There was a time where the Mission District was really kind of boring. It was not a trendy place where people would go out to eat or go shopping. Did you know that it was originally a Francophone settlement? It was a Catholic missionary and it had a goal of preserving itself as a French-speaking community.
Despite the ways the community has grown and changed, there is still some French influence scattered throughout the city. If you are looking for where you can see that heritage, here are some of the places for you to look.
Places to Eat
Fleur de Sel: This is a small French bistro that is a little hard to find. It is well worth searching it out and tasting the food though. The staff at this dining establishment obviously knows what authentic French cuisine tastes like.
Wurst: Wurst is a dining establishment that recently reopened their doors. They were closed for six months because of a flood. This restaurant has come a long way considering everything that it has been through. This establishment has a very casual and retro theme.
Yann Haute Patisserie: French isn't just about food, it is also about dessert. This pastry shop creates delicious and nutritious pastries that are made with natural and seasonal ingredients.
Bocce: This is a dining establishment that promises to provide you with the opportunity to sink your teeth into a small taste of Italy. When you are hungry for French and Italian food, it just doesn't get much better than this place.
These are just a few of the great places in Calgary that have done a wonderful job hanging on to the original Francophone heritage. Between the three of them, you should find at least one authentic French cuisine that you really like.
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.