Though mostly a street of chains and big box stores, Macleod Trail also boasts hidden gems. Due to its size, we’ve highlighted a portion from 42 Ave S to Heritage Dr.
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More Than a Mall
Dominating the neighbourhood with two floors of retail is Chinook Centre. Its Egyptian-themed theatre, 19 food court restaurants and full-sized carousel make it more than just a shopping mall. Among the usual chain stores are a few shops unique to Chinook: Williams-Sonoma—a specialty cookware and foods store, Pottery Barn—an upscale home and furniture store, and Calgary’s first Bath & Body Works.
Community Natural Foods is a one-stop-shop for organic lovers, with produce, groceries, body products, herbal supplements and a vegetarian cafeteria. One of two locations, Community even sells green products made in Calgary, including phosphate-free laundry detergent from Claudia’s Choices and body products by All Things Jill.
The owners of Heirlooms Antiques have been selling grandfather clocks, crystal, tapestries and more, since the ’60s. Their large selection includes oak and mahogany furniture, Royal Winton china, and tin wind-up toys. 7004 Macleod Tr SW.
Adventures in Dining
Within one building three culinary delights can be found. The first, Smuggler’s Inn, is a steak house that serves affordable flame-roasted chicken, seafood platters and escargot, as well as AAA Alberta prime rib and strip loin. Upstairs, Bolero serves all-you-can-eat meat Brazilian-style, with gaucho chefs carrying meat skewered on swords to carve at your table. Open Sesame offers Asian fusion cuisine,
and a build-your-own stir fry bar.
Late Night Living
For a cozy experience, Limericks Irish Pub offers a variety of beers and comfort food specials, like “Fish and Chips’ Tuesdays.” The vibe is laid-back and comfortable with wooden tables and black leather booths. 7304 Macleod Tr SW.
Alberta Boot Company is known for its quality leather and designs. You can choose a pair from their large collection, or custom design your own. Some of your options include alligator skin, python, and lizard. Their boots are made to last—once they’ve been worn through, Alberta Boot offers a resoling service.
At Alloy, the chef and owner combine their Mediterranean and Latin heritage with their Asian travels for an unusual fusion cuisine experience. The restaurant itself is decorated almost entirely in white, creating a posh, sleek atmosphere