Calgary Travel Guide: Best Weekend Ever | Top Restaurants & Attractions

Calgary Travel Guide: Best Weekend Ever | Top Restaurants & Attractions

When I think of Alberta, the first thing
that comes to mind is nature The Rocky Mountains, beautiful blue fresh water – all great things but this wekend, we’re getting away from nature and into the city Calgary is one of my favorite cities in Canada It’s got amazing people, and food, and this weekend there’s a ton of excitement around the JUNOs an annual celebration of the very best in Canadian music Our first stop is Hotel Arts, a beautiful modern boutique hotel downtown -All right, just checked into my
hotel and I got a little gift bag Located in Hotel Arts is Raw Bar, an
Asian fusion restaurant and lounge with an extensive cocktail menu of very
Instagrammable drinks and a ton of different food options that are perfect to share -What we’re best known for is our steamed buns, so if you’re dim sum fans -Oh my God! Cheers! The next day, we went to Bridgeland, a hip neighbourhood in Calgary that’s home to a mix of condos, houses, and local businesses like Shinki Menya, a popular ramen joint with a lineup before the place was even open Shiki Menya has a very distinct vibe that becomes apparent the moment you
step into the restaurant from the music selection to the decor to the staff uniforms, you can tell that this place is cool But what about the food? To find out,
we ordered three different ramen dishes that were prepared by the owner, Koki, and his team -We’ve got our miso classic, this one’s a miso garlic, and this one is our chili goma While ramen may be the main
attraction, Shiki Menya serves up some amazing other items like these tacos Because Shiki Menya makes their noodles in-house and their soups from scratch using local ingredients they serve a limited quantity of bowls every day Today the day the magic number is 150 and once that last bowl is served, the place closes up So if you want a seat here you better get there early, and follow the restaurant on social media I can definitely see why this place is so popular -So we’re at the Tool Shed Brewing Company This is the biggest tool shed I’ve ever seen Tool Shed is leading the way when it comes to craft beer in Calgary and it was really cool to get a tour by one of its founders, Graham a very passionate and animated entrepreneur -You’re gonna see how fresh beer is right out of the tank It’ll blow your skull apart how good and fresh and beautiful beer is out of that bright tank and now I gotta get that beer from that tank to your face in the best quality possible right? -There’s a lot going on in my head and my face right now -Yeah exactly As we discovered, I’m not too good at the tasks required to make beer -Oh this is heavy! Holy Sh- Oh my God!
How strong are you?! That was like two small children But drinking it is a different story Noon! It’s noon! -Heyo! We had a great chat about taking risks and following your passions I was really inspired by Graham’s story – not only was he able to build a hugely successful business but he’s supporting other brewers along the way This seems to reflect the entrepreneur community in Calgary If you’ve got a great idea this
is the place to make it happen Although it was still under construction when I visited no doubt one of the most exciting things to come to Calgary this year is Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre Here you’ll find exhibition and performance space, art installations, studios and even an artist residence program This will be the destination to learn about and celebrate Canadian music and I’m excited to visit again once it’s open We capped off the day at Shokunin, a Japanese izakaya-style restaurant I won’t hesitate to say this
was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had which has nothing to do
with the fact that they kept bringing us food -We’re just getting a lot of things on this table and it’s great -Cheers -This is so good it’s stupid Having chatted with chef and owner Darren MacLean what impressed me most about Shokunin was its mission statement to be sustainable, accessible, and
impressively local from the ingredients right down to the plates on which our food was served If eating is a social experience for you,
this is a place to check out -It has a very similar logo It’s Gunnarolla! It’s a match made in Heaven, it was meant to be! JUNOFest is an opportunity to check out Canadian music acts performing at different venues across the city and Calgary has some pretty cool venues for live music The next day we went to the Simmons
Building, home to a few local businesses like Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, who produce a wide range of baked goods, pastries, and desserts fusing tradition with innovation One of their most unique items and when you have to try is the charred avocado spread -I thought it was gonna be a spread but they actually just halved an avocado, charred it and it has this sourdough bread Gotta wait though, gotta take all our pictures There’s a science behind this Throw a little filter on that Oh my god Spread that on there I feel very loved here -Do you need a hand? -Do you actually want to read this to me? Can we like access out as if it were a one-act play? -What am I reading to you? -It’s just it’s from a poem on your napkin -How are we trying to say it here? -Well just pretend you wrote it -“You came and I was longing for you
You cooled a heart that was burning with desire” How’s that? -It’s beautiful -Did you feel something there? -Could you continue? Could you just improvise or something? So after all the amazing food we had in Calgary one of my last meals is going to be
something that I’m more accustomed to It is a tad dry Look at the ham and the swiss -Did you eat like both sandwiches at once? -There were two sandwiches?! So it appears that there are actually two sandwiches that I decided to consume at one time Because I’m very efficient and, uh, sometimes you just gotta eat two sandwiches at once -You’re presenting an award today -I am -What’d you do to prepare for this? -Absolutely nothing. I don’t even know
what award I’m presenting I’m just gonna say you won
you’re gonna be in the audience right? -I appreciate that -Come up and we’ll both get tackled offstage -Canadians are so modest and polite, we need to bring some drama to this show right? -Yeah, let’s do it let’s Let’s get viral tonight right!
Let’s get viral! -I love it. Who are you excited to see tonight? -Uh… …you. -OK, you can tick that off your list -That’s it. JusReign may have been excited to see me again but there was only one comedian that I wanted to reunite with -Nicole, come on in! Come hang out! -What up, Gunnarolla?! -We can’t seem to avoid each other! -And I’m happy to see you, not awkward [crowd cheering] I had an amazing time in Calgary and every time I come back, I learn more about what a great city it is for people, food, entrepreneurs and music I can’t wait to come back

73 Replies to “Calgary Travel Guide: Best Weekend Ever | Top Restaurants & Attractions

  1. Sam Sutherland? Whoa. Two channels I subscribe to have collided. And I definitely need to try more Japanese food in the near future.

