YOU ARE HERE: STEPHEN AVE
Historic sandstone buildings are set against a backdrop of steel and glass skyscrapers on Calgary’s busiest downtown pedestrian walk: 8th Avenue, between 1 St SE and 4 St SW. Home to Glenbow Museum, which boasts the largest art collection in Western Canada, and the Arts Commons, a multi-venue centre that hosts hundreds of performances every year, Stephen Avenue is the heart of Calgary’s arts culture. The walk is also lined with major shopping centres, not to mention an eclectic mix of boutiques and some of the best dining the city has to offer—all within easy walking distance.
ARNOLD CHURGIN SHOES
Newly shod is undoubtedly the best way to hit the pedestrian circuit. Arnold Churgin has been a Calgary retailer since 1964 and offers an extensive collection of handbags and footwear for women, from top international brands to their own exclusive label created by in-house designers. The flagship shop is a stylish boutique on Stephen Avenue, and there are three other locations around the city (page 49).
Hit the patio or relax on plush banquette seating with a cocktail like the Mr. Belvedere with bourbon, amaretto, Cointreau, and pineapple juice before dining on haute cuisine such as Rougie foie gras with fig moutarda, citrus puree, and brioche followed by a grilled Alberta lamb chop with hummus, ancho oil, and drunken grape tomatoes (page 56).
DIVINO WINE & CHEESE BISTRO
Looking for a quick glass of wine before heading to the theatre? Want to linger over a decadent cheese plate or locally-sourced meal with some good company? This stylish, New York City-inspired bistro has you covered. There’s a philosophy behind everything they do, not least of all the carefully curated wine list featuring selections described as “wines that pass along your tongue and shoot right up to the brain to make you think” (page 56).
OUT THERE ADVENTURE CENTRE
Calgary is a stone’s throw from some of the most breath-taking scenery and exciting outdoor recreation opportunities in the world. Everything you could need for the perfect escape to nature can be found at Out There in reliable brands like The North Face, Arc’teryx, Icebreaker, and more. The staff is passionate about Alberta’s outdoors, so they have the know-how to suit you up in style and comfort (page 50).
When most people think of Calgary cuisine, steak comes to mind. Trib is doing that reputation justice with their “old take on fresh steak.” The top-shelf Reserve Angus steak is prepared in tried and true dishes like a beef bourguignon of anise red wine braised brisket with mushrooms, shallots, smoked bacon, and whipped potato. Or, for a true classic, the simple perfection of a butter-brushed 12 oz ribeye (page 68).
RILEY & MCCORMICK WESTERN WEAR
Yahoo! It’s Stampede time, and that means Calgarians and visitors alike will be decked out in Western gear from the crown of their hats to the toes of their boots. Find authentic cowboy hats, boots, belts, jewellery, and everything else you need to get in the Stampede spirit. The shop has been outfitting cowboys since 1901 (page 52).