This is a random collection of Good Places, mostly coffee and
food places. If you don't agree with me, too bad. If you have
any suggestions, send them along (contact information on the front page). This is a constant work in progress. I
also have a list of good local
activities (climbing, cycling, skiing).
- ...Turkey Sandwich: Cappuccino Company
- ...Soup: Route 40 Soup Co. (Turner Valley) [some of the best food in/near Calgary]
- ...BLT: Kensington Pub [map]
- ...Club sandwich: Blue Dog Cafe (Cochrane) [map]
- ...On-Tap Beer: tie: Ship and Anchor + The Hop In Brew
- ...Brewery: Wild Rose (bonus: they have a pub at the Currie Barracks)
- ...Beer Store: Kensington Wine Market (good Scotch selection, too).
- ...Coffee: Phil and Sebastian (Calgary Farmer's Market)
- ...Lettuce, Tomatoes: Gull Lake Greenhouses (Calgary Farmer's Market)
- ...Meat: Hoven Farms Organic Beef (Calgary Farmer's Market)
- ...Flour: Highwood Crossing (also canola oils). Available at Sunnyside Market.
- ...Sausage: Missing Link Extraordinary Sausage (various Farmers' Markets)
- ...Breakfast: tie: Diner Deluxe + Dairy Lane
- ...Bicycle Wheels: David Thompson @ Calgary Cycle
- ...Gear Repair: Alpine Threadworks (yes a little biased)
Local farmers who produce tasty organic (or close: e.g. no
pesticides) food which I eat and enjoy.
- peppino: fantastic italian sub sandwiches (including
lots of vegetarian ones) and the best gelato (made in-house) in the city. [web, map]
- phil and sebastian:
absolutely the best coffee in Calgary. [website, map]
- the roasterie: second best coffee in Calgary (if you get one of the good baristas). [map]
- beano: good, cheap coffee (and at
least they more-or-less know what a cappuccino is). [map]
- cappuccino company: best turkey sandwich. [map]
- shwarma king: decent falaffel + shawarma. open 'till
4am. Kensington Rd and 14th street.
- kensington wine market: best beer selection in the
- co-op liquor stores: you may buy Big Rock Traditional
as "co-cop classic ale" for $8/6-pack with tax and deposit. Most
of the new stores also have a surprisingly good beer
- wild rose breweries: a great little pub/eatery at
their brewery in ex-Currie Barracks (just west of Marda
Loop). Everything on tap, plus a seasonal beer, plus a nightly
keg on Fridays. Good food. [map, website]
- sunnyside market: organic food; much better produce than Community. [map, website]
- riverside pub: local pub; promising. has pinball
("ripley's believe it or not").
- dairy lane: great breakfast + lunch food (now dinner,
too, fri + sat) on 19th near Kensington Road. [google-maps, web].
- diner deluxe: great breakfast (and dinner). expect
lineups on the weekends. [map,
- wicked gravity: local climbing gear [innacurate-map, web]
- alpine threadworks: my brother's gear
repair/construction business [web]
Turner Valley/Black Diamond
- route 40 soup co.: absolutely the best soup &
sandwhich I've had at a restaurant. Highly recommended. Worth
the drive out for the food alone, although I'd recommend cycling
- "the place": near the main 4-way stop in Black
Diamond. Good coffee.
- mountain mercato: the only place in canmore which
knows what a "cappuccino" and a "macciato" are and can tell
the difference. great coffee. end of main street on east-ish
- Zona's: Very
good food for a moderate price ($12-$15 for entrees) and a huge
selection of appetizers. Very recommended.
- crazyweed: Fantastic food although somewhat expensive
(around $20-$30 a plate) but definitely well worth it. By the
train tracks on the west side of them near "gas station alley"
- summit cafe: bad coffee, but pretty decent
lunch/breakfast options. nice patio.
- jita's: good coffee, great breakfast. "over the bridge" by overwaitea.
- mad trapper pub: "over the bridge". great burgers, lots of beer on tap.
- the taps: promising pub in "new" downtown (north side
of bridge). decent burgers (not as good as mad
trapper). fantastic fries.
- woolsey creek: great food + coffee. Recently
moved & re-opened. Can't remember address, but it's near
the elementary school on 3rd street.
- coyote grill: very good (if somewhat expensive)
food. Although, one of the times we went there, the food was
only "decent", not "very good". (We went again recently, and the
food wasn't nearly as good as the first time)
- Truffle Pigs: now located in the Field Hotel. Very
good dinner. Most interesting salad I've had in a while
(roasted cauliflower + cashews, among other things). They now
serve breakfast and lunch; haven't tried lunch, but breakfast is
a little lacking: not much offered. Very good cappuccino,
- Corner Store (formerly Truffle Pigs): decent
brewed coffee [oso negro] (and much better than anything in lake
louise), pretty good treats.
- Sunflower Bakery/Cafe: Decent coffee and very good
treats + bread. Fantastic muffins.
- ???: decent coffee place [approx-map] since Hog's Breath is now a starbucks.
- waterworld: $6/night/person camping (if you're a
climber). Not for long; condos going in.