When families go for coffee, they discover fun and bonding in an unexpected place. Six shops that welcome families with more than just an open door:

Laurel and May Market and Bakeshop

A blend of coffee shop and market, families sandwiches, drinks, and more at this fun spot in Milton. The shop offers hot chocolate at a kid’s temperature and spritzers that allow kids to create their own soda flavor, plus sparkling apple juice. Adults love iced coffee in summer and a fizzy coffee drink called Alpha-Phizz. .

Queen of Cream

Ice cream and specialty coffee, what’s not to like? Kids go for the birthday cake ice cream with rainbow sprinkles on top, and adults love Cold Brew on Draft coffee, a frothy drink with a thicker texture, or coffee ice cream drinks during the summer.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company

A large patio in back with pavers and grass gives kids a place to be kids, and the family dog is welcome on the patio, too. When families visit, kids order Italian sodas or something from the King of Pops cooler; adults can choose an iced version of any coffee drink on the menu or pick from 12 types of iced tea.

Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery

Books, toys, a play kitchen and a rocking horse are part of the kids’ corner, tucked in the back of the shop. In summer, kids love the shop’s frozen hot chocolate or fresh-squeezed lemonade. Adults go for iced coffee. Another popular adult drink is “Bless your Heart,” which is Ghirardelli caramel and espresso melted into Batdorf and Bronson Whirling Dervish espresso and topped with either steamed milk, or cold milk for the iced version.

Alcove Coffeehouse

The outdoor seating area with a view of Lake Lucerne is a big hit with families. Many stop off en route to the Yellow River Game Ranch or after lessons at the nearby Gwinnett School of Music. Parents love the iced caramel macchiato coffee, and kids go for hand-made lemonade, hand-crafted sodas, child-sized cocoa, popcorn and King of Pops treats.

Independent Grounds Cafe

This coffee shop primarily employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Cafe began when the owner wanted her daughter, who is challenged with a traumatic brain injury, to have a place to become independent down the road.

– Amanda Miller Allen

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