Any major foodie knows the first rule of dining out: the camera "eats" first. If you are the person who always makes your friends wait to eat until you've documented the meal like it's a crime scene, then this article is for you. When it comes to our local culinary scene, it feels like endless spots are popping up across town. To help you find some of the best places, we've gathered up a list of the most Instagrammable restaurants in Calgary.
Eateries need to do more than make mouth-watering delicious food; they also need a super cute vibe. From glowing neon signs, pink accent walls, or boho plant-filled spaces, Calgary restauranteurs understand how we not only want the food to be jawdropping but the decor to look good on our feed too.
All the locations below you'll want to visit at least once if you haven't already. One of the newest restaurants you'll want to discover is literally hidden behind a vending machine.
For all you Harry Potter fans, there is a bar that looks straight from the Wizarding World where you devour juicy burgers and a pint of Butterbeer.
Or you can treat yourself to a slice of frosted cake in a bakery that looks like you've inside a colouring book.
Hawthorn Dining Room
Address: 133 9 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The sophisticated dining space within the Fairmont Palliser is breathtaking with its majestic pillars and gold details. It is the perfect spot to enjoy afternoon tea with your friends.
Sidewalk Citizen Bakery
Address: 618 Confluence Way S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The interior is so eye-catching with a honeycomb-like roof and hanging plants. While here you'll want to try their hearty sourdough sandwiches with a side of fried halloumi.
Address: 730 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You'll quickly fall in love with the decor as there are hanging crystal chandeliers, patio lights and plants that adorn the space. It is a stylish spot to ease into the weekend over brunch, or for a romantic dinner.
Calcutta Cricket Club
Address: 340 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: There are so many Instagrammable spots to capture between the palm tree mural, pink accent walls, and giant tiger behind the bar. On the menu, you'll find mouthwatering spicy curries and grilled meats.
Ten Foot Henry
Address: 1209 1 St. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: It is a plant-lovers paradise as you'll find lush greenery hanging from the ceiling. This local gem is known for its vegetable-focused menu but they also serve an incredible brunch too.
94 Take The Cake
Address: 94 Elma St., Okotoks, Alberta
Why You Need To Go: Only a short drive outside of Calgary, we had to include this spot on the list. Inside you'll feel like you've stepped into a colouring book with its white and black decor.
Address: 7212 Macleod Trail, Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This Japanese restaurant has a secret entrance behind a Coca-cola machine that makes for a jaw-dropping photo.
The Tea House
Address: 1213 1 St. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You'll want to snap a photo of the glowing red lanterns at this delicious spot for Chinese food and cocktails.
The Potion Room
Address: 1211 9 Ave. SE., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This Harry Potter-inspired eatery makes yummy tacos and slidders which you can enjoy with a pint of Butterbeer. The magical decor is stunning, with twinkling lights and books that appear to be flying, and plenty of other magical decorations.
National On 10th
Address: 341 10 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You'll fall in love with this fun beerhall that has patio lights across the ceiling and super cheesy pizza.
Cuisine: Bubble tea
Address: 2004 34 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: You can take a selfie at their angel wing mural.