Calgary with a Baby
Hello Calgary 'hounds!
I will be in Calgary with my wife and five month old baby from August 16-23, and am looking for some recommendations. We are staying at the Hotel Arts (119 12 Avenue SW), and have a car. Our daughter is at the point where she is ok in her high chair, but for a limited time only. Places that are nearby and baby friendly would be appreciated, as are places that do good take out!
We like most different types of food and price is not a major issue. A good breakfast place (basic bacon & eggs is fine) near the hotel would be a real plus!
Let me know what you think, and thanks in advance!
We're 'hounds who live near downtown with a 9 month old - here are our experiences so far:
Breakfasts: Closest to you, the Avenue Diner on 8th Avenue just east of Centre St has great breakfast and good with babies. We usually put the car seat on the bench/seat so I don't remember if they have high chairs. Short drive - Diner Deluxe on Edmonton Tr and 7th Ave NE - they have high chairs, great breakfasts and also a very nice lunch/dinner menu, licensed. Both Avenue and Diner are first come first serve. A breakfast take out option is The Main Dish on 1st Avenue and 8th Street NE - they do eat in or take out breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I have to 2nd the Divino recommendation - we've taken our baby in a car seat during dinner and have seen many other kids there. Its a great place to have a nice dinner. Also on 8th Avenue, I suspect Milestones would accommodate a baby.
Chinatown is always good with a baby too.
I would suggest the Eau Claire market. We stayed across the street from it in the Sheraton with kids and ate there a couple of times. Between the food court (which was mostly independents not chains) and the market, there were lots of choices for healthy, good food. I remember having really good breakfast there and I am not a big breakfast person. We also bought fruit and bagels to take along during the day.
The walk over to Prince's Island and along the river, is a great and stroller friendly.
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I would recommend the Avenue Diner, if you are making a morning of Stephen Avenue (pedestrian street downtown...well pedestrian only some of the time).
Divino, next door, is another favourite of mine, if you are looking for a slightly more upscale experience for lunch or dinner. It isn't too fancy (nothing in Calgary is VERY fancy), so I'm sure with a little one in tow, most anywhere will be accepting in a pinch.
Downtown Calgary tends to be VERY busy during lunch, but the downtown crowds dissipate for dinner.
I haven't checked, but if you are from a metropolitan US city, Calgary doesn't do take-out in quite the same way as say, nyc, where virtually every restaurant has take-out or delivery, so that is a bit more of a stretch if you are looking for fine-dining take-out.
You might also like to wander around the Kensington area of town, just across the Bow River. There are several shops, cafes and restaurants. Enough variety, to likely find something to suit your needs for food. A nice place for a stroll along the river too.
Enjoy your visit!
Manuel Latruwe (1333 1st St. SE) has Belgian Waffles along with an assortment of excellent Belgian pastries, breads, croissants, cakes, and other treats (like ice cream or quiche). Not bacon and eggs, but definitely a very delicious breakfast!
You walk up to the counter where you order your treats and then seat yourself anywhere. It's up to you how long you want to stay and you can even take your food outside and enjoy it on the bench in front of the bakery. I don't recall if they have high chairs or booster seats.
I don't know if you are thinking of heading out to Banff or CAnmore... if you are, we just discovered some GREAT baby friendly places. LEt me know if you would like to know more. We have two under two and find that Calgary is generally good with kids. I would say that Japanese restaurants are probably the least child friendly here.