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Montreal Families

Guided Tour: Lili Cafe Welcomes Babies and Tired Parents

Lili Café (view map)
Address: 650 Fleury St. E.
Telephone: 514-544-7181
Parking: metered and non-metered parking on surrounding streets.
Website: http://www.lilicafe.ca/
Metro: Henri Bourassa

Ahuntsic residents are lucky to have a relatively new parent-baby cafe in their midst: Lili Café et Cie. Open since August 2008, this neighborhood cafe/boutique welcomes new parents and supports local, eco-friendly baby products.

Inside, there’s a beautifully muralled play area that’s geared to babies and toddlers. The boutique section of the store sells cloth diapers, locally-made children’s clothes, baby carriers and other products. It’s modern, calm and cute … yet sophisticated. A place that any new parent would be happy to sit and take a breather. There’s a glider chair for breastfeeding, as well as some other comfy chairs in the restaurant area.

Our two-year-old went right into the play area and made himself at home, staying busy for half an hour while we sat and ordered lunch. There are soft mats, an Exersaucer-type toy, a mini rocking horse, and some other toys to keep crawlers, walkers and toddlers happy.

Our four-year-old,
on the other hand, said, “This place is for babies!” True. There isn’t much for older siblings to play with here (bring crayons and paper?). He was, however, quite taken with the ham-and-cheese crepe we ordered for lunch, plus a cookie for dessert. (Mom and dad’s sandwiches, made with fresh bread, were yummy, too).

If you have a baby/toddler and an older sibling, Lili Café is still a great idea for a coffee, breakfast or lunch visit. At least it’s a place where messy eating and disturbing others is expected! The cafe is conveniently located across the street from Ahuntsic Park. When you’re done at the cafe, you can stroll into the park, which has tons of great features for kids.

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