It gets old pretty quick- piling on the layers from head to toe prior to poking our noses out into the freezing cold. It’s one thing to bundle up when leaving your house or heading back home but it gets to be a bit much when you’re following this routine just to get a cup of coffee. Luckily for those of you who work downtown, there are wondrous structures called +15s connecting various downtown buildings from the inside. We’ve profiled the many restaurants connected by a +15 so you can enjoy a nice hot meal without having to venture out into the freezing cold.
Ceili’s is the perfect after work destination in downtown calgary. With daily “appie hour” features you can try their signature appies for a great price from 3-6pm. Thursday night is wine night featuring half price wine and half price flatbreads. Ceili’s has an extensive wine list to choose from so you can try something new for half price!
Located in the Core Shopping Centre on 8th Ave and 4th Street SW, Double Zero is one of Downtown Calgary’s premier pizza, beer and wine hotspots. It’s the perfect destination for business lunches, family dinners, corporate gatherings and downtown shopping outings. Try the “00” Meatballs – a house blend of natural pork and beef, tomato gravy – or the Confit Chicken pizza with buttered leeks, chill flakes and pancetta.
Open Monday to Friday at 11am and Saturday at 5pm.
Earls Bankers Hall
Located right on Stephen Ave in Bankers Hall, this Earls is always busy, but it is also one of the best in the city. There are tons of options on Earls’ menu and it’s almost difficult to make a bad choice. Make sure to try their Warm Three Cheese Spinach Dip or Cajun Blackened Chicken. Whether you’re looking for a full sit-down meal or just popping in for a cocktail, Earls has got you covered… just make sure you get there on the earlier side if you’re heading here on a Friday night. If it’s drinks you’re after, the perfect place to unwind is at V Lounge – Earl’s Vodka bar is also located right next door.
Ki Modern + Japanese Bar
True to the essence of traditional and the latest evolution of fine Japanese cuisine. Ki is an authentic and innovative Japanese restaurant designed to inspire and indulge. At Ki the experience is meant to be a series of sensations to be shared and lingered over whether it’s a cozy meal or a lively evening out. Check out their cocktail bar and sushi bar artfully designed in Japanese style with a modern twist.
The Metropolitan Grill
The recently renovated Metropolitan Grill is a premium casual dining establishment committed to giving their guests a well-deserved dining experience. Located in the heart of TD square, the Met’s central location and large, stylish space make it an ideal spot for corporate dining or a shopping break. They are open from 11am to late, which means you don’t have to rush to make it for after work drinks or a late dinner. This fusion-style restaurant has a pretty extensive menu. If you’re looking for something quick, try their Classic Mini Burgers. Want something a little more filling? The lobster mac & cheese – butter poached lobster, white truffle, wild mushrooms and smoked gouda – is sure to make you leave with a full belly. Make a reservation here.
Oriental Phoenix is an authentic, family-owned; Vietnamese restaurant located on Calgary’s busy 9th avenue. Every sauce, marinade and broth is made from scratch and slowly cooked from Mom’s secret recipes. The dishes are based on traditional Southern Vietnamese recipes and feature many seafood dishes. The dishes are also influenced by French, Chinese, Indian and American cultures. Try their grilled chicken skewers slowly marinated in Oriental Phoenix homemade sate and chill oil sauce, cooked to perfection over an open grill.
Patisserie du Soleil – Bakery and Café
Patisserie du Soleil specializes in traditional and signature French pastries while also offering an exceptional selection of espresso, coffees and savory daily dishes. Using only the freshest ingredients, Patisserie du Soleil uses local ingredients to support local businesses. They are a “from scratch” bakery. Everything you see has been made the morning of. Lucky for you, since it’s connected by a +15 you can snag a fresh baked bun without freezing your own buns off.
Nestled in the heart of concrete-and-steel, Sonoma Market Cafe offers the ideal setting to enjoy bistro-style cooking. This restaurant is the perfect place to grab breakfast, or stop in for a quick lunch. They are also available for catering your events. Open from 7am to 2pm, create your own omelette for breakfast or try their BBQ Chicken Mango Wrap for lunch.