Must see restaurants in Calgary

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    Alforno Cafe & Bakery

    This ultra-modern, super-comfortable cafe is the kind of place you'll want to hang out all day. Bellinis, beer on tap, carafes of wine and excellent…

  • M

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    With an earthy yet futuristic feel, award-winning Market has gone a step further in the fresh-local trend. Not only does it bake its own bread, but it…

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    In a regal bank building next to the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, Teatro has an art nouveau touch with its marble bar top, swirling metalwork and…

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    1886 Buffalo Cafe

    This is a true salt-of-the-earth diner in the high-rise-dominated city center. Built in 1911 and the only surviving building from the lumber yard once…

  • R


    One of the city's most celebrated restaurants, Rouge is located in a historic 1891 mansion in Inglewood. It's hard to get a table, but once inside, enjoy…

  • J

    Jelly Modern Doughnuts

    Bright pink and sugary-smelling, Jelly Modern has grabbed the initiative on weird doughnut flavors. The maple and bacon or bourbon vanilla varieties won't…

  • M

    Myhre's Deli

    Satisfying meat cravings for 15 years, this deli's mahogany interior and vintage signs are from the Palace of Eats, a Stephen Ave institution from 1918 to…

  • G

    Galaxie Diner

    Looking more authentic than themed, this classic, no-nonsense 1950s diner serves all-day breakfasts, burgers and milkshakes. Squeeze into a booth, grab a…

  • B


    It's true: you could miss this small oasis tucked along a busy street and that would be a shame. Inside this trendy gastro haven, an acclaimed chef…

  • G

    Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar

    This hybrid cafe-bar, which alters its personality depending on the clientele and the time of day, is a thoughtful, community-led business. The crux of…

  • M

    Model Milk

    Model Milk's revolving menu changes before the ink's even dry, but your choices are always great at this former dairy turned hip restaurant. Look for…

  • W

    Without Papers

    These authentic pizzas are baked in an Italian pizza oven that was lowered through the ceiling (you can still see the hole!). The busy pizzeria's name is…

  • M


    Attached to an open-plan Italian market-deli that sells everything from coffee to salami, Mercato is one of those local restaurants that gets everything…

  • O

    Ox Bar de Tapas

    Recreating Spain in modern Calgary isn't an obvious go-to, but Ox Bar de Tapas has somehow managed it with colorful tiles and delicious tapas. Order…

  • P


    With an authentic pizza oven, Pulcinella specializes in amazing, thin, crispy Neapolitan pizzas with purposefully simple toppings. Don't leave without…

  • U


    There's often a line out the door but nobody seems to mind waiting – that's how good these thin-crust pizzas are. There's plenty of good house wine, too.

  • S

    Simmons Mattress Building

    This old brick factory is breathing new life into Inglewood, where you can have all of your culinary cravings satisfied: Charbar's upstairs and rooftop…

  • C

    Caesar's Steak House

    In Naples, you eat pizza. In Vancouver, you eat salmon. In Calgary, you eat prime Alberta AAA steak – right here. Each steak is cut individually and lives…

  • S

    Sunnyside Natural Market

    This cheery, family owned organic and natural market is a bit of a hike from downtown but well worth it, with biodynamic meats, fresh-picked veggies and…

  • B


    Bite is a great stop for just about any kind of hunger, since it's part deli, part restaurant, part cafe, part grocery store. You can literally find just…