Analog Coffee on 17th Avenue SW looks awesome on the outside and has great coffee on the inside. Thanks to its location on the nicer part of 17th Avenue, it is often busy and a great place to sit down with a laptop if you can find a table. I don’t often visit Downtown Calgary, but 17th Avenue SW is a good reason to. This is one of the few coffee shops that open late in Calgary.
Higher Ground Cafe
Higher Ground Cafe in Kensington is just outside of downtown and pretty close to Crave Cupcakes. Another great local coffee shop that opens late. Take a walk before/after to the Peace Bridge or that photogenic MEMORIAL sign/sculpture.
Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters
My favourite local coffee shop is probably Phil & Sebastian. They now have several locations besides Marda Loop incluing Chinook Centre and on 4th Street in Mission. I think they were the first coffee shop I’ve been to that I’d consider “fancy coffee”.
Caesar’s Steak House
Caesar’s Steak House was the first fancy steak house that I remember going to with my wife. It was everything that I imagined a classic steakhouse to be like, just like the ones in the movies. They’ll even do a table-side steak diane (the one with the flames), at least the last time I was there.
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The Cattle Baron steak house is the image of Alberta steakhouse if there ever was one. This is a more casual steak house, but that doesn’t mean the steaks aren’t every bit as good as the fancy ones. I probably prefer the Cattle Baron actually. According to their menu, they only serve AAA ALBERTA BEEF! This is where I’d take visitors if they’re asking for Alberta beef.
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Hy’s Steak House is an upscale modern take on the steak house. The steaks are excellent and the decor and environment are much more contemporary. Located at The Core downtown, parking isn’t too much of a problem, but you’ll probably have to pay. Hy’s also has table-side steak diane and they even have beef wellington for the Hell’s Kitchen fans.
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