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YYC Things to Do- Rediscover 17th Ave

17th Ave in Calgary has long been known as one of the hottest spots to hit on the weekend for good food, trendy shops, and great people watching.  In the “winter” months things definitely quiet down on this busy strip, but with the great weather we’ve been having and a decent weekend in store, what better opportunity is there to rediscover some of the cool shopping and delicious restaurants on the good old Red Mile.

For the uninitiated, part of getting the full experience of what 17th Ave has to offer is knowing which stores to go in to.  Of course you want to check out some of the classic locales on the avenue, such as lululemon and Roots, but thats just the beginning!

Here are a few other spots to check out;

  • Analog Coffee– Analog is a showcase of 30 years of experience from Fratello Coffee Roasters.  At Analog you will experience craftsman-like drink preparation from their Slayer espresso machines, single origin coffee and single estate tea offerings, and delicious snacks and food.  Analog truly is a place where you can engage with the baristas and learn more about the coffee Fratello offers and how it reaches you.
  • GravityPope -is an independently owned boutique providing Canada with an extensive array of carefully chosen, beautiful, unique, and handcrafted collections of footwear, clothing and accessories, gathered from all over the world. Over the past 2 decades, gravitypope has become a footwear institution.  Maybe one of the Calgary’s most unique shoe stores, Gravity Pope offers a wide selection of shoes ranging from classic Chuck Taylors to Rag & Bone booties.
  • LESS 17 –  LESS 17 opened in July 2014 with the goal of offering goods that were previously unavailable in Calgary. Since that time, their brand roster has grown to over 50 from North America, Japan, Europe, and more.  LESS 17 carries a unique blend of casual menswear, footwear, and accessories.  A key element of LESS 17 is the art gallery, the Secret Eight Project Space. New installations are exhibited bimonthly and to date we’ve shown works from local and international artists.
  • Rubaiyat – Established in 1973, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; this family owned and operated gallery has become a destination for artful objects that illustrate refined craftsmanship at its best.   Jewellery, art glass, indoor furnishings and outdoor teak furniture, large pots, garden statuary, pewter and other articles are beautifully displayed over 8500 sq.ft., showcasing over 800 artists and designers, working in a variety of mediums. Rubaiyat’s friendly gallery atmosphere is perfect for browsing or finding the perfect gift.
  • Blame Betty – Blame Betty offers the very best in vintage inspired clothing, specializing in pin up, rockabilly styles, retro fashion, punk rock and alternative styles, 1950’s swing dresses, wiggle dresses, and so much more!  When you’re in the area, be sure to stop in to their unique and gorgeous brick & mortar boutique.
  • Model Milk – With all the walking around and shopping on 17th Ave you’ll definitely need to stop to enjoy some amazing food.  This restaurant was built around a series of conversations amongst its founders and when it was created the first thing they did was throw out all checklists, pre-conceptions and rules that govern what a “good” restaurant ought to be.  Instead they focused on creating food people want, sourcing great quality local and regional products, preparing them simply, and showcasing them at their best.
  • Home & Away – Another great restaurant on 17th, you’ll find it in the space where the old Moxies used to be.  A few things set this restaurant apart from many others, you’ll find amazing tastes with elevated comfort food at H&A, an awesome mini arcade with skee ball and basketball hoops, and lastly, a reasonably priced wide selection of domestic and import beers.  This is a great place to grab some beers with friends and have a grand old time.

This just scractches the surface of all the great restaurants and shops that 17th Ave has to offer to be sure to head on down, and enjoy the weekend on this awesome Calgary strip.

Feb 26, 2016

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