I’ve been hearing a lot about the Issaquah Coffee Company that’s located in Gilman Village. It opened last November and has gotten rave reviews for its coffee and treats. I love me a good latte, particularly after a long night with a teething baby, so naturally my curiosity was piqued. I had a lot of questions, but the two that really kept popping up were “Is it kid-friendly?” and “Are the pastries any good?” I finally had the chance to step inside the place and was excited by what I saw. A fabulous pastry display and a small area for kids to play. Score!
The Issaquah Coffee Company is deceptively big. You walk in expecting it to be a small little coffee shop but quickly see that there’s ample seating at large tables, with nice, comfy chairs. They serve a variety of snacks, from quiche, scones, and muffins to gelato (uh, yum!). With my stomach satisfied with the edible options, I had to check out the kids area. After all, what’s the point of trying to relax if my kids are going to be whining about being bored.
I love that ICC made the effort to include kiddos by having a small area for them to play. I love that the area is closed in for the most part, but there’s no step between the raised play area and the main portion of the coffee house. If you have small children that don’t pay attention to where they’re going (sooo… every small child), you’d need to keep a close eye to be sure there’s no tumbles. It’s a small area and could probably only contain five or six kids – and that might be a stretch. There are lots of books and a train table set up, along with a few small toys. It was clean and I definitely think young kids will enjoy it, but kiddos older than 5, probably not so much.
As for the coffee and food, you find any complaints from me about those. I love anything with sugar and the learned that the pastries are handmade locally. For you gluten-free families, there are a few offerings for you, too.
According to another Gilman Village merchant, the Issaquah Coffee Company is really trying to entice families, with moms in particular, to give them a try. It’s a great place to meet up with friends in the morning or afternoon, let the kids play, and catch up. It’s a great place to go solo and just relax. Whatever the situation, ICC lives up to the coffee house tradition but takes it a step further by liking your kids, too.
Issaquah Coffee Company
Address: 317 NW Gilman Blvd, #46 (located next to the Musik Nest, in the back of Gilman Village off Juniper Street)