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Guide: 6 local gems every Calgarian should know about

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Our city is filled to the brim with things to do. Many of them are well known, but some have managed to fly under the radar. We’re guessing that the ones who know want to keep these gems to themselves. However, we’re all about sharing here, which is why we’ve teamed up with our friends over at Hotel Arts Group to get you in on these hidden gems in Calgary!

Hotel Arts Group is all about the good things in life: art, design, food, drinks, music, and people. This is reflected in their vision of creating a design-centric hotel with innovative culinary offerings. A hub to kick-off your Calgary adventure, Hotel Arts Group includes two Hotel Arts properties and award-winning restaurants: Raw Bar, Yellow Door Bistro, and Oxbow. But without further adieu, let’s get into it!

Readers Rock Garden

readers cafe
Readers Rock Garden is a designated provincial historic site in the heart of the city. Take a break in this serene garden with rock pathways, bridges, benches, and beautiful gardens! It’s There is also a cozy cafe that serves up a delicious brunch!

Where: 325 25 Ave SE

Raw Bar

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With decor, food, and service this good, Raw Bar is barely a secret. Serving up contemporary Asian cuisine with some of the freshest live shellfish in Calgary, it’s the go-to for parties, pre/post Saddledome events, or whenever you’re looking for chill vibes. They are also one of the last places to have a real buck a shuck! But the real secret is their free Flames-game parking for restaurant patrons who dine before the game.

Where: 119 12 Ave SE

Tea House

the tea house comedy night
This ‘secret’ cocktail bar is located in the basement of Two Penny, a popular modern Chinese restaurant. You just need to walk through the main doors and down the stairs on your right-hand side. To keep it interesting, they host comedy nights every Thursday with top local and traveling talent.

Where: 1213 1 St SW

The Himalayan

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It may not be a secret anymore since they recently expanded to take over two spaces in the 17th Ave SW strip mall. This family-run restaurant serves up Nepali cuisine and is rated one of the best restaurants in Calgary on Zomato. Get the Momos– if you know, you know.

Where: 3218 17th Ave SW

27 Boutique

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This Calgary based boutique features the cutest indie, urban-bohemian styles from brands like Gentle Fawn, OneTeaspoon, and Sundays The Label. They also carry exclusive labels such as Collective Concepts and THML. Everything is hand-picked for their store, making it hard to leave empty-handed.

Where: 1510 17th Ave SW

Poolside Hotel Arts

hotel arts poolside rooftop pool
This hidden urban oasis is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown in the stylish and eccentric Hotel Arts. Priority access is given to hotel guests, but they also have a limited number of day passes available to the public. You’ll have to be quick though since these spots are super sought after. Their recent renovations allow them to stay open all year round which makes this one of the greatest hidden amenities of Calgary.

Where: 119 12 Ave SW

And there you have it, Calgary! 6 Calgary gems that definitely deserve your attention. Go out there and enjoy!

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