Shopping Areas: Inglewood
Inglewood is Calgary's oldest neighborhoods, and is located near Fort Calgary and The Deane House.
Long known for it's seediness and prostitution, Inglewood has cleaned up and is the next up-and-coming "trendy" neighborhood, along with the adjacent Ramsay. You'll find here mostly home decor shops and antique shops, with some gift and clothing shops. The atmosphere here is a little more gritty and not as polished as 17th Avenue, but that's all in the charm of Inglewood. The shopping is on the main street, 9th Ave. SE, starting at 8th Ave. SE.
Take some time to stroll around the side streets, and look at the neighborhood, which is full of restored homes.
Shopping Areas: Kensington
Kensington is another "urban village" area like 17th Avenue, and is located at the junction of 10th St. NW and Memorial Dr. NW., and stores also run west along Kensington Rd. NW. It's very close to Eau Claire Market and Prince's Island (see "must see" tips), and also the downtown core.
Kensington tends to lean towards "artsy" as compared with 17th Avenue, which tends to be more urbane. However, Kensington offers just as much shopping fun.
What to buy: Located on Kensington Road in The Point Building is Swizzle Sticks (spa and hair salon). If you need a relaxtion treatment on your whirlwind tour of Calgary, this place fits the bill. An Aveda spa, they offer a wide variety of services, as well as an Aveda store.Splash of Fashion (women's clothing) and Brooklyn (men's clothing) are worth checking out. Kismet carries a tasteful selection of imported clothes and giftware. Urban Barn is a home decor chain from Vancouver, and has a great selection at reasonable prices. Kilian International Design carries high-end modern furniture, home decore and gift items such as Wusthof, Alessi, and Natuzzi. Also, check out Joints Home Accents and Custom Framing. Besides framing pictures, they have a really nice selection of jewellry, and gift items. However, prices seem to run a little more on the expensive side. At the end of the day, catch a movie at the vintage Plaza Theatre, which shows contemporary as well as independent or foreign films.
Foodwise, there is not as good a selection as 17th Avenue, and I really don't eat here that often. I can recommend Wayne's Bagels for authentic Montreal-style bagels. The Stromboli Inn has fantastic Italian food and pizza, but tends to close for part of the summer. Zefferelli's Pasta Joint is fairly new, and I have heard pretty good things about it. Maurya is an Indian restaurant, and their lunch buffet is a great deal. If you feel like shelling out big bucks, Osteria de Medici is an extremely high-end restaurant that serves gourmet Italian food.
Shopping Areas: Malls
There are 4 major malls in Calgary that offer good shopping. In the south, SouthCentre and Chinook Mall. Downtown, there's TD Square (which is connected to Eaton Centre and Scotia Centre). In the north, Market Mall. Market Mall is getting a major overhaul, and they are adding 100 more stores by August 2004 for your shopping pleasure! Of course, there are other smaller malls, but these give you the most variety in one place.
What to buy: The malls have all the usual big chains such as Gap, Old Navy, American Eagle and each one has Canada's department store, The Bay. The Bay tends to have really good sales when you catch them, and have vastly improved their clothing departments. Chinook Mall is probably the best out of all of them - my favorite stores are: Aritzia( women's clothes), Caban(home decor -- tends to be overpriced, but really fun to browse as they carry lots of funky items from all over the world,Club Monaco(clothing for men and women), good selection of trendy stuff without being too "out there" at reasonable prices,L'Occitane,beautifully scented french bath products from Provence,Zara(women's clothes), nice to browse, but tends to be for the more taller, skinnier person.
Eaton Centre is located on 8th Avenue, and stretches from 1st St. SW, to 3rd St. SW; Chinook Mall is located at the intersection of Glenmore Trail and Macleod Trail SW; Southcentre Mall is located at Macleod Trail and Anderson Road SW; Market Mall is located at the intersection of Shaganappi Trail and 40th Ave. NW
Shopping at the Millarville Market takes some dedication as you have to get there bright and early on Saturday morning. The market is every Saturday 8:30 until noon June - October, in the historic town of Millarville approx 40 minutes south of Calgary. I must say I've arrived shortly after 8:00, and the parking lot is half-full. However, once, you get there, I guarantee you will have a fun time. My husband hates shopping and loves the market. Parking is $2.00.
This is Southern Alberta's premiere farmer's market, with about 200 vendors selling anything from fresh baked bread to buffalo sausage to fresh produce and handmade soap. It's your chance to see a showcase of local produce and talent at hand.
What to buy: The market sells handmade crafts, baked goods, food, and produce. There is also fresh produce and fruit from BC when in season.
What to pay: Prices are fairly reasonable
Bernard Callebaut: Choco-holics MUST try!
I don't know why, but we Calgarians have been blessed with one of the finest chocolatiers in the world. Belgian born Bernard Callebaut has graced us all with chocolates and truffles that could only be discribed as sublime, superb, second to none ... I have never found a better chocolate anywhere in the world.
What to buy: What else - CHOCOLATE!
What to pay: Expensive, but well worth it if you are a true chocolate connoisseur.
Chinook Mall: Malls A Plenty
We have quite a few, however I think Chinook Centre is the nicest mall in Calgary - clean, great selection of shops, and beautifully decorated (for a mall anyways). It seems like a good percentage of fellow Calgarians agree with, so avoid this mall like the PLAGUE on a weekend afternoon, unless you fell like battling half of Calgary.
Pacific Place: Asian Market
Pacific Place is Calgary's Asian mall, and if you enjoy Asian food and culture, this is a fun place to drop by. T & T Market is the ethnic grocery store in the city, and I find their prices very reasonable. There are also several fast food and sushi chains, and a decent Chinese restraunt within the mall.
It also also across the street from IKEA, where I always seem to have a blast.
Alternately, head downtown to Chinatown ...
Anywhere: The 2 feathers
Inside the huge Banff resort hotel
What to buy: The 2 feathers : A connection between Heaven and Earth.
A balance between the physical and spiritual being.
It is the story of a leash that hold tight 2 feathers.
The leash makes the connection, the leash brings the energy like a lightning between the sky and the earth ...
Stephen ave.: Cool Street for everything, not just shopping!
Stephen ave is one of the oldest streets in town, still paved in cobblestone. It's a really fun little area full of cool little shops and is in the heart of the down town. At night, it is full of cool little bars, pubs (the unicorn is really great) and even full out clubs (the palace).
Chinook Mall: Malls. Malls, Malls (Part I)
Personally, I think the place looks like an airport but maybe it's just me. HAHAHA. Quite a selection of stores available. While I was there, Zara's was just opening (men and women fashion store).
What to buy: Anything and everything...
Eau Claire Market
Eau Claire offers visitors fun shopping, dining, and entertainment. You can take in a movie or an IMAX. You can also enjoy virtual reality, video games and pool tables. Eau Claire's various restaurants and lounges include The Hard Rock Cafe, OutWest Cookhouse, the Barley Mill and Joey Tomato's Kitchen. The Market also has several buskers, clowns and other performers. Visit neighboring Prince's Island Park, or rent rollerblades and cruise the river-side bike paths.
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