A ’70s speakeasy, a new locale for a famed Calgary chef and more.
535 Yates St., Victoria
Who Berit Ertz and Thorsten Hoefling, a pair of German ex-pats with a passion for roasts from their home country.
Why we’re excited Can we be honest? As much as we can appreciate a good pour-over, our fave coffee haunts are more about atmosphere than bean origin. So new café Saint Cecelia has the advantage right out the gate thanks to an art-deco atmosphere courtesy of local design darling Kyla Bidgood—and the stellar flat whites are just icing on the cake. instagram.com/saintceciliavictoria
2509 Estevan Ave., Victoria
Why we’re excited French food can sometimes feel high-falutin’, but under the guidance of the Owenses and Bryan, it’s downright chill. Expect West Coast takes on classics like croque madame and brouillade aux champignons. sundayschild.ca
2303 Main St., Vancouver
Why we’re excited What looks like a plain-Jane accounting office in Mount Pleasant is actually a front for something much more interesting: a swinging ’70s speakeasy, complete with tacky wall murals, dark wood panelling and delightfully old-school cocktails (Cherry Paralyzer, anyone?). Leave your tax forms at home. keyparty.ca
12445 Lake Fraser Dr. SE, Calgary
Why we’re excited The original room in Calgary’s Beltline neighbourhood pulled in awards and nominations for its take on pan-Asian dishes and craft cocktails; a second location at Avenida Mall just means twice as many opportunities to snack on that chili lemongrass roasted eggplant. foreignconcept.ca
The Sensory and Wit Bar
101–300 Old Canmore Rd., Canmore
Who Chef Tracy Little, former executive chef at Milton Lake Lodge.
Why we’re excited It’s a two-in-one deal, with a bonus of killer Rocky Mountain views: Sensory is culinarily focused, serving comfort food made from Bow Valley-foraged ingredients, while the cozy accompanying Wit Bar focuses on craft cocktails and share plates. thesensory.ca