Minneapolis. The Corner Coffee in the Camden neighborhood has a play room at the rear of the shop with its own “coffee shop” for the kids!
Great Harvest Bread Company | Linden Hills, South Minneapolis. Grab a homemade loaf and a cup of coffee and enjoy their selection of children’s books.
Sovereign Grounds | Northrop, South Minneapolis. Sovereign Grounds is a South Minneapolis gem with extensive play space for littles.
The Trailhead | Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis. Enjoy skiing/snowshoeing/sledding at Theo Wirth, and then pop indoors for something warm by the fire!
Ginkgo Coffeehouse | Hamline-Midway, St. Paul. Ginkgo boasts a little library and selection of board games, and also has occasional children’s concerts on Saturday mornings.
Rebe’s Play Cafe | Mac-Groveland, St. Paul. Self described as a “kid forward coffee shop”, Rebe’s is a perfect place for coffee and play.
Community Grounds | Columbia Heights. A great little coffee shop with frequent events for the community.
Silverwood Park, St. Anthony. Get the wiggles out with some outdoor play and then warm up at Silverwood’s coffee shop inside the Visitor Center!
The Clapping Monkey | Fridley. This combo coffee shop + vintage store would be a great hot chocolate date with an older kiddo, or a little self-care outing just for parents!
Curiouser Coffee & Conservatory | Apple Valley. Curiouser Coffee doesn’t have a formal play space, but it is an enchanting little shop with lots of plants – a perfect space for a mid-winter adventure.
Mugshots Coffee Company | Bloomington. Mugshots has a few toys/books for kids and plenty of seating for hanging out on a chilly day.
Daily Dose Cafe and Espresso | Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove. A favorite for older kiddos, they have a good selection of board games.
Minisota Play Cafe | Maple Grove. Minisota Play Cafe is an admission-based play space and coffee shop. See their website for more information on visiting.
The Little Village | Cottage Grove. The Little Village is an admission-based play space and coffee shop. See their website for more information on visiting.
The Battleground Cafe | White Bear Lake. A board gamers paradise!
Cedar Coffee | Two Harbors. If the outdoors are your thing, take advantage of the beautiful nearby trails (and then warm up at Cedar!).
The Loch Cafe & Games | Duluth. For families who love all the games!
Little Neetchers | Duluth. Little Neetchers is an admission-based play space and coffee shop. See their website for more information on visiting.
Old Abe & Co. | Rochester. A cute coffee shop with toys for kiddos and delicious donut options for those with food sensitivities.
St. James Coffee | Rochester. A church-run coffee shop with a some toys for visiting families.
Did you find your favorite on our list? Share your go-to coffee shops below!