Going for a catch up and coffee with more than just your handbag can mean you need a bit more space to chill. Throw in a baby, buggy and changing bag and a cosy little coffee shop is simply out of the question.
But, just because you’re travelling with four wheels these days, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best Italian coffee, stylish surroundings and maybe a slice of home made cake (or two). Being a new parent is hard enough without having to stress about whether your baby can sleep next to you in their pram while you enjoy a well earned cuppa.
When the madness of soft play is a bit too much – or you’re looking for somewhere to get warmed through after a stroll in the park or along the waterfront, a friendly coffee shop can become a real haven.
We asked mums, dads, nans, granddads and child minders from across the region for their favourite baby friendly hang outs, and these are the ones that came out on top.
Some offer handy parking, enough space to wheel your pram or buggy to your table and spotless baby changing while others have high chairs, great quality kids menus and table service as standard. Some of your favourite coffee shops in Merseyside offer all of those things and a few books, toys or crafts for the little ones to play with!
Wigwam Coffee Shop is right next to Mossley Hill Station on Rose Lane and the team have nailed the concept of family friendly space. The large space offers parents quality food, tea & coffee in stylish & grown up surroundings while providing children with a whole host of fun, educational activities – there’s also a programme of seasonal events and the food is great. More info here.
You’ll often find coffee shops in Merseyside are quite snug, but not this one. Hug A Mug, Gateacre Brow is like visiting family and when it comes to getting out for a bit of fresh air in Winter, this coffee shop/child friendly play area is just what the doctor ordered. We highly recommend the afternoon tea and messy play sessions. More info here.
A stylish, spacious, child friendly coffee shop and bistro right next to a fab kids playpark? The Watering Can at Greenbank Park is receiving rave reviews for its tasty lunch snacks and proximity to swings and fresh air fun! Lovely staff and a great cup of coffee. Find out more here.
A brisk walk along the waterfront in winter would have anyone looking for a place to get warmed through – never mind while pushing a pram at the same time. Head to Peaberry Coffee House & Kitchen at Royal Albert Dock and seek refuge in a friendly venue with a bite to eat. Menus and more info here.
If, like us you get excited at any business name that includes coffee and wine – this brand new addition to the bustling Prescot coffee shop scene. Argyles Coffee & Wine has opened on (unsurprisingly) Argyle street and offers visitors freshly baked bagels, light bites and delicious coffee, hot chocolate and teas. More and menus here.
Westfield Street, St Helens is where you’ll find Momo’s and it’s a real favourite with the mums. A family friendly cafe with a spacious eating area, play area, arts & crafts activities and events for all the family. Find out more here.
Kids eat for free at Tate Cafe, Royal Albert Dock. Alongside the spacious cafe, there are high chairs, spaces for buggies, activity sheets and colouring pencils, a tasty menu to choose from and the all important baby changing – all under one roof. Find out more and plan your visit here.
An ideal, comfortable pit stop while out shopping, Waterstones at Liverpool ONE has a first floor coffee shop that is lift accessible. Surrounded by the greatest stories ever told, you can relax with a cuppa and people watch. There’s also a first floor changing facility and colours, pencils and a Wendy house in which to read your favourite fairy tale. Find out more here.
Dobbies Garden Centre, Speke is about as spacious as it gets! Wheel your pram and little ones right into the cafe and dine on a truly festive Christmas afternoon tea. There is a small play area at the back of the cafe and the little ones can snack on great value lunch boxes too. More info here.
Keeping the kids entertained while you try and relax is the name of the game at Crafty Mamas in Huyton. Designed for the under 5’s, little ones can enjoy soft play, sensory activities and arts and crafts while parents and carers grab a cuppa and chat – probably about being tired and the latest episode of Peppa Pig! More info here.
The Potting Shed is a lovely, friendly Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Studio in Hoylake on the Wirral. The perfect place to while away an hour in peace and quiet – or until the baby needs a feed! There’s lots of homemade cake and a friendly atmosphere. Find out what’s on offer this winter here.
The Reader has undergone a huge renovation and offers a fab menu for all ages. There is also an ice cream parlour on site along with The Storybarn which offers classes for babies and toddlers too. Get yourself down to Calderstones Park for a walk and stop in. More info here.
Otterspool Adventure is a whole world of fun for kids of all ages – however if you just want somewhere to sit for an hour while you feed the baby and down a hot chocolate, it’s great for that too! With a varied menu of hearty snacks and healthy bites, there’s changing facilities and plenty of space for buggies too. More info here.
A well-known family friendly pit-stop at Liverpool ONE is John Lewis’s in-store cafe. Situated on the top floor, along with children’s wear and all the sparkly Christmas decorations, there’s plenty of space for prams, changing facilities and lovely staff on hand. More info here.
Off the beaten track but well worth a visit if you’re in and around the Baltic. Siren at 54 St James Street is a spacious coffee shop and garden with floor to ceiling windows – perfect for people watching with a cuppa. More info here.
Just a short walk from the gates to Croxteth Park, Amo Coffee House in West Derby Village offers cake, light bites, hot and cold drinks and a warm welcome. Indulge in a slice before wandering around the park this winter. More info here.
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