One of the advantages of visiting a city with a population of over a million people is the variety of shopping opportunities. Calgary is big enough to be home to all of the major retailers that fashion fans look for, as well as plenty of independent retailers and artisans selling unique clothing and other goods. Here are a few of the very best shopping spots to hit on a visit to Calgary:
As Calgary’s premier downtown mall, The Core is not only convenient, but it’s also home to many of the retailers that visitors from smaller centres look for when visiting the city. Highlights include high end fashion at Holt Renfrew, more affordable trends at Simons, beautiful eyewear at the Brass Monocle and much more. Those who need a break from their shopping spree can relax upstairs in Devonian Gardens, an urban oasis full of lush plant life.
When Calgarians need a retail fix, their first stop is usually Chinook Centre, a sprawling mall located just south of downtown that’s easily accessible by C-Train. The mall is home to Calgary’s Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue stores, as well as Anthropologie, Abercrombie and Fitch, Burberry, Canada Goose, Tory Burch and other top shops. It’s also a great place to grab a bite, either at the recently renovated food court or full-service restaurants like Buffo (which is inside the Saks) and Double Zero Pizza.
Inglewood has the distinction of being Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood and it also has some of the most interesting street shopping. Clothes lovers can stop by Espy, Lauren Bagliore, or the Adorn Boutique, green-minded shoppers can grab sustainable beauty products at The Apothecary, art and design fans need to check out Dade Loft and Limitless, foodies can grab unique kitchen good at Knifwear and Savour Fine Foods and anyone looking for something quirky and unique should pay a visit to Kent of Inglewood or The Livery Shop. Inglewood is also home to Recordland, a must-see for any vinyl record collectors.
Over on the north side of the river, the neghbourhood of Kensington has long been heralded for its eclectic collection of shops. Key shops included the delightful Livingstone and Cavell Extraordinary Toys, the Purr boutique and its sister shop Purr Petit, Hot Wax Records, the Naked Leaf tea shop, the Canary Refillery and Zero Waste Market, the Kensington Wine Market and the Pages on Kensington book store.
The biggest one-level shopping mall in Alberta (with over 200 stores), CrossIron Mills is where to go for deals on outlet-priced fashion. Located just outside of Calgary near the hamlet of Balzac in Rocky View County, CrossIron has a little bit of everything: Designer Shoe Warehouse, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Forever 21, Kate Spade, Lucky Brand and much more. There’s also a multi-screen movie theatre for those whose entertainment needs go beyond shopping.
Market Collective isn’t a permanent shopping spot — it’s a roving group of artists, crafters and other retailers that set up shopping events in different locations within the city. Shoppers can buy jewelry, clothing, paintings, housewares and knick knacks of every variety, while enjoying food offerings and entertainment from local artists.