Best Lunch Spots in Calgary

bartop at Lulu Bar
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Best Lunch Spots in Calgary

Find the best places to go for lunch in Calgary

Looking for your next great sandwich, shawarma, or sushi? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best lunch spots the Calgary food scene has to offer. You'll find a fantastic mix of local hangouts, hidden gems, and exciting new favourites. 

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Downtown Calgary Classics 

These are some of Calgary’s most popular lunch locations right in the heart of the city. 


Bánh Mì Thi-Thi Vietnamese Submarine 

There are many hidden gems in Calgary’s Chinatown, but not many that Calgarians will line up for no matter what the weather is like outside. Bánh Mì Thi-Thi offers delicious Vietnamese subs to go, at very reasonable prices. See what all the hype is about. 

Address: 209 1st St S.E. 

Known For: The Super Chicken and Beef. Local-tip - walk one block north to the Riverwalk and enjoy your sub with a view of the Bow River. 


UNA Pizza + Wine 

UNA Pizza + Wine is well-known as one of Calgary's premier pizza spots. They’re renowned for their refined thin-crust pizzas paired perfectly with a glass of wine. Enjoy the classic combinations of prosciutto, Italian cheese, and San Marzano tomato sauce either by dining in or grabbing a quick takeaway. 

Address: 3 Calgary locations 

Known For: 4-Maggi Pizza and the famous Kale Caesar Salad. 


Holy Grill 

Still in the mood for the most important meal of the day? The Holy Grill serves up quick panini sandwiches, burgers, and yes, all-day breakfast! Visit one of four locations across the city for a fast, and consistently great lunch.   

Address: 4 Calgary locations 

Known For: The Bacon Avocado Crisp Sandwich. A must for breakfast and sandwich lovers alike.  


First Street Market: Food Hall & Bar 

If you’re looking for multiple local options in one location, look no further than First Street Market. This vibrant culinary destination is where talented local chefs come together to offer a diverse range of fresh and delicious food. With an eclectic mix of local vendors packed into a modern space, you’ll be happy with any decision you make. 

Address: 1327 1st Street S.W. 

Known For: Actually Pretty Good Pizza, HI5 Burgers Shakes & chicken, Moose and Poncho, and many more unforgettable options. 

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First Street Market Patio

The patio at First Street Market: Food Hall & Bar (Photo credit: James Young)

First Street Market food hall interior

Inside the food hall at First Street Market (Photo credit: James Young)


Off the Beaten Path 

Discover some of the city’s best-kept lunch secrets with these hidden gem restaurants. 


Sammie Cafe 

Sammie Cafe offers some of the most addictive lunch options between bread. We’re talking burgers, fried chicken, breakfast sandwiches, plus vegan and vegetarian options. Their Marda Loop location is cute, modern, and oh-so-instagramable.  

Address: 113 - 2205 33rd Avenue S.W. 

Known For: The Jerk Chicken Sandwich. A combination of marinated chicken thighs, bonet pepper, fresh thyme, garlic and allspice, creamy coleslaw, all on perfectly toasted garlic naan. 


Ari Sushi 

You’ll find some of the best sushi that Calgary has to offer at Ari Sushi. With more than 18 years of experience, head chef Mike Hakjin Kim takes great pride in his craft. Everything is prepared fresh, ensuring a delicious and unforgettable dining experience for all. 

Address: 1201 9th Ave S.E. 

Known For: The lunch sushi or sashimi specials. Get a taste of just about everything any sushi lover would want, including a special selection from the chef. 



This family owned and operated Italian eatery has been serving Calgarians fresh sandwiches, homemade meal options, and daily dine-in or take-out meals for over 19 years! With over 42 made-to-order, Italian sandwiches to choose from, Peppino is the place to stop for a quick, fresh, and reasonably priced lunch. 

Address: 5 Calgary locations 

Known For: The Da Nico’s sandwich. Fresh sliced capicollo, calabrese salami, mortadella, meatballs, hot peppers, cheese, and lettuce. 



The taste of Montreal, right here in Calgary. Poutinarama offers the classic Canadian dish of crispy french fries, squeaky cheese curds, and savoury gravy. But they don't stop there! They also serve delicious Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, and a variety of creative poutine options. 

Address: 718 Edmonton Trail N.E. 

Known For: The Classic. A perfect choice if you’re new to poutine. 

