Trendy Downtown Calgary Neighbourhoods: Explore Inglewood

If you’re looking for a downtown neighbourhood that has it all, Inglewood is likely to check off all your requirements: located within easy walking distance from Calgary’s downtown and East Village; situated along the banks of the Bow River; offering a trendy shopping scene; serving up fantastic culinary destinations; boasting a buzzing live music scene; paved with extensive pathways for recreation; and home to some gorgeous parks and gardens. What more could you want?

Welcome to Inglewood

Centred along 9th Avenue SE, Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest residential neighbourhood and home to some of the City’s most densely treed gardens.  The 9th Avenue SE corridor – stretching from Studio Bell in the west to 14th Street SE, known to locals as Calgary’s Music Mile – features diverse shops, art venues, restaurants and coffee shops, many of whom host live music.

9th Av SE, Inglewood
You can find all sorts of neat – and unexpected – stuff as you explore along 9th Av SE
Old brick buildings make for great art and photo shoots

The neighbourhood is also home to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary and Nature Centre. Pearce Estate Park houses the Bow Habitat Station, the Sam Livingstone fish hatchery, and the kayaking rapids of Harvie Passage along the Bow River near the neighbourhood’s eastern borders.

Popular Destinations

Some of our favourites go-to spots – and those receiving 4+ star ratings by the public on Google – are listed below and can all be found along 9th Avenue SE heading eastbound between the Elbow River and 15th Street SE (unless otherwise indicated by an * ):

🍴Dining | 🍻Drinking | 🎤 Live Entertainment | ⛱ Patios

World-renowned Rouge Restaurant
Spolumbo’s is a well-known provider of outstanding deli products in Calgary
Scarpetta Italian Eatery serves up wholesome Italian dishes, is vibey, offers live entertainment on weekends, and has a generous outdoor patio
Salt&Pepper Mexican Restaurant serves up great Mexican cuisine and offers outdoor seating too
Visit Harley Diner for food and some accessories for your motorized baby
Visit the Ironwood Stage and Grill for local bands, entertainment and food

☕️ Coffee & Confectionery

🛍 Shopping

Art, crafts and niche shopping spots abound on 9th Av SE
One of our favourite temptations: a visit to The Galleria Inglewood

🏛 History

🌞 Outdoors & Recreation

Pearce Estate Park and Bow River Pathway
Harvie Passage at Pearce Estate Park
www.iamcalgary.ca I AM CALGARY Best-Loved Downtown Calgary Cycle Circuits Bow River Pathway Eastbound Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Inglewood Bird Sanctuary wetlands and walkways
Some of the bridges crossing the Bow River offer sweeping views of the downtown skyline
Canadian Pacific Railway trains roll through Inglewood from nearby Ogden
Canadian Pacific Railway trains roll through Inglewood from nearby Ogden

Inglewood is considered to be a business revitalization zone, with the area having seen focussed upliftment and rejuvenation in recent years.

Getting there

You can navigate to the neighbourhood of Inglewood here.

The neighbourhood is accessible by public transit (bus), private vehicle, taxi, bicycle or on foot.

  • For public transit access, you can plan your visit using the City of Calgary transit website;
  • If you are arriving in your own vehicle, paid street parking is readily available. Restricted parking may also be available on the side streets. Consult local signage or calgaryparking.com for more options.
  • If you are arriving by bicycle, consult the City of Calgary’s bicycle pathway maps here. Bike racks are available at numerous locations along 9th Avenue and throughout the neighbourhood including along the Bow River Pathway system. For security reasons, remember to bring your own bicycle lock.

From this convenient location, visitors to Calgary can enjoy some of our other popular and unique exploration recommendations such as:

Wolfe and Sparrows outdoor art sculpture beside the Bow River in Inglewood
Gary, our Mascot, explores the statue near Deane House and Elbow River Traverse on 8th Ave SE


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