SoDo (South Downtown)

With its distinctly urban feel, bustling street life, mix of shops and boutiques owned and operated by locals, the SoDo offers everything that a great city needs.

With a bustling population residing in an eclectic mix of high- and low-rise multi-family dwellings, the Beltline scores big when it comes to amenities. Grocery options abound with supermarkets like Co-op and Safeway, mid-size offerings like Sunterra Market and Amaranth Whole Foods Market and indie gems like Kalamata Grocery Store, which draws folks from all over the city for its selection of olives and feta cheeses. If you’d rather eat out than in, there is a wide variety of options covering everything from top-ranked restaurants like Model Milk, to popular breakfast spots like the Galaxie Diner, to fast-food staples like Tubby Dog

The Beltline is also a top choice for Calgarians seeking a car-free lifestyle, with the skyscrapers of downtown mere blocks away and multiple bus routes, commuter-cycling paths and readily available Car2Go vehicles.

Despite being one of the most urban addresses, residents of the Beltline have easy access to picturesque green spaces, most notably Central Memorial Park, which has the distinction of being the city’s oldest park. Recently revamped, the park is also the site of Calgary’s first library, Memorial Park Library, a stately heritage building which opened to the public in 1912. Just a few blocks west is another heritage site, the Lougheed House, with tranquil grounds perfect for lounging with a new read from nearby Shelf Life Books.

As far as fitness goes, there are ample options to keep one’s belt in line — everything from     yoga studios and gyms to tennis courts, not to mention the popular open-air pool at the Hotel Arts, which is less a swimming spot than the place to be seen in stylish swimwear on a hot summer day.

The pace of life may be fast, but for Calgarians who like it that way it’s hard to beat the Beltline. 

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