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Baby friendly cafes?

Tried this place last weekend and, while I enjoyed discovering it (thanks debirahm!) I wouldn't call it baby-friendly, at least not by the standards i set out in the initial post. There are multiple stairs to get in, and although it's large, the tables are packed tightly so you can forget about bringing a stroller. Luckily, i wore my baby. They do have high-chairs. Didn't check if they had a change table in the bathrooms.

Nov 21, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Baby friendly cafes?

I also thought of Toi et Moi as the mommy cafe in my neighbourhood (Little Burgundy/St-Henri) because I'd see moms with strollers there all the time. Now that I have a stroller & baby of my own, I can say that, although they have a ramp, and the staff were super accommodating to a group of 3 moms with strollers the other day, having 2 heavy non-automatic doors at the entrance makes getting in REALLY complicated, even with someone helping to open the doors. Aso, there is no change table in the bathroom. Luckily, my stroller seat flattens out so I could use that, but if I was using my carrier, I might have had to change the baby right on the table, kind of gross.

I noticed other potential spots in the neighbourhood fail to accommodate not just strollers, but people with wheelchairs or motorized scooters. The new Java U doesn't have an automatic door and there is a step to get in. Starbucks on Notre-Dame has an automatic door, but there is also a step. For those reasons, I haven't bothered trying them, so I don't know if they have change tables in the bathrooms.

Oct 21, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Baby friendly cafes?

Thanks everyone, keep 'em coming! My mom friends and I are going to try them all! :)
For anyone else's information I wanted to say that, although Parentheses bills itself as a mommy-baby cafe, I do not find it "baby friendly". There is not enough room to manouevre a stroller between the tables, and many of the chairs are low and have arms, which kind of traps you in them so you don't have the ease of movement necessary for reaching a baby in a stroller, for example. Also: $8 for pre-packaged salad greens is ridiculously over-priced.
Juliette and Chocolat doesn't have a ramp or an automatic door BUT the staff is super friendly and helpful. They held open the door on the way in and out for us. There is one step to get in.

Oct 05, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Baby friendly cafes?

Thanks, picklebird, this is exactly the type of thing I'm looking for!

Sep 25, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Baby friendly cafes?

The list of cafes catering especially to moms and babies is short and I can find it elsewhere on the Internet. What I'm therefore asking is suggestions for cafes that accommodate strollers, breastfeeding, etc. These are the places moms naturally congregate in every neighbourhood, but since they're not advertised as mommy-baby cafes, I have a hard time finding new ones to try. My daughter is almost 3 months, so I have many months ahead to try these! Example: Toi et Moi on Notre-Dame.

Sep 25, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Best virgin/non-alcoholic cocktails in Montreal?

We will be 3 very pregnant ladies going out for some terrasse time on Canada Day weekend (last minute, i know), ans we're looking for some fun virgin cocktails, ideally the kind with little umbrellas in them. Anyone have good tips? We were thinking Prince Arthur might have some, since it's already a little cheesy there ;)

Needs to be close to the metro, central (downtown, plateau, etc) and no places that would have us line up for over 10 minutes (ie jardin nelson). Remember, we're very pregnant!

Jul 01, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Cuban in Montreal

It won't be labeled as Cuban, but the Soupesoup on St-Denis has a Cuban chef who often puts Cuban fare on the menu. The owner, Jean Fugere, is a Cuban-phile too.

Jul 01, 2012
Isabelofmtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)