From the outside, this enormous shopping center looks a bit like a giant spaceship. The Bay, Zellers and Sears are the major stops here, while The Gap, Eddie Bauer, Hallmark and The Sony Store are among some 150 other mall tenants. There are also dozens of services and a professional building at the heart of the mall. A massive new food court is the feature attraction of the reworked mall, which for years was in many ways two malls separated by an elevated parking garage.
This upscale, fashionable mall is in the heart of downtown Calgary and caters to the urban shopper. Some of the more eclectic shops include The Brass Monocle, Oxygen Clothing and a Wine Gallery that boasts hundreds of different types of wines. For the less spirited, there are the more customary stores such as Henry Singer Men's Wear and CrabTree and Evelyn. Of course if you're in the mood to take in a movie, do not forget about the cinemas on the fourth floor or the beautiful Sunterra Market on the second floor.
Located in fashionable 17th Avenue in Calgary, this minimalist fashion gallery has been working the Calgary fashion scene since 1997. Leo Boutique carries high-end designer brands from Italy, Australia, the US and Scandinavian countries. Find everything from suits, jeans, casual and name brands like Ted Baker of the U.K., Citizens of Humanity as well as a Swedish designer called Tiger. This boutique's minimalist interiors of white walls, leather and sand-blasted glass allows shoppers and browsers to navigate the boutique without distraction. Find your brands, sizes and other accessories at this edgy fashion gallery.
Located at the northern edge of downtown, Eau Claire Market is home to numerous restaurants and theaters. You'll also discover a unique selection of retailers not usually seen in suburban malls, including specialty stores dedicated to children's and women's clothing, imported art and handcrafts, and extraordinary gifts. High-end dining is an option at several cafes in the market, while several others, including Joey Tomato's Kitchen, and the tiny 1886 Cafe, are in the immediate vicinity. Other features include movie theaters and entertainment arcades.
La Chic Ladies Wear is aptly named. Located at Bankers Hall, it offers upscale women's fashions and exclusive designer labels. It is haute couture at its finest. La Chic Ladies Wear caters to the business executive woman who doesn't mind spending money on quality clothing. But be prepared. A Donna Karan blazer can set you back by a huge margin and so will a red cocktail dress. It offers exclusive designers from Italy and Switzerland like Renzo and Akris so most of these fashions are not available anywhere else in the province. Call for more details.
O'Connors is a hugely successful store that deals with all things related to men's fashion. There are shirts, suits and other garments that flatter the body and set you apart. The store provides talented tailors who can quickly suit you up in an attractive clothing that is custom-made especially for you. Accessories like ties and cuff-links are also available here. One can also browse through their range of fragrances too.
If you've been missing home or simply have a desire for something basically British, then expatriate owners Anne and Dave Walker have achieved their goal. Found in the Eau Claire Market, the store aims to cater to everybody and to make a selection of the UK's favorite things available for us to enjoy in Calgary. They import British candies and chocolates, newspapers and magazines too. Also, extremely heart-warming are the range of grocery items, such as Irish oatmeal and popular breakfast cereals, teas and cookies.
If you're looking for a thick sweater to combat the chill of a Calgary winter, Amos and Andes Imports, at the Eau Claire market, is the place to visit. Although the eclectic boutique imports clothing and art from around the world, its best product is the handmade wool sweaters stacked at the back. The warm creations are spun from a variety of wools, then hand-dyed and knit into dozens of patterns, including the classic Mexican Eagle, Maple Leaf, Peruvian and Scandinavian designs.The painted ceremonial masks hanging on the walls, or the twisting, Celtic-inspired candle holders are sure to capture your interest. Call for more details.
Chinese herbs are not the only delight you'll find in this fascinating grocery. At first glance you are reminded of a candy store from the 1950s. However, those huge glass jars are full of some curious dried treats rather than traditional candies. You will find Western oddities such as Royal Jelly and shark's fin, as well as more recognizable teas and prawn crackers. There are also dried mushrooms everywhere you look. Wah Pek Chinese Herbs Co. Ltd. is the place to indulge in oriental flavors. Call for more information.
Previously used as an office building, Dragon City Mall is now a shopping arena. The two story mall was built in 1990 and is located in the Chinatown district of Calgary. The mall has Asian themed venues and is renowned by serving delicious Asian Cuisine. Restaurants, shops, stones, boutiques and souvenir stalls galore at the mall. A visit to this mall will surely give you a feel of being in Asia.
The Bow Valley Square in the city's downtown core is known for its mix of offices, personal services and shopping areas. The Bow Valley Square sees a lot of walking-friendly traffic and activity come lunchtime, when office workers pan out through the extensive Plus 15 walkways that connect the Bow Valley Square to other buildings in the core. With more than 50 retail offerings, health and financial services, and even a lunchtime hour theater—the Lunchbox Theatre— the Bow Valley Square is a lively hub of activity in any season of the year.