Calgary Food: Popular Neighbourhoods for Dining

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 at 10:49am

The Best Food in Calgary, ABAs a broadly diverse city, Calgary is a constant hum of motion and entertainment in every quadrant. You do not have to venture far to find thrilling events, local markets, unique food trucks, and fantastic Calgary food. There is an abundance of wonderful places to enjoy the best food in Calgary – whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or everyone’s favourite brunch. If you prefer to stay in, there are food delivery options available that work alongside local Calgary food services such as Uber Eats and Skip the Dishes. However, if you are seeking a new dining experience, you don’t have to go far to find something to satisfy your palate. Every neighbourhood offers their own dining options, and it is valuable to know where the best Calgary food options are found. Take a look at these popular neighbourhoods and the food they offer to satisfy every craving!

Beltline/17th Avenue

Also known as the retail and entertainment district, Beltline is one of the most popular neighbourhoods to go to for trendy and unique dining experiences. This busy neighbourhood is filled with plenty of things to do, but most specifically, hundreds of Calgary food options that offer a wide range of tastes. The Beltline area is most commonly enjoyed in the evenings when the entire street is filled with people relaxing on patios in the summer, or taking shelter to the warmth of the bars and restaurants in winter. Almost all of the dining and drink locations can be found along the entirety of 17th avenue. Some of the most popular and unique dining options available are as follows:

Fine Dining:

  • MARKET
  • The Coup
  • Model Milk

Casual Dining:

  • The Big Cheese Poutinerie 
  • Una Pizza + Wine
  • Los Chilitos Taco & Tequila House

Coffee/Dessert Options:

  • Village Ice Cream
  • Analog Coffee
  • Caffe Beano
  • Made by Marcus Microcreamery

Bars and Pubs:

  • National on 10th
  • The Ship & Anchor

For a complete list of cafes, pubs, and restaurants, visit the 17th Avenue website!

Inglewood

Known for its vintage and eclectic feel, the neighbourhood of Inglewood is filled with historic buildings and cozy cafes. Established in 1875, Inglewood is actually the oldest of all Calgary neighbourhoods and is an ideal place to retreat and relax. This south-eastern area is home to over 30 different restaurants and other food options. These include everything from breweries to ethnic indulgences, or even organic coffee selections. Enjoy an afternoon or evening in Inglewood with amazing food and take the time to relish in the arts and culture that fill this popular part of the city.

Fine Dining:

  • Rouge
  • The Nash
  • Deane House

Casual Dining:

  • Burger 320
  • 500 Cucina
  • Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli
  • Without Papers Pizza

Coffee/Dessert Options:

  • Rosso Coffee Roasters
  • Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar

Bars and Pubs:

  • Ironwood Stage & Grill
  • The Hose and Hound Neighbourhood Pub

For further Inglewood, Calgary food and dining options, check out the Inglewood website for more information and directions.

East Village

One of the more recently popular Calgary neighbourhoods for tasty meals and snacks is the East Village area, located near the downtown core. The neighbourhood shoulders the Bow River, making for some amazing views, as well as offering a number of recreational opportunities. Over the past few years, East Village has become the ‘hip’ and contemporary spot to visit for delicious eats and fun entertainment. Although there are fewer dining options available compared to other Calgary food-centric neighbourhoods, the existing dining selections in this area are noteworthy.

Fine Dining:

  • Charbar

Casual Dining:

  • Booker’s BBQ Grill and Crab Shack
  • Alley Burger

Coffee/Dessert Options:

  • Village Ice Cream
  • Hear’s My Soul Café
  • Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters

Bars and Pubs:

  • King Eddy

Kensington

When it comes to Calgary food, one of the more unique and urban neighbourhoods for dining is Kensington Village. Close to the downtown core, Kensington is a thriving neighbourhood offering hundreds of different shops, restaurants, and services for every age. The Kensington community often comes together to celebrate certain events (such as the Fantasy Faire) and hosts unique tourism dining opportunities (most common is the Craving Kensington Alberta Food Tour). The area features more than 60 dining options – most accessible along the main strip of Kensington Road. Take a look to see what this Calgary neighbourhood has to offer when your stomach begins to rumble:

Fine Dining:

  • Brasserie
  • Modern Steak
  • Pulcinella

Casual Dining

  • Dairy Lane Café
  • Big Cheese Poutinerie
  • Red’s Diner

Coffee/Dessert Options:

  • Regal Cat Café
  • Crave Cupcakes
  • Oolong Tea House
  • Higher Ground Café
  • Hexagon Board Game Cafe

Bars and Pubs:

  • Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey
  • Kensington Pub

To explore the many other food and drink options that Kensington has to offer, head to the Kensington Village website for a complete directory.

Downtown Calgary

There is no better place to go for a wide variety of dining options than Downtown Calgary. Every bustling street is filled with new and exciting food places to try at any time of day. Downtown Calgary is overflowing with patios in the summer (especially in July when the Calgary Stampede takes place), and is always featuring new dining events that will engage and satisfy the bellies of tourists and business men and women alike! Many of these fantastic dining options can be found on Stephen Avenue, although the entire downtown core has plenty to offer in terms of food and drink. Just a few of these delicious locations are:

Fine Dining:

  • Escoba Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Sky 360
  • Teatro Ristorante
  • Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
  • Blink Restaurant & Bar

Casual Dining

  • Holy Grill
  • Gyu Kaku
  • Charcut

Coffee/Dessert Options:

  • DeVille Coffee
  • Alforno Bakery & Café
  • Monogram Coffee

Bars and Pubs:

  • The Unicorn
  • Township Bar & Grill

For a more complete list, be sure to check out the Downtown Calgary website for more information regarding dining options, food events, and featured food blogs

The next time you are looking for some amazing Calgary food and seeking to satisfy a craving, check out one of the many popular neighbourhoods throughout the city. No matter what time of day, what you are in the mood for, there is sure to be a location that has exactly what you want!

Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.

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