Shopping in Calgary reflects the moneyed population that has grown wealthy with oil booms and big business. You'll find all the major luxury brands represented alongside most western franchises and chain stores at the numerous shopping centres and outlet malls.
The most popular Calgary souvenirs are cowboys hats and other 'wild west' items, which are easily found at most shopping centres.
Calgary has a number of large shopping malls in every section of the city, including the Chinook Centre, SouthCentre, and Signal Hill Centre in the south; Deerfoot Outlet Mall, Market Mall, and Sunridge Mall in the north; and the downtown shopping district surrounding the pedestrian mall on Stephen Avenue.
You'll find more one-of-a-kind items at the Eau Claire Festival Market on Barclay Parade, including fresh produce, independent boutiques, art galleries, and a variety of entertainment options like restaurants, movie theatres, and an arcade. The Mission District also has eclectic and interesting boutiques and vintage stores, and is the best place to go for Calgary fashion.
Nearly every shop in Calgary will accept major credit cards and Canadian money. Most stores will also accept US dollars, but at exorbitant exchange rates. There is a 5% federal tax on nearly all goods and services, and the government no longer offers a GST rebate on goods purchased in Canada.
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