10 places to go in Calgary’s bustling Beltline

By Shane Flug

Located south of the downtown core, the Beltline in Calgary is a thriving inner-city community famous for being a central beating heart of local nightlife and urban living. With many cherished local businesses calling the Beltline home, your options for your next night out or shopping trip are endless. Here are 10 to start you off. [Photo credit: Bob Keelaghan]

10 places to go in Calgary’s bustling Beltline

Make a house visit

Nestled in a centennial house built all the way back in 1911, the creaky floors and historical décor of the Hop In Brew Pub in Victoria Park make it a cozy spot for relaxed conversation while sipping back a pint from their indie beer selections. Share a delicious oven-baked pizza with your group and shoot some pool upstairs.

Classic dining, modern spin

Named after the streetcar that ran down 12th Avenue early last century, casual diner The Beltliner has quickly made a name for itself with its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and unique twists on classic dining fare. Line up for brunch for some smoked salmon eggs Benedict or grab a Beltliner Burger to go.

Have a taste of Greece

A family-owned corner grocer on 14th Avenue and 11th Street SW, Kalamata Grocery is the Beltline’s #1 spot for Mediterranean cuisine at reasonable prices. Bring home some baklava to snack on or create your next home pizza pie with their feta cheese and spicy olives.

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Good-health grocery shopping

From kale to kombucha, Amaranth Whole Foods Market’s Fourth Street location covers all your healthy eating and living needs. With their abundant local, organic and ethically-sourced selections, crossing off what’s on your list will be a feel-good task all the way through.

Get your nose in a book

Nestled on the northern edge of the Mission area on Fourth Street SW, Shelf Life Books keeps the printed word speaking loudly with their wide catalogue of genres and frequent literary events. Check their website for author readings and book club gatherings.

Unearth gems

From raw crystals to jewelry, Earth Gems on 17th Avenue is abundant with our planet’s most beautiful artworks: crystals and minerals. With hundreds of stones ranging from lapis lazuli to topaz, there is sure to be a creation for you to take home.

Stop and admire the flowers

With its Beaulieu Gardens offering a respite from the urban hustle and bustle, historic site Lougheed House is rich with love for horticulture spanning generations. Inside, take a tour of this sandstone mansion and learn more of the Lougheed family’s history.

From Connaught to Victoria Park and Midtown to 17th Avenue, Calgary’s Beltline is a vibrant marriage of business districts and urban life that makes it a can’t-miss spot for your next night out.

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