ASK THE EXPERT
Calgary-based author of Juliet's Answer, published in five languages and 10 countries
What’s the best place to read (or write) a book in Calgary?
A lot of my writer friends congregate at a well-known independent coffee shop called Caffe Beano (page 48), just off the very hip 17th Avenue strip. Good coffee and good conversations are always on call here. And you may just see a famous writer.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Calgary in the fall?
When the leaves turn on the poplar trees, there’s no better place to be than on the river pathways.
Favourite cheap eat in town?
Without Papers Pizza (page 54).
What’s the best place to get a souvenir from Calgary?
The Calgary Tower (page 31) is an old school landmark. It was used as a giant Olympic torch during the Winter Olympics here decades ago and is still worth a trip to the top.
What’s a highlight of Calgary that visitors should know?
Something new about Calgary is the National Music Centre (page 32). Not only is the architecture absolutely amazing but also it’s a first of its kind—housing recording studios and exhibits on everything you want to know about Canadian music.
What’s your favourite restaurant for a business meeting?
NOTABLE (page 49). It’s a bit off the beaten track but more than worth it. Call ahead because it’s difficult to get a spot.
Any other tips?
I always take visitors to the Wonderland sculpture at the Bow Building (500 Centre St SE) in downtown. It’s the head of a young girl, in a sort of wire mesh, and it’s two stories tall. You can go right inside it (page 62).