Best foodie neighbourhoods across Canada: Calgary

Calgary’s foodie culture goes beyond the traditional “cow land” philosophy. Some of the most delicious restaurants exist in Calgary and cater to foodies with varying tastes and backgrounds. Calgary’s culinary scene is undoubtedly one of the best in Canada. If you’re looking for a great area to enjoy a wide variety of food, be sure to check out these foodie neighbourhoods in Calgary.

The Red Mile / 17 Ave.

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Seventeenth Ave., or dubbed as “The RED Mile” (retail and entertainment district) is one of the most well-known neighbourhoods in Calgary. The twelve-block stretch of award winning restaurants and bars makes this neighbourhood a common foodie hang-out. New spots to dine seem to pop up every few weeks to the joy of locals and tourists alike. All food cravings can be met here within diverse options of cuisine, making it one of the best foodie neighbourhoods.

The neighbourhood is also featured on a food tour by Calgary Food Tours Inc.

Popular hotspots:

  • National: A thriving hangout spot, National boasts a broad menu selection with a wide selection of craft beer to choose from.
  • Clive Burger: This hotspot is made for the food blogger, with custom burgers made with 100% Alberta Beef and in-house toppings. A chocolate milkshake to seal-the-deal makes for perfect patio food-cruising.
  • The Coup: Who says the beef capital can’t have a vegetarian side? The Coup is alluring to vegetarians and foodie’s alike with custom dishes that will satisfy a craving for some mean greens.
  • Analog Coffee: Freshly made coffee in a variety of flavours will steer you away from your regular grab-and-go coffee spot.

Sunnyside and Kensington

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Sunnyside/Kensington puts foodies first with their dining options. The trendy yet cozy neighbourhood, located near the Bow River and Downtown Calgary, attracts visitors venturing out of the downtown core in search of some of the best restaurants in the city. This community is known for being diverse and cultured, which is reflected in the restaurant scene. The area is also known for great wine with tastings you can book. There’s nothing better than pairing a great wine with the many dishes that Kensington has to offer – including a poutine.

Popular hotspots:

  • Brasserie Kensington: French-inspired cuisine is the basis of many dishes at this well-known restaurant. Serving up poutine with duck gravy, or a breakfast that offers butter biscuits and eggs benny, this spot satisfies all cravings.
  • Vero Bistro Moderne: Photo-ready and delicious Italian and French meals are what Vero Bistro Moderne has to offer. Stop by for brunch or some steak and frites for dinner.
  • The Big Cheese: If your idea of heaven is a pile of fries and cheesy-goodness smothered in gravy with a choice of premium toppings – then this is it. Touting the largest selection of poutine on the planet, The Big Cheese offers speciality choices like Donair Poutine or Mac and Cheese.
  • Ristorante Pulcinella: Get ready for authentic Italian dishes founded by master chef Domenic Tudda. Italy doesn’t seem far away at this Calgary hotspot.

Fourth St./Mission

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An arts and culture hub mixed with great restaurants makes Fourth St./Mission one of the best foodie neighbourhoods all-around. The pedestrian-friendly zones make the area highly walkable and therefore flooded with people. Classy and some slightly pricey restaurants line the streets for those looking for a full-on culinary experience.

Popular hotspots:

  • Mercato: People tend to come here in large groups to experience their dining experience together. Traditional Italian food is served along with a market option if you prefer some real home-style cooking.
  • Anejo Restaurant: Generously stuffed tacos and over 200 different varieties of tequila mean you probably won’t be looking to leave this Mexican restaurant.
  • Vin Room: Wine and tapas are the perfect pairing, as exemplified by Vin Room.

Inglewood

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One of Calgary’s oldest neighbourhoods, Inglewood’s charm, arts scene and passion for food makes it a popular dining hotspot. Restaurant options range from the swanky to more affordable — but all are tasty.

Popular hotspots:

  • Naina’s Kitchen: If you’re looking for an old-fashioned burger and poutine combo, this is the place to be. Featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”, Naina’s has a perfect mix of gourmet and comfort food.
  • Rouge: Winner of the Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants Award in 2010, this fine dining experience is famous in Calgary. Rouge is designed for those who are passionate about food. It’s a little pricey, but the food is worth it.
  • Without Papers: Conversations with friends over a fresh pizza is what Without Papers is all about. Dining can be casual without sacrificing excellent taste.

Bridgeland

Replacing the former Little Italy, Bridgeland has established itself as a busy foodie hub with several credible restaurants that have planted firm roots in the community. Whether it’s ramen or a steak tartare, all kinds of flavours can be found in Bridgeland.

Popular hotspots:

  • Blue Star Diner: This community favourite focuses on buying local and organic. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner and of course the Blue Star Diner burger. Vegan options are also available.
  • LDV Pizza Bar: Authentic Italian cuisine that’s always delicious never fails to satisfy the Bridgeland community. Try the fried mozzarella along with homemade meatballs.
  • Black Pig Bistro: Black Pig Bistro’s menu is built for you to try all three courses. With options like steak tartare, pork dogs and pumpkin sticky toffee pudding, you may have to order an extra course.
  • Shiki Menya: If you’re looking for excellent ramen with a cold beer then this should be your first stop on your foodie journey of Calgary. Noodles are made from scratch each day, making their quantity limited.

 

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