Get on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and grab your wallet, because it is time to hit the shops! The city of Calgary is filled with wonderful activities to do all year round, and being so close to the mountains, there is never a dull moment to be had. But for those looking to stay within the city limits and peruse the many offerings of malls, villages, and boutiques, there are hundreds of shops to satisfy the shopaholic in you.
Are you looking for the best Calgary shopping locations to fill your weekend? Do you need to venture forth and seek those unique items to complete your look? Whatever the occasion, there are numerous Calgary shopping choices ready for you to peruse, spree, and browse to your heart’s content.
Calgary Shopping Malls
Cadillac Fairview Market Mall – 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
Open to Calgarians since 1971, Market Mall has undergone transformations over the years to remain as one of the most relevant and popular malls in the city. Located in the northwest, Market Mall is known for some of its bigger retail stores such as Apple, Hudson’s Bay, Sport Check, and Toys ‘R’ Us. The mall is home to over 200 different retailers including technology shops and clothing stores to soap solutions! The mall also holds a beautiful food court with varied food options such as Dirt Belly and Crepe Works.
CORE Shopping Centre – 333 7th Avenue SW
Located in the downtown ‘core’ of Calgary, the CORE Shopping Centre is one of the busiest malls due to its easy accessibility for all downtown workers. This luxury shopping centre features an “international retail collection,” and is where over 160 different stores can be found through all four levels. Visitors are also treated with the Devonian Gardens – an indoor oasis complete with “over 500 trees, 50 varieties of plants, a 900 sq. ft. living wall, and an always busy kid’s playground.”
Southcentre Mall – 100 Anderson Road SE
Two floors, over 100 stores, and dedicated to employing eco-friendly practices, Southcentre Mall is another convenient Calgary shopping solution in the southeast of the city. It is at Southcentre Mall that you can discover shops such as Eddie Bauer, Swimco, Crate & Barrel, Michael Kors and so many others!
Cadillac Fairview Chinook Centre – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Described as a “premier shopping mall experience,” the extravagant Chinook Centre mall is the largest in Calgary. In 2003, this mall was named Calgary’s favourite shopping centre by the Calgary Herald. Holding over 100 different stores from every category of shopping essentials, you can also find dining and entertainment at Chinook Centre. Visit the enormous retail shops of Saks Fift Avenue, Nordstrom, and Hudson’s Bay!
CrossIron Mills Outlet Mall
Looking for the best deals on shoes, suitcases, sports-wear, and everything else? CrossIron Mills Outlet Mall is one of the most popular shopping locations accessible to Calgary due to its enormous size (the biggest ‘one-level floor’ mall in Alberta) and vast selection of shops (over 200). Complete with food court and movie theatre, this mall is also known for the decorative/themed ‘Neighbourhoods’ and ‘Courts’ along the halls and entrances. Some of these include the Fossil Neighbourhood and the Campfire Court which are designed with dinosaur bones and a massive bonfire. If you want a mall with wow-factor, this is just the place!
Located in the northwest of Calgary, Sunridge Mall is filled with over 150 “top name-brand stores.” This local mall is always growing and has recently made new store additions such as Suzy Shier, Mia Pasta, and Labels to name a few. It is at Sunridge mall that you can also find a number of events put on throughout the year to add to your Calgary shopping experience. Visit your favourite stores, find new ones, and take a break at the food court on those mall expedition days!
Calgary Shopping Villages
Inglewood – 9th Avenue SE
The small and diverse area of Inglewood is where you will find eclectic shops, unique opportunities, and cafes that you won’t ever want to leave. All along 9th Avenue are situated boutiques featuring specialty solutions such as Purr Fine Clothing and Accessories, Man of Distinction, Lemonceillo Home, Galleria Inglewood, Fair’s Fair Books, Plant YYC, and the list goes on! As one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Calgary, Inglewood can offer you everything and more while holding that rustic and contemporary aesthetic.
Kensington Village is an area that has continued to grow in popularity over the years. In addition to the many fabulous dining options, cozy cafes, and entertainment, Kensington is also home to a handful of boutiques, specialty stores, and services. The strip along Kensington Road as well as 10th Street is filled with 271 different business offerings including stores like Manana Imports, The Beehive, Another Dimension Comics, Kismet Clothing, and others! Come explore Kensington Village and find something new!
