The team at Talk Shop Media loves it in Vancouver; the weather, the views, and the never-ending list of things to do and explore; we really can’t complain! However, there’s another Canadian city we adore and we are so happy to have had the opportunity to ‘talk shop’ in Calgary a lot over the past few years, and we think it deserves a little recognition.
Calgary is home to the Stampede, Calgary Flames, and the Calgary Tower, not to mention it was the first Canadian city to host the winter Olympics. Some may think it’s just a city full of cowboys, but there is a lot more going on than that! We’re going to be showcasing a few of Calgary’s great neighbourhoods and what they have to offer. We starting it off with Talk Shop’s Office Manager Natalie’s favourite: 17th Avenue.
This pedestrian friendly district is filled to the brim with shops, restaurants, services and more. Known as the “Red Mile” when the Calgary Flames make the NHL Playoffs, the street runs until the Saddle Dome, creating an unbeatable party atmosphere with thousands of people crowding the street’s bars and pubs on game nights. However, the street is worth a visit anytime of year. Here are some of our 17th Avenue favourites!
Voted one of the top restaurants in Canada, Market is an absolute must! Their food philosophy is centered around fresh ingredients. They bake their own breads daily, cure their own meats, do their own butchering, make their own cheese and grow their own herbs, micro greens and certain veggies too! They also change the menu regularly to suit the season so you’ll always get a chance to try something fresh and new from Executive Chef Dave Bohati. Just a couple blocks away there is Cibo, a popular Italian restaurant that’s perfect for sharing a meal with friends. Known for their delicious pizzas, pastas and paninos – it’s just icing on the cake that they offer daily specials and delectable Italian inspired desserts with modern twists. To get some of that famous all-natural Alberta beef, look no further than Clive Burger. The burger joint uses 100% antibiotic and hormone free beef, and uses local ingredients when possible. You’ll also notice all containers are compostable, and their fries are made from scratch.
If you consider yourself a real foodie, you might want to check out the 17th Avenue Food Tour, happening now until October 4th. At $90 per person, the tour has 6 stops, including Italian, cheese, French baking, and cocktails.
To burn off all those calories from 17th Avenue’s best restaurants, you’ll probably want to do some window-shopping. Luckily for you, 17th Avenue is home to some of Calgary’s best shops. Touted as a ‘modern general store’, Steeling Home evolved from an artist-run co-op to include everything from books to jewellery to kitchen and home décor. For all up and coming fashionistas, you’ll want to visit the designer boutique Ooh La La, where they offer some of the world’s most sought after brands. You’ll also want to visit Rubaiyat a staple on 17th, where you will find the beautiful work of over 800 artists and designers. This massive store is a great place to find what you need to beautify your home decor. They sell jewellery too! Purr Clothing is a great place to find something great to wear on your next date and some unique jewellery to perfect your new outfit. Finally, we can’t forget about shoes! Gravity Pope is a great place to find really funky and fabulous shoes!
If you happen to visit Calgary during the NHL or CFL season, you’ll definitely want to find a bar or pub to watch the game at in order to truly soak up the Calgary spirit. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention one or two places to do so. Recently voted one of the best places to watch sports, Ship & Anchor has been around for almost 25 years and always attracts an eclectic group. With one of Calgary’s best patios, you’ll also want to check out the National. The long communal tables make it the perfect place to gather with friends or make some new ones.
Suddenly finding yourself craving a trip to Calgary? You’re definitely not the only one. For more ideas on where to go and what to do when in the city, keep your eye on this blog! We’ll be featuring other Calgary neighbourhoods in the upcoming weeks, and we can promise you won’t want to miss out.