If you’ve been struggling to get your kids outside and off of whatever the newest gaming console is, keep reading! 17th Ave is home to some of the city’s most iconic patios, many of which cater to families and children! Bring the family down to the Red Mile and spend an afternoon together under the sun enjoying tasty eats, treats and each other’s company on these kid-friendly patios on 17th Ave.
Brown’s Social House
This expansive 16th Ave patio overlooking Tompkins Park is both family AND dog friendly. Enjoy their epic social hour with popular menu items like burgers, loaded nachos, fish tacos, and of course, the Calgary sunshine.
140-880 16th Ave SW, brownssocialhouse.com
Caffe Beano is the perfect spot to stop in for an iced coffee and freshly baked goods with the family – puppies and kiddos included! Their menu offers tons of different options for everyone in your clan including breakfast sandwiches, bagels, pastries, soups and more, all of which can be enjoyed on their central downtown patio.
1613 9 St SW, caffebeano.ca
Ten Degrees Chocolate
Ten Degrees Chocolate has all the makings for a perfect COVID-friendly outing for your family:
- a sunny patio with views of Tompkins Park,
- a delicious cafe menu filled with sandwiches
- flatbreads and other hearty eats
- a variety of caffeinated beverages or wine,
- beer and cocktails for the grownups, and of course,
- their selection of bean-to-bar chocolate and made-in-house desserts to steal the show.
818 16th Ave SW, tendegreeschocolate.ca
Kids can be picky, but Clive Burger is a hit no matter what age you are! Let’s be real, can you ever really go wrong with a well-made burger and fries? Clive’s famous 100% all-natural Alberta beef burgers also come in a kid’s meal, and have vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options available for those with dietary preferences.
736 17th Ave SW, cliveburger.com
Via Cibo makes family dining easy with their authentic Italian fare, designated kids menu and their central 17th Ave location and patio. Not only is Via Cibo a great place to fill up on hearty, Italian meals with your family, but kids also eat free on Monday’s with the purchase of an adult entree. PLUS, they have an awesome dessert menu that both you and your youngin’s will love. Think Nutella and Tiramisu pizza, gelato, Italian doughnuts and more.
1520 14 St SW, viacibo.com
Yum Bakery & Bistro
This family run business offers the best of both worlds on 17th Ave with their part-bakery, part-bistro space, as well as a quaint patio located in the heart of 17th Ave. Spoil the kiddos with some treats from Yum’s popular bakery menu filled with options like chocolate croissants, macarons, various cakes, tarts and more.
1006 17th Ave SW, yum-bakery.com
Made By Marcus
I think it goes without saying that your kids will definitely enjoy a trip to Made By Marcus’s 17th Ave location to enjoy a made-from-scratch scoop of ice cream on their bustling patio space. With flavours like double cookies & cream, Tahitian vanilla bean and vegan chocolate fudge brownie, we think mom and dad will thoroughly enjoy the trip as well. Don’t forget to follow this local-favourite ice cream shop on social media as well, where you can get a glimpse of their new and ever-changing monthly flavours.
1013 17th Ave SW, madebymarcus.ca
This new vegan spot on 17th Ave is quickly becoming a Calgary favourite with their selection of casual classics like burgers, fries and poutine, all of which are 100% plant based. Bring your family down to their central 17th Ave patio, and dig into the Lil’Cheez-burger, the perfect size for the little guys, or other kid-friendly meals such as the crispy chick’n bites, tater tots or their epic dairy-free dessert menu. We promise neither you or your kids will miss the presence of meat or dairy in these tasty vegan eats.
819 17 Ave SW, heyvburger.com
A spring day wandering on 17th Ave with your family is a day well spent, especially when you stop by Tubby Dog’s takeout window. With beloved, kid-friendly menu items like their Pocket Rockets, burgers and of course, their namesake hot dogs (available for pickup), you can grab a quick bite for the whole family. Take our advice and enjoy some quick eats on a nearby bench or at Tomkin’s Park, just a few steps away. You won’t regret it!
1022 17 Ave SW, tubbydog.com
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