Calgary for Couples
Collected by Frederick Simeon
After the worst flooding in Alberta history in 2012, Calgary is on the mend. Calgarians are taking the opportunity to improve and reinvigorate their town, from the budding fine dining scene, to the food truck culture, craft beer renaissance, and new downtown bike lanes.
1133 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4, Canada
The historical Plaza Theatre in Kensington has a full roster of flicks, classics to contemporary films and everything in between. They also host special events, such as a Wayne’s World 90’s Party with beer and live music before the movie. Party...
628 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G4, Canada
Darren MacLean, the executive chef of downtownfood, makes no apologies for the sometimes controversial cuisine coming out of his kitchen. His restaurant is cooking up Canadian classics with an Asian fusion twist, making his tasting menu one of the...
5620 14 St NW, Calgary, AB T3K 2P6, Canada
As well as seeing the office towers to the south and the (slightly higher) Rocky Mountains to the west, you’ll see plenty of hawks, porcupines, and deer (as well as other running wildlife) on Nose Hill, one of the largest environmental parks in...
1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 1R1, Canada
Selkirk Grille's executive chef Jan Hansen is a fantastic guide when it comes to tasting Calgary. His menu features fare made from locally sourced ingredients, and his Canadian plates have received rave reviews. Order the prosciutto-wrapped elk...
750 5 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 5B4, Canada
It’s a new take on an old favorite—a drive-in movie without the car. Instead of a car, you bring a blanket and settle in to watch a classic film on the side of one of the oldest buildings in Calgary, just east of downtown. And if not a movie, you’...
1006 8 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0M4, Canada
Calgary’s Inglewood neighborhood has come a long way from its trading-post roots. Founded in 1875 as a commerce hub along the Bow and Elbow rivers, it emptied out as residents moved to the suburbs. Now it’s seeing a revival, with shops, galleries,...
1429 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T4, Canada
This live blues bar in Inglewood is known for its great music and its Cajun menu. Come for dinner and stay for the show. But if you don’t want to pay the $15-25 cover fee, then it’s best to book a table early and enjoy the deep-fried pickles with...
308 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8, Canada
Definitely the coolest restaurant on the block, Model Milk, housed in a former dairy building, does eclectic fine dining in a rustic-hip setting (think exposed brick, and uncovered light bulbs dangling from salvaged wood). There’s nothing stuffy...
718 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7, Canada
Nominated for the Best New Restaurant Canada award in EnRoute Magazine, this exciting eatery hit the radar when its former chef competed on Top Chef Canada. He then relocated to British Columbia, leaving his sous chef in charge of both the market...
1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y1, Canada
You might be tempted to call this tiny space with a huge vibe a hole in the wall, but that doesn’t do it justice. Milk Tiger is quite simply the coolest lounge in town, with the bartender blasting the music and discussing philosophy while creating...
1317 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0T2, Canada
Part whimsy, part museum, and eclectic through and through, Pretty Little Things in Inglewood offers an ever-changing selection of vintage clothes, antiques, and furniture. It’s also a must-stop-shop for film crews looking for authentic period...
1145 Kensington Crescent NW #4, Calgary, AB T2N 1X7, Canada
Every stitch in this women’s clothing store is fair trade and handmade. They’ve got plenty of cool dance and yoga gear, as well as distinct professional wear and formal evening attire—all of it is by local designers and artisans or other Canadian...