Colin, Sloane and I went out first thing on Saturday morning to check out the newly renovated Simmons Building in the historic East Village in Calgary. It was the opening day for the three business that will now be taking up residence there: Phil & Sebastian Coffee (some of the best coffee in Calgary), Sidewalk Citizen Bakery, and Charbar (an offshoot of the famous Charcut Restaurant). I'm glad we got there early because both the bakery and cafe had quite a lineup by the time we left, and flow issues were still being worked out.
The space is gorgeous. This building used to be a factory warehouse for Simmons mattresses and much of the unique original architecture remains. Exploring the building is sensory magic: interesting light, texture, and little pieces of the original building everywhere. No expense was spared in beautiful details throughout the space and I feel like you need to walk through a couple times just to take everything in. There is also great patio space outside of Sidewalk Citizen, and an awesome rooftop patio dedicated to Charbar. It's definitely a place I want to spend more time in. Fortunately it is right along the Riverwalk, which is a fun destination in itself and a place I hope to walk with Sloane frequently!
We didn't try Charbar this time, but Colin and I are already planning our next date here. They have seating on all three floors and they are all beautiful. Charcut is one of the "must eat there" restaurants in Calgary and we have only heard good things about it.
Rooftop sunset+delicious food? Shouldn't wait too long to experience that...