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.
Situated close to the downtown area of Calgary, 4th Street is one of the most happening streets in the city. It is frequently used as an entertainment venue for cultural and other events, which see thousands of tourists and locals converging here. The atmosphere is electric and has to be experienced to be believed. The street has established itself as a popular destination owing to the shops, historic sites, and eateries that can be found along its stretch. The area also plays host to the annual Lilac Festival.
When it comes to shopping in downtown Calgary, you'll find it hard to find a better alternative to Core. The expansive center boasts of no less than 160 stores on its four levels and has pretty much all the shopping essentials from luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton to flagship stores of major departmental chains like Holt Renfrew and H&M. Fashion is well-represented with most major brands setting up shop here; a treat for the fashion-conscious. Another reason for the fashion brigade to rejoice is the expert personal styling services the center offers. Much effort has been put into the center's design with the focal point being the gigantic and eye-catching structural skylight creating a superb lighting effect in day times. An excellent range of restaurants ensures shoppers, a satisfying culinary experience. From fashion and beauty to jewelry and electronics, there's not much you'll miss here. With regular events and store promotions, Core offers one of the best shopping experienced downtown.
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.
This is an upscale, modern store that offers sophisticated fashion and designer clothes, jewelry and accessories. Holt Renfrew is located right downtown and has 11 locations across Canada. It has long been a staple for the successful corporate businesswoman and offers the best in European and Canadian designs. There are over two dozen different designers offering everything from suits to pants and blouses to shoes. There is also a large section dedicated strictly to formal occasions, where you will find some really beautiful evening gowns.
Seventh Avenue is not just a great place to shop, it's also an important cultural area of Calgary. The city puts on an annual event where artists enliven the otherwise plain urban surroundings with art in order to give citizens and visitors an engaging experience while perusing the streets. Expectedly, there are a large number of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. Try Quincy's on Seventh for filling portions of traditional foods at affordable prices. For trendy and fashionable clothes, check out Aluminum Planet before you head out to the clubs.
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.
A brilliant and world-renowned design label, Harry Rosen Menswear features a luxurious collection of men's garments. The store has a stunning range of garments ranging from shirts, trousers, suits as well as shoes and other accessories. Allow the staff to help you select something that suits your taste and you can be assured that you would make a style statement.
Calgary is blessed with one of North America's finest trout fishing areas. The Bow River is teeming with strong and challenging trout, and Hanson's Fishing Outfitters leads in providing you necessary gear for it. You can set out on one of their mahogany drift boats captained by an experienced guide and enjoy the world-class fly-fishing in this beautiful mountain river. Rods, tents, fishing boots etc are available in plenty and you can choose what you want. The store also organizes fishing trips for visitors. Day and half-day trips include all tackle, licenses, transportation, instruction and a hearty stream side meal. Visit website for more information.
This Calgary chocolate-maker echoes European chocolate artisans of old. Les Truffes uses only the best Swiss chocolate, coco beans, fresh cream and butter for their hand-crafted chocolate goodies. Sample everything from their chocolate bars, fondue, sugar free chocolate, licorice and chocolate chips. Send home a special gift of sauces, chocolate shavings, syrups and truffles for that special someone. Les Truffes offers special gift wrapping and packaging services whether for celebrations or corporate events. Call for more details.
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.