We’ve been fans of the Beltline’s Good Earth Café for many years, but since their recent 25-year anniversary, they’ve really upped their game. Rechristened Good Earth Coffeehouse and Bakery, this sweet spot is just the place for families to connect with one another.
An updated menu is one reason to make the visit. Don’t fret, favourites such as mac n’ cheese, toasted seed rolls and Rice Krispie treats are still on tap. New additions include savoury flatbreads, paninis and salads to go. Beat the heat with a scoop of locally made Fiasco Gelato or kid-size a fruit frappé. And yes, there are high chairs and a baby change station to make your visit more comfortable.
Connected to Colour Me Mine, parents can set the kids up in summer camps or bring their pottery over to the Good Earth to paint, while enjoying a glass of wine as the littles get creative. Want more engagement? The space now doubles as a board game café. Pay a nominal charge per person or enjoy unlimited board games with the purchase of food and beverage. Unlike the other games cafés, families are allowed all hours and can take advantage of monthly organized games nights.
Naturally the most important member of the family isn’t forgotten. Dogs are most welcome on the outdoor patio space (there are plenty of water bowls!), but unfortunately due to Canadian food regulations aren’t allowed inside the café . If you’re on a pet-friendly excursion, why not grab some of their scrumptious takeaway items, and take Fido, plus any Pokémon Go lovers up to Connaught Park, just one block away. Not only is that where the city’s newest off-leash dog park resides, but this is a Pokémon hot spot with plenty of Pokéstops equipped with lures.
See, 25 years later, the Good Earth is still at the heart of the action.