Sophie Watson, 16.10.2017

The Calgary CTrain Date Map: 45 great Calgary date ideas

Calgary is a city full of great date ideas. But, picking one so often means driving across town and finding parking, or valet, or relying on a taxi. Or, at least, it used to. To make it easier for those dating in Calgary, we've created the CTrain date map. There's an idea here for every stop on the CTrain (yes, all 45 of them!)

With suggestions for restaurants, bars, cafes and more, it’s now easier than ever to find a Calgary date idea in your part of town - all you need is our CTrain date map and a ticket!

The 45 best Calgary date ideas

To make the CTrain date map the best it could be, we wanted to keep a few rules in mind.

Firstly, all the date ideas mentioned had to be close to a CTrain station. And for us, close means within walking distance – no idea on the map is more than a 12 min walk away from its corresponding station (and most are significantly closer!). 

Secondly, as with our previous Calgary date ideas, we wanted our ideas to be genuinely good. To narrow it down, we went with sheer popularity. We averaged the Yelp, Trip Advisor, and Google Maps rankings for each date idea, only picking those that averaged 4.0 or higher.

Finally, we were after a range of Calgary date ideas, picks for every style and budget. That's why our map is a clearly colour-coded mix of romantic restaurant dates, lively bar dates, relaxing coffee dates and more. No matter what, there's a CTrain Date Map idea to suit you! 

Presenting the CTrain date map

So how do you use the CTrain date map? It's easy! Click the map below to find the best date idea near your local stop, then read on to discover what makes each idea so fun. You can also scroll to find walking times and average rankings, and even a Google street map of each idea: it's all you need for your next date in Calgary.

Please note, all date ideas and rankings are current at the time of writing (October 2017)

EliteSingles CTrain date map  - 45 Calgary date ideas

Route 201 - Red Line

  • Tuscany: Cafe Fresco. Good for: delicious coffee, sangria, patio dates
    Average rank: 4.7. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Crowfoot: The Keg.* Good for: date nights, steak, tasty cocktails
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Dalhousie: Euphoria Cafe. Good for: Belgian waffles, Canada's best hot chocolate1
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Brentwood: Chatime. Good for: fresh, interesting teas, coffee dates.
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 2 mins
  • University: Nickle Galleries.+ Good for: contemporary Canadian art, special exhibitions
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 9 mins
  • Banff Trail: Edelweiss Village. Good for: German baking, European novelties, cafe breaks
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Lions Park: Free House Dance Plus.* Good for: ballroom classes, unique date nights
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 8 mins
  • SAIT/ACAD/Jubilee: Jubilee Auditorium. Good for: live comedy, opera, concerts
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Sunnyside: Vero Bistro Moderne. Good for: Italian & French cuisine, local ingredients
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • 8th Street: Q Haute Cuisine.* Good for: fine dining, special dates, wine pairings
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 9 mins
  • 7th Street: Escoba Bistro & Wine Bar. Good for: European-inspired menus, wine flights
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 4 mins
  • 6th Street: Last Best Brewing. Good for: signature craft brews, casual, delicious dining
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 6 mins
  • 4th Street: The Derrick. Good for: incredible cocktails, gin menu, live blues
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 3 mins
  • 3rd Street: Monogram Coffee. Good for: award-winning baristas,2 amazing coffee
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 4 mins
  • 1st Street: Klein/Harris.* Good for: Canadiana cuisine, local produce, patio dining
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Centre Street: Glenbow Museum.+ Good for: arty dates, Western Canadian history
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • City Hall: Riverwalk. Good for: romantic strolls, people watching, pretty views
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Victoria Park/Stampede: Manuel Latruwe. Good for: Belgian baking, creative macarons
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 4 mins
  • Erlton/Stampede: Scotiabank Saddledome. Good for: hockey dates, live music
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 10 mins
  • 39th Avenue: Annex Ale Project. Good for: in-house brewed craft beer, craft sodas
    Average rank: 4.9. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Chinook: Gaucho Brazilian Barbeque.* Good for: indulgent dinner dates for meat lovers
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 10 mins
  • Heritage: Rose Kohn/Jimmy Condon Arena. Good for: indoor skating dates
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Southland: 99th Avenue Cafe. Good for: all day breakfast, leisurely brunch
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 10 mins
  • Anderson: CRAFT Beer Market. Good for: lively date nights, craft beer, great food
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 10 mins
  • Canyon Meadows: Piccolo Napoli Ristorante. Good for: Italian cooking, delicious pasta
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 12 mins
  • Fish Creek - Lacombe: Fish Creek Park. Good for: gorgeous views, urban greenery.
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 10 mins
  • Shawnessy: KINJO Sushi & Grill. Good for: sushi making classes, tasty tempura
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Somerset - Bridlewood: Plaka Greek Cuisine. Good for: lamb dishes, cozy date nights
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 7 mins

Route 202 - Blue Line

  • 69th Street: Haru Sushi Bar. Good for: beautiful styling, tasty sushi 
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Sirocco: Levilla Restaurant. Good for: steak dinners, relaxed romance, date night
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 3 mins
  • 45th Street: Regal Beagle. Good for: low-key date nights, great wings, karaoke
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Westbrook: Teaja Organic Tea House. Good for: tea drinkers, chilled first dates
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 1 min
  • Shaganappi Point: The Village Flatbread Co.* Good for: tasty, quirky, gluten-free food
    Average rank: 4.8. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Sunalta: Tandoori Grill. Good for: amazing curry, vegetarian dishes, delicious naan
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Downtown West/Kirby: Galaxie Diner. Good for: breakfast burritos, retro charm
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 11 mins
  • 8th Street: Q Haute Cuisine.* Good for: fine dining, special dates, wine pairings
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 9 mins
  • 7th Street: Escoba Bistro & Wine Bar. Good for: European-inspired menus, wine flights
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 4 mins
  • 6th Street: Last Best Brewing. Good for: signature craft brews, casual, delicious dining
    Average rank: 4.1. Walking time: 6 mins
  • 4th Street: The Derrick. Good for: incredible cocktails, gin menu, live blues
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 3 mins
  • 3rd Street: Monogram Coffee. Good for: award-winning baristas,2 amazing coffee
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 4 mins
  • 1st Street: Klein/Harris.* Good for: Canadiana cuisine, local produce, patio dining
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 3 mins
  • Centre Street: Glenbow Museum.+ Good for: arty dates, Western Canadian history
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 3 mins
  • City Hall: Riverwalk. Good for: romantic strolls, people watching, pretty views
    Average rank: 4.5. Walking time: 7 mins
  • Bridgeland/Memorial: St Patrick's Island Park. Good for: riverside views, picnic dates
    Average rank: 4.9. Walking time: 11 mins
  • Calgary Zoo: Calgary Zoo. Good for: dates with animal lovers, Zoolights winter dates
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 1 min
  • Barlow/ Max Bell: Fiasco Gelato. Good for: delicious, creative ice-cream made onsite 
    Average rank: 4.7. Walking time: 9 mins
  • Franklin: Safari Grill. Good for: amazing ribs, African curries, vibrant decor
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Malborough: Samurai Ramen & Sushi. Good for: moreish ramen, spicy tofu, tuna rolls
    Average rank: 4.3. Walking time: 5 mins
  • Rundle: Cineplex Odeon Sunridge. Good for: movie nights, foreign language films
    Average rank: 4. Walking time: 12 mins
  • Whitehorn: Banana Leaf Tropical Cuisine. Good for: Malaysian food, spicy dishes, roti
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 12 mins
  • McKnight/Westwinds: Aryana Mediterranean Cuisine. Tasty hummus, great Shawarma
    Average rank: 4.6. Walking time: 12 mins
  • Martindale: Martindale Off-Leash Park. Good for: dates with your dogs, plane spotting
    Average rank: 4.2. Walking time: 6 mins
  • Saddletowne: Punjabi Sweet House. Good for: strict vegetarians, laid-back dates 
    Average rank: 4.4. Walking time: 7 mins

Please note, date ideas marked with a * are venues where booking in advance is strongly recommended. A + means that it's advised to check the opening hours before going. The numbers refer to the average ranking across Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google Maps for each date.

EliteSingles editorial, October 2017.

If you have questions about these Calgary date ideas or suggestion of your own, please comment below or write to us at editorial@elitesingles.ca

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