Calgary’s Hidden Gems: Part One

Dubbed Calgary’s “Village in the City” by the area’s website, find Kensington nestled along the Bow River in the N.W. With three or four main streets lined with all manner of shops, you can easily stroll around the “village” in an afternoon – we suggest a sunny Saturday with a cup of java and your favourite girl. Here’s a few suggestions on where to shop, play and eat in this funky pocket of the city.

Shop

Hot Wax Records: A collector’s paradise and the first place in the city to go for a music fix (new or used CDs and vinyl). 114 – 10 Street NW, (403) 283-0055

Other picks: Kensington Wine Market
(wine and spirits), Grass Roots (hemp and incense), Honey B’s Vintage Décor (home and garden) and Barbs Book Loft (used books and rare finds, including old maps)

Play

Mission Snow and Skate: A snowboard, skateboard and BMX shop. If you’re new to any of these sports, they’re happy to help get you out riding with confidence. 1414 Kensington Rd. NW, (403) 220-0320

Other picks: Fresh Sports (ski gear), Kensington Art Supply (self-explanatory), Racquet Central (again, self-explanatory)

Eat & Drink

Molly Malone’s Irish Pub: Stop off mid-way through your tour for a relaxed pint, or hit it in the late afternoon for a ploughman’s sandwich alongside a crown float (Strongbow with Guinness). 1153 Kensington Cr. NW, (403) 296-3220

Other picks: The Roasterie (snag a bench outside and watch the girls, uhum, world go by), Nellie’s (brunch), The Muse Restaurant (fine dining, good wine selection), Blue Nile Ethiopian Restaurant (one of the two Ethiopian restaurants in the city).

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