GASTRONOMICALLY GOOD TIMES

The moment you take the best bite of your life

A MELTING POT

Hyperlocal ingredients and globally-inspired influences sparks a growing appetite for adventurous, refined and delicious food in Calgary’s culinary scene. An eclectic mix of hip restaurants and bars to the swanky wine bars and haute cuisine, there’s always something exciting to cater to every taste palate.

The city has rare culinary talent that is attracting television crews, talent scouts from cookbook companies, and opportunities for international culinary showcases. The emerging food scene here is break-neck progressive and much more than Alberta’s famous beef. The full range of culinary experiences – as a diner, drinker, shopper, or aspiring chef – awaits you!

NEWLY OPENED

  • Hayden Block
  • The Guild
  • KLEIN / HARRIS
  • NAM Vietnamese Kitchen
  • Royale Brasserie
  • Seasons of Bowness Park
  • White Rose Vegetarian Kitchen
  • Ten Foot Henry

HIGHLIGHTS

  • DO: Plan your trip around the next Tzavta at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, a monthly cultural dinner salon hosting the most interesting people like curators, animators, artists and scientists for an intimate, lively talk partnered with delicious food
  • DINE: at the historic Deane House and try the ‘Aristocratic Vagrant’ – resposado tequila, mezcal, rose vermouth, kirsch and flowers from the restaurant’s garden
  • DISCOVER: Street food! Paper St. features street food from across the world, from Vietnamese to Turkish, Cuban to Japanese, Indian to French and everything in-between.
  • DO: Explore Chinatown to find Sweet Tooth Ice Cream, Calgary’s first brick and mortar shop to specialize in rolled ice cream
  • DINE: On traditional yet contemporary Japanese flavors at Shokunin, the newest Asian inspired restaurant in Mission celebrating authentic Japanese cooking techniques
  • DISCOVER: A modern British affair at Whitehall located in the historic De Waal Block in Bridgeland

EDUCATION

Alberta produces more than world famous beef. Food-loving farmers and bold farmer collectives are making prairie waves by producing exciting edibles all year round. Load up your basket at one of the many all-year Farmers Markets from the Calgary Farmers Market, Crossroads and Kingsland. Or take a country summer drive to the farms and join the fun of picking your own black currants at Kayben Farms , crunch fresh asparagus from the ground up at Edgar Farms and feel the buzz of hardworking honey bees at Chinook Honey. Where the prairies meet the Rockies you will also find amazing Venison and Bison on menus, in markets or even grazing in their natural habitat.

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Farmers Market Calgary

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY

There are plenty of places to get great food while you wet whistle, and it can all be in walking distance. Enjoy some of the great neighbourhoods like Mission, Bridgeland, Kensington and Inglewood. Dive into larger-than-life drinking holes with big brew-house feel and big-mouth food to match.

Located in the heart of barley country, beer is king in Calgary as the city has seen a surge of fine breweries pop up over the past few years.  The quality of clean water and the highest quality malt found results in a number of refreshing local beers to enjoy. Want to try it all? Luckily, you can experience it with Calgary Brewery Tours and taste everything the region has to offer. It’s time to grab a cold one (or a few)!

A Taste of Breweries:

BREAKFAST DONE RIGHT

It’s the most important meal of the day… or night. Calgary knows all about slinging out the best breakfast, and it’s not just during Stampede with the millions of pancakes. The city is known to have some of the best breakfast and brunch spots so just make sure you prep your stomach for some feasts. OEB Breakfast Co., Dairy Lane Cafe, Buttermilk Fine Waffles, The Beltliner and Blue Star Diner often have line-ups on the weekends, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Your taste buds will be so pleased with you, you’ll likely be planning your next trip while you’re still eating.

Breakfast can become a global affair too!Take a visit to Holland at Pfanntastic Pannenkoek Haus, where Dutch pancakes are calling your name, whether savoury or sweet. Or maybe try traditional Chinese dim sum at Central Grand Restaurant, where servers push carts around filled with bamboo containers – whether it’s steamed barbeque pork buns, chicken feet or traditional egg tarts, it truly becomes a feast.

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