A Perfect Foodie Weekend in Calgary, Alberta

Jun 9, 2017

Living just 4 hours away, Calgary is our go-to for quick weekend getaways. The rest of the world will recognize the city for being host to the Winter Olympics and the best city to fly in to when setting out to travel to the bucket-list destination, Banff. But besides that, it is a city bustling with amazing foodie spots, hence why every time we go, we seem to eat our weight in food. Not kidding.

Where To Stay in Calgary, Alberta:

This particular trip was super last minute —as in Craig booked the hotel room at 7pm the night before. The next morning we were packed and ready for a quick one-nighter at the Fairmont Palliser. Located Downtown, so it’s central and convenient, it’s the best area to stay on your first visit to Calgary —especially in winter, when it’s extremely cold. Le Germain is another Downtown Hotel option, that we love. We’ve returned multiple times (and since moved to Calgary), so our favourite place to stay now is probably in East Village, at the new-ish Alt Hotel.

More about where to stay in Calgary? Read our in-depth city guide here.

Lunch at Una

We wasted no time in heading straight to one of our favourites on Calgary’s vibey 17th Avenue. UNA’s Californian-style, thin-crust pizzas have become legendary in this city.  I’m not usually pizza-person, but UNA is one of the best —and they have gluten-free!

You Might Have A Wait

UNA operates on a first come, first serve basis.  If there is a wait upon your arrival, they will to take down your name and number and call you when seating becomes available. 

UNA serves until 1 a.m., so it’s even become a staple stop for us on a late night out.

Stop For A Drink At Their Hidden Bar

The wine bar, Frenchie, right next door, is the perfect while you wait.

Coffee Time

No itinerary is complete without multiple stops for coffee.

And with Calgary’s coffee scene booming, you’ve got options. Analog (our personal favourite) or Philosafy, are both located on 17th Avenue.

Another popular street for shopping and restaurants is 8th Ave (Stephen Ave), where you can stop in at Phil And Sebastian Coffee.

Drinks & Dinner:

We had booked for dinner at Pigeonhole, but arrived, unfashionably early so decided to hit cocktails next door at their sister restaurant Model Milk.

Breakfast at OEB

Most Calgarians would recommend OEB for breakfast, so we had to give it a try. Anxious about the infamously long queue that we could be in for, we headed out relatively early. Lucky for us, we were pleasantly surprised to have no queue or wait time.

Their extensive menu can be super overwhelming, but at least there are options: farm fresh; lightened up and sweet dishes. Most dishes seem to come with fruit on the side and they do offer gluten-free bread.


Don’t Leave Without Trying Their Ice Cream

It’s like a tradition, every single time we visit Calgary, we have to stop in at Village Ice Cream.

Didn’t Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth?

and tried out some gluten-free donuts at Jelly Modern Doughnuts.

If you’re planning a foodie weekend in Edmonton, check out our City Guide here.

Back up North, Leigh x



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