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Ari Sushi exterior

Ari Sushi in Inglewood (Photo credit: James Young) 

sushi lunch special at Ari Sushi

The sushi lunch special at Ari Sushi (Photo credit: James Young)


Local Fast Food Spots 

Great lunches without the wait. These locations will make you want to come back time and time again. 



This must-visit destination is famous for their Italian sausages, sandwiches, and foods. Everything is made with local ingredients from traditional family recipes. Savour the rich flavours that have made Spolumbos a beloved institution among locals and tourists alike. 

Address: 1308 9th Avenue S.E. 

Known For: Having an amazing selection of sausages that are all gluten-free. No filler, binder, or preservatives. 


First Avenue Corner Store 

Local ramen restaurant, Shiki Menya, has achieved legendary status amongst lunch goers. They’re now offering a second option for those on the go. First Avenue Corner Store serves up perfect grab-n-go lunch options from their takeout window located right behind Shiki Menya. Look for delicious ramen cups, katsu sandos, and curry buns. 

Address: 824 1st Ave N.E. 

Known For: The OG Katsu Sando is a delicious meal to-go any day of the week, but if you visit on the weekend be sure to order a Fresh Curry Bun! 


Lil’ Empire 

Widely regarded as one of Calgary’s best burger joints, Lil’ Empire serves up house-made and locally sourced burgers and hotdogs. Their mission is to transport you back to your childhood, when things were simpler, and this can be seen in their great food, decor, and friendly staff. 

Address: 3 Calgary locations 

Known For: The Empire with Cheese (don’t forget to add bacon) with a side of Dirty Fries. 


Jimmy’s A&A Mediterranean Deli 

This local gem is known for its mouthwatering menu of Mediterranean delights. Indulge in their flavorful shawarmas, kebabs, and falafels, expertly prepared at Jimmy's to satisfy your cravings and make your lunchtime experience unforgettable. 

Address: 1401 20th Ave. N.W. 

Known For: The Beef Donair: slow roasted beef on a fresh pita, and a sweet sauce to die for. 

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First Avenue Corner Store

The bar and kitchen at First Avenue Corner Store (Photo credit: James Young)

First Avenue Corner Store food items

The OG Chicken Katsu Sando with a side of Furikake Fries and Melon Cream Soda at First Avenue Corner Store (Photo credit: James Young)


Stay Awhile 

Have some extra time? Get an incredible lunch in a unique atmosphere at these sit-down spots. 



Vendome has been a cherished local establishment for over a decade, providing Calgarians with fresh, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. The diverse menu includes brunch, pastas, salads, and handhelds. Check out Vendome for an elegant, yet relaxed experience in a quieter part of Calgary’s inner city. 

Address: 940 2nd Ave N.W. 

Known For: The Duck Confit Panini. It pairs perfectly with a handcrafted cocktail. 


Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey 

Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey is a Kensington favourite offering Texas-style barbecue, like smoked brisket and pork spare ribs. Enjoy fall-off-the-bone tender meats and deliciously refreshing whisky cocktails in a friendly and lively atmosphere. 

Address: 1136 Kensington Rd N.W. 

Known For: Their brisket, which is smoked daily for up to 14 hours.  


Lulu Bar 

Escape to Lulu Bar, Calgary’s 17th Avenue island getaway spot. The vibe and menu are influenced by Southeast Asia, Hawaii, and the Pacific NorthWest. Chef Joseph Sokoloff has designed Lulu’s based on his love of international travel. The relaxed atmosphere makes Lulu’s the perfect island-feel for a longer lunch stop. 

Address: 510 17th Ave S.W. 

Known For: The mini-hotdog baos featuring house-made char siu sausage. 


Ol' Beautiful Brewing Co. and A1 Burrito 

Ol' Beautiful’s cosy and inclusive brewery can be found in Inglewood, Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood. This local favourite offers many on-tap beer options, handcrafted cocktails, and ciders. Grab a drink from the bar and then stop into the resident food vendor, A1 Burrito, for a delicious burrito, taco, or quesadilla. 

Address: 1103 12th Street S.E. 

Known For: Their sunny backyard patio. The Okami Kasu Japanese ale + Birria tacos + a sunny patio = an unforgettable experience. 

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Ol' Beautiful

Enjoying the Ol’Beautiful patio. (Photo Credit: Travel Alberta/Chris Amat)

LuLu Bar

The tropical-inspired Lulu Bar (Photo Credit: Travel Alberta/Tanya Pilgrim)