Sometimes you just want to sit down with your spouse, your friend or your business partner (or all three!) and enjoy a cup of coffee in a legit coffee shop - not your messy living room. But if you’ve got kids in tow, this can be more of a nightmare than its worth. There’s only so much time a cake pop and a blueberry yogurt will buy you (sorry Starbucks - we love you though!) before they melt down out of boredom. And can we blame them?

Luckily, the Central Okanagan has a handful of fantastic coffee shops that offer families more than just high chairs - they’ve got dedicated kids’ corners with toys and books. Thank the heavens!

So grab the kids, jump in the car (put on pants, first - I always have to remind myself that), and go get CAFFEINATED!

Sprout Bread

Newly opened organic bread and coffee shop downtown just behind Prospera Place (125 - 1295 Cannery Lane, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Airy and spacious cafe with a main floor and more seating upstairs. Baked goods prepared in-house.

  • Offers a dedicated table for little diners.

Bean Scene on Bernard

On Bernard downtown, just off Pandosy (371 Bernard Ave, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Nestled in a lovely heritage building right on the downtown strip, Bean Scene Bernard has cozy main floor, and airy loft-style second floor, as well as a stunning rooftop patio.

  • Kids’ corner is under the stairs on the main floor. My kids love the puppets!

Bean Scene on Ellis

On Ellis downtown, just off Doyle (1399 Ellis St, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Conveniently located a hop-and-a-skip away from the downtown library, which we frequent a lot.

  • Open and airy atmosphere, with a great selection of toys and books toward the back. I can read or chat with friends, and the kids are right beside me.

Bean Scene on Pandosy

In the heart of Pandosy village, on Pandosy just north of K.L.O. (2942 Pandosy St, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Warm and comfy coffee shop in a heritage building, with ground floor and upstairs seating, as well as a patio for warmer weather.

  • Kids’ area is upstairs away from the bustle of the baristas, and near all the comfy couches and sofa chairs.

Bean Scene at Landmark

In the heart of the Landmark business area, on Dickson between Burtch and Kirschner (100-1615 Dickson Ave, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Out-of-the-way and lesser-known of the Bean Scenes, the Landmark location is airy and spacious.

  • Doesn’t have a kids’ corner per se, but does have a big bin of kids’ toys (which mine like to scatter right by the main door - sorry everyone!)

Bean Scene at Capri Centre

Conveniently located in the Capri Centre strip mall, on Gordon just south of Harvey (1815 Gordon Dr #109, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Great location that’s rarely crowded.

  • Kids’ corner is at the back. My kids love the school bus!

Marmalade Cat Cafe

Right in the heart of Pandosy Village, on Pandosy just north of K.L.O. (2903 Pandosy St #103, KELOWNA) - map , Marmalade Cafe is an eclectic brunch, lunch and coffee shop situated in a bright Victorian-style building.

Why we love it:

  • Baked goods and soups made lovingly from scratch, including lots of gluten-free options.

  • Features a kid’s table and colouring books.

Kettle Valley Coffee and Scoops

It’s worth the drive to Kettle Valley - and not just because this awesome neighbourhood has the best kids’ playground! It’s also got Kettle Valley Coffee and Scoops just off Chute Lake Rd (203, 5315 Main St, KELOWNA) - map

Why we love it:

  • Great toys at the back of the cafe, including a kitchen set and a train table, as well as a TV.

  • Comfy chairs!

  • Coffee is organic, and they have vegan and lactose-free options.

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