Food and Shopping

As you get settled in Calgary, make sure that you have the essentials covered. From bed linens to appliances, you might need various items to get settled in your new home.

A bin of apples at Fresh Routes' mobile market, hosted every Friday in Kinesiology Building A.

We've compiled a list of businesses in Calgary where you can find essential items in your transition to living here. From household items, food and clothing, you'll be able to find a reasonable option here.

The stores listed below are either in close vicinity or easily accessible through Calgary Transit.

Household goods and clothing

  • Ikea
    • 8000 11 St SE. 
  • Wal-Mart
    • Northland Village Mall — Northland Drive & Crowchild Trail NW. 
  • Winners
    • Northland Village Mall — Northland Drive & Crowchild Trail NW. 
    • A discount store with many brand name items sold at lower prices.
  • Goodwill Thrift Store
    • 4625 Varsity Drive NW
    • 710 12024 Sarcee Trail NW
    • 5707 Macleod Trail SW
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store
    • 999, 36 Street NE
    • 2840 Glenmore Trail SE
    • 916 42 Avenue SE                                                   
    • 9919 Fairmount Drive SE
    • 3715 51 Street SW
  • Value Village 
    • 104 58 Avenue SE
    • 3405 34 Street NE
  • Plato's Closet (for trendy secondhand clothing)
    • 4625 Varsity Drive NW
    • 115 10233 Elbow Drive SW
    • 3131 27 Street NE
  • Chinook Centre
    • 6455 Macleod Trail SW
    • The biggest shopping centre in Calgary
  • Eau Claire Market
    • Between 2 Street and 1 Avenue SW
    • A mall with many specialty shops, a cinema and a fresh food market
  • Kensington
    • 10 Street NW and Kensington Road
    • Trendy clothing stores (new and used), cafés and specialty shops.
  • Market Mall
    • 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
    • This mall is in close vicinity to UCalgary 
  • Northland Mall
    • 5111 Northland Drive NW
  • 17 Avenue SW (also known as The Red Mile)
    • ​​​​​​​Between 4 and 14 Street SW 
    • One of the most popular areas for young people in Calgary, with shopping, nightlife and trendy restaurants within walking distance
  • Sunridge Mall
    • ​​​​​​​2525 36 Street NE
  • The CORE Shopping Centre
    • ​​​​​​​A retail complex located in the downtown area

Food

  • Safeway
    • 3636 Brentwood Road NW
    • 3625 Shaganappi Trail NW
    • 100, 5005 Dalhousie Drive NW
    • 1846 1632 14 Avenue NW
  • Calgary Co-op
    • 4122 Brentwood Road NW
    • 1130 11 Avenue SW
    • 35 Crowfoot Way NW
    • 540 16 Avenue NE
  • Real Canadian Superstore
    • 5251 Country Hills Boulevard NW
    • 7020 4 Street NW
    • 3575 20 Avenue NE
  • T&T Supermarket
    • 800, 999 36 Street NE
    • 1000, 9650 Harvest Hills Blvd N
  • Planet Organic Market
    • 4625 Varsity Drive NW
  • Sunterra Market
    • 200 12 Avenue SE
    • 2536 Kensington Road NW
  • Community Natural Foods
    • 1304 10 Avenue SW
    • 202 61 Avenue SW
  • Calgary Farmers' Market (Thursday to Sunday only)
    • 510 77 Avenue SE
  • Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers' Market (Wednesdays only)
    • 1320 5 Avenue NW
  • Crossroads Market (weekends only)
    • 1235 26 Avenue SE

Preparing for winters in Calgary

Calgary is well-known for its winter season. Like all other seasons in Calgary, winters can be unexpected and unpredictable. While some days in winter can be warm and sunny, other days are gloomy and extremely cold.

While there are many exciting activities you can do in winter, you will need to prepare in advance before you experience winter for the first time.

In the video below, follow the Welcome Centre’s staff around campus to get the insider scoop on how you can dress for the season.