Our Story


Lidia’s Play Café is a family owned and operated business that was inspired by our daughter, Lidia.

Our journey began with a devotion to provide Ridgewood, Queens and its adjacent neighborhoods with a café that parents with small children could appreciate and enjoy. Having lived in Ridgewood for most of our lives, we’ve witnessed the drastic makeover that took place over the past several years with lots of cafes opening in our neighborhood. While we love coffee and the small business concept, when we had Lidia, we began to view things through a lens that only parents with small children could understand: the difficultly of squeezing a stroller into small spaces, little or no room to sit with the whole family, trying to keep your child quiet long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, and the discomfort you feel when your child begins to disturb other patrons.  We saw the opportunity to accommodate a niche market with a café that specifically caters to parents with small children. Our venue is spacious and our coffee bar is robust. The play zone really makes our café special and was designed with two ideas in mind:

1) to create a fun and safe play room environment that we would want for our own child.

2) to design a Montessori inspired play zone – simple and uncluttered, natural, developmentally inclined, open and cozy.

Most of our toys are made of environmentally friendly wood and were carefully selected to promote the development of children through play. The play zone is great for the kids to mingle while parents enjoy our café selections. 

We encourage you to stop by and give us a chance to make your day special!

About our Menu

If you haven’t yet visited Lidia’s Play Cafe and you are curious about our menu, we’d like to give you some insight. We would like to start off by stating that we set the bar pretty high with respect to menu robustness, quality and freshness and we believe in using locally sourced products. For coffee, we use City of Saints Roasters - their 100% Arabica blends are roasted right here in Brooklyn, NY.  We decided to brew dedicated blends for Espresso, Iced Coffee and Drip with each blend excelling beyond imagination in flavor, body and notes. Our beverage menu extends to an assortment of Fresh Squeezed Juices, Organic Teas, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade and more. 

The adult menu consists of an assortment of sandwiches that cater to meat eaters, vegetarians as well as vegan diets - we stick to healthier options and our spreads are made in-house. Our kids menu provides the same healthy conscious options as the adults but are specific to the little one’s taste buds and portion sizes. Since a delicious sandwich starts with a freshly baked bread, we rely on a local bakery for the baked goods each morning. 

What’s a kids café without ice cream?! Not only do we serve ice cream, we serve Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. For those of you who are not familiar with this brand, Van Leeuwen ice creams are made from scratch in Greenpoint Brooklyn with just a handful of fresh ingredients. We carry a few of their most popular flavors that are simply delicious.  

Stay tuned as we will soon post an official/detailed version of our menu including prices. Visit us in the meantime! 

Freshly baked goods brought in every morning.

Freshly baked goods brought in every morning.