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Banff in Alberta Canada is so much more than just an outdoor destination. Weddings, honeymoon, spa, hot spring, relaxation spots exist in the national park, I am sure you know that. And now add culinary highlights to the mix. Yes, Banff is gastronomic heaven. There are tons of best places to eat in Banff – we have a local distillery, homely cafes, multinational cuisines and restaurants and, WAIT FOR IT, killer views everywhere!

So if you are planning a trip and wondering where to eat in Banff, then you are in the right place.

Best places to eat in Banff NP with map
Best Places to eat in Banff National Park

We live just a few hours away from Banff and have visited it numerous times and of course, we are eating outside. Hence this handy list of restaurants in Banff where you can eat and enjoy the ambiance.

If this is your first trip to Canada or Banff, try Alberta steak, poutine – which is loaded fried with cheese curds and gravy or BeaverTails pastry. Try beer on the tap and don’t ignore our delicious caffeine!

This guide is structured in a way so that you can get the best places to eat in Banff by meal like – breakfast, coffee, lunch, and dinner. We have included restaurants and a menu item or two from each recommendation for you to try.

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Breakfast in Banff Canada

Breakfast in Banff is quite diverse. Whether you are eggs and sausage person or prefer a taste of Europe or have a sweet tooth, we got you covered. You will get multi-cuisine breakfast options in Banff, and add spectacular views to the mix and you will be floating amongst the mountain, quite literally.

Typically breakfast consists of coffee, toast or eggs and sausage.

Bacon strips, pancakes and maple syrup, milk and cereal, yogurt parfait, bagels (of different kinds), waffles are common breakfast items in Canada.

Juniper Bistro at Banff. Heading to Banff? Get the guide to BEST places to eat in Banff for every meal, occasion and budget. This is your one stop where to eat in Banff planner!
Juniper Bistro at Banff.
JUNIPER BISTRO

The views from the Juniper Bistro are breathtaking. We stayed at the hotel and were delighted to see mountain views in the morning. Juniper Bistro also offers fine dining options, but the sights that you see in the morning – the misty mountains and the dewy backdrop is missing at dinner time (well you can look into each other’s eyes for the dewy look).

So head to the bistro for breakfast – grab some warm tea or coffee and go for a stroll in their patio area. After the stroll, get seated for gourmet eggs breakfast with stuffed French toast or steak and eggs breakfast.

Located at 1 Juniper Way, Banff

TOOLOULOU’S

A hearty plate of breakfast in a rustic interior restaurant with red bricks and table-cloth, Tooloulou’s serves pancakes, crepes, eggs/omelets, hash-browns, and the like.  You can satisfy your sweet or savory morning meal right here. Tooloulou’s also serves lunch and dinner – rice and beans, sea sausage, ribs, cajun burgers, etc.

Located at 204 Caribou Street in Downtown Banff. Breakfast open till 2:00 pm. Keep in mind this place is super popular and hence also very crowded. 

MELISSA’S MISSTEAK

You would think why a steakhouse for breakfast? Well, Melissa’s Missteak has been serving TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST for years. Breakfast items include eggs of any style, pancakes, Greek yogurt and fruits, sweet treats and COFFEE.

Located at 218 Lynx St Banff. Breakfast hours from 07:00 – 04:00 pm

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BOW VALLEY GRILL AT FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS

Delicious breakfast with amazing mountain views, in a luxurious 5 star Fairmont Springs hotel, Bow Valley Grill offers a generous breakfast buffet, with western-style breakfast and pastries and delicious apple pie.

Tip: If staying at Banff Springs Hotel is out of your budget, head there for breakfast, and experience the luxury for a few hours!

Located at 405 Spray Ave Banff.

SKOKIS

Home to delicious crepes, waffles, frozen yogurt, acai bowl, and sweet food items, Skokis will treat you well. Decent prices and a variety of fast food options for (a sweet) breakfast meal. It also serves a variety of hot beverages – perfect for a cold, snowy day.

Located in 109 Banff Avenue, Banff Downtown.

