Kensington Village is often referred to as the “heart of Calgary,” and rightfully so. This trendy community not only geographically falls in the centre of Calgary, but also encompasses a wide variety of unique hot spots for some of the best food, drinks, and fun Calgary has to offer. Here are just a few of the great places you will find in Kensington:
The first hot spot on the list is Julio’s Barrio Mexican Restaurant, which provides a vibrant and exciting atmosphere to share with friends and family. The menu offers a great twist on Mexican classics and they serve some of the best Bulldogs in Calgary, and if you’re up for it, try a “fishbowl margarita.” With summer coming up, Julio’s is also the central focus of the annual Sun & Salsa festival, which is definitely worth checking out. You can’t go wrong when the day is filled with great music, food, and friends!
Where: 1110 Memorial Drive NW
Phone: (403) 203-3066
This trendy little record store, located half a block from the scenic Bow River, offers a wide selection of both new and used CDs, vinyls and even cassettes for just about any genre imaginable. The vast selection of used CDs and vinyls are reasonably priced, and I almost always walk out with a great purchase. Hot Wax offers a great chance to buy the latest and greatest records on vinyl, while still having the chance to browse through the classics.
Where: 114 10th street N.W.
Phone: (403) 283-0055
Ladies, if you’re interested in finding unique, boho chic clothing, accessories, and home decor, the Peacock Boutique is the perfect spot to hit up. This trendy little consignment store offers the chance to peruse through some of the best vintage and retro chic finds, at a reasonable price. You can even consign some of your own items should they fit the criteria, which you can find out more about on their website, listed below.
Where: 1145 Kensington Crescent NW
Phone: (403) 283-5722
This fantastic Italian restaurant provides a menu full of authentic Italian cuisine, using the best possible ingredients to create each delicious dish. Pulcinella is the perfect place for date night, which may include sharing one of their delectable authentic Neapolitan pizzas made in a wood-fired oven, or even for a great meal with friends and family. They also offer fantastic pasta dishes and truly Italian desserts that will surely have you coming back for more!
Where: 1147 Kensington Crescent NW
Phone: (403) 283-1166
Finally, for those of you who want to try something a little sweet, Amato Gelato features 72 fantastic flavours of delicious gelato. This café is even open until 11pm, for all of you who like a little late night treat. The flavours are continually rotated to provide a wide array of interesting options, and allows for a new favourite to inevitably be chosen.
Where: 2104 Kensington Road NW
Phone: (403) 270-9733