Our city is receiving increasing national exposure for it's impressive dining scene, with restaurants like Pigeonhole and Model Milk among Canada's Best.

Calgary's diverse culinary scene is rapidly growing to deliver new flavours. From European fare to dishes from throughout Asian, or South American specialties to African cuisine - you'll find many great restaurants and bistros that suite your tastebuds.

Where to Go

The following communities have award-winning restaurants as well as more hidden, lesser-known gems:

  • For a taste of Asian cuisine, head to Chinatown
  • Inglewood's range of cafes and restaurants include award-winning French and Italian bistros and multiple craft breweries
  • Mission has a trendy range of international fare, from Japanese to Italian to Indian
  • Kensington/Sunnyside is a hot spot with a variety of fine dining establishments and hipster cafés
  • International Avenue is Calgary's culinary and cultural capital offering fantastic ethnic restaurants of all kinds
  • Downtown Calgary & 17th Avenue have a number of lovely fine-dining spots and bistros

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Craft Brewing & Distilling

Calgary's craft distilleries and micro-breweries have infused a full menu of local flavours into our celebrated restaurant scene.


The city's microbrewery scene is rapidly growing. Take a stroll around Calgary's Barley Belt, where multiple breweries are just minutes apart.

Other Calgary breweries include:

With so many options to choose from, don't forget to check out Calgary's Beer Map.


Many of the distilleries in Alberta's booming craft spirit industry are located right here in Calgary. Take a sip of well-crafted spirits at:

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If you have a night of cocktails on the mind, Calgary won’t disappoint.

From quiet nooks by a fire to throbbing dance music overload – and everything in between – you should be able to easily find a spot that meets your needs on a Friday night.

These are great areas check out for some after-hours activities:

  • 17th Avenue SW, between 2nd and 14th streets, 17th Ave has a high concentration of clubs, pubs and lounges
  • Mission is your spot if you’re looking for dive-bar karaoke, upscale Irish pub, local sports establishment or well-heeled wine bar
  • Kensington/Sunnyside has great neighbourhood pubs as well as moodier and fancier lounges 
  • Downtown Calgary has loads of great pubs, lounges and popular nightclubs

That’s not all of course, every neighbourhood has its share of local pubs and nightspots. There’s also a lot of music being played in Calgary on any given night: check out our local music venues listing.

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Experience Calgary's food scene through many of the city's food festival and events.

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