Alforno Bakery and Cafe

Our Foodie Weekend in Downtown Calgary 2.0

Last time we visited Calgary (here), it was a foodie galore, and this time was no different. We’re always down for a Calgary Foodie Weekend! (And if you follow on InstaStories, you’ll already know this!) We love Calgary’s foodie culture, and we never miss out on an opportunity to go enjoy the new trendy restaurants. This weekend, we set off for the Cowboy City to fetch a new little family member – our little Oakley. Seeing as we had to make the drive anyway, we decided that we would stay over the night for a mini getaway!

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We also love Calgary because it’s so close to the mountains!! Have you read our Banff Winter Travel Diary yet? It’s one of my favourites! 

Check-in At Our Hotel:

It happened to be the same weekend that the Calgary Stampede started, so you can imagine the city was buzzing! Everyone else was well on their way by the time we had arrived in the city at 9pm (post 4-hour drive from Barrhead). Eager to get started on a cocktail, we quickly checked-in to the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, located in the East Village near the Bow River.

We only booked this hotel a week prior to arriving — super last-minute & on the weekend of the hugely popular Calgary Stampede — so we were thrilled with the value for money that this hotel offered. The hotel is newish, having opened in November 2016 and boasts a contemporary new look to match the trendy neighbourhood of East Village. The rooms are well-designed and their beds had me wanting to sleep-in all day. While we usually opt for the Fairmont, we really enjoyed this hotel and would likely return!

Stroll to Dinner at Calcutta Cricket Club:

If you stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, you can walk to 17th Ave. It’s a 25-30 minute walk but it really is one of the best ways to see the city (on foot that is). Plus, all those steps will help balance out the food you’re about to eat.

I have one rule when we travel: always try a new place as long as there are new places available. With Calgary, there is always a new kid on the block, and this time it was Calcutta Cricket Club. This newbie hotspot brings a unique cuisine to the bustling restaurant scene on 17th Avenue. When I heard that the menu shows off the flavours of the Bengal area of India, I was all in! Having grown up in Durban, South Africa, I am a curry-freak. I love spice and I love curries.

We ordered the corn as a starter, one portion each because we just love our corn. Craig ordered a type of roti with curried chicken inside. We didn’t have any of their Tandoori options but next time, we definitely will. Instead we opted for two curries: the Prawn and Butter Pork. The Prawn was beautifully mild and subtle and the Butter Pork was incredibly indulgent – and worth it! We did have dessert, because YOLO, and that too, was worth it. We shared the Mango pudding and we probably could have finished two bowls each. All in all, it was great!

Calcutta Cricket Club is now open, seven nights a week, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., except on Friday and Saturday when they stay open until 1 a.m. Currently they are not taking an reservations, and we did eat rather late at 10pm so I’m not sure how easy it is to get in, but the restaurant does seat several guests on their two patios, inside seating area at tables as well as at the bar.

Calcutta Cricket Club

Calgary Foodie Weekend

If You’re an Early-Riser Like us, Hit Rosso for a Coffee:

Basically on the doorstep of our hotel was a Rosso Coffee Shop. Open at 8 a.m. we were just about knocking down the door for my caffeine boost. But besides the coffee, we grabbed a gluten-friendly banana bread and it was divine! They have such a variety of freshly baked goods, so I would highly recommend you grab a nibble of your own with your next cup of Rosso.

Calgary Foodie Weekend

Breakfast or Brunch at Alforno:

We set off determined to reach Alforno Bakery & Cafe before the lines started. Luckily, we are early-risers and we got there without a queue in sight. We also got first pick of some of the seats outside on their patio in the beautiful summer sunshine. I chose the Eggs Benedict with Salmon (GF-friendly without the English Muffins) and Craig grabbed the traditional Eggs and Bacon. Both were fantastic! And if you’re there for lunch, I’ve heard only good things about their pizzas, so I would try those out too! Check them out on Instagram here.

Calgary Foodie Weekend
Calgary Foodie Weekend
Calgary Foodie Weekend

You might also like more foodie recommendations on this blog post here.

We were hoping to have found ourselves at the Made by Marcus store on 17th Avenue after a stroll around the city but plans changed and we headed off a little earlier. Next time though, we’re not missing it for anything. Toasted Hay Saskatoon Berry, get in ma’belly!

Read: How To Spend 24 Hours in Edmonton, Alberta (just 3 hours away from Calgary!)

We hope you enjoyed our blog on our Calgary Foodie Weekend! Let me know if you’ve visited any of these restaurants and what you think. Or do you have any suggestions for our next trip? We want to know!

~ Leigh


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