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Wednesday
Jan252012

Downtown Edmonton Coffee Shop for Families | Café Tiramisu

Have you heard? There is new family-friendly café on 124 street – Café Tiramisu.

Owners Seble Amelga and Carol Park had a vision for a space for families that focused on vitality – food, fitness and friendship. And thankfully for us, their vision has become a reality. 

The space is modern and fresh but still welcoming. Built in bookshelves holding magazines and books, contemporary furniture, large sculptural light fixtures and inspirational quotes. Everything you’d want in a sophisticated coffee house.

With a twist.

A Play Area 

Off to the side is a small playroom thoughtfully designed for kids. The pint-size couches are perfect to curl up on and read a book. Four iPads attached to the wall garnered the most attention. Locally made sustainable blocks, however, took a close second. There were few other toys were also scattered on the mini wooden table and chairs. Enough to entertain. Not enough to be messy or overwhelming.

The sit-and-play style may not work for every child, but my girls were delighted. I had to tear them away after two hours of playing.

Fitness

Another component of the Café is the integration with fitness. Sign up or drop in to a family fitness class, take a yoga class or strengthen with a pilates class. Plus, onsite child care is available for a meager $2 so you can focus on your ‘om’.

These classes are held in their multi-purpose room that also transforms into extra seating space for busy times and is available to rent for meetings or events. For example, check out Mommy Connection’s Prenatal Course that starts March 8.

Menu

Café Tiramisu offers a wide variety of Italian food with an organic bent. From bruschetta, pizza, pasta, and paninis to Italian desserts including gelato. They also have a small election of hearty salads that round out the menu.  If you’re an early get-out-of-the-house family, the breakfast menu sounds yummy especially the Milano Crepe with eggs, red pepper and cheese.

We visited mid afternoon, so my girls and I shared a cheese panini for a snack. It was made with thick fluffy herbed focaccia bread, served with a small side salad.  The girls enjoyed it but they were more interested in playing on the iPads than eating. Lucky me.

Date Night with Kids

Looking to reconnect with your husband but don’t have a babysitter? Café Tiramisu is a lovely spot to have dinner together as a family and then let your children play while you sip a glass of wine. (Yes, they’re licensed.) On Friday nights they also have live music that will make you want to linger.

Café Tiramisu (cafetiramisu.ca, 780-452-3393, Facebook, Twitter)
Where: 10750 124 Street NW

 

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