Alternative Calgary for the Newcomer

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Calgary's common reputation as a more business-oriented city with a large suburb-dwelling population makes it easy to assume that it would have little to offer a newcomer seeking the hip, artsy or otherwise alternative hot-spots in their travels. On the contrary, Calgary boasts a uniquely thriving alternative scene with an surprising selection of unique destinations. direct-trade coffee shops, vegetarian-friendly dining, used record stores and vintage shops are found in abundance in the downtown core, frequented by the disarmingly-friendly community of Calgary's hipster subculture. Whether you're settling into the invigorating atmosphere of Cafe Mediterranean, Calgary's premier hookah lounge, or catching the local dub & raggae DJs for a night of dancing at Bamboo, Calgary has it covered for just about any niche market you might be into. Once you start exploring around downtown you're bound to find whatever you may be looking for, but if you're looking to quickly find the prime spots that the locals know and love, this guide is a great place to get you pointed in the right direction! For regular updates on what to do in Calgary, try following the NileGuide Calgary twitter feed @ngyyc. Enjoy!

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Alberta College of Art & Design

Location:

1407 14 Avenue Northwest
T2N 4R3 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 284 7600


Nectar Desserts

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Location:

1216 9 Ave. S.E.
Upstairs
T2G 0T1 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403-263-8486


My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe

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Location:

2048 - 42 Avenue SW
T2T 2M7 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

(403) 287-3838


Day 1 - Calgary


1

Bumpy's Cafe

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Location:

1040 - 8th Street SW
Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403.265.0244


2

Ship and Anchor Pub

Location:

534-17th Avenue SW
T2S 0B1 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 245 3333


3

Wicked Wedge Pizza Company

Location:

6455 Macleod Trail Southwest
Chinook Centre
T2H 0K8 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403-252-8558


Day 2 - Calgary


1

Lazy Loaf & Kettle

Location:

8 Parkdale Crescent North West
T2N 3T8 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 270 7810


2

Boogie's Burgers

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Location:

A-908 Edmonton Trail NE
T2E 3K1 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403.230.7070


3

Nellie's

Location:

2308 4th Street SW
T2X 1S2 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 209 2708


4

Drum & Monkey, (The)

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Location:

1201 1st Street Southwest
Victoria Park
T2R 0V3 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 261 6674


Day 3 - Calgary


1

Rajdoot

Location:

2424 4 Street SW
T2S 2T4 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 245 0181


2

Cafe Mediterranean

Location:

1009 1st Street SW
T2R 0T8 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 286 8452


3

Broken City

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Location:

613 11 Avenue Southwest
T2R 0E1 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 262 9976


Day 4 - Calgary


1

Caffe Beano

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Location:

1613 Ninth Street SW
T2R 1E1 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 229 1232


2

The Sunflower Cafe

Location:

1304 10 Ave SW
T3C 0J2 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 229 2383


3

Bottlescrew Bill's Pub

Location:

140 - 10 Avenue SW
T2R 0A3 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 263 7900


Day 5 - Calgary


1

Avenue Diner

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Location:

105 - 8th Avenue SW
T2P 1B4 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 263 2673


2

Coup (The)

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Location:

924b 17th Avenue SW
Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403.541.1041


3

Hop In Brew Coffee and Beer House

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Location:

213 12 Avenue SW
T2R 0G9 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 266 2595


Day 6 - Calgary


2

Higher Ground

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Location:

1126 Kensington Road NW
T2N 3P3 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 270 3780


3

Kensington Village

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Location:

Kensington Street
Calgary, Canada


4

Uptown Stage Screen (The)

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Location:

612-8th Avenue Southwest
Suite 200
T2P 1G4 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 265 0120


5

Kensington Pub (The)

Location:

207 10a Street SW
T2N 1W2 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 270 4505


Day 7 - Calgary


1

1886 Cafe

Location:

187 Barclay Parade SW
T2P 4R5 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 269 9255


2

Eau Claire Market

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Location:

200 Barclay Parade SW
Near 2nd Ave. SW and 3rd St. SW
T2P 4R5 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 264 6450


3

Prince's Island Park

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Location:

1st Ave and 4 St SW
T2P 4R5 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 268 3888


4

Peters' Drive-In

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Location:

219-16 Avenue NE
T2E 1J9 Calgary, Canada

Phone:

403 277 2747


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