Banff Coffee Shops

Our favorite topic – Banff Coffee Shops. Salil LOVES his coffee. I occasionally take lattes, but I LOVE creamy earl grays and London Fog served in Banff’s cafes. These coffee shops listed below are also best for light breakfast like sandwiches, wraps, soups, baked goods like muffins, loaf, etc.

The ambiance at Banff’s coffee shops are relaxed and best for meet-ups, work or just world domination aka travel planning (our travel plans have been discussed and finalized always over a cup of coffee. Salil gets his coffee and I get the destination of choice – win win)

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Places to eat in Banff Canada
EVELYN’S CAFE BANFF

LOVE their lattes and cappuccinos. Evelyn’s Cafe is a nice coffee shop in town. It serves premium coffee and sandwiches and soups.

Located at 215 Banff Ave. They are also open for light lunches. Includes street-side seating areas.

WHITE BARK CAFE

Considered one of the FINEST coffee shops in Banff, the White Bark Cafe serves coffee from ethically sourced beans, tea, and light (sweet) treats.

Located at 401 Banff Avenue by Aspen Banff Lodge. They are open from 06:30 am to 06:30 pm

K BAKERY CAFE

K Bakery Cafe is a cute little coffee shop that serves the delicious black tea that I LOVE – creamy earl gray tea. They also offer specialty coffees, teas, and light snacks and baked goods.

Located at 229 Bear St by the movie hall in Banff. They are open from 08:30 am to 05:00 pm

Their Canmore location also serves light Indian snacks like samosas, vada, kathi rolls. Location is 1514 Railway Avenue Canmore.

K Bakery Cafe
K Bakery Cafe
WILD FLOUR BAKERY

Wild Flour Bakery offers specialty coffee, baked goods like croissants and sweet treats. The coffee shop doesn’t have a ton of space to sit, but they serve coffee on the go and its delicious.

Located on 211 Bear Street #101 in Banff. They are open from 07:00 am yo 04:00 pm

GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE (CANMORE)

Good Earth Coffee House serves coffee, iced beverages, and freshly baked food. We love their ambiance – its warm and inviting. I could sit there for hours. They have outside seating arrangements as well.

Located at 718 8 8 St, in Canmore. They are open 07:00 am to 08:00 pm (on Fridays, they are open till 10:00 pm). 

Banff Lunch Places

Tons of lunch places in Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise. During summer months, you can opt to sit outside and soak the sun or rooftop. Head to multi-cuisine restaurants for an international taste right here in Banff.

MAGPIE AND STUMP RESTAURANT 

One of the first restaurants we tried out in Banff and LOVED it. And it’s Mexican, what’s not to like? The Magpie and Stump is a great place for lunch – try tacos or burritos with Jarrito or Margarita in their rooftop patio. You can choose to sit by the street and admire the lovely Banff Avenue.

Magpie and Stump Mexican Food
Magpie and Stump

Magpie and Stump is also a great place for dinner. Their roasted chicken is fabulous. For dinner, sit inside in their rustic setting restaurant.

Located at 203 Caribou Street in Banff. They are open from 11:30 am to 02:30 am.

PARK DISTILLERY RESTAURANT AND BAR

A hip and happening bar and restaurant, Park Distillery is a Banff local distillery which produces vodka, spirits and gin. It also offers light lunch options.

You can choose the restaurant for dinner as well. BUT – head their lunch and sign up for a FREE distillery tour – every day at 03:30 pm.

Located at 219 Banff Ave in Banff. The operating hours are from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

NOURISH BISTRO BANFF

Nourish Bistro in Banff offers brunch, lunch, and dinner spots featuring vegan and vegetarian dishes, including cocktails. Their cheese-less cheesecake is YUM.

Located at 211 Bear Street in Banff. They are open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

BANFF SHAWARMA

One of the best Middle Eastern places in town – Banff Shawarma. Although prices are a tad higher then any Shawarma place in Calgary or Edmonton, nevertheless if you are craving some garlic potatoes and hummus and pita, with a loaded shawarma place, then this is your place.

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Banff Shawarma

Located at the Cascade Shops on 202 Wolf Street in Banff.

SPICE HUT (CANMORE)

One of our favorite restaurants in Canmore – Spice Hut is an East Indian restaurant. Decent prices and great taste, offering all sorts of Indian dishes, curries and bread, with drinks.

