Adults sip gourmet coffee as they unleash their children onto elaborate play equipment within Sodium's spacious facility, which also hosts labs for kids to experiment with art, music, and technology. Seated atop posh leather couches gripping steaming cups of freshly brewed lattes, cappuccinos, or mochas, parents watch their offspring scramble up wooden rungs and into a towering tree fort within Sodium’s cheerful yellow walls. Equipped with rock walls for older kids and complex mock villages complete with imagination-fostering grocery stores, diners, and credit unions for preschool entrepreneurs, Sodium’s play space caters to young explorers of all ages and interests. In addition to freeform playtime, kids supplement academics with organized workshops such as math and science tutoring, as well as raucous drumming, messy arts and crafts, and stimulating discussions about relativity.
In addition an extensive variety of bean-juice beverages with Zoka Coffee (which won the coveted Macro Roaster of the Year award from Roast Magazine in 2007), Maxximo Jo's offers a full menu of tea, specialty cold drinks, smoothies, freshly made gelato, sorbetto, and baked goods. Actors playing grooms get in character over the intermingling of white and dark chocolate in the tuxedo ($3.45/sm), while real-life brides gulp white-chocolate mocha frappes ($3.65/sm) to make dress trains perky enough to hover above the ground. For a classic fix, slurp the silky combination of steamed milk and espresso in a café latte ($2.85 for a small), or treat tasters to a walk on the wild side with a mocha valencia (dark chocolate with a twist of orange, $3.45/sm). Wake from dreams of cows balancing papayas on their noses with 100% fruit peach-pear-apricot smoothies ($3.80/sm) or Maxximo Jo's large selection of fresh gelato and sorbetto flavors ($4 for 6 oz. cup), often featuring favorites such as pistachio, guava, and caramel.
Vienna Coffee House and Bistro provides high-quality coffee products by roasting fresh gourmet coffee beans in small batches at its 3,000-square-foot roastery. By culminating the caffeinated powers of 100% hand-picked Arabica specialty-grade green coffee beans, Vienna ensures a savory cup of java juice with five selections every day. Compose a requiem for your about-to-be-consumed pal Mozart Amadeus, a 12 oz. mocha with coconut and hazelnut syrup topped with whipped cream and fresh coconut shavings ($4.09), or get amped up about the 12 oz. red eye ($2.99) with espresso and coffee. Along with breakfast sandwiches and snacks, Vienna Coffee House offers an impressive menu of paninis, wraps, and salads. Take taste buddies on vacation to a tropical-chicken-spinach-wrap island filled with lettuce, mango-avocado chutney, and curry-mango sauces ($6.49). The turkey-bacon panini provides a mouthful of tomatoes, red onions, provolone, and pesto mayo grilled between rosemary bread ($5.99).
Prepare to savor potent sips after stocking up on a wide selection of invigorating leaves culled from World Cup of Tea’s fragrant confines. Sold in 2 oz. packages, varieties such as white, green, oolong, black, and herbal teas help spark mornings like a series of gentle sweet- smelling slaps to the face. Stuff shoes to the brim with a classic Earl Grey blend ($2), marvel at the flashback-inducing textures of the luxe Jade Goddess tea ($8.20), or boost brainpower to supervillain levels with Dragon Flower green tea ($3.95). The shelves also play host to a variety of non-drinkable, tea-related products. Tote teas in five-cup pots available in a variety of colors ($10 each), pamper bodies with white- or green-tea lotions and shower gels ($11.99 each), or masterfully concoct blends with the aid of a cookbook such as Tea Table Secrets: Recipes and Other Tips From the World Cup of Tea Kitchen ($13.50).
Seattle's Best Coffee roasts the finest arabica beans to brandish an array of smooth, rich-blended, single-origin, organic, and flavored coffees. With more than 10 whole-bean and ground coffees, all beverages are crafted with natural premium syrups and sauces. Sip on one of a potpourri of signature espressos, such as the aromatic vanilla latte ($3.20–$4.05) and the fragrant Raspberry Mocha Kiss ($3.60–$4.45). Cold-brewed originals are hand-shaken and include such chilled favorites as the marble mocha ($3.60) and the iced coffee ($1.65–$1.95), each as refreshing as running through a sprinkler on a hot day or sticking a sprinkler down your pants on any kind of day. Throw back a handmade RedCane Kola, capped with a velvety layer of Kola Cream ($2.75–$3.25), or stop in early to savor a tummy-mollifying breakfast with a sandwich, such as the sausage & cheese omelet sandwich ($3.25). Newly caffeinated customers can finish off with one of the café's toothsome cookies, including the triple chocolate chunk or the oatmeal cranberry raisin ($1.75 each).
Dose Coffee & Tea slings beans roasted by local and national roasteries, serving coffee and a slew of taste-bud-tempting nibbles to throngs of hungry caffeine seekers. A seasonally changing drink menu stands as the fulcrum on which a hunger-satisfying lunch menu balances, and cookies, muffins, and quick breads pop out of Dose's oven daily, surprising sleepy patrons with tender crumbliness and Rockette-style fan kicks. Sip on a 12-ounce double-shot latte ($3.25), or try a signature cold Shakerato, which features syrup shaken with espresso and milk over ice ($3.75). Café lovers can caffeinate gently with house-made chai tea ($3+), snarf down a ham sandwich with a sweet apple chutney ($7.25), or grab a cup of joe to go ($2/12 oz.) for the commute between home and the office coffeepot.