The neighbourhood of Eau Claire is a trendy little spot in downtown Calgary that's bustling with life. As the Festival Central of the city, there's almost always some sort of market or event happening in the area, making it a great spot to hang out with friends.

Eau Claire Market may not be as busy as it used to be, but the restaurants and scenery in the surrounding area are definitely still worth checking out. Next time you're planning a trip over to Eau Claire, here's everything we recommend that you visit:

1. 1886 Buffalo Cafe

Where: 187 Barclay Parade SW

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In my opinion, there's no better thing in this world than breakfast. If you're looking for the best of the best in Calgary, you'll want to visit 1886 Buffalo Cafe. This cozy, welcoming spot cooks up the best in homestyle breakfast that will cure any Sunday morning hangover, or win your date's heart.

2. Eau Claire Hair

Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW

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In need of a fresh new do? No worries - the stylists at Eau Claire Hair will hook you up and have you looking and feeling your best. Whether you're going in for a simple cut, or totally changing up your look with a new colour, you're in amazing hands.

3. Eau Claire Rapid Rent

Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW

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Sure, taking a walk through the park can be fun. But I think we can all agree that taking a bike ride through the park is a much faster and more exciting way to spend an evening. If you don't have a bike, head over to Eau Claire Rapid Rent where you can loan one for a super great price!

4. Prince's Island Park

Where: 698 Eau Claire Ave SW

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Of all the beautiful spots that exist in Calgary, I would have to say that Prince's Island is easily one of my favourites. The park is like a little-hidden oasis in the middle of the city, and it's the perfect spot to hang out after grabbing bubble tea with friends or take a bike ride.

5. Apik Art Gallery

Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW

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Calgary doesn't have much in the way of art galleries, and going to the Glenbow for the millionth time can definitely get old. If you're an art connoisseur, why not try something new and check out the super lowkey Apik Art Gallery in Eau Claire? They're home to some super unique and totally affordable pieces and as a bonus, they offer the occasional art class!

6. Alforno Bakery & Cafe

Where: 222 7 Street SW

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On the occasions that I've visited Alforno, I've never had a bad experience. You can always expect super friendly service, a fun and welcoming atmosphere, the most delicious pastries and sweets, and quality coffee.

7. JOEY Eau Claire

Where: 208 Barclay Parade SW

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If you're wondering where the hottest happy hour deals in the city are, JOEY would definitely rank pretty high on the list. Whether you're sipping sangria, gin and tonic, or frose, you can get some seriously sweet drink deals to go along with your meal.

8. Eau Claire Plaza

Where: Eau Claire Ave SW

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When a festival is going down in Calgary, a large percentage of the time, it's happening in Eau Claire. The Plaza often has food trucks around, large crowds gathering to celebrate different, events, or live entertainment. If you want to know if something's going on in the city, your best bet is to check out Eau Claire.

9. Eau Claire Market

Where: 200 Barclay Parade SW

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The market may not be as popular as it was years ago, but with the city's plans to redevelop it, it won't be long until it's thriving again. The Eau Claire Market is a great spot to mix and mingle with local Calgarian vendors, grab a bite to eat or get out of that summer sunshine for a while.