Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Blenz Coffee | Photo: Blenz Coffee (Instagram)

When you’re a parent, nothing pairs better with rambunctious children than a caffeine-forward cuppa joe and a great outdoor space to let your kids run free. Fortunately, Vancouver is filled with coffee shop patios that are situated only steps away from the city’s best parks and playgrounds, so parents can relax while their kids get their wiggles out.

Here are 4 places to grab a coffee that are adjacent to playgrounds – perfect for parents who want to caffeinate and chill while their children play outside.

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Kids In Vancouver: 4 Playground-Adjacent Coffee Shop Patios

Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

Steveston Marina | Photo: TOTORORO.RO (Flickr)

While the quaint seaside village of Steveston has reached peak popularity thanks to fans of ABC’s Once Upon A Time – who visit the spot looking to scope out the real-life version of the town where the show’s story takes place, the village is loved by locals for the real-life magic that the whimsical town has to offer. While the heritage fishing village of Steveston  features the perfect combination of modern, eclectic shops, diverse dining options, and historic sites, it is also an ideal destination for picnic lunches and frolicking in the sun while soaking up the surrounding scenery.

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Where Local Families Play Outside: 5 Scenic Spots In Steveston

Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village

Photo credit: YVRBCbro | Flickr

With all the great weather we’ve been experiencing in Vancouver lately, it’s lucky there is an abundance of outdoor activities to do in the Lower Mainland. One of my favourite things to do every summer is visit Steveston Village in Richmond. Steveston is a historic fishing community in Richmond and is popular for its restaurants, shopping, and quaint, historic character. Vancouverites flock to Steveston to buy fresh seafood, sample fish and chips, browse the eclectic shops, and experience the small-town feel.

But did you know you can reach Steveston by bike? The West Dyke Trail goes along the Richmond Dyke and is a beautiful, serene trail that leads to the South Dyke into Steveston. The scenery is spectacular, featuring panoramic views of the ocean, and it is not uncommon to see wildlife such as geese, herons, and turtles along the trail. The trail is quite flat, making it ideal for cyclists of all levels. Continue reading:
Bike the West Dyke Trail to Steveston Village