Neighbourhood Guide: How to Spend a Day Getting the Best of Inglewood

Inglewood is impossible to forget. As Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, it’s bursting with historic charm, trendy restaurants, and popular boutiques and shops that make it the perfect destination for families and friends to enjoy a good time. Here’s our curated itinerary on how to experience the best of Inglewood in a day.

Rise and shine

Grab your morning brew and brekkie at none other than Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar, home to one of the city’s finest coffee shops. This vintage cafe serves delicious homemade sweet and savoury pies and other freshly baked goods to complement your caffeine kick. But wait–it gets even better. Gravity hosts live music and offers a wide selection of wine and beer to put you in the best mood.

Instagram: @cafegravity_yyc
Where: 909 10 St SE

Make your green thumb greener

If you’re a fan of the green life, Plant won’t disappoint. This plant store is your one-stop-shop for creating the leafy oasis you crave at home. From all the species you can name (or mispronounce) to pots, pebbles, mosses, and seeds, Plant doesn’t hold back. They even offer decorative accessories and DIY terrarium workshops, and their staff know just about everything there is to keep those plant babies alive. Bonus: it’s a dog-friendly shop, so no need to leave Rover at home!

Instagram: @plantshopyyc
Where: 1327 9 Ave SE

Spice up the kitchen

Take a step back in time to simpler days and swoon over the divine scents at The Silk Road Spice Merchant. Their impressive lineup of spice blends, seasonings, and herbs unite bakers and home chefs who love experimenting in the kitchen. From ingredients all over the world, you’ll be amazed at the difference in freshness and flavour and can say goodbye to commercial spice blends for good.

Instagram: @silkroadspices 
Where: 1403 9 Ave SE

Break for lunch

Ever eaten at a fire hall? Now’s your chance. Hose and Hound is Inglewood’s original fire hall-turned sports pub. This iconic spot offers a wide selection of beers on tap, big TVs to catch the latest game, and comfort food that comes in generous portions, sure to make your belly happy.

Instagram: @thehoseandhound
Where: 1030 9 Ave SE

If you’re after a taste of Italian, pop by Without Papers, the bustling pizza joint that serves up authentic pies inspired by old and new world tastes. This Inglewood staple offers an ever-changing menu of Neapolitan-style pizzas with generous amounts of toppings and cheese, so it’s always worth coming back to.

Instagram: @woppizza
Where: 1216 9 Ave SE

Get your groom on

For all the fellas sporting beautiful beards, Kent of Inglewood is your local shave shop with a twist–find axes, knives, and outdoor gear to bring out your wild side. This store’s cool and relaxed atmosphere is joined by passionate staff who know their stuff. Plus, you can get an amazing straight razor shave or haircut here on top of your personal care needs.

Instagram: @kentofinglewood
Where: 1316 9 Ave SE

Hit the record store

No visit to Inglewood is complete without stopping by Recordland, a local legend of a music shop that carries Canada’s largest selection of vinyl records–close to 1 million tunes! They have every genre you’re looking for and even more that you didn’t know you needed. This retro spot is a fun place to take your kids to blow their minds. Spend hours listening to music and make sure you have plenty of cash on hand.

Instagram: @recordlandcalgary
Where: 1208 9 Ave SE

Refresh with a pint or flight

At Cold Garden, the beers are the talk of the town. From delicious IPAs and lagers to creating your own custom growlers, this vibrant microbrewery is the place to kick back and enjoy a cold one with friends. Not to mention its outdoor patio is one of the coolest setups that’s open rain, snow, or shine, and rounds up all the neighbourhood dogs. No, seriously. You can bring your fur friends here!

Instagram: @cold_garden
Where: 1100 11 St SE

Experience fine dining

All this exploring should have you working up an appetite, and a must-try is the elevated Canadian cuisine at Deane House. This local gem is a 1906 heritage home that was transformed into an exquisite fine dining restaurant located riverside. It boasts immaculate gardens and a patio, and each room is distinctly decorated to capture the richness of the home’s history and charm. And the food itself? Spectacular. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu for a truly eye-opening culinary experience.

Instagram: @deanehouseyyc
Where: 806 9 Ave SE

Support live music

If you have a soft spot for older, locally-owned dive bars, then close out the night at Ironwood Stage & Grill, an energetic outpost for live music, cocktails, and bar fare. This historic venue hosts over 400 shows a year so there’s always something for everyone. From open mic nights to supporting local talent and out-of-town headliners, Ironwood is a crowd-pleaser that will have you wanting more.

Instagram: @ironwoodstage
Where: 1229 9 Ave SE

Just a taste of local treasures

So there you have it – a full day in Inglewood mapped out from beginning to end! For more Did we miss anything on our list? Let us know your favourites! And be sure to join Locate Local’s waitlist to discover how you can support local gems like these and more in your city.