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You have to be the parent of young ones to appreciate the rare combination of a hot coffee and a conversation with a beginning, a middle and an end. The opportunity to sip and savour without interruption is of inestimable value for mothers at Cafe Tiramisu, which has a well-equipped play room and a fitness studio just a stone’s throw from the dining area.
The café at 10750-124 Street (780-452-3393) is one of several new Edmonton eateries designed around a lifestyle, in this case, fitness and family. “We can enjoy a coffee, or a meal or a glass of wine, and our kids can play and be happy and we can finish one conversation, and not start 50 of them,” said Miriam Visser, the mother of three boys, as she waited for a Baby Fit class to start at Cafe Tiramisu.
The experience — visiting, exercising, or merely eating and drinking while your children are amused nearby — is not only a boost for the body and the soul, it may prove a wildly successful business model for restaurateur Seble Amelga. She opened Cafe Tiramisu before Christmas, and has been running to keep up ever since.
Amelga’s idea is on the leading edge of an emerging food trend across the city. Noorish, a vegan café and yoga studio on 109th Street, also opened its doors in late 2011, marketing itself as a “conscious eatery.” Not only is there a full selection of yoga styles available in a studio below the restaurant, there are raw food classes, and blind date nights called Meet Your Meatless Mate. Sometime in February, Roots on Whyte, a holistic health centre with a hip restaurant as well as a café, is scheduled to open on the south side. A Pilates studio and a yoga studio, as well as an organic food store, an organic spa and hair salon, are in the building, along with chiropractors, physiotherapists, naturopaths and massage therapists.