Chinook Center is the largest mall in Calgary and has over 250 stores, with 3 major department stores. There are some stores in the Chinook Center that are exclusively located here.
If you're tired of shopping, head to the food court and sit down and watch the merry-go-round, or check out the plane and train that are flying around the ceiling. If you're not in the mood for the food court the Center has very comfortable seating between the stores.
What to pay: The pricing in the Center is comparable to individual stores.
Every time I travel to Calgary I always stop at the Deerfoot Outlet Mall.
You can get some pretty good deals in this mall. They have over 80 retailers - Walmart, Winners, MEXX, Bluenotes, Urban Planet, EB Games - to name a few.
There is a food court - they actually have a place that serves fried clams, it's my favorite place in the food court. Some other food vendors are A&W, Subway, Taco Time, Cinnzeo, Thaï Express, Edo Japan, and Koryo.
There is even a bowling alley in the mall, and recently they have put up a drive in theater.
What to buy: Calgary Flames or Stampeders merchandise.
At this mall, really anything you would normally shop for just at discounted prices.
What to pay: This is an outlet store so the prices are cheaper than if you went to the store in another mall.
An amazing little shoppe - just TRY to walk by and no salivate when the door is propped open!
They import cocoa beans, and roast and process them in-house!! The confections are made fresh to order while you wait. They specialize in truffles - hand rolled centers, dipped in either milk or dark chocolate, and then rolled in the coating of your choice. Every chocolate you get is exactly what you want, since you make your own combinations from their extensive list of options.
What to buy: Great for snacks, or as an order for gifts / special events.
What to pay: I recommend:
- 'drinking chocolate' to share with a friend on a cold day ($5.50)
- truffles (about $2.00 ea.)
- brownies and cupcakes ($4.75)
The Eau Claire Market was originally billed as being the location for a Farmers market. Unfortunately, the idea didn’t last long, but what survived is a building with a diverse range of restaurants, craft stores and movie theatres (regular and IMAX). The market is one of the few buildings downtown that is not connected to the +15 network, but with underground parking, you can visit the market without having to brave the elements.
What to buy: Great for "one of a kind" or unusual objects (i.e. gifts that people wouldn't normally buy forthemselves)
There has always been shopping in the mall downtown. Recently the mall was renovated with the roof being removed and replaced by a glass ceiling. The result is a much brighter mall with the structure becoming an attraction in its own right.
What to buy: If possible, avoid the downtown area at lunch time (noon to 1pm, weekdays). Office workers besiege the food outlets and stores during this time and you’ll get much better service if you visit outside this one hour a day.
Rewind Consignment Clothing is a fashion forward boutique for women...unlike the kind of shops you'll find at the mall or in box store shopping centres. It's truly unique, close to downtown and other neat areas and has excellent selection and service. They offer popular and designer brands, ranging in sizes 0-14, for a fraction of the price of buying new. But they also carry funky and original new lines of clothing and accessories (including one-of-a-kind repurposed pieces by independent designers). So go home with something original, save some money on designer brands and have a great experience!
What to buy: Locally designed clothing and accessories and unique consignment and vintage finds!
What to pay: As little as $5 or $10 for something cool or as much as $200 for a designer handbag.
IKEA is a Swedish company with stores all over the world. We have seen them across Canada and Europe as well.
IKEA builds home furnishings all around the world, and after your puchase, you normally have to put the final product together with an allen wrench. I am always amazed at their instructions which are 99% drawings or photos - so that you can build in any language.
What to buy: We have purchased furniture etc. for our Winnipeg house at IKEA for the past thirty years. What we like is if we wish to expand the shelving unit or add a chest of drawers, we can. Most IKEA furniture is modular, and many styles have remained current for decades.
If you’re looking for news from your own home town, there are a couple of good newspaper/magazine stores downtown. Billy’s News is has been around the longest and is probably the best known.
If you’re looking for Calgary newspapers, there are plenty of newspaper boxes scattered around. Calgary’s newspapers seem to come in pairs. The two major local papers are the Herald and the Sun. The two national Canadian papers are the Globe and Mail and the National Post. The two free commuter papers are 24 Hours and Metro. These along with other odds and ends mean that there are paper boxes chained to posts all over downtown.
i found it so far, like 30 min from rundle... and i didn't find anything interesting there...
there's a sears outlet (nothing good there), mark's work wearhouse outlet with same prices as the normal store.... the same for sportscheck...
so, don't spend your time going there.... that's what i think...
All things western can be had here - you sure can get yourself suited & booted in Calgary..
What to buy: All western clothing including Jeans - Boots - Shirts - Hats - even saw cowboy T shirts complete with Bible Text
What to pay: Any thing from 3 canadian dollars to lots of canadian dollars
A treasure trove of western clothing. Such an array of cowboy hats and boots to fit all cowboys and cowgirls - they even have boots for the little ones.
Great fun shopping here almost entertainment for me spotting the stuffed animal heads and other unique details in this shop
What to buy: Gifts - toys - postcards - clothing (western of course) - books great value leather handbags (purses)
What to pay: What ever your credit card allows
Lots of stalls line the pedestrian street selling - well guess what - Stampede Season and Christmas all at once - The market stalls are interesting some display the usual tourist tat and cheap souviners, while others have beautifully hand crafted local art work on display. You can grab a quick bite to eat here too from the fast food stalls - well shopping can make you hungry.
What to buy: Some nice tree decorations come complete with that cowboy feeling again.
What to pay: Quite cheap for a fist full of dollars & you'll get change...............
McNally Robinson is part of a chain of book shops in North America. The shop is spacious with a nice cosy reading area with big couches to relax on. They stock all manner of books on a vast array of subjects - all clearly marked.
Opening hours are long = Monday - Thursday 9.00 - 21.00 Friday - Saturday 9.00 - 22.00
Sunday 11 - 18.00
What to buy: Books - especially childrens' book beautifully illustrated and such a choice. They also sell some tourist souveniers - audio tapes and CD's
What to pay: The book prices vary depends on what you buy
TD and Eatons centre are absolutly amazing and you can never not find enough shopping there.
theres always something to find and discover there.
What to buy: its got everything!
What to pay: average, you wont pay more than anywhere else.
Big mall with differents kinds of shops...clothes, electronic, shoes...
And a great variety of little fast food resto from every corner of the planet.
I ate the an exotic chicken suriaki - price around 6 $ in a japanese shop. New Yorker, one of the resto sells special natural French Fries (with the potatoes skin on it)...for the French Fries lovers that want to stay thin! We went there on Thursday evening and it was quite empty...maybe is it too new???
What to buy: There is a shop where everything is at 1 $...some things are interesting! Ther e is also a huge sport shop called Sport check.