Guidebook for Calgary

Kelly
Guidebook for Calgary

Essentials

All the convenience store usuals, plus they also have an Indian grocery section in the back.
Hills Grocery
All the convenience store usuals, plus they also have an Indian grocery section in the back.
Full grocery store
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Midtown Co-op
1130 11 Ave SW
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Full grocery store
Full grocery store
Safeway Garrison Woods
2425 34 Ave SW
Full grocery store
Not too far to carry your case of beer home
Solo Liquor Bankview
Not too far to carry your case of beer home
Just a little place, selling Mediterranean and middle eastern foods. Awesome olive and cheese counter. Oh and they also sell injera in case you want to cook Ethiopian food.
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Kalamata Grocery Store
1421 11 St SW
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Just a little place, selling Mediterranean and middle eastern foods. Awesome olive and cheese counter. Oh and they also sell injera in case you want to cook Ethiopian food.

Everything Else

2-for-1 take-out pizza. Lots of toppings, tastes amazing, friendly people. Just make sure you get the 2-for-1 deal because just 1 pizza for the same price is too expensive.
900 Degree Pizza
2829 14 St SW
2-for-1 take-out pizza. Lots of toppings, tastes amazing, friendly people. Just make sure you get the 2-for-1 deal because just 1 pizza for the same price is too expensive.
2-for-1 take-out pizza. Lots of toppings, tastes amazing, friendly people. Just make sure you get the 2-for-1 deal because just 1 pizza for the same price is too expensive.
900 Degree Pizza
2829 14 St SW
2-for-1 take-out pizza. Lots of toppings, tastes amazing, friendly people. Just make sure you get the 2-for-1 deal because just 1 pizza for the same price is too expensive.
Popular brunch place. Be prepared for a line on weekends.
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Belmont Diner
2008 33 Ave SW
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Popular brunch place. Be prepared for a line on weekends.
Popular brunch place. Be prepared for a line on weekends.
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Belmont Diner
2008 33 Ave SW
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Popular brunch place. Be prepared for a line on weekends.
Seasonal (summer only) farmer's market
Marda Loop Communities Association
3130 16 St SW
Seasonal (summer only) farmer's market
Seasonal (summer only) farmer's market
Marda Loop Communities Association
3130 16 St SW
Seasonal (summer only) farmer's market
Yoga, spin bikes, TRX
Union Athletica
1463 17 Ave SW
Yoga, spin bikes, TRX
Yoga, spin bikes, TRX
Union Athletica
1463 17 Ave SW
Yoga, spin bikes, TRX
This might not be the exact address, but the house on the southeast corner of the intersection of 21 Ave and 18A St is a geodesic dome. So, if you happen to be out for a walk, it's a fun thing to see. NOTE: This is not an actual attraction! It is literally just someone's house that happens to not look like all the other houses. Please do not disturb the occupants!
2204 18a St SW
2204 18a St SW
This might not be the exact address, but the house on the southeast corner of the intersection of 21 Ave and 18A St is a geodesic dome. So, if you happen to be out for a walk, it's a fun thing to see. NOTE: This is not an actual attraction! It is literally just someone's house that happens to not look like all the other houses. Please do not disturb the occupants!
Rumor has it this is the largest walk-in beer cooler in Western Canada.
Calgary Co-op Wines Spirits Beer
Rumor has it this is the largest walk-in beer cooler in Western Canada.