Our favorite is Chicken Marsala – very delicious. Try it.

Located at 1310 Bow Valley Trail in Canmore. They are open from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm (except weekends open from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm)

Best Places for Banff Dinners

Whether you are looking for fine dining options or comfort food for the night with drinks – you won’t be disappointed with Banff’s culinary affair. Most diners are open till 10:00 pm and a handful of them are open until late at night.

Park Distillery - Heading to Banff? Get the guide to BEST places to eat in Banff for every meal, occasion and budget. This is your one stop where to eat in Banff planner!
Park Distillery
PARK DISTILLERY RESTAURANT AND BAR

Park Distillery is a great dinner and drinks option in Downtown Banff. I LOVE their Vanilla Vodka. Ask for the day’s special for tap, and you won’t be disappointed. Once we tried their Ale and it was mind-blowing. Try their Rotisserie Chicken or Blu Dog, hearty meal, and delicious. Our all-time favorite is loaded Dirty fries.

Located at 219 Banff Ave in Banff. The operating hours are from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.

TICINO’S

Swiss Italian restaurant – Ticinos serves a delicious breakfast buffet and dinner – mostly European multicultural dishes (of Swiss, Italian, and Spanish cuisine). Warm ambiance and great hospitality. Speaking of warm – try their famous cheese fondue.

Located in Banff at 415 Banff Ave. The hours are 05:30 – 10:00 pm for dinner.

THE MAPLE LEAF GRILL AND LOUNGE BANFF

The Maple Leaf Grill and Lounge in Banff offers Canadian cuisine ranging from seafood to Alberta beef, in a unique rustic-modern setting.

Located at 137 Banff Ave. They are open for brunch and dinner (05:30 to 09:00 pm)

EDDIE BURGER BAR 

Eddie Burger bar is a casual relaxed dining place serving delicious comfort food – burgers, poutine, milkshakes, and other drinks.

Located at 137 Banff Ave in Banff.

AROMA MEXICAN RESTAURANT (CANMORE)

Casual dining restaurant in Canmore, Aroma Mexican is a great place for a laid back supper with margaritas. The restaurant (with its decorated bar) will transport you to Mexico. They have Mexicana hats and blankets, wear them and take pictures, if you like.

Aroma Mexican Restaurant
Aroma Mexican Restaurant

I LOVE their Mexican beer – Chelada – salty and spicy BEER!

Located in Canmore at 101-837 8 Street. Dinner starts at 05:00 pm.

Fine Dining Banff Options – Banff Restaurants

Heading to Banff for romance or hosting a formal event? These fine dining options in and around Banff will make the RIGHT impression with food and mesmerizing views.

THREE RAVENS RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR

Elegant and upscale restaurant in Banff, offering seasonal meat, seafood, and a wine bar. Try their elk meat, pork appetizers or duck platter. The Three Ravens restaurant is located in a great place, offering scenic views. Friendly hosts and great service.

Located in 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive in Banff. They are open for dinner from 05:00 – 09:00 pm. Make reservations ahead of time for dinner.

WALLISER STUBE

Walliser Stube is located at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. It is exclusively open for dinner at 06:00 pm. Try their delicious steak and enjoy the ambiance.

Located in Lake Louise at 111 Lake Louise Drive. The hours are 06:00 – 09:00 pm.

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Patio at the Juniper Bistro
JUNIPER BISTRO

Juniper Bistro is a great place for romantic dinners. They also have accommodation, so keep that in mind while you do your trip planning for Banff.  

Located at 1 Juniper Way, Banff

Best Pizza places in Banff

Craving pizzas? We recommend the following pizza places in Banff.

BEAR STREET TAVERN

The best pizzas in town are served at the rustic, laid-back hangout place called the Bear Street Tavern. It is a Canadian pub house offering thin-crust pizza, steak, and other bar food.

You can also take out food to relish pizzas in the comfort of your hotel room.

Located at 211 Bear Street in Banff. They are open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FLATBREAD BANFF

Delicious flatbread and pizzas offered at a food joint in the Cascade Mall, Rocky Mountain Flatbread is hard to miss.

