Neighbourhood
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We love South of Downtown because it’s more than just a bunch of cool things to do and see. It’s a neighbourhood, and we mean that in the most genuine sense. It’s a place where you know the guy who runs the bakery, where people say ‘hi’ in the elevator, and when you leave a glove at the coffee shop, the owner knows it’s yours.
Great Spots for Eating & Drinking
33 Bars & Restaurants

This is where the South Downtown neighbourhood shines. Wine bars, vegan options, Vietnamese, high-end Italian… just walk down the street and you’ll find something that suits your mood – and your pocketbook.

17 Coffee Shops

From Kawa Espresso Bar to the amazing Philosafy, coffee culture is alive and kicking South of Downtown.

SODO Neighbour
The area has such a bright-eyes opened, ‘we’ll give that a shot,’ way of being. There’s no pretension: just people who have a go-get-it attitude.” Meet Joanna Undrcard Boxing Studio Read Story
 
Shopping and Design District
27 Boutiques

Leo Boutique, Danielle’s and Purr are must-visit boutiques in South Downtown. All of the boutiques here have a distinct, unique feel.

13 Galleries

From the long-established Paul Kuhn Gallery to the world-class Trépanier Baer Gallery, the art community continues to expand in the Beltline.

SODO Neighbour
People here are hungry, ambitious and creative. They want to create something that has longevity in the community.” Meet Amanda Amanda Hamilton Interior Design Read Story
 
Neighbourhood Local Favourites
  • Native Tongue

    Great tacos, tequila and quirky design

  • Provision

    Fun little restaurant in Central Memorial Park

  • Two Penny

    Asian fusion that’s truly innovative

  • Bar Von Der Fels

    Wonderful, tiny bar for discovering new wines

  • Pigeon Hole

    Creative, inventive food; perfect for sharing

  • Bridgette Bar

    Beautiful food, design and atmosphere

  • Craft

    Incredible chicken wings and over 100 beers on tap

  • Una Pizza + Wine

    Great pizza joint (but try the meatballs!)

  • Ten Foot Henry

    Rustic, vegetable-anchored menu

  • Cardinale

    Must try: the pappardelle

  • Peloton Cycling

    A fave cycling studio (love their music)

  • UNDRCARD

    One of Calgary’s top boxing studios

  • Rumble Boxing Studio

    Some serious boot camp classes

  • Yoga Sarana

    Some of the best teachers in the city

  • HotShop Hot Yoga

    Because some of us are partial to heat

  • Passage Studio

    Wonderful community of yogis

  • Speed Theory

    Top-notch bike service

  • MEC

    A Canadian institution; need we say more?

  • Lululemon

    Still the best place for yoga gear

  • Eph Apparel

    There is nothing better than having a suit tailored just for you.

  • MEC

    A go-to-spot for cycling, hiking, watersports and fitness gear.

  • The Bike Shop

    Your first stop before you head out for a day of cycling.

  • Safeway

    Because a good, dependable grocery store is essential to any neighbourhood.

  • CORE Shopping Centre

    Holt Renfrew, plus 160 stores. Need we say more?

  • Midtown Co-op

    This is, hands down, the nicest co-op in the city. Plus we love the fact that it’s locally owned and operated.

  • Sunterra Market

    An Albertan family-owned business; great produce and freshly prepared meals.

  • 17th Avenue – Retail & Entertainment District

    Home to Calgary’s favourite hot spots, including cool boutiques and trendy restaurants.

  • London Drugs

    Need a prescription refill? Laundry detergent? Cell phone charger? This place has it all.

Native Tongue

Great tacos, tequila and quirky design

Provision

Fun little restaurant in Central Memorial Park

Two Penny

Asian fusion that’s truly innovative

Bar Von Der Fels

Wonderful, tiny bar for discovering new wines

Pigeon Hole

Creative, inventive food; perfect for sharing

Bridgette Bar

Beautiful food, design and atmosphere

Craft

Incredible chicken wings and over 100 beers on tap

Una Pizza + Wine

Great pizza joint (but try the meatballs!)

Ten Foot Henry

Rustic, vegetable-anchored menu

Cardinale

Must try: the pappardelle

Peloton Cycling

A fave cycling studio (love their music)

UNDRCARD

One of Calgary’s top boxing studios

Rumble Boxing Studio

Some serious boot camp classes

Yoga Sarana

Some of the best teachers in the city

HotShop Hot Yoga

Because some of us are partial to heat

Passage Studio

Wonderful community of yogis

Speed Theory

Top-notch bike service

MEC

A Canadian institution; need we say more?

Lululemon

Still the best place for yoga gear

Eph Apparel

There is nothing better than having a suit tailored just for you.

MEC

A go-to-spot for cycling, hiking, watersports and fitness gear.

The Bike Shop

Your first stop before you head out for a day of cycling.

Safeway

Because a good, dependable grocery store is essential to any neighbourhood.

CORE Shopping Centre

Holt Renfrew, plus 160 stores. Need we say more?

Midtown Co-op

This is, hands down, the nicest co-op in the city. Plus we love the fact that it’s locally owned and operated.

Sunterra Market

An Albertan family-owned business; great produce and freshly prepared meals.

17th Avenue – Retail & Entertainment District

Home to Calgary’s favourite hot spots, including cool boutiques and trendy restaurants.

London Drugs

Need a prescription refill? Laundry detergent? Cell phone charger? This place has it all.

Green Spaces and Work-out Options Galore
13 Places to Work Out

With 4 fitness centres, 3 boxing gyms, and 6 yoga studios, it’s hard to know what to pick.Great news: many of these spots have introductory offers, so we suggest trying them all before finding the one that’s right for you.

11 Parks

Our favourite parks? We like Central Memorial Park and the Connaught Off Leash Dog Park.

SODO Neighbour
Culture in this area is definitely moving forward. And that makes it a pretty exciting place for us to be.” Meet Dewey and JP Bridgette Bar Read Story
 
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