10 Coffee Houses Where Coffee and Smoothies Unite


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A steaming cup of caffeinated Joe is sometimes just what we need to get through the home stretch before nap time. If we’re going out for a cuppa, it’s a safe bet that the littles will want something to slurp down too. Enter the smoothie. We’ve rounded up a handful of kid-friendly establishments with good coffee and creamy smoothies. So grab your mug and sippie cups, and check these out the next time you feel the need to shelve the creamer.

85°C-Bakery-Cafephoto: 85°C Bakery Cafe

85°C Bakery Cafe
Each cup of coffee is brewed with Guatemalan beans and is made at 85 degrees Celsius for a flavorful drinking experience. At 85°, kids love the hustle and bustle and the entertainment that comes from watching the employees create the drink orders. While the drink selection here is especially crafty, this Taiwanese bakery serves a variety of tasty unique pastries for sharing.

5575 Balboa Ave. #330
San Diego, Ca

8385 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, Ca

Online: 85cbakerycafe.com

LION Coffee
This Hawaiian based coffee shop can be found in three locations throughout San Diego. Moms will love the Balboa Ave. location for the grab-and-go nature of the parking lot kiosk and the Mesa College Dr. location for its gazebo-like hut and outdoor seating. While all locations are pretty cool, the two mentioned are ideal for moms who are short on time, but still require quality coffee and smoothies.

101 Market St. #100
San Diego, Ca

7504 Mesa College Dr.
San Diego, Ca

6137 Balboa Ave.
San Diego, Ca

Online: lionmainland.com


photo: Mission Brew Coffee

Mission Brew Coffee
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center offers tons of activities for kids of all ages. And at the center’s main entrance and just in front of the outdoor pools is Mission Brew Coffee, a business that pairs coffee from locally sourced roasters with a variety of flavored smoothies. Parents will love this place for its conveniences after their child’s community center activity and for its accessible location off of University Ave. Adjacent round tables and chairs are inviting to families who might benefit from the warming noise coming from activity in and around the pool deck.

6845 University Ave.
San Diego, Ca
Online: missionbrewcoffee.com

Cafe Lily
The Old Poway Village Shopping Center is host to Cafe Lily, an independent shop with a menu full of delicious breakfast fare and sandwiches to accompany your drink items. Moms love the homey feel of this space and the little tykes will get to play smoothie maker with the in-house kitchen play space for kiddos. After a few drink orders have been fulfilled, move on over to the leather sofa and lounge in front of the wall that’s been decorated with vinyl records and other rock-tastic items.

14045 Midland Rd.
Poway, Ca
Online: cafe-lily.com

Clairemont Coffee
Tucked away at the end of a small strip mall is a coffee house where new coffee drinks are crafted daily by its baristas. The usual suspects such as flavored lattes and mochas are served here and the one size smoothies are high in flavor and creaminess. In between smoothie sips your little one(s) will love the the ice cream freezer for its magnetic board and dozens of magnets. That’s not all! Coloring books and tools and little trinkets cleverly placed throughout the store serve as a fun distraction and might even begin an impromptu game of I Spy.

3095 Clairemont Dr.
San Diego, Ca
Online: clairemontcoffee.com


photo: Darren Solomon via Liberty Station Kid Ventures

The Parents’ Cafe
The cafes at Kid Ventures may be the top pick for your little explorers. Each cafe brews Caffe Calabria Coffee and each coffee has a unique name. Try the Egyptian Latte if you like caramel of the Venetian Mocha if you prefer white chocolate. The baristas are upbeat and can create just about any kind of smoothie for your little adventurists to use to recharge in-between defending the castle or leading the pirate ship to shore. Parents can enjoy their java from a cafe table or while out on the floor. What’s great about Kid Ventures is that moms have the option to play or sit in silence with their coffee, since children are kept in by a special locking door and a camera system projected through large monitors.

Liberty Station
2865 Sims Rd.
San Diego, Ca

4S Ranch
10760 Thornmint Rd.
San Diego, Ca

851 Showroom Place
Chula Vista, Ca

Online: indoorplaysandiego.com


photo: Booking.com

Market Cafe Mission Bay
Set aside a couple hours for a staycation at the Market Cafe on the marina. People will probably ask where you’re visiting from and you’ll reply that this is one of your new go to spots in the neighborhood. Your kids will love the placement of the outdoor seating, since they’ll have a prime view of all happenings in the bustling marina and you’ll love the calming affect of being so close to the calm waters. Afterwards, travel south and follow the paved walking path adjacent to the marina to a large grassy area for your child’s running pleasure. This is one of those spots that lets you embrace living in the present. Bonus: the Market Cafe now brews Starbucks coffee.

1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: missionbay.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/market-mission-bay.html

V’s Coffee and Charcuterie
San Diego’s oldest operating vineyard and winery also hosts a courtyard coffee house with beans roasted on-site by Manzanita Roasting Company. The family owned and operated business has always been welcoming to families and so children can comfortably walk the grounds with a smoothie in-hand from V’s. A prime time for visiting is on Fridays for their weekly farmers markets.

13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte
San Diego, Ca
Online: bernardowinery.com


photo: Ericka Adams from Bay Park Coffee

Bay Park Coffee
This unique and relaxing space does their best to welcome the minis. Kiddos will take great pride in ordering a food item to go along with their smoothie from Bay Park Coffee’s very own kid’s menu. If that wasn’t cool enough, there’s a nook within that’s a dedicated kids space. A small table and chairs with tablet, toys, books and coloring tools make up the nook and thus invite your little ones to settle in. This coffee spot hits all the marks especially with its online ordering feature.

4130 Napier St.
San Diego, Ca
Online: bayparkcoffee.com

Better Buzz Coffee
With locations in Encinitas, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Marcos, Fashion Valley Mall and Pacific Beach, Better Buzz Coffee makes it easy to find a storefront in or around your neighborhood. Each location has its own unique qualities to make your kiddos feel like they’re an integral part of San Diego’s coffee scene. The baristas are a huge part of that since they make the extra effort to engage moms tag-a-long upon ordering and drink delivery.

Good to Know: Moms may find the line at the Pacific Beach drive-thru to be consistently clogged. But the inside space features window seating for kids to count the cars that drive by.

Online: betterbuzzcoffee.com

What’s your go-to spot for coffee and smoothies? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Jeannette Swanson


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