Located at 317 Banff Ave, Cascade Shops, Banff. Closes at 09:00 pm (except Sunday closes at 06:00 pm)

Food in Banff
Food in Banff

Information on Banff Steakhouse

After a FULL day of outdoor activities – hiking or skiing, you deserve some awesome STEAK. Head to these steakhouses for dinner when in Banff.

SALTLIK

At the Saltlik, you will have tons of dining options – (light) soups and salads to mains and STEAK. For steak, choose from bison tenderloin, 8 oz prime sirloin, or bone-in rib eye. They also offer cocktails and wine.

Located at 221 Bear Street in Banff.

CHUCK’S STEAKHOUSE

Chuck’s Steakhouse is a relaxed and laid back restaurant – that allows you to focus on – STEAK. They serve Alberta-raised Wagyu beef grilled over hardwood and mesquite, abundant ranch-style dinners, with amazing views.

Located at 101 Banff Ave in Banff, serving dinner from 05:00 to 10:00 pm.

BANFF AVE BREWING CO.

Banff Ave Brewing Co. is the place to go for beer and a plate full of steak! Their menu has the popular Canadian classics and a variety of ales to choose from. I am not a big beer gal, but Salil is into craft beers and he loves it. 

Located at 110 Banff Ave, Banff, and they are open from 11:00 am to 12:00 am. 

Sweet Treats in Banff

This section is just an add-on. Well, I was tempted and had to include a few sweet treat places in Banff.

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BeaverTails
  • BeaverTails – Try the SWEETEST Canadian pastries and snacks at the BeaverTails in downtown Banff. Obama went to one in Ottawa, when he visited Canada. You should try the one in Banff, with amazing views (see, score!)
  • Banff Sweets – Well, you will find tons of candy stores in Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise. Get in there and try some.
  • Mary’s Popcorn – Located in downtown Banff, try their sweet (or savory) popcorn. Our favorite – Chicago popcorn.

Fast Food Restaurants in Banff

Banff Restaurants with great views
Banff Restaurants with great views – Boston Pizza 

Banff and Canmore have fast-food restaurants, perfect for cheap and budget eats.

Banff has McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons.

Canmore has an A and W, Starbucks, Boston Pizza, Subway and Tim Hortons as well.

Boston Pizza is located in Banff Avenue and it offers a 2nd-floor seating area with amazing views of the mountains and the little church in Banff town. 

Map of Best places to eat in  Banff National Park 

 

Banff, Canmore, and Lake Louise – Special Food Events

As mentioned, Banff is gastronomic heaven. Hence you will find culinary events across the national park at different seasons.

Banff Farmers Market-
Banff Farmers Market
BANFF FARMER’S MARKET

Organized in the summer months only and on every Wednesday, Banff Farmer’s Market brings in locals with their delicious food and artwork and photography. Read more about it here

CASTLE FOOD AT BANFF SPRINGS HOTEL

At the iconic, Banff Springs Hotel, you can eat Alberta’s signature foods from over 25 local farms all in the comfort of a luxurious hotel/restaurant. You will also learn how delicacies are prepared from scratch. This is a 2.50-hour food tour – sort of, where you get to devour amazing food at an amazing location. Learn more about the castle food experience here  

CANMORE UNCORKED

Canmore hosts a food fest every year in late April to early May, called the Canmore Uncorked. Craft beer fests, wine fests, and delicious local dishes – try them at the Canmore Uncorked food fest.

COCHON 555 CULINARY WEEKEND

Banff & Lake Louise Tourism hosts the Cochon 555 Culinary Weekend offering brunches and an amazing foodie experience with local and international guest chefs.

BANFF BEER FESTIVAL

Banff Beer Festival is considered as one of the world’s stunning Beer Fests, taking place at the cradle of the Canadian Rockies. This event is organized in Banff National Park in November. In 2019, the beer fest will be held in an underground cave!

So that’s a wrap. And I am hungry. I hope you found the post useful. If you have any additional questions about food in Banff, let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Trying to plan a trip and overwhelmed with options. This site is extremely helping for getting an idea of the available options.

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