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Shopping in Calgary

Calgary has a lovely blend of trendy shopping venues mixed with the high-end department stores as well as classy boutiques. Calgary was made for the shopper.

Mall Shopping

The city is handily laid out with a minimum of one mall in each quadrant. In the Northeast, you have Deerfoot Outlet Mall or Sunridge Mall. Market Mall is in the Northwest. In the Southwest, take your pick between Westhills Towne Center and Signal Hill Centre. To the South, your malls are Chinook Center or SouthCentre.

Downtown

With the historical architecture and stylish eateries as your backdrop, you will enjoy strolling down the city’s streets in search of sophisticated shops. The downtown area is a shopper’s paradise. The central street, Stephen Avenue, is actually only open to foot traffic during the day. Vehicles can only enter the street after 6 p.m., leaving the sidewalks and pavement open to shoppers as they cruise for deals.

Plan to walk because most of the downtown shopping is connected via walkways. Whether you choose the four-level luxury shops of Calgary Eaton Centre, the three-level, upscale shopping mecca, Banker’s Hall, or the one-of-a-kind shops at Eau Claire Market, you can find your way from Stephen Avenue. Just northeast of downtown is Chinatown, a neighborhood packed with unusual shops and restaurants. The Dragon City Mall is found in Chinatown.

Head for the Great Outdoors

If outdoor shopping is more to your liking, try the charming outdoor shopping villages. The Inglewood district eschews retail chain stores. Independently owned shops full of antiques, gifts, and art pieces abound. Kensington village is full of delightful eateries and specialty shops. Marda Loop is the trendy result of business revitalization efforts. The diverse Fourth Street Mission Shops offers day spas interspersed with its shops. Uptown 7th Avenue offers tastes from around the world as you prowl about the galleries and boutiques.

Shopping Calgary, Alberta has something to see in every section of the city.


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