  2. I don't understand how you don't have millions of subscribers. Your stuff is always high quality and on point. Like it literally pisses me off how idiots with 480p webcams playing videogames are the biggest draws on Youtube when stuff like this exists. /rant

    Anyway, Calgary is DEFINITELY on my Canadian road trip itinerary so thanks for showing the most important part of any city: where to eat. And I think that waiter was feeling you…. 💅

  3. Was that who I think it was? I can't say her name and you were very professional to have put up with her.

  4. You make me wish I was so much classier than I am because you seem to be able to pull off classy without being at all snooty. That's much rarer than you might think.

  5. It was a bad idea to watch this late at night because now I want some of that amazing food!! Your travel videos are always so beautifully done!

  6. Clicked to see how you dealt with a certain someone 😂
    You handled it a billion times better than I would have 😂😂

  7. This all looks so amazing; I wish you'd do one of these in London so I could find amazing places to go (with zero effort on my part of course :p).
    Also I don't know why it hit me with this one, but how many meals do you have in a day? This looked like two days and the equivalent of what I eat in a week.

  8. I'm so so so so SO excited that I found your channel! I can't wait to watch more of your videos!! I'm trying to figure out the whole "vlogging-with-substance/content" thing and your videos just hit the nail right on the head!! Awesome production value, awesome info, awesome everything! Stoked for your next video XD

  9. Every last thing you ate looked unreal…so good!! Everyone's energy was so positive and inviting; it seems like an everyday vacation. Noticing the typeface on a menu like you do is a whole new level of detail I can't fathom, too. Then your Juno meetup… I will never be able to do what you do. Well shot, well edited, well spoken. Excellent video, Sir.

  10. Can I just say woah your travel blogs have been really entertaining and beautifully put together recently! I have to watch them twice in case I miss stuff from being too chill 😀

  11. I love your videos, your vlogs are so interesting! Makes me want to visit Calgary 🙂 Also you should have more subscribers….. <3

  12. You seriously need your own travel show. Like on Netflix or something so they can film all over and give you a huge budget. OMG that needs to happen.

  13. Andrews, I have always loved your travel videos but just, holy crap, they're always so incredibly well done and the fact you're pretty much doing it all yourself, I'm always amazed!

  14. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. edmonton. WHENWILLYOUCOME?!?!!??!?!

  15. Yeah I would agree with the comments here. I've always liked your videos, but these travel ones are really great, and you've gotten really good at them. They're engaging and they're condensed to just the important moments so they keep things moving. (Sometimes the "day in a life" videos are nice but I'm kind of sick of them now.) Oh and more of the voiceover please. 🙂

  16. Oh man! I love Shiki Menya. It's so good.

    I'm glad you toured around the city because there's a couple of places that I now need to go and check out because of this video. You've already done my research for me.

  17. This video is so beautiful! And I love how you always travel, and make amazing videos for my lazy butt to see 😀

  18. So. Gorgeous. Those first clips are unreal, I have to go sometime! Calgary is so cool though. Dangit Canada… Adding that to my ever-growing list..

  19. I have been Calgary for 8 years now I haven't been in any of these places. Thanks for featuring them, I will definitely visit some of them.

  20. You made me even more proud to be a Calgarian, and just proved more to me that I in a great city to be a foodie. XD Thanks for sharing your experience!

  21. Yeah, that last sandwich was from Sunterra. I know that packaging! 😀
    I'm glad you had a good time. Come back anytime!

  22. I love this video!! Pls do come back and visit us. Contact Exige Medi Spa for the best Traditional Thai and deep tissue massage in Calgary, maybe even Alberta. I dare to say Canada, as per our clients and tourists. Look forward to welcoming you and your team. 403.918.8936

  23. If you like good resturants, you should go to cleaver (not 'the cleaver'). They have amazing main dishes, and the wide variety of desserts is just amazing! They even give you a blanket if youre sitting outside in the cold. I just think its an amazing little resturaunt in downtown and its worth it to check out!

  24. Watched your banff video, and saw Calgary. Thanks for all the great ideas! Weird seeing calgary through the eyes of a foodie tourist.

  25. I'm new to Calgary and looking for amazing food. And your video give me a reason to fall in love with this city. Well,reasons.

  26. not a lot of substance or insight. just a list of places this guy beg for free food in exchange for youtube time

  27. Awesome 👏 Please watch this video. it’s an awesome place near Calgary Canada

  28. See i didnt even know calgary had things to do…maybe because i just drive around with the boys going to part stores and wasting gas

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