As the weather gets chilly in October and November, it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a hot drink together and catch up with friends (or just have a special outing with the kids). Calgary is home to dozens of amazing independent cafes and coffee shops, and they all offer something a little different – it can be a bit intimidating to take your little ones into a slick modern coffee shop that caters to professionals and students, so here are just a few of our favorite options for kid-friendly cafes to try this autumn!
Regal Cat Cafe - 303 10 Street NW
Regal Cat Cafe is owned by the MEOW Foundation and is based on the cat cafe concept which has become so iconically popular in Japan and South Korea. For $10 a person, you can spend half an hour playing, cuddling and visiting with the cafe’s current adoptable residents (they rotate every three weeks) and enjoy their delicious coffee, macarons and cupcakes.
If you’re a little too nervous to play with the cats, you can enjoy watching them through the glass from the cafe side for as long as you like. All proceeds from the cafe go to the MEOW Foundation’s mission to care for and rehome abandoned and homeless cats.
Hexagon Board Game Cafe - #200 - 1140 Kensington Road NW
Enjoy a handcrafted hot beverage (their seasonal drinks are always especially good!) and spend an hour or two playing a new board game with the kids! For $4 per person, per hour, Hexagon has an extensive selection of board games to play (including a great selection of kid-friendly games!) and their knowledgeable staff can teach you how to play each and every one.
Lukes Cafe Central Library - 802 3 Street SE
We love all the Lukes locations, but the one in the Central Library is our favorite. Have an excellent coffee, delicious pastry or even a cup of their seasonal soft serve and then explore the super fun Children’s Library and Early Learning Centre for some new books (don’t miss the play area)! You’re free to sit and chat in the cafe and there’s plenty of seating, so don’t worry about needing to keep your voice down – it’s the perfect place for an extended catch-up.
Joyful Java Cafe - 4039 Brentwood Road NW
Joyful Java Cafe is tucked away in The Village building in Brentwood, but it’s well worth the trip. There’s plenty of comfortable seating and it is explicitly family-focused, with games and toys for kids to enjoy and lots of space for meetings and get-togethers.
And Some Flower Cafe - 540 7 Avenue NW
And Some is both an adorable Korean-style cafe and a beautiful little flower shop, with plenty of seating and some truly delicious snack and beverage options. We love their unique latte flavors (try the black sesame!) and their substantial non-coffee beverage menu which makes this a great option for kids. Enjoy a warm drink together surrounded by flowers!
Fringe Coffee - 4628 Bowness Road NW
This new coffee shop in the heart of Montgomery is a great spot to gather, with an open, stroller-friendly floorplan and adorable swing seats with plenty of table room. Their pastries rotate regularly, but we especially love the cardamom orange cinnamon bun. If you have a little time to sit and enjoy, Fringe Coffee offers an excellent Turkish coffee (perfect for sharing!) brewed with a hint of cardamom that’s hard to resist.
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