Where to find magnificent milkshakes in Calgary

Like a drinkable dairy cocktail, minus the hooch, a well-crafted milkshake is a thing to savour. These city establishments serve their own unique shake recipes in a long list of flavours from good old vanilla to exotic fruit concoctions.

Inglewood Drive In

802 12 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 3H5

Go in and sit down, or visit the drive-through window at this tidy and terrific little diner in Inglewood. Its big ol’ burger combos pair exceedingly well with a selection from its milkshake menu. Flavours include hot fudge, bumbleberry, banana and licorice. In summer, walk your shake on down to the riverbank greenbelt and sip your icy drink on a tree-shaded bench.

Galaxie Diner

1413 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7

An all-day eatery just southwest of downtown, petite Galaxy Diner often has line-ups out the door. A beautifully appointed ’50s-style diner, the best spot to enjoy one of its premium milkshakes is seated on one of its lunch-counter stools. Classic flavours available in regular and large include vanilla, strawberry and chocolate, but also consider the slightly more adventurous apple pie, coconut and coffee.

My Favorite Ice Cream Shoppe Ltd

2048 42 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2M7

Both locations of this outstanding ice cream parlour serve milk shakes to match a lengthy list of cone flavours. My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe offers a list 72 names long. Excluding its sherbets and sorbets, 64 of these are available as milkshakes. Flavours include peanut butter chocolate swirl, chocolate chip fudge and orange Creamsicle. Two sugar-free flavours are also available — caramel crunch and caramel macchiato.

Peters' Drive-In

219 16 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 1J9

A beloved drive-though burger joint that also features walkup windows, Peters’ Drive-In is located just west of the busy intersection of 16th Avenue Northwest and Edmonton Trail. Patrons often pair a burger and a massive order of fries with an ultra-thick Peters’ shake. Served large or small, you’re welcome to mix flavours that include vanilla, butterscotch, pineapple and toasted marshmallow.

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