It’s no surprise to anyone that a large reason Alex and I travel is for food lol. On our most recent trip to Banff, we wanted to visit spots knew and loved, and also had a huge list of restaurants we were excited to try.
Because I know I will write a LOT about each of the food destinations in this list, let’s keep this introduction short. If you’re wondering if Banff has a good food scene, YES!
Here is a foodie’s tour of Banff!
a foodie’s tour of banff, canmore, and lake louise
whitebark café | banff
A café I had researched ahead of time and was excited to try. We grabbed hot beverages here twice (as well as a pastry) and were impressed both times. I had a delicious Lavender Peppermint tea one day, and a latte the next. This is probably the best coffee we had on our trip!
communitea | canmore
The BEST tea! Like, so damn good. Communitea is an independent shop with an ethos; they plants trees with every purchase its patrons make. They have countless unique teas that are unlike anything I’ve tried before. The Lemon Meringue Pie tea is to die for.
good earth | canmore
Good Earth has a couple locations, which is great because it has a lovely atmosphere and really great coffee. We especially love the Canmore location as it features beautiful local art for sale!
UNA pizza + wine | banff
UNA has a super cool vibe and is a beautiful place to grab a meal. We had a couple appetizers and split a pizza, and loved the interesting food combinations!
bill peyto’s café | lake louise
We visited Bill Peyto’s Café on our very first trip to Banff and were happy to visit once again! On a quiet road among the trees, Billy Peyto’s is a cozy diner-esque spot perfect for grabbing a great sandwich and fries. I had an exceptional veggie burger here!
the prow | banff
Alex and I happily stumbled upon The Prow while browsing Trip Advisor, and it ended up being our favourite meal during this trip! It’s located in the Buffalo Mountain Lodge, and it has the loveliest, coziest, chicest decor of any restaurant I’ve been to in a long time. They have an excellent cocktail list (I cannot recommend Climb On more for fellow coffee lovers) and their food is delicious, comforting, and experiments with lots of cool flavours (for example, we had a hazelnut tart that featured cinnamon and mezcal oranges). Highly recommend!
banff ave brewing | banff
Alex and I had been looking forward to Banff Ave Brewing for weeks lol! We went one night after two big snowboard days and split the nachos and the Grizzly Gully salad. We could not inhale them fast enough. We literally talked about those nachos all week. Beer-wise, my favourite was their community tap Rockies Repeat Tonka Porter which delivered a punch of flavour. We loved this spot so much we ate there twice.
block | banff
If you want to try something new and are craving a meal that takes you around the world, Block is the place to go! This was another restaurant that we visited our first time in Banff, and it lived up to our memories. Block takes flavours from all over the globe and puts them together in shareable plates that are to die for. Super intimate and cozy, it’s a great place to visit after a day outdoors.
lakeview lounge | lake louise
A must-visit spot for a snack and a drink – we loved hanging out in the Lakeview Lounge after a day trekking through the snow. The view of Lake Louise is quite breathtaking and as magnificent as you’d imagine! We had some olives, bread + butter, and a salad; a delicious bite before dinner!
Do you have any favourite restaurants in the Banff area?