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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Pub
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“Friendly and quaint pub that's in the heart of Kensington. Great local and imported beers and pub food.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Route
“walk through to check out interesting shops, eateries, and cafes. Charm galore! A few steps from the river, for a gorgeous walk.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Entertainment
“"The Jubilee Auditorium is an events center for musicians, community events, plays and keynote speakers!"”
  • 18 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A nostalgic glimpse of The Plaza's beginning. Courtesy of the City of Calgary's Heritage Sites archive..”
  • 29 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“ Great place to do work or chill by a fireplace with a tea/coffee!! Short walk to the Bow River and the Peace Bridge!!!!”
  • 31 locals recommend
Park
“Riley Park is perfect for the nature get away in the city. It's an easy day trip and a short train ride from Banff Trail Station to Sunny Side Station. Take a walk through the gardens and catch a game of cricket. A great place for families all around as there is a free wading pool, playground and lots of room to run. This is a great place for a family picnic and our families personal favourite.”
  • 27 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is a bbq joint in the heart of Kensington, Calgary, Alberta. Smoking our meat from 10-14 hours, people love our brisket but we have a selection of meats, trays, and sides to choose from. Join us inside or out if the weather permits, or on our backyard whiskey garden open year-round. Drinkwise we’ve got the largest whiskey list in town, and an ever-evolving cocktail list anchored by our smokey old-fashioned. We’ve also got a bunch of beer on tap, with some local favorites and international selects.”
  • 26 locals recommend
University
“Calgary's technical school. Amazing views of downtown from the campus. Easy to get to by CTrain.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More Italian, but good Italian. Nice for a fire grilled pizza in a cool part of town.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Wine Bar
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“Urbane bar offering rotating wines paired with cheeses, charcuterie & inventive small plates.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to eat
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Sleek, colorful eatery serving Italian & French fare made with thoughtfully sourced ingredients. The word “Vero” in Italian means “true”. We like to be creative but at the same time we strive for bringing to our customers the true heart of the different cuisines of Italy and Spain and also from some regions of France.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite spot for drinks in Kensington with live music, standup comedy and a warm local atmosphere”
  • 15 locals recommend
Liquor Store
“This area is surrounded by pubs, cheap food and expensive food. Huge selections within a 2 km walk.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Nice shopping mall with restaurants and large grocery store (Safeway) only 5minutes away.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“The last of the original independent coffee houses in Calgary. This place has been the gathering spot for eclectic folks and interesting conversations since the 90s. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Friendly and quaint pub that's in the heart of Kensington. Great local and imported beers and pub food.”
  • 41 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is a bbq joint in the heart of Kensington, Calgary, Alberta. Smoking our meat from 10-14 hours, people love our brisket but we have a selection of meats, trays, and sides to choose from. Join us inside or out if the weather permits, or on our backyard whiskey garden open year-round. Drinkwise we’ve got the largest whiskey list in town, and an ever-evolving cocktail list anchored by our smokey old-fashioned. We’ve also got a bunch of beer on tap, with some local favorites and international selects.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Restaurant
“More Italian, but good Italian. Nice for a fire grilled pizza in a cool part of town.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Wine Bar
“Urbane bar offering rotating wines paired with cheeses, charcuterie & inventive small plates.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sleek, colorful eatery serving Italian & French fare made with thoughtfully sourced ingredients. The word “Vero” in Italian means “true”. We like to be creative but at the same time we strive for bringing to our customers the true heart of the different cuisines of Italy and Spain and also from some regions of France.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“My favorite spot for drinks in Kensington with live music, standup comedy and a warm local atmosphere”
  • 15 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“Locally sourced beef & seafood pair with sophisticated cocktails & wines in a posh setting.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great atmosphere and ambiance. Fabulous (and artistic) sushi, and good wine ;)”
  • 9 locals recommend

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