You’ve been there before: it’s Saturday and it’s 8 a.m., you’ve been up since 6:30, the kids have eaten the last frozen waffle, and the kids are already itching to get out. Where do you go at this god-awful hour? Luckily for us in the Diaper District (fka the Financial District), we’ve got a ton of places to go that are great for the whole family. Here’s the round-up:
1. Jack’s Stir Brew on Front Street: Their coffee, latte’s, apple cider are delicious and everything is organic, fair trade, shade grown – all the right buzzwords. I don’t know how they do it but they also perfectly toast bagel and give you the right amount of cream cheese. The only thing is that it’s a bit tough with a stroller because there are stairs. But its worth it. We go almost every weekend with the girls.
Jack's Stir Brew Front Street. Photo courtesy of Aracia Project
2. Financier on Cedar Street: They serve Illy coffee, there’s outdoor seating, enough room for the kids to run around, and a fountain to distract them…and there’s a ramp for strollers. What more can you ask for??
Illy Coffee at Financier. Photo courtesy of Arancia Project
3. Dunkin’ Donuts: OK, I know its not a place where you could actually sit, but face it, the kids love it. Once it starts getting warm, you pack the kids in the stroller, get a nice tall iced coffee, a toasted bagel with cream cheese (it’s not so bad, the bagels have actually gotten better) and you can get 4 muchkins for a dollar. Tell the kids its their treat for drinking all their milk at breakfast. And seriously, a Dunkin D is at almost every corner so it’s just easy.
Dunkin Donuts on Fulton. Photo courtesy of Laser Burners (flickr)
4. Le Pain Quotidien: Ok, if you want to go totally out, head over to W. Broadway and Warren. The coffee is delicious (you get your own little pot of coffee), and the yummy soft boiled eggs bring me back to childhood when my mom made them for me every weekend morning. It’s super-family-friendly and there are good food options for kids. The only thing is that my husband left kind of hungry, and we were $50 down by 9:30 that morning.
Soft Boiled Eggs at Le Pain Quotidien. Photo Courtesy of ajshrimpkins (flickr)
And after breakfast, you can work off all that you ate at one of the nearby playgrounds. By then of course, you’ll have to figure out what to do for lunch.