Once a forgotten part of the downtown core, today Calgary’s East Village is emerging as an arts and cultural hub in the city.
It’s here that you’ll find Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, as well as Calgary’s newest architectural masterpiece, the new Central Library. Opened in 2018, the library has become a great junction for exploring, reading and people-watching. Grab a coffee from Luke’s and check out the reading rooms, or join a free tour of the building.
From there, head towards the river, where a converted mattress factory called the Simmons Building, now home to Phil & Sebastian Coffee, Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and charbar, a restaurant featuring Argentinian, Spanish and Italian inspired cuisine. Head up to their rooftop patio for a cocktail and sweeping views of the city skyline.
Head across the George C. King bridge to St. Patrick’s Island, a 31-acre park that’s perfect for urban explorers in any season.