Identified as where “Calgary’s famous boutique shopping destinations mix with everyday necessities,” and also one of the most iconic locations found in the city, 17th Avenue is a constant hum of activity and events throughout the year. In summer you can find the patios filled to the brim with social gatherings, outnumbered only by shoppers going to and from the many stores. Here you can find shops such as SalvEdge Boutique, Frank & Oak, Freak Lunchbox, Ethos Bridal, and Kit and Ace. Walk along this buzzing street and find that something special you deserve!
Deerfoot City – 901 64th Avenue NE
Recently developed to create room for further retail spaces and now showcasing a new unparalleled design, Deerfoot City is one of the newest outdoor shopping centers in Calgary. What originally was Deerfoot Outlet Mall has now transformed into a modern and relevant Calgary shopping location. This new shopping addition has brought in new and exciting locales such as Cabela’s, The Rec Room, and Structube to the northern neighbourhoods. The area is still underway, but changes and exceptional new additions can be expected from this YYC shopping location!
Stephen Avenue Walk
For those seeking shopping in the downtown area, Stephen Avenue is one of the best places to retreat to find interesting shops and boutiques. This outdoor pedestrian mall is next door to the CORE Shopping Centre and Bankers Hall, where other shopping experiences can be found. Enjoy restaurants, cafes, and stores such as Murale, Saltlik, Arnold Churgin Shoes, and Caffee Rosso along this historical strip. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the many events and happenings that occur in the immediate and surrounding area!
Marda Loop – 1638 30th Avenue SW
Featuring over 150 different shops, boutiques, restaurants and cafés, the Marda Loop area is yet another Calgary shopping solution. Of the wide variety of shops, you can find places that sell athletic wear (ex. Strides Running Store), Clothing (ex. Fresh Kids or The Clothing Bar Boutique), and jewellery (ex. Doo-Dads), as well as specialty shops (ex. Gardenia Flower Boutique or Monkeyshines Children’s Books) and so much more!
Calgary Boutique Shops
Calgary Farmer’s Market – 510 77 Avenue SE
Looking for handmade goods, locally grown food, and organic solutions? The Calgary Farmer’s Market is just the location for you! This Calgary shopping scene is not your typical farmer’s market! Open year-round, this market is a collaboration of some of the most popular and tasty Calgary owned businesses around. Alongside the many produce, meat, and baked good options, you will also find artisans and clothing, pet products, bath and body items, and other fascinating shops!
The Grinning Goat – 323 17th Avenue SW
Located along 17th Avenue SW, is a boutique that stands out among others – The Grinning Goat. This local shop offers vegan shopping solutions for those looking to find clothing, footwear, and accessories that do not use any animal products. This wonderful Calgary store is the only vegan boutique found in Alberta, and is the ideal shop to find women’s, children’s, and men’s clothing and shoes, as well as hair products, and home and gift solutions.
Owl’s Nest Books – 815A 49th Avenue SW
Calling all book lovers! For those who love the quaint-styled book shops seen in beloved films such as You’ve Got Mail, Owl’s Nest Books is one of the much-loved book stores in Calgary. Serving YYC for over 40 years, this friendly book boutique is known for some of the best book recommendations, author signings and readings, and book clubs for those interested to engage with other readers.
The Consignment Gallery – 533 58 Avenue SE
“Fabulous furnishings… fantastic finds!” is the slogan of The Consignment Gallery located in the southeast of Calgary. This local consignment shop sells only the best antique one-of-a-kind furniture and home décor – each piece stunning and ready for the perfect home. Come and visit the showroom and browse the various and stylish items to design the room of your dreams!
Ten Thousand Villages – 220 Crowchild Trail NW
Introducing global style and goods to Calgary, Ten Thousand Villages is a distinctive shopping experience. The store sells Fair Trade goods that have been provided by makers from around the world and each item is handmade, has cultural backgrounds, and are magnificent gifts for any individual. The shop holds home décor items, soaps, jewellery, and other uniquely crafted products. Every purchase is working to improve the lives of makers, supporting those in other countries to continue their craft and offer them a stable income.
Be sure to check out these many shopping locations in Calgary and find perfectly styled products, items, and accessories that you will love and adore. You never know what each Calgary shopping location will have waiting for you!
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.