Where coffee meets play: discover beautiful cafés with kids play areas in and around Valencia.
Don’t you long back sometimes to the days where you could go into a café, quietly read the paper, enjoy a (hot!) cup of coffee and watch the world go by? Yep, things change a bit after having children and going to cafés just turns into a whole different ball game. Manoeuvring chunky buggies around the shops, dragging along heavy bags carrying goodness-knows-what and making sure to keep the meltdowns to a minimum are just a few of the challenges of a new mum. Bring toddlers along to add knocking over cups, demanding treats and whining to the mix and you’d just rather stay at home.
Thankfully, Valencia is incredibly kid-friendly, and there are so many places you could go and relax, while your children are having a good time too. I mean, simple play areas right next to outdoor café seating, it’s a no-brainer, right? That’s the beauty of a sunny climate, and you’ll find plenty of those places all around the city and along the beach front. With Spain generally being very welcoming to families, meeting a friend for coffee or eating out as a family really is a breeze.
We have listed a few of our own favourite places on the blog, tried and tested by mums living in Valencia, with some nice off the beaten track gems.
As everywhere nowadays, there are plenty of soft play areas to choose from, some larger (and noisier) than others. Kids generally love them and it’s a great way to get them to run, climb, jump and get really tired. Playtown Somnis in Paterna is a restaurant with a large soft play area open after school and on weekends, which has a ‘monitora’ or supervisor to keep an eye on your kids while you’re having your meal. How nice! Trotamundos [http://ludotecatrotamundos.com/ ] is a friendly and reasonably quiet soft play place with a small bar in Benimaclet, open from 5pm on weekdays. There’s an area for under 4s, a section with lots of toys and an area for bigger kids too.
A quiet read
If you don’t fancy hanging out in a noisy hall full of cushions, slides and excited children, but prefer just a quiet spot with a little bit of distraction for the kids, check out Ubik Café. This lovely bar and bookshop with small children’s play area often has events on too, including live music and creative kids’ workshops.
For beach lovers
Another firm favourite and always busy so it’s wise to book in advance, is the beautiful La Mas Bonita Café on La Patacona beach. Go here on the weekend for amazing maple syrup pancakes, delicious smoothies or scrumptious cake before or after a play on the beach. In the café’s courtyard, there is a shaded outdoor seating area with a small climbing frame and slide. Perfect to keep an eye on the little ones. Just recently finished is a bigger play area near the cafe on the beach itself. Grab some takeaways and watch the children play.
A little town for little kids
Smileland Familyclub is a must visit for any coffee and icecream lovers with children in Valencia. The place is a kid’s paradise as it offers a little town for children with lots of toys, music instruments, a little house with kitchen and so much more. The atmosphere is very relaxed and you can get a discount if you buy a bonus card. While your kids play, you can enjoy your coffee, snacks and icecream.
Softplay & climbing
In the vibrand area of Rusaffa you will find another great café with a children play area. Brili’s Café offers a beautiful softplay area as well as climbing walls for different ages. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the café offers delicious snacks too. Great for having a quite moment while watching the kids having fun.
Where you will feel at home
Sofart Café is a cozy little café in the city center with comfortable sofas and a dedicated room for kids. The room is small but has toys and children books to keep the little ones occupied while you recharge your batteries with a well deserved coffee or tea.
Making a day of it
Find some good value traditional Spanish food and menus del día during the week and on Saturdays at Restaurant Don Pelayo in the Arts and Sciences area of town. There is a great children’s play area inside and it’s right across the road from the Centre of Arts and Sciences and Turia Park, if you want to make a day of it.
Love getting on your bikes as a family? Try out Horchatería Vida, right in the fields of Alboraya and easily reachable via the cycle paths. This wonderful pet café not only serves up delicious horchatas and ice cream, but also has a nice play area with slides and the opportunity for kids to see the ducks, chicken and rabbits on the farm. Check their facebook page for opening hours.
For more cafés that are worth visiting with your kids in Valencia, please visit our www.valencia-kids.es/cafes.
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