Palate to Palette – food and art appreciation 101 in the Designer District

Duration: 3 hour walking tour

Location: We walk 12 blocks (2 kms) round trip through historic Millionaire's Row to the Designer District.

General Admission


Saturdays - June to Sept.

*Price is $115 plus GST and EZTix fee. Group size limited to 14. Tickets are non-refundable. All tastings, tabs, tax and tips for vendors are included in the price.

Explore the legacy of Calgary as Canada's cultural capital in 2012 combined with artful tastings at the city's culinary hub.

  • Calgary has a dynamic and evolving contemporary art scene and we'll take you to the heart of it.
  • Blend your love of food and art - singles, couples, art teachers and students and designers from all over the world have loved this tour.
  • Calgary has evolved - come let us tell you a new story about it.

We tour in all weather and walk about 12 blocks on this tour so check the forecast & come prepared.

We've taken care of the tabs, tax and tips to our vendors.

What to Expect

Your tour guide will greet you at Yellow Door Bistro at Hotel Arts (119 12 Ave SW) where you’ll enjoy a full brunch and tour of their art collection. We’ll explore nearby Ten Foot Henry – a restaurant inspired by art before strolling through the neighbourhood to Gibson Fine Art. We’ll learn about art appreciation 101 and explore their collection with over 50 per cent Alberta artists. We’ll finish with pastry arts at Decadent Brulee, savoury tastes and the art of the cookbook at Cookbook Co Cooks and education around the art of the wine tasting at Metrovino Wines.

Yellow Door Bistro at Hotel Arts

Award-winning chef Quinn Staples serves the city's best brunch and we have a standing reservation.

Ten Foot Henry

Find out who, what and where is Ten Foot Henry and how and why he inspired a restaurant as you savour vintage desserts.

Gibson Fine Art

The home of approachable people and approachable Alberta contemporary art in the heart of the Designer District.

Decadent Brulee

The home of pastry art in Calgary.

Cookbook Co Cooks

This is Calgary's culinary hub with hundreds of cookbooks, gourmet staples, cookware and a state of the art cooking school.

Metrovino Wines

Home of The Calgary Wine Academy. We'll finish our tour with an incredible chance to learn from the best.

Where to Meet

Meet at Yellow Door Bistro in the Hotel Arts at 119 12 Ave SW in Calgary. Ask for the Calgary Food Tours table and meet our guide there.

Meeting Location

119 12 Avenue Southwest
Calgary, AB, Canada

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Parking is available. Expect detailed information on your ticket voucher.

Absolutely not! Our tours combine art and architectural commentary, historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique 2 to 3-hour experience. Imagine walking through Calgary eating our local artisans most delicious foods while learning the neighbuorhoods from real locals.

All gratuities to our vendor partners have been taken care of in the price of your ticket. Gratuities for your guide are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.

The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. For tours in winter months, rest assured we’ve planned them so the walk is a short distance between establishments and we’ll spend most of our time cozied up inside. Do check the weather conditions on the day of your tour and dress appropriately – rain gear, toques, mitts, scarves and layers!

Yes – we absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, gourmet and book club outings, bridal party celebrations, corporate team building or small office parties, convention activities, spousal programs, festival add-ons and more).

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Palate to Palette = Best Experience in Calgary. Definitely a must-do for visitors to Calgary...this tour was our favourite experience!

AshB, TripAdvisor

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