What’s the best neighbourhood to stay in for a more local experience?

By Traveller May 23, 2018
Calgary

What’s the best neighbourhood to stay in for a more local experience?

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By Maria Traveller May 23, 2018

Rather than staying in the centre, I’d prefer to stay in an area where locals actually live. Somewhere with local places to eat, markets, etc. Which part of town would you recommend?

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Hi Maria,

A few options, all still inner city, but not right downtown.:

- Near 17th Ave SW. I've had friends stay at Hotel Elan and heard good things about it, or you could probably find some good listings around there on Air BnB or similar sites

- These neighbourhoods have great character, shops, restaurants etc, but scant hotels, so you'd have to find a vacation rental: Inglewood, Kensington, Marda Loop, Mission

All the best for your stay!
Local Guru May 25, 2018
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I would stick to the center area for your convenience. If you avoid downtown, you should consider 17th Avenue SW area or Mission 4th Street SW or Marda Loop area - 33rd Ave SW, all of these areas are a little bit south of downtown. These are nice areas to walk by in summer. Depending on what you are looking for, area along Center Street, Kensington or along 16th Ave SW are good - these are north of downtown. Fairly accessible to good restaurants along Center Street. If you choose a local set up, areas like McKenzie Towne or Seaton in SE or Shawnessy in SW would be good but far from downtown.
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Local May 24, 2018
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I would recommend:
1) Kensington/Hillhurst area - nice area with lots of shopping, restaurants, and great coffee shops. Close to LRT station and a stop away from downtown. Close to the river and pathway, allowing a nice walk. There are farmers markets that come up around the area. Also very close to Riley Park which is a great place to chill - a lot of locals go there to leisurely hang out

2) 17th Avenue area
- If you're a foodie, then this area may be good for you where there's lots of restaurants and cool shopping (but can be expensive). There is construction going on currently so some of the roads are not accessible by car and may have to park an avenue or 2 over. It's walking distance to downtown or you can take the LRT

3) Mission - also great shops and restaurants with lots of cafes. Close to the Stampede grounds if you're coming in Calgary during that time. Close distance to 17th Ave and relative distance to the train line.

4) Bridgeland
It's just on the NE side - it's quieter in retrospect to the other neighbourhoods but has great restaurants for local eats. Very close to the station where you can access to get to some shopping malls, and a stop away from the Calgary Zoo and downtown. You can access Memorial Drive pathways to get to Eau Claire, East Village and Chinatown where a lot of locals use the path to bike, walk, and rollerblade.
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Local May 23, 2018
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Kensington is great, lots of shopping, restaurants, close to downtown and to the LRT (light rail transit).
Another area that is good is Bridgeland. It is probably a little quieter than Kensington, close to the Calgary Zoo, Stampede Grounds, downtown, LRT and has great restaurants.
A good idea while you are in Calgary might be to take a bus or tour to Banff so you can see the Rocky Mountains.
Have fun!
Local May 23, 2018
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Hi Maria:
I would recommend you stay in Kensington or in and around 17 Avenue SW. Downtown is actually quite quiet in the evening unless you're here during Stampede.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions about Calgary!

Cheers,
Chandra
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Local May 23, 2018
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Hi Maria:

I would recommend that you stay in Kensington or in and around 17th Avenue SW. Downtown is actually very quiet at night, although if you are here during Stampede in July, it is quite busy. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions!

Cheers,
Chandra
C
Local May 23, 2018
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The neighbourhoods of Inglewood or Kensington would be great spots.
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Local May 23, 2018
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I lived in Kensington (also known as Hillhurst) for the first 8 years in Calgary, and I still miss this neighbourhood. Everything you need is within walking distance, the Bow river Pathway and C-Train are right there. That’s my top suggestion. Next option would be Mission. It’s not quite as close to the c-train, but still an easy walk, lots of bars and restaurants, lively area where younger people like to live.

Not really any markets per say, but in Kensington there is usually a flea market on sundays at the community center if you are into that and I think Wednesday evenings in the summer they have a pop up farmers market there too.
Local May 23, 2018
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