Downtown Lethbridge is coming to life more than ever – an exploration of its cool cafes, shops, galleries, parks and lounges in the core make it a great destination to explore by foot for the day. Here are 10 not-to-miss places on your next Lethbridge visit this fall:
Get your bearings: First, drop in to the Tourism Lethbridge office on 5th street to get your bearings and plan your visit. Their helpful staff can recommend a number of attractions throughout the city based on your interests.
Get Stoked: Located on 6th Street, The Stoketown Café and Cure is a bright an welcoming space, serving up great sandwiches, soups, coffee and treats. Their soups are made in-house, and many of the meats are cured in-house, including their own house-made bacon. “The name is a nod to Lethbridge’s history as a coal town,” says owner Glen Fenimore, but you’ll soon find you’re “stoked” on their great food and service.
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Drunken Sailor: Up the street from The Stoketown, take a peek in Drunken Sailor, a fun boutique that encompasses 50s retro, punk, rockabilly and more through its boutique and consignment area. Be ready for fun colours and styles – there’s truly something for everyone.
The SAAG: Head north on 6th Street to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, or SAAG for short. There’s a small gallery boutique featuring locally made items and art pieces, and regular exhibits to visit. The back of the gallery houses a creative space and garden views.
Galt Gardens Rotary Centennial Fountain: If it’s a hot day, head next door to SAAG and let the kids play in the water park feature at Rotary Centennial Fountain at Galt Gardens. The fountain creates a perfect natural play space with room to relax and cool off.
Tacos Made In Mexico: After burning off all that energy, head for authentic Mexican fare at Tacos Made in Mexico. Cute and fun, you’ll want to try everything at this family-run restaurant, from the tacos to “frijoles” and pineapple salad. On the weekends, they make Pozole, a traditional Mexican soup. Ole!
Round Table Board Gamerie: Boasting more than 400 games, this shop is a great place to rest your feet from a day of exploring, and play board games with your friends or family. For $10 per person, you can play as many games as you like and stay as long as you like.
Telegraph Tap House: As the afternoon winds down, head to Telegraph Tap House and enjoy a flight, selecting from the 33 beers on tap, which will go great with an order of heaping nachos from the menu. The building was once home to Lethbridge’s first telegraph office. Owner Ram Khanal is passionate about great food and drink in a comfortable atmosphere.
Mocha Cabana: Time for dinner, and there’s nothing like dining al fresco at Mocha Cabana. Their tagline is “not far away, just far enough”, a nod to their expansive back patio that feels like a distant exotic location. Mocha Cabana partners with a huge number of local farms and producers, creating a strong community feel.
Owl Acoustic Lounge: As a final stop, head north just one block to 3 Avenue and Owl Acoustic Lounge, for live music and cocktails. With vinyl records on the wall and a throwback feel, the lounge hosts local and visiting artists, as well as events like paint night and trivia night.
If You Go
Ready to explore? Go to tourismlethbridge.com for more ideas to make your Lethbridge adventure great.
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By Paula Worthington
Paula Worthington is a travel and lifestyle writer, content creator and Founder of Worthington PR & Story, a multi-faceted communications firm for brands with a story to tell. She’s an avid traveller, with an interest in off the beaten path destinations and adventures. She’s also authors www.wanderswild.com. Follow her adventures on Instagram @p_worthington.
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