Food Scene

Delicious szechuan. Take-out or eat in. They don't have a website but there should be a take-out menu in the drawer beside the kitchen sink.
Long's Chinese Food
1448 17 Ave SW
Delicious szechuan. Take-out or eat in. They don't have a website but there should be a take-out menu in the drawer beside the kitchen sink.
Fabulous Indian food. It's a nice sit down place, linen tablecloths and such, but you can get takeout too.
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Moti Mahal Restaurant
1805 14 Street Southwest
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Fabulous Indian food. It's a nice sit down place, linen tablecloths and such, but you can get takeout too.
Take-out falafel, shwarma and donair with a few little tables inside as well. Very tasty food with quality, fresh ingredients and nice family that runs it, but they are a little slow and the prices are only OK.
A&K SHAWARMA
1439 17 Ave SW
Take-out falafel, shwarma and donair with a few little tables inside as well. Very tasty food with quality, fresh ingredients and nice family that runs it, but they are a little slow and the prices are only OK.
I've never been but I hear it's good.
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Simply Irie Caribbean Cuisine
1431 17 Ave SW
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I've never been but I hear it's good.
Take-out/delivery pizza. They've been around for a long time and know how to make a great Greek-style pie.
Volos Pizza
Take-out/delivery pizza. They've been around for a long time and know how to make a great Greek-style pie.
Fancy deli counter (paninis, salad of the day, etc.) and to-go meals.
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OUR DAILY BRETT MARKET & CAFE
2509 14 St SW
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Fancy deli counter (paninis, salad of the day, etc.) and to-go meals.
Higher-end sit-down dining, gets good reviews. Kindof a little hole in the wall, doesn't look like much from the outside.
The Rock Specialty Burger, Ribs and Chicken
Higher-end sit-down dining, gets good reviews. Kindof a little hole in the wall, doesn't look like much from the outside.
Pips
2015 33 Ave SW
Tiny little vegetarian Vietnamese place run by the most adorable little family. Soooo delicious, big portions, reasonable prices. They do take-out too.
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Tamarind Vietnamese Grill & Noodle House
1111 6 Ave SW
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Tiny little vegetarian Vietnamese place run by the most adorable little family. Soooo delicious, big portions, reasonable prices. They do take-out too.
Lovely (expensive) restaurant set right in the park. Impress your date here! The same folks also run Boxwood, a somewhat more affordable version of a restaurant in a park.
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River Cafe
25 Prince's Island Park
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Lovely (expensive) restaurant set right in the park. Impress your date here! The same folks also run Boxwood, a somewhat more affordable version of a restaurant in a park.
I happen to really really like Ethiopian food. Calgary only has about three Ethiopian restaurants, but I like this one best because the food is delicious (greasy, but delicious) and the location's super handy. It's been around for years and years, run by the same folks, so they must be doing something right.
Marathon Restaurant
130 10 St NW
I happen to really really like Ethiopian food. Calgary only has about three Ethiopian restaurants, but I like this one best because the food is delicious (greasy, but delicious) and the location's super handy. It's been around for years and years, run by the same folks, so they must be doing something right.
Old-timey ice cream shop. Milkshakes = love.
My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe
Old-timey ice cream shop. Milkshakes = love.
I super like this place, but I'm biased because I'm a vegetarian. Everyone I've even gone with that eats meat also said the food was really good though. Not super cheap but not super expensive either unless you order one of their fancy cocktails.
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The Coup
924 17 Avenue Southwest
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I super like this place, but I'm biased because I'm a vegetarian. Everyone I've even gone with that eats meat also said the food was really good though. Not super cheap but not super expensive either unless you order one of their fancy cocktails.
Another very popular brunch place. There's pretty much always a line up out the door, but they give yu free coffee while you wait.
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Galaxie Diner
1413 11 St SW
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Another very popular brunch place. There's pretty much always a line up out the door, but they give yu free coffee while you wait.
Fab take-out Greek-style pizza.
Nikos Pizza
1405 11 St SW
Fab take-out Greek-style pizza.
Possibly the best falafel I've had in Calgary. They keep the parsley and green olives under lids, so if you want those you have to ask for them special.
King of Shawarma
Possibly the best falafel I've had in Calgary. They keep the parsley and green olives under lids, so if you want those you have to ask for them special.
Yummy falafels and donairs, big portions, sometimes you get a free baklava
The Chick Pea
736 8 Ave SW
Yummy falafels and donairs, big portions, sometimes you get a free baklava

