Welcome to Kensington! 

With over 270 businesses Kensington is one of Calgary’s most vibrant communities.

Whether you want to bike along the river, stroll the neighbourhood while sipping some of Calgary’s finest coffee or spend the night listening to live music – Kensington has it all! Considered Calgary’s Urban Village, Kensington offers a unique, inner-city experience. Located just off the Sunnyside LRT Station and walking distance from downtown, it’s possible to spend an entire day exploring the shops and restaurants, or an entire weekend by staying at one of the beautiful boutique hotels.

271 businesses offering
dining, shopping & services

20-40 events per year
reaching up to 70,000 people 

3,000 people employed
by our member businesses

Local News & Projects

Bow-to-Bluff Fully Funded!

Exciting news! After years of work, City of Calgary Council has committed $4 million to fully fund the Bow to Bluff Public Realm Plan. The Bow to Bluff plan began as a citizen-led initiative focused on transforming the neglected spaces along the LRT line between the...

Uncover Kensington – Foodie-Festival

Calling all grub lovers and feasting friends, Curiocity is unveiling our very first foodie-festival that will be coming to Calgary later this month. For 9 delicious days, Uncover Kensington will showcase some of the best restaurants in one of Calgary’s favourite...

First Canadian National Network of BIAs formed

Canadian BRZ/BIA Executive Directors representing all the provinces have formed a leadership group to move forward on work by the first Canadian national network of Business Improvement Areas under the auspices of the International Downtown Association. Kensington was...

Tax Shift Update

Executive Director, Annie MacInnis For the past two years the loss of revenues from downtown businesses affected by the economy has been downloaded onto businesses outside the downtown core. In 2017 and 2018 City Council used money from savings to cap business tax...

Increasing Taxes For Your Small Business are a Big Issue!

If you want to try to do something about your high taxes, keep reading! Here are some ways to encourage Council to help our member businesses: A city meeting has been organized downtown for Wednesday January 23, 9-10:30 am. If you would like to attend this meeting,...

Featured Businesses

August: A Cafe with an Extensive Menu – A Chat with Espresso Cafe

Owner Sunny Sidhu and Manager Brittany Warren open up about Kensington’s newest coffee shop, Espresso Cafe. Now open for four months, Espresso Cafe itself has a very unique feel. No detail was spared from the deep purple couches to the beautiful chandeliers. The cafe...

Fantasy Faire Brings Magic of All Kinds to Kensington

On Sunday, July 29th Kensington called on all witches, wizards, fairies and halflings to celebrate in a day of fantasy and magic. As an evolution of the previously branded Spend a Day in Kensington Diagon Alley, Kensington's Fantasy Faire had the same wizarding...

May: The Business of Happiness – A Chat with YYC Cycle

The business of happiness, or more commonly known as YYC Cycle is one of many boutique fitness studios located in the Kensington community. YYC Cycle was started by three friends and Calgary natives, Andrew Obrecht, Grady Topak and Warren Matzelle in 2014 in an effort...

KensingtonYYC on Twitter

“One of my favourite communities in Calgary! Great for strolls, shopping, dining…you name it, Kensington’s got it!”

“It’s the perfect community for dining, shopping or just walking around. So many great local businesses!”

“Kensington is a fun and funky community like no other in Calgary. A must see for all who visit.”

“I love Kensington. I’ve been visiting it for 20 years and although it keeps getting better, I love how it still has the same welcoming feel.”