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Things to do in Downtown, Calgary

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.
Museum
“The various levels all have something interesting to see including beautiful art & textiles. They are great with children and have free entry one Thursday evening each month.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“The Calgary Tower is about a 15 minute walk or 5 minute Uber ride from Studio 27. This is a must see in Calgary. Be sure to check out the glass floor😉”
  • 92 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Shopping Mall Downtown Calgary. The beautiful devonian gardens which is at the top floor!”
  • 100 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Cool to go here, and go to the top for views of the city (must buy a ticket). There is also a restaurant at the top, which is revolving - so having lunch or dinner here will allow you to a 360 view of the city in 30 minutes.”
  • 111 locals recommend
Bridge
“Iconic "Peace Bridge" Great for an afternoon stroll, an instagram photoshoot, or just some city site seeing ”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“They have a bourbon room on the 2nd level and bowling on their lower-level pretty cool right?! If you are not into those things their main level is alward pretty busy great beer, ambience and food.”
  • 59 locals recommend
History Museum
“A great Historical Site of Calgary, also hosts large outdoor events. The Wooden Fort operates from 1875-1914 by the North West Mounted Police is a now a historical museum. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Transportation
“Get a good dose of the nightlife. nice walking through the downtown core. lots of clubs, pubs and venues. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Pub
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“Our favorite pub downtown. Amazing food but no patio. Next door to the National Bar as well if you want to hit both pubs. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Argentinian restaurant located inside the Simmons Building... insanely good food... but I'm Latina so I guess that's why I love this place.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“OEB offers a wide variety of breakfast options that are all super tasty and hardy.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Route
““Most popular tourist street, very nice on a summers day with old architect and bussers singing/playing musical instruments”
  • 41 locals recommend
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
Playground
“Often lot's of events in this area, large park area to hangout with pathways to walk around.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Let’s not kid ourselves, you’re not walking through our doors because we’re excellent recyclers or because our energy bill is carbon neutral. The same way you’re not dragging yourself out of bed on Sunday because we do the majority of our sourcing from friends and local farmers. You’re coming in because you want to eat something life-affirmingly delicious while egg drips off your face. Well, us too. So why wax on about it? Our simple hope is this — as you say goodbye to that last bite of whatever it is you’re eating, we want it to taste just that much better because you know we did our best to be good people along the way. Bonus? By choosing to eat with us, you’re showing that you’re pretty good people too.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“This is in the centre of Calgary, locates at the top of TD square shopping mall, also called The Core. You can shop and explore the nature at the same time. ”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“They have a bourbon room on the 2nd level and bowling on their lower-level pretty cool right?! If you are not into those things their main level is alward pretty busy great beer, ambience and food.”
  • 59 locals recommend
Pub
“Our favorite pub downtown. Amazing food but no patio. Next door to the National Bar as well if you want to hit both pubs. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Argentinian restaurant located inside the Simmons Building... insanely good food... but I'm Latina so I guess that's why I love this place.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Restaurant
“OEB offers a wide variety of breakfast options that are all super tasty and hardy.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Pub
“Friendly and quaint pub that's in the heart of Kensington. Great local and imported beers and pub food.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Let’s not kid ourselves, you’re not walking through our doors because we’re excellent recyclers or because our energy bill is carbon neutral. The same way you’re not dragging yourself out of bed on Sunday because we do the majority of our sourcing from friends and local farmers. You’re coming in because you want to eat something life-affirmingly delicious while egg drips off your face. Well, us too. So why wax on about it? Our simple hope is this — as you say goodbye to that last bite of whatever it is you’re eating, we want it to taste just that much better because you know we did our best to be good people along the way. Bonus? By choosing to eat with us, you’re showing that you’re pretty good people too.”
  • 43 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
“Arrive early and be one of the lucky few to taste the ramen here. Serving just 150 bowls each day, Shiki Menya is focused on quality: all the noodles are handmade, all the soups are made entirely from scratch and all the meat is sourced from local farms.”
  • 33 locals recommend

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