Family-friendly café opens in Outremont
Caffe della Pace was opened by Rivka Cymbalist, who always dreamt of starting such a venture
For 15 years, Rivka Cymbalist dreamed of creating a space where parents could feel comfortable bringing their children to enjoy a meal together as well as a place to hold events and workshops. In June, Cymbalist realized her dream when she opened the doors to Caffè della Pace.
True to its name —’pace’ means ‘peace’ in Italian — Cymbalist says the café is a safe and inclusive space for families and foodies alike. Her son Giacomo, also the café’s chef, has created a menu that blends traditional Italian cuisine with fresh vegetarian dishes, also offering gluten-free and vegan option. Items on the menu include everything from avocado veggie burgers and minestrone soup to blueberry crumble muffins and chocolate hazelnut brownies.
For new mothers, the café offers a breastfeeding-friendly environment. “It seems like modern society has excluded mothers and babies,” Cymbalist said. “We’re trying to include them again.”
Caffè della Pace hosts different community and parenting-related events throughout the week. Cymbalist, who is also the director of Montreal Birth Companions Doula School where volunteers are trained to help women through the birthing process, holds some of these training sessions at the café. These sessions come with a fee but many of events and workshops are free. The space is also available for rent. It is located at 1002 Van Horne Ave., corner Hutchison St.
For more information, call 514-341-8845 or visit caffedellapace.com.