Drinks & Nightlife

Nice pub, better-than-average food, decent prices, lovely patio, clientele not just 20-somethings. Good place for casual drinks. Bands come on later in the evening. This place used to be a biker bar called the Tropicana, back in the day when Marda Loop was still a bit rough around the edges.
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The Trop Bar & Grill
1501 34 Ave SW
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Nice pub, better-than-average food, decent prices, lovely patio, clientele not just 20-somethings. Good place for casual drinks. Bands come on later in the evening. This place used to be a biker bar called the Tropicana, back in the day when Marda Loop was still a bit rough around the edges.
I love this place, especially their patio. They have a lot of good bands and weekend afternoon jams. It's really laid-back, the servers are all really friendly and the clientele age range is pretty much everyone that's of legal drinking age. They do weekend brunch too. If you ask me the food is good but nothing to write home about.
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Mikey's Juke Joint & Eatery
1901 10 Ave SW
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I love this place, especially their patio. They have a lot of good bands and weekend afternoon jams. It's really laid-back, the servers are all really friendly and the clientele age range is pretty much everyone that's of legal drinking age. They do weekend brunch too. If you ask me the food is good but nothing to write home about.
There are a few OJs around these days, but this one has been around for a while and is a Marda Loop staple. I usually only go in the summer though, for the patio.
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Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
2047 34 Ave SW
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There are a few OJs around these days, but this one has been around for a while and is a Marda Loop staple. I usually only go in the summer though, for the patio.
If you like beer and feel like going for a bit of a walk, I highly recommend a visit down to this local brewpub that operates out of an old army airport hangar in what used to be CFB Calgary. The patio's great but it's fun even inside in the winter. Good fresh food too. Just be aware that this land is still at least partially an army base (there are, like, two soldiers left) and sometimes later at night they close all the gates into the property, except for the main ones you come in off of from Crowchild Trail.
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Wild Rose Brewery Ltd
4580 Quesnay Wood Drive Southwest
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If you like beer and feel like going for a bit of a walk, I highly recommend a visit down to this local brewpub that operates out of an old army airport hangar in what used to be CFB Calgary. The patio's great but it's fun even inside in the winter. Good fresh food too. Just be aware that this land is still at least partially an army base (there are, like, two soldiers left) and sometimes later at night they close all the gates into the property, except for the main ones you come in off of from Crowchild Trail.
Ah, the Ship. A Calgary institution. Possibly the city's most popular patio, lots of local bands, die-hard soccer fans gathered to watch matches at pretty much any hour of the day. Punk-rock Bingo on Tuesdays.
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The Ship & Anchor
534 17 Avenue Southwest
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Ah, the Ship. A Calgary institution. Possibly the city's most popular patio, lots of local bands, die-hard soccer fans gathered to watch matches at pretty much any hour of the day. Punk-rock Bingo on Tuesdays.
Only go here if you like divey punk bars, because otherwise you'll be really disappointed. Rooftop patio is a secret gem (again, if you like divey punk bars).
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Broken City
613 11 Ave SW
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Only go here if you like divey punk bars, because otherwise you'll be really disappointed. Rooftop patio is a secret gem (again, if you like divey punk bars).
Go through the door beside the building and head upstairs to this cool little pub and their nearly hidden patio. I quite enjoy their veggie poutine, and once won a table air hockey game at Classic Rock Bingo. True story.
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Oak Tree Tavern
124 10 St NW
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Go through the door beside the building and head upstairs to this cool little pub and their nearly hidden patio. I quite enjoy their veggie poutine, and once won a table air hockey game at Classic Rock Bingo. True story.
A bit of a jaunt, but if you end up over in Inglewood, which is a great district to wander around, stop for a pint at this fire-hall-turned-pub. If you're there during a Flames game and a siren blares, don't worry, it just means we scored.
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The Hose and Hound Neighbourhood Pub
1030 9 Avenue Southeast
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A bit of a jaunt, but if you end up over in Inglewood, which is a great district to wander around, stop for a pint at this fire-hall-turned-pub. If you're there during a Flames game and a siren blares, don't worry, it just means we scored.
Laid-back place to see bands
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Ironwood Stage & Grill
1229 9 Avenue Southeast
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Laid-back place to see bands

Shopping

Just a tiny little boutique with a resident lazy dog. Sells ladies' clothes and shoes.
Luna Blue
2611 14 St SW
Just a tiny little boutique with a resident lazy dog. Sells ladies' clothes and shoes.
Bike shop, specializes in those trendy vintage-looking, "urban commuter" or cruiser-style bikes and accessories.
BikeBike Inc.
130-1439 10 Ave SE
Bike shop, specializes in those trendy vintage-looking, "urban commuter" or cruiser-style bikes and accessories.
Ladies consignment clothing, some good deals to be had.
Changes Consignment Clothing
Ladies consignment clothing, some good deals to be had.
My BF really likes this record shop, and also Sloth on 17th. Note, walk through the comic book / action figure shop to get to the record shop.
Melodiya Records
2523 17 Ave SW
My BF really likes this record shop, and also Sloth on 17th. Note, walk through the comic book / action figure shop to get to the record shop.

Entertainment & Activities

South Calgary Outdoor Pool
3130 16 St SW
Summer only
Tennis courts, soccer field, ball diamond, playground.
Bankview Community Association
Tennis courts, soccer field, ball diamond, playground.
Inexpensive city-run 9-hole course
Richmond Green Golf Course
Inexpensive city-run 9-hole course
City golf course, and also cross-country ski trails in the winter.
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Shaganappi Golf Course
1200 26 St SW
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City golf course, and also cross-country ski trails in the winter.
City golf course
Lakeview Golf Course
5840 19 St SW
City golf course

Arts & Culture

Calgary Public Library cards are free! Members also get free scanning and $5 worth of photocopying every month.
Giuffre Family Library
Calgary Public Library cards are free! Members also get free scanning and $5 worth of photocopying every month.
Free Admission from 5pm - 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.
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Glenbow Museum
130 9 Ave SE
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Free Admission from 5pm - 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Popular with families and school groups
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Fort Calgary National Historic Site
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Popular with families and school groups