Family Fun Idea: Taste of Love Bakery (and Playroom!)


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Taste of Love Bakery will make a welcome addition to our growing list of kid-friendliest Twin Cities coffee shops & cafes!

“Oooh, Mom! I want one of those!”

We woke up this morning, slightly chagrined, to a 40° morning. Normally, in the middle of May, this wouldn’t be an optimal way to start the day, but today I quickly shrugged it off. Why? Because my at-home kids and I were planning to visit Taste of Love Bakery for the first time and it sounded like the perfect place to spend a chilly morning.

And it was. Here’s why: first of all, the coffee ($1-$2) and baked goods available will bring on that cozy feeling. My kids immediately decided on doughnuts (big ones for only a buck!) and I chose a dreamy salted caramel cupcake ($2) with caramel filling and buttercream frosting.

Taste of Love Bakery will make a welcome addition to our growing list of kid-friendliest Twin Cities coffee shops & cafes! Then, once we had purchased our treats, we carried them into this fabled playroom I had only heard tell of – and found such a pleasant surprise! I wasn’t expecting the play kitchen, complete with shopping cart and faux food. I wasn’t expecting a small climber and slide. I marveled at the brand new basket of coloring and activity books, and was very impressed with the selection of reading material that spanned a wide range of ages. The shelves held puzzles, games and toys for infants.

Taste of Love Bakery will make a welcome addition to our growing list of kid-friendliest Twin Cities coffee shops & cafes!

When I talked to the ladies at the bakery counter, it made perfect sense that the bakery would be so child-friendly; the owner has two kids herself ages 5 and 7. She understands how important it is for parents to be able to sit down for a few minutes (there are tables right in the playroom) and relax or chat while their kids are safely entertained.

Taste of Love Bakery will make a welcome addition to our growing list of kid-friendliest Twin Cities coffee shops & cafes! Visit them at 870 Dodd Rd, West St. Paul. They’re open 7am – 3pm on Mondays, Tuesdays & Saturdays and until 6 every other night except Sunday, when the bakery is closed. The current selection of treats is not posted online, but the best-sellers are usually fresh and ready and the rest of the goodies change with the seasons.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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