Eat, Drink and Be Merry in University District

Support local with these great finds in this growing inner-city NW community.

Haven’t visited University District lately? You might be surprised to know that it’s home to more than 15 new retailers, with more on the way in 2022. 

Located at the crossroads of CF Market Mall, the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Foothills Hospital and the University of Calgary, University District is becoming a hub of community experiences, shopping and award-winning residences.

Whether you’re treating yourself or others, here are 10 reasons why University District is your destination to eat, drink and be merry. 

Support local with stocking stuffers at Curious Hair Skin Body

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for luxurious self-care at Curious Hair Skin Body. Check out local artisan-made Milk Jar Candles and luxury bath salts and bombs that will make anyone feel soothed and refreshed.  

Make some time to move 

The holidays can be a stressful time. Check out YYC Cycle’s newest spot to sweat in University District. Watch for Orangetheory fitness set to open later this year!

Beans, blends and teas: Stock up at Monogram Coffee

As you stroll through University District, stop for a warm-up at Monogram Coffee Calgary, and pick up everything you need to make the perfect cup of Christmas morning java.

Make it a brunchy affair

U/D will be home to the newest OEB restaurant in November. If you’re looking for something sweet, try their Not So Boring Brioche French Toast. Savoury more your thing? Opt for Farmer John’s Delight – complete with bacon, ham, green onion and field mushrooms.

Catch up on big screen releases

Opening November, University District will be home to Alberta’s only exclusive Cineplex VIP Cinemas. A full-service bar, food and premium seating experience makes it the perfect spot to relax with friends and family.

Fill your pet’s stocking with the best treats

Plenty of retailers in University District are pet-friendly (just check with them first).  Pooches big and small can go for a run in the U/D urban dog park, and then will happily drag you over to Pet Planet for some treats and eats.

Make entertaining easy at Save-On-Foods

Save-On-Foods is home to many of your local favourites. From gelato and kombucha to Alberta beef and freshly made pastries, it’s a one-stop shop for entertaining. Looking for holiday help with trays or charcuterie boards? Be sure to contact their deli department for spectacular spreads. 

Stock up on wonderful wines

Trust the experts at Market Wines University District to help select the perfect wine for your holiday festivities. They also carry a selection of stemware and offer incredible tasting events – a perfect gift idea for the wine afficionado in your life.

Explore world tastes without leaving the city

Do you miss exotic foods? Try the Shawarma at Osmow’s Mediterranean, steamed pork buns at Sesame or a middle eastern-inspired salad from Freshii, all along University Avenue.

Celebrate the Holiday Season at Northwestival

Northwestival is back! Together let’s warm up to winter on Sunday, December 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is by donation to support I Can For Kids, a local charity that helps feed children and youth impacted by hunger all year long. Donations allow I Can for Kids to support their grocery gift card program.

This year’s Northwestival will include: 

  • Toasty fire pits
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Winter workshops and many more surprises

In the upcoming months, University District will welcome Village Ice Cream, Canadian Brewhouse, Banquet, The Alley, and more. Stay tuned at, or visit them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube.

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