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Dining and Nightlife

Paul Zizka

Eat and Drink in Banff and Lake Louise

After a day playing outside you’re starving and can hardly wait until dinner. Bundled up warm and with snowflakes starting to float down from the darkening sky, you headed out into the bustling street trying to decide what to choose tonight. The local chefs in Banff and Lake Louise are some of the best in the country, sourcing their ingredients from small Alberta farmers, co-operatives and ranchers seeking inspiration from the National Park’s stunning landscape. The local restaurateurs, microbrewers, spirit distillers, hoteliers, lounge and club owners are as varied as the scenery. 


Banff and Lake Louise have developed great culinary reputations, with talented chefs creating delicious food of all types. If you enjoy food, you’re going to be well satisfied in Banff and Lake Louise. You can eat food from all around the world or choose to stay more local with the regional fare, known as Canadian Rocky Mountain Cuisine, which features seasonal produce and beef and bison from Alberta. Banff and Lake Louise also celebrate our foodie culture with annual events and festivals, such as Taste For Adventure where chefs at over 30 restaurants prepare unique menus during the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in late October through early November, the Banff Craft Beer Festival in late November, and Banff’s Big Taste event in January.

It can be difficult to choose with so many options. You could try classic Western-style steakhouses, fusion cuisine, fine dining, sushi, Thai, Swiss fondue, Italian, pub food, pizza, or vegetarian restaurants. Take a look at the member listings below to check out all of the restaurants, bakeries, fast food, delis, and cafés.


After your day on the ski slopes or your hike in the hills, the natural next step is après. Banff and Lake Louise pride themselves on their après scenes - it could even be said to be a way of life around here. Spend a leisurely, late afternoon by the fire trading stories of your day and refuelling with drinks and appetizers. Take the family for hot chocolate at a mountain lodge. Enjoy the evening sunshine and a beer brewed with glacial water at a terrace table. Listen to upbeat tunes while kicking back at the base of a ski hill. Sip cocktails and meet new people at a plush hotel lounge. There are endless options. 

Night Clubs, Bars and Lounges

After refuelling with a delicious dinner, your next stop will depend on your energy levels and mood. If you’re still in après-mode, there’s a variety of pubs and lounges throughout Banff and Lake Louise where you can keep the spirit of the day going with more relaxing by a fire, chatting with family and friends, and sipping on your favourite beverages.

If you feel like the night is still young and you have energy to burn, Banff Avenue in downtown Banff is lined with high-energy night spots where you can dance and laugh the night away. Also, when out west, you really must visit Wild Bill's Legendary Saloon a true Canadian western saloon for cold drinks, hearty food, line dancing, mechanical bull riding, and calf roping.



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