Inglewood’s Main Street — 9 Ave SE — was once the city’s original downtown. Now just across the Elbow River from the current city centre, it is nestled along the Bow River, accessible through the City’s pathway system and framed by a linear park. It has retained much of its historic charm. The neighbourhood, recently awarded the Canadian Institute of Planners as “ Canada’s Great Neighbourhood for 2014”, is a mecca for live music venues, high-end fashion, and great dining.
This relatively small area is chock-a-block with home décor and art galleries, plus shops like Lauren Bagliori Couture, Nerd Rollerskates, and the closet-sized Circa, which carries a profusion of vintage and contemporary hand-blown glass lamps and vases.
The Esker Foundation Gallery is on the top floor of the Arts Block- this gallery is free to the public, has a breathtaking setting, and celebrates Canadian Art.
Fort Calgary was established by the Northwest Mounted Police to bring law and order to an area dominated by the whisky trade. It soon became a gathering point for settlers and First Nations people alike. Today the site features a museum and replicas of the 1875 palisade and 1888 barracks, as well as offering a fantastic, organic Sunday Brunch.
Inglewood’s numerous historic buildings house several of the city’s top restaurants including Rouge, winner of the Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants 2010 Award and Michael Noble’s The Nash. For more populist fare, there’s dining at Sugo's or Without Papers Pizza.
Located in the historic Gary Theatre, Ironwood Stage and Grill is one of Western Canada’s premier live country, folk and blues performance venues. Inglewood also has the Blues Can and the Calgary Folk Festival Hall.