Kalamazoo, Find Your Coffee Scene with these 11 Cafés + Kid-Friendly Spots

Best Coffee places in Kalamazoo + Kid Friendly Options

Calling All Coffee Lovers

There is nothing like a cup of coffee to help wake us up during the week, give us that afternoon boost, or help us mentally navigate those trickier parenting moments.

But, finding somewhere to get that perfect java jolt when out running errands or short on time can be tricky.

Thankfully, whether your taste buds crave a steaming hot mug of black coffee or an iced latte frappe with extra espresso shots and whipped cream, Kalamazoo has a number of options to get your caffeine fix.

Most cafes are really good about having items on their menu for children. And, you want the coffee shop to have the right vibe – not too quiet and ample space for kids to move around.

Who knows? You might even be able to drink that coffee while it’s still hot.

Dad and child at coffee shop

Fill Your Cup at One of Kalamazoo’s Local Coffee Joints

Kalamazoo is known for its independent vibe, and coffee is no exception. Hit up one of these places to drink a locally brewed cup with a homemade breakfast, lunch, or baked goods.

Caffe Casa | 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall | 269-385-1026

Caffe Casa has a super quirky and fun feel and prides themselves on their espresso, and their extensive offering of espresso drinks, including their homemade espresso cubes.  They also offer coffee, tea, in-house baked goods, and lunch. Any of their items can be made kid-size like their steamers and hot chocolate, and half sandwiches are always available. Don’t miss out on trying one of their signature turtle bars.

Civil House Coffee344 N. Rose Kalamazoo 269-459-1404

Open every day of the week, this is a great spot to curl up with a book for some solo time while sipping on amazing espresso, coffee, or tea. Bonus, it’s an easy walk to Civil House Coffee from Art Hop.

Fido Motors Cafe1415 Fulford Kalamazoo 269-243-8201

Tucked away in a historic warehouse in the Edison Neighborhood, this fun and funky specialty café offers an entire espresso menu. Make sure to check out the scooter hanging on the wall!  Tea drinkers aren’t left out, with two types of housemade chai, golden milk and matcha. Keep an eye out for their Waffle Weekend events.

Kalamazoo Coffee Co.414 Walbridge Street, Kalamazoo 269-459-1404

Serving locally roasted coffee, this downtown Kalamazoo coffee shop is a great place to get a cup of steaming hot coffee, but also enjoy homemade breakfast at their Black Owl Cafe with a large vegetarian selection.

Mezzo Coffee House100 W Allegan Street, Otsego | 269-694-1545

Perfect for swinging in on the way home from the Allegan Family Swim time, Mezzo has an incredible assortment of baked goods, a special Kid Drink section on their menu which includes their Frozen Hot Chocolate. It’s a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, and they offer gluten-free and Keto options.

Paradise Cafe | 6794 S. Westnedge, Suite F, Portage | 269-443-2251

This creperie and dessert cafe is a hidden gem and can be found next to Second Childhood. They serve one of the best cups of espresso in town. Order the kids a Nutella crepe and a smoothie, and kick back with your coffee.

Kid Friendly Coffee Spots around Kalamazoo

Rose Gold Coffee Company220 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-870-7156

With only a short walk from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, you’ll want to make a pit stop. Rose Gold Coffee boasts an extensive espresso menu and has an entirely vegan menu with baked goods. Kids are welcome and they’ll go crazy for the donuts.

Ryske & Co. Market and Eatery | 7141 West Q Ave Kalamazoo | 269-978-8600

Ryske & Co., Market and Eatery, fast-casual concept, offers a full menu of freshly made from scratch foods. Kids will make a dash for the toys located on the shelf right when you walk in the door – allowing for a moment to sip and enjoy your coffee. And, kids will want to take in the view from the upper-level dining area. 

Somethings Brewing | 120 W. South St., Kalamazoo | 269-349-1295

Babies and little kids are frequent visitors to Somethings Brewing. Located down the street from the Kalamazoo Public Library, they have delicious coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and a wonderful family feel. Kids will love that they also serve ice cream.

Water Street Coffee | Various locations, Kalamazoo 

A name synonymous with Kalamazoo, Water Street coffee has five café locations offering locally-roasted coffee made with local and in-season ingredients, made from scratch in their in-house kitchens. Take your kids to the location in Portage and share a dessert bar as they work on their homework in the loft area. And if you’re in a hurry or have a sleeping kid in the car, both the Sprinkle Road and Portage locations have a drive-thru.

Windfall Coffeehouse625 W. Prairie St. Ste. 101 Vicksburg | 269-315-5123

Get ready to relax in – they offer dine-in with a full breakfast and lunch menu, along with their full espresso. If you’re in a hurry, swing by their drive-thru or order ahead. They don’t have a separate kid menu, but they offer steamers, waffles, fruit, and sandwiches.


Joe to Go (or Stay) – Swing By a Trusted Coffee Chain

There’s nothing like knowing you can grab a coffee at one of these Kalamazoo chains, or if travels take you around Southwest Michigan.

BIGGBY Coffee 

With roots in East Lansing, Michigan, BIGGBY Coffee serves hot and cold coffee drinks, along with yummy treats in Southwest Michigan and beyond. Kids will love the magic milk drink – try the Cocoa Carmella flavor.

Kid Friendly Coffee Spots near Kalamazoo


Starbucks is a new-age classic for all your espresso needs. For kids, try the babyccino – a cappuccino minus the espresso.

Kid Friendly coffee places near Kalamazoo

Tim Hortons

Perfect for that donut, bagel, or muffin with your cup of joe.

This is an evolving list – did we miss one of your favorites? Tell us in the comment section.

Coffee places + kid Friendly in Kalamazoo

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