Alberta is spoiled for choice when it comes to eateries, pubs and cafes but that doesn’t stop some of us from going to the same two or three places on rotation. This weekend, why not shake things up by trying one of the many new restaurants in Calgary? Not sure what’s opened recently? Here are just 7 fantastic spots you should definitely check out.


Heavily influenced by the popular phrase “mi casa es tu casa” which means “my home is your home,” Milpa serves Mexican small plates and tasty cocktails from the mind of celebrity chef,  Elia Herrera (Top Chef Canada and Top Chef Mexico). Located at 1531 5th Street SW, Milpa is open from Tuesdays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 11 pm and then Fridays to Saturdays between 5 pm to 1 am.

Where: 1531 5th Street SW, Calgary
Instagram: @milpayyc

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Who doesn’t love tacos?! Located on 17th Avenue Taqueria El Chefe serves what they claim to be the best Mexican street food in the city. Want to test that theory for yourself? Check it out this weekend.

Where: 1438 17 Avenue SW, Calgary
Instagram: @elchefecalgary


Serving crispy chicken and a cheeky concept, Strip Joint is truly one-of-a-kind. From spicy sauces to savoury toppings, they’ve really got it all here.

Where: 312 3rd Street SE
Instagram: @stripjointchicken



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Looking for something intimate? La Hacienda is a brand-new speakeasy located in Marda Loop. Serving small bites and tasty cocktails, guests will need to call ahead before checking it out.

Where:  1928 34 Ave SW, Calgary
Instagram: @lahaciendayyc


Best known for being a Canadian sports icon – wrestler, author and humanitarian, Bret Hart is Calgary royalty and now he’s a restauranteur! Appropriately named ‘Hitman’s Bar’, this one-of-a-kind spot is described as “a multi-room eatery and lounge that combines contemporary modern cuisine with a distinctly Calgary vibe.”

Where: 421 12th Avenue SE, Calgary
Instagram: @hitmansbar



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Throwback decor and smoked meats? what’s not to love? Jam’s Diner is another new-to-Calgary spot serving comfort food and classic cocktails. Check it out and enjoy!

Where: 1209 9th Avenue, Calgary
Instagram: @jams_diner


There’s nothing better than nachos and beer headed into Super Bowl weekend. This Sunday, check out 4.2.4 for Insta-friendly bites, TVs, pool tables and a fun atmosphere.

Where: #101, 2411 4th Street NW, Calgary
Instagram: @424yyc

And there you have it, foodies. 7 new restaurants in Calgary that you should check out this weekend. Enjoy!