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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.
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1414 8 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1J6, Canada
Both a store and a food truck, this is the home of all things sweet, stuffed and iced. Jelly Modern makes its artisanal donuts fresh daily with local, organic ingredients whenever possible. There’s an online schedule to remind you that Madagascar...
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140 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A3, Canada
The plaque of past “Beer passport” winners posted on the wall at this neighborhood watering hole makes you want to be a regular. Those fine folk all successfully completed the challenge of drinking eighty of the pub’s international beers over the...
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120 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3, Canada
Wander through downtown Calgary’s main shopping and dining street, Stephen Avenue Mall. Olympic Plaza—with a skating rink in the winter—is at the east end, and you’ll find plenty of great stores, public art, and patios toward the other end.
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1212 13 St SE #104, Calgary, AB T2G 5R3, Canada
This home of modern design is part gallery and part store. It’s full of innovative abstract art and functional contemporary decor such as John Greg Ball’s subsonic chair with built-in subwoofers, Eveline Kolijn’s sculptural installations, and...
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2429 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2, Canada
Enjoy a detoxifying facial and professional make-up application in this chandelier-illuminated contemporary parlor that’s somewhere between retro-chic boudoir and Victorian teatime. Whether you need your nails done or your hair styled for dinner,...
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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...
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10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, Canada
Whether you’re in the mood for a feast of pulled pork, a gelato sandwich, Cajun cooking (as you'll find at Sticky Ricky's, pictured), or maybe a taco made with naan bread, Calgary’s fleet of food trucks can deliver. Lunch time, afternoon snacking,...
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736 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7, Canada
If you’re in the mood for a burger, shake and/or fries, head to Clive. Somewhere between fancy and fast food, the Clive burger is the perfect mix—it’s simple and delicious. A little bit spicy, and a little bit creamy, the secret sauce helps make...
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431 10 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0W3, Canada
Inspired by homemade huckleberry ice cream the owner once had on his grandma’s porch in Montana, Village Ice Cream has made quite a name for itself since opening 2012. They make the ice cream—and waffle cones—on site and have a huge selection of...
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345 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5, Canada
With more than 100 beers on tap, you could get overwhelmed when choosing from Craft’s beer list. Try sipping one of Calgary’s favorite local ales, the Village Blonde. Village Brewery started making unpasteurized, preservative- and additive-free...
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197 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 4M4, Canada
You’ll have to check the calendar for the next pop-up event from this collective of over a hundred local artists and musicians. From upcycled, eye-popping necklaces by Tinged to the masculine characteristics of designer Rebecca King's elegant...
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1609 14 St SW, Calgary, AB T3C 1E4, Canada
With five locations and a well-organized in-store digital database, the friendly staff of family-run Fair’s Fair used bookstore can easily find what you’re looking for, and they have the best selection of popular and hard-to-find books in the...