Must-Do Calgary: The Ultimate Guide to Inglewood
Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood established in 1875, after the construction of Fort Calgary.
9th avenue, formerly “Atlantic Avenue”, is Calgary’s original main-street and is only several blocks away from the Bow River and the central business district.
On the main strip, the neighbourhood is still lined with historic buildings and has become Calgary’s art and culture district.
It’s now home to over 200 trendy boutiques, bars and restaurants, and in my opinion, one of the best coffee shops in town.
I’ve put together a list of my note-worthy Inglewood stops, but you could easily spend all day perusing up and down the lane.
909 10 St SE, Calgary, AB
Gravity is always my first stop in Inglewood. Their baristas know how to whip up an excellent cup of coffee. (Bonus tip: You’ll have better chances of finding a parking spot around here.)
They don’t just do coffee— Gravity hosts a great selection of local craft beer and wines. On Tuesdays, bottles of wine are HALF PRICED after 5pm, and they have decent happy-hour prices throughout the week.
Have a sweet tooth?
I personally think that all the drinks pair excellently with the mason jar cheesecake—treat yo’ self!
Best of all, they support local art and music. You can always find local art decorating the space available for purchase.
Are you a performer?
Gravity hosts live bands and solo musicians weekly. Book yourself in online or grab a drink and enjoy the show.
1130 10th Ave SE, Calgary, AB
What’s the deal with the big red barn in Inglewood?
The building was historically the Livery Stable— it was a hub where out-of-towners would rent and park horses. The original Enterprise rent-a-car!
The Livery has become a space that supports local artisans and curates art, design, home, and fashion from independent brands from all over the world.
Christmas shopping for that difficult-to-shop-for, trendy friend who has everything?
Stop in and say hi to my friend, Cyd. She'll sort you out with unique gift ideas.
1319 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Kent is Calgary’s shave shop with a love for tradition. It’s a 100-year-old concept boutique that opened their doors to Calgary in 2014.
Kent believes that everyone should have “an excellent axe, a stiff cocktail, and a perfect shave.”
This store is just cool, and there’s nothing else like it.
They sell beautifully crafted axes, knives, and men’s grooming paraphernalia. It’s my boyfriend’s favourite beard shop. The staff is friendly, know a lot about beards and knives and all things in the art of manliness.
1327 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
If you’re a pot-head like me, you need to make Plant a priority stop on your visit to Inglewood.
Plants are living art. They bring life to any space and can be displayed in so many different ways— simply potted, hanging, terrariums… this store definitely sparks the imagination and inspires the green thumb in all of us.
Plant started from a love of terrarium-making and selling miniature landscapes at the Red Deer Farmers’ Market. Today, their Inglewood shop has a huge collection of house plants, artisan pots, terrarium-making supplies, and home-decor.
They also hosts a series of workshops on terrarium building, a 101 on keeping houseplants alive, and workshops for kids. You can even book a class for private events.
9 Avenue Southeast 1228
You have to keep an eye out for this one— it’s a classic “hole in the wall” shop. Tea Trader is an importer and retailer of specialty teas, and it’s one of the oldest tea shops in Calgary.
The staff are friendly and extremely knowledgeable. If you’re a tea lover, you’re going to swoon over the selection of teas they have at fair prices.
1216b 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Are you really Canadian if you don’t have an obsession for quality crafted denim?
Dutil are denim experts.
The Vancouver-based boutique honours the history and tradition of denim and stock a great selection of luxury denim brands such as Nudies, Levis, Naked and Famous, and Rag N’ Bone.
I’m a bit of a Nudies denim obsessive, and Dutil is an official Nudies repair store for those well-earned wear and tears.
1323 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
If you’re a stationery junkie and home-organisation fanatic, you’re in for a treat.
Recess carries everything from quality pens, notebooks, illustration tools, letter boards and other curiosities.
Recess clearly understands the importance of beautiful design and quality products when it comes to boosting productivity.
Everything in the shop is thoughtfully curated for the office space where creativity and productivity give birth to something great— your blog, podcast, arts and crafts, your next book, or just getting your life together, filing your taxes, and making a budget (these things are important too).
They even host workshops like hand lettering and calligraphy to urban sketching and watercolour.
1237 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
STASH is the one stop shop for needle crafting for all stages of learning and making. They host classes and workshops for embroidery, crochet, knitting, macrame, and more!
Every time I walk into this store, I want to pick up a new project. If you’re ever need of inspiration to get those creative juices flowing, you need to step in, feel the materials, and chat with the friendly staff.
1217B 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Revival Brewcade is Canada’s first craft brewery arcade. It’s home to a collection of vintage pinball and arcade games handpicked by the owners themselves.
The whole experience is meant to evoke a sense of nostalgia, bonding the young and old alike with token-based games. You can even order a bowl of your favourite childhood cereal like Count Chocula and Trix.
If you’re a craft beer lover, Revival is a 4BBL nano-brewery. They have a rotational selection of IPAs, American and English Ales, Belgians, and serve Alberta craft beers selected by the in-house brewmaster himself, Jamie.
Order a Revival Porter. It’s a traditional English-style porter (so I’m told). If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll like this beer.
Beer’s not your thing?
Their punchbowl cocktails really pack in the punch!
I’ve tried DKs Lady and the Button Masher. DKs Lady is my favourite. It’s a tropical-style drink made with gin and coconut milk—but it’s not as sweet as you’d expect and has just the perfect bite back to it.
1403 9 Avenue Southeast, Calgary, AB
The Silk Road is a family-run spice shop. They sell a wide variety of spices, tea, and bitters (for you cocktail fanatics) for reasonable spices.
It’s THE place to go if you love cooking and baking, or if you’re looking to learn more about incorporating spices to up your culinary and mixology skills. The staff really know their spices, so don’t be afraid to ask!
2425 9 Ave SE, Calgary, AB
Did you know that Calgary is home to over 270 species of birds?
The Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is a natural environment on the outskirts of downtown Calgary. You can’t ride your bike or walk your dog here, but it’s still a great way to spend the day and learn about local wildlife with interpretive exhibits.
1440 17a St SE, Calgary, AB
Here’s a park you can actually ride your bike and take your dog to. The park is 15 hectares of reconstructed wetland that lies in the curve of the Bow River and is home to the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery.
It’s family friendly, with beautiful trails, playgrounds, and bbq picnic sites. I’ve even heard of people cross-country skiing these trails in the winter—or fall (20 cm of snow fell in September this year, so who knows).