Calgary is made up of dozens of different neighborhoods, each with their own style, vibe, and collection of shops and restaurants. One of the most well known is Kensington. It has tons of little shops and eateries - it would take YEARS to visit every one of them and pick your favs.
So we did the hard work for you - we've gathered up 9 of the absolute must-visit hidden gems in the area that are guaranteed to be a hit with you and all your friends. So get out while it's sunny this week and go exploring in Kensington!
Where: 1135 Kensington Road NW
This adorable little book store is the perfect place to roam around from aisle to aisle browsing interesting and diverse titles. They also play relaxing af music to make your trip even more enjoyable!
Where: 273 10th St NW
This spacious cafe has gorgeous velvet loungers and a grand piano, taking your next coffee date to a whole new level. The food there is also SO amazing and fresh, not to mention their drinks are pretty bomb too.
Where: 1131 Kensington Rd NW
This unique and quirky bar is Calgary's only alleyway patio! It's the perfect spot to grab a pint or some good grub in between your shopping adventures, and it just begs for a cool Instagram too!
Where: 1107 Kensington Rd NW
If you're a Calgarian with a sweet tooth, you definitely haven't lived until you've been to Crave. This adorable little bakery serves up some of the most gorgeous and tasty cupcakes and cakes you've ever seen!
Where: 1020 2 Ave NW
If you're looking for a photoshoot location, this is the place to go. With tons of different shipping container murals, there's lots of choice for street art enthusiasts. It's definitely guaranteed to brighten up your feed!
The Rocket Custom T-Shirts
Where: 106 10 St NW
This hole-in-the-wall clothing store has some of the best thrifty finds YYC has to offer. They have some A+ custom t-shirts, awesome jean shorts, and a great variety of nifty sunglasses too!
Oolong Tea House
Where: 110 10 Street NW
This cute little tea shop is the perfect place to relax and cozy up on a cool rainy day. Its little outdoor patio (pictured above) is super cool too! They also have a cereal bar (say whaaa?) in case you skipped breakfast!
Where: 1145 Kensington Cres NW
Looking to pop some tags this summer? Peacock boutique is a consignment store that will have you trapped inside for hours just combing through every single piece of clothing, debating how much you can afford to spend!
Where: 207 10a St NW
This Calgary pub looks like it's straight out of Diagon Alley. The rustic vibes and hanging vines make for a totally unique aesthetic. Not to mention their pub food and drinks are top notch.