All over North America cities are restoring older neighbourhoods to accommodate growing populations. It’s so fascinating to see communities breathing new life into areas that were once considered industrial. Toronto has the Distillery District, in San Antonio I visited the Pearl, and Calgary’s East Village is anchored by the Simmons Building.
This restored mattress factory has become a cooperative housing of three diverse food businesses, and a food lover’s hub with really great options. So great that we came here three days in a row for breakfast.
The Simmon’s Building is over a century old and located along the RiverWalk with spectacular views of the city. Inside is an open concept airy design where one business flows into the other. You can grab a coffee at Phil & Sebastian and take it to breakfast at Sidewalk Citizen then linger long enough to have lunch and a few pints at Charbar – at least that’s what we did.
Simmons Building Video
The Simmon’s Building is definitely worth at least one visit, but if you’re like us you’ll find you keep heading back there. But make sure you arrive early as it’s become a favourite spot for locals, often with lines at lunch and dinner. But the joy of being on holiday is that you can grab a seat before locals take their lunch hour.
We share information about the Simmons building and more on our free downloadable 48 Guide to Food in Calgary with our best picks on where to go and what to eat.