We love a good coffee and cake. Nothing better than cafes which are child friendly when you have little one in tow. These are 5 nice places I recommend for Coffee & Cake with kids in town!
Heartcure Collective, 38 Garden St, Sheffield S1 4BJ. Open Wednesday-Sunday.
A vegan community centre with library, workspace, kids play area, comfortable seating, games, books, toys and amazing food! A full vegan menu is available, plus delicious cakes, hot and soft drinks.
The Cabin, 20-24 Fitzwilliam Gate, Sheffield S1 4JH.
Pancake house with good coffee and yummy, yummy food!! Always really busy on the weekends. There’s lots of good comfortable seating and in the corner of the room on the right hand side, a box of toys and sometimes colouring. Kids menu and vegan options. Review here.
Couch, 29-31 Campo Ln, Sheffield S1 2EG.
Campo Lane Couch is relaxed, friendly and has a few toys (on the book shelves at the back). There’s a variety of food options, high chairs, baby change and staff are friendly. Plus comfortable sofas if you can bag one!
Waterstones Orchard Square, 24-26 Orchard Square, Sheffield S1 2FB.
Lovely little cafe in the Waterstones book shop upstairs: W cafe. Use the lift at the back of the shop next to the children’s book area. There’s paninis, sandwiches, cakes, biscuits, soft drinks, kids drinks/snacks and good coffee. A box of toys and some stories to read are provided in a box next to the windows towards the back of the cafe (and a colouring table).
Costa Coffee, various locations
I wasn’t going to put this one in there because it’s a chain coffee shop and all the chain coffee shops are family friendly. But Costa is our favourite and Eric loves a costa date.
Free babyccinos, cakes and buns and biscuits (including vegan option), snacks, drinks and paninis/sandwiches. The staff are always friendly and there’s high chairs, baby change, and you’re always close to a Costa Coffee wherever you are. I prefer the coffee here to other chain coffee shops. There’s no toys (in any we have been in- apart from Hillsborough Middlewood Road Costa Coffee have some books) but we always take our own. Tip: sticker books always do well in coffee shops 😉
And more favourites definitely worth a mention:
- Zooby’s in Winter Gardens, City Centre. A small grab-and-go sandwich and panini shop/deli in Winter Gardens. Healthy options, soft drinks and coffees. They do a kids picnic box and ice creams. There’s tables in the Winter Gardens only for Zooby’s customers, but you can eat anywhere inside (or take your food to Peace Gardens).
- We haven’t been in ages but Atkinsons Restaurant in City Centre (on the Furniture floor, as there’s a few cafes in there) have a small play area/toy corner. Best suited to smaller toddlers/babies.
- The cafe in Sheffield Cathedral, 1554 Coffee, is relaxed and quiet. There’s comfortable seating, baby change, high chairs and a range of cakes and pastries. Plus hot food such as jacket potatoes, sandwiches and soups.
- Just a stones throw from the city centre: Stew & Oyster in Kelham Island have lots of toys and a relaxed atmosphere. They host special child friendly mornings on Mondays & Tuesdays called ‘Brew & Dumplings’ where parents/carers get a free brownie.
- The Tea Studio, 8 Backfields, Sheffield S1 4HJ, just behind Division Street in the city centre is a friendly pay-it-back cafe in The Art House studios. There’s so many vegan/vegetarian options, yummy cakes and coffees, friendly staff and a light airy space. Colouring was available when we last went here.
- Five Rivers Coffee Co in Broomhill (opposite Costa!) is so, so lovely and very different. The place is split into two with one ‘room’ normal set up with tables and chairs, and the second back ‘room’ all on-the-floor seating with comfortable pillows and low tables. Sitting on the floor to eat is so relaxed and a real novelty… and much less stressful for those little ones who don’t like sitting at the table! Food is Vietnamese, there’s gorgeous soups, sandwiches and cakes. A little kids menu is available.
- Heeley City Farm cafe. Vegetarian/vegan options, tractor ride inside, toy box and ice creams. We love it here! Plus there’s an outdoor play area next to it, outdoor seating for a nice day and farm animals.
- Park cafes. All park cafes are family friendly and a good option for eating out. We’re big fans of Forge Dam cafe & Rivelin Valley Park cafe, but they’re all great. Check the park cafe list here.
What do you recommend? There’s so many family friendly places to eat in Sheffield… pretty much anywhere besides a late night bar! Sheffield is a very family friendly city so within reason, eating out shouldn’t be too much of a problem whenever you go.
The city is bursting to the seams of fantastic independent coffee shops and cafes, lovely restaurants and eateries. So much to try and so little time!!
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