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A Glance at University District: Calgary's Coolest New Neighbourhood

University District is not only home to the newest member of the Alt Hotels family, but also a vibrant, up-and-coming northwest Calgary neighbourhood. As an inviting community with convenient connections, it offers everything visitors need, all within walking distance. No wonder it was chosen for our brand-new LEED-certified Alt hotel. Here are our team’s favourites to help you discover Calgary’s coolest new neighbourhood.


University District presents a variety of regional and international flavours for visitors and residents alike. Here’s where we would go to grab a bite or a drink.

For a wholesome dining experience, head to The Borough (@the.boroughbar), where hearty cuisine and an inviting atmosphere converge. Indulge in their flavourful creations that warm both the heart and the taste buds.

Craving authentic Asian flavours? Look no further than Sesame (@sesame.udistrict), where the freshness of authentic Asian dishes takes centre stage.

Monogram Café (@monogramco) is the place to go if you're seeking a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. Their craftsmanship and thoughtful service wows us every single time. Oh, and why not book an espresso masterclass while you’re at it?

And for aesthetically pleasing tea-based beverages, The Alley ( is a must-visit destination. Sip on their artfully crafted drinks and take your tea-drinking experience to new heights.

Active Living

University District was designed with an active lifestyle in mind. With its pedestrian-friendly design, extensive network of bike lanes, and all sorts of recreation offerings, there is always a new opportunity to get moving.

Experience the electrifying atmosphere at McMahon Stadium, home to the Calgary Stampeders. Come together and cheer on the team alongside passionate fans at a Canadian Football League match.

Immerse yourself in the legacy of the Olympics at the renowned Olympic Oval, a cherished gem within the community. Discover the thrill of speed skating or witness the dedication of athletes who continue to train in this historic venue.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre (@ucoutdoorcentre) is a must-visit. Whether it's hiking, climbing, or paddling, they offer a wide range of programs, lessons, and quality gear — everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors.


Got a bit of free time? Embrace the art of wandering and be surprised by all the spontaneous fun the neighbourhood has to offer. And the best part is, you don’t even need a car.

If you go for a walk, make sure to look out for Studio Luma. Is it a collective art installation that brings together the work of local artists, like Jessica Semenoff (@jessicasartportfolio on Instagram), to make the neighbourhood come alive.

Speaking of which, no need to go far to enjoy the work of local artists. You can also celebrate Calgary’s brightest creative minds as you pass through our gallery-like lobby, where a meticulously curated collection of local artworks is displayed.

For a breath of fresh air, head over to Central Commons Park, where activities change with the seasons. While it becomes an ice-skating rink in winter, it houses a lively public market where local talents and live performances take the spotlight in the summer.

If you love performing arts, add a visit to the University Theatre into your schedule. Whether you’re in for dance ensembles, musical performances, compelling drama acts, or all of the above, you’ll find it in their year-round schedule.

Looking for some retail therapy? There’s the Cadillac Fairview Market Mall a few minutes' walk away from the hotel, where a complete shopping experience awaits you.

Hope you enjoy the neighbourhood just as much as we do!

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Germain HôtelsJune 16th, 2023
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