Eventually, watching our darling children run around the playground loses its lustre. Pick one of these playgrounds with good coffee close by to stay awake.
Matchstick Coffee & Robson Park
This popular local spot it regularly voted one of the best coffee places in the city. This location has a playground around the corner in Robson Park with good swings.
639 East Fraser Street, Vancouver
JJ Bean & Hinge Park
Blow the cobwebs out between your ears with one of their wicked-strong espressos, and vibrate gently while your kids run up and down the hill in Hinge Park.
168 West 1st Ave, Vancouver
Platform 7 Coffee & Pandora Park
The impressive interior makes you feel as if you’re in a train station, except that the coffee is startlingly good, plus many gluten-free baked goods. Pandora Park is a short walk away.
2331 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Renzo’s Cafe & Grandview Park
Good Italian coffee here, and steps from the awesome playground at Grandview Park. Staff sometimes focused more on looking cool than making coffee quickly.
1301 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
AGRO Cafe & Granville Island Playground
Good espresso, as well as inventive specials. Serves lunch, as well as lots of baked goods. Children’s playground a short walk away.
1363 Railspur Alley, Vancouver
Scuié Caffe & David Lam Park
Scuié is open nice and early with breakfast at 6:30am, should you have an early wake-up. There’s the Roundhouse courtyard to run around in, and David Lam Park is a short walk away.
126 Davie St, Vancouver
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Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.