Calgary City Guide

In the late 1800’s, Calgary was nothing more than a fort to guide local whiskey traders. A devastating fire and several oil strikes later, Calgary has evolved into something far greater than the western “Cowtown” culture that is attributed to the city. Faced with one of the most fluctuating economies in Canada, the people here have a resiliency like no other. The culture is rich, food is good, and skies are sunny – making Calgary one of the top five cities to live in.

Closet space of NAQP (featured below)

Whether you’re looking to host a sweet friend or planning a staycation for yourself, Dote has rounded up the crème de la crème for a composed and relaxed trip through YYC.

Hotel: Azuridge

Having opened in 2012, this Foothills gem perched in the hilly landscapes of Priddis has received a deservingly warm welcome from community near and far. Located only a few kilometers from Calgary, a meaningful, well-composed trip begins here. With only 13 guest rooms, Azuridge serves up an intimate and personal stay, complete with breathtaking views and gracious hospitality. For those pursuing a trip that embraces the comforts of a home away from home, Azuridge is sure to delight.

Address: 178057 272 St W, Priddis, AB T0L 1W0

Phone: (403) 931-0100

Website: www.azuridgehotel.com/

Social: Distilled

For an unrivalled pamper experience, one must stop by Distilled while in YYC. A coffee & wine house, nail salon, and beauty bar all in one, you’d be hard pressed to find a better social space than in the heart of Marda Loop. With stunning design by renowned architect Nam Dang-Mitchell, Distilled’s bright and welcoming space is an encapsulation of how to do beauty in a modern age. With standout coffee, wine, and food to round off the business, it’ll do your afternoon well to stop and stay a while.

Address: 2408 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2C8

Phone Number: (403) 685-0119

Website: distilledbeautybar.com/

Bakery: Mari

Opened by seasoned pastry chef duo Doug Gregory and Lauren Ahn, Mari is a delightful stop for any visit to Calgary. Located conveniently by Calgary’s East Village riverfront, the scent of freshly baked bread draws in any who pass by, while the sight of the Asian-style roll cakes and French choux pastries will remind one to stay a while. A cozy modern space clothed in grey with splashes of pastel pinks echo the beauties lying inside the pastry case. Whether you’re heading out to a gathering of friends or returning home for a night-in, make Mari your stop for a sweet night.

Address: 529 Riverfront Ave SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 1K2

Phone: (587) 356-4461

Website: www.maribakeshop.ca/

Coffee: Monogram Altadore (Multiple Locations)

There’s a certain hominess to Monogram’s first of three locations. Set in the laidback and hip neighbourhood of Altadore, Monogram is a stone’s throw away from Sandy Beach Park. Inventive and simply adorned, the white and wood space is a call for any coffee shop lover. With good coffee, good reads, and good vibes, make Monogram your stop before or after a walk in the park.

Address: 4814 16 St SW, Calgary, AB T2T 4J5

Phone: (587) 893-0444

Website: monogramcoffee.com

Restaurant: Suzette Bistro

Perched delightfully in a famed food and entertainment district, one look into Suzette Bistro feels like a trip to the Western shores of France. A bright interior flooded with sunshine and nautical flare draws you in. The food completes the picture. Brimming with an enthusiasm for authentic French comfort food, there is no rival for Suzette’s galettes and crêpes on this side of the sea. Sit and stay for a coffee while people-watching – it’ll be a perfect afternoon.  

Address: 2210 4 St. SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 1W9

Phone: (403) 802-0036

Website: www.bistrosuzette.ca

Lifestyle and Womenswear Shop: Fieldstudy

Just up 4th Street from Suzette Bistro lies Fieldstudy, an epitome of what thoughtful consumerism can look like. With every item picked based on its craftsmanship, beauty, and functionality, one walks out from Fieldstudy feeling like they’ve connected with the artisans behind the products. Pick up something thoughtful for a loved one or invest into yourself by finding a gem that tickles your joy. Whatever your narrative is, there will undoubtedly be something to marvel over – whether it’s a small trinket or your first slow-fashion investment, Fieldstudy’s conscientious approach to consumer goods sets the mark for meaningful stores.

Address: 102- 1812 4 St. SW, Calgary, AB, T2S 1W1

Phone: (587) 356- 2134

Website: fieldstudyshop.com

Menswear: NAQP

In every corner of NAQP (North American Quality Purveyors) lies a perfect union between style and craftsmanship. Each item in the store is sourced with intention and designed to age with it’s owner – a culmination of each day’s wear. With relationship building as a cornerstone in the business, it is a joy to walk into NAQP and discover stories behind brands and people behind labels. Having celebrated their 5th year anniversary in 2018, NAQP continues to push the boundaries of timeless, hard-wearing goods with an expansion of their own line. (Pictured in the closet at the top of the page is the Orange Slugger Cap, Williamson Workshirt in Black Chambray, and the Wildwood Pocket Tee)

Address: 1207 10 Ave. SE, Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6

Phone: (403) 910-9913

Website: shopnorthamerican.com/

Activity: Drift Luxury Nail Bar

Opened by a nurse with a dream for a non-toxic and gender-neutral beauty space, Drift is a haven for any and every treatment. Aesthetically adorned with spots of green and statement walls, the space alone is worthy of a visit. Coupled with a complimentary massage and meditation service, any pampering of the hands or feet will leave you feeling relaxed and not rushed. With products sourced locally across Canada, Drift is an embodiment of a forward thinking, socially responsible wellness oasis.

Address: #108 8400 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, AB, T2J 7E1

Phone: (403) 301-0888

Website: driftluxurynailbar.com

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Photographed by Janice Lee Photography (@janiceleephoto)

Written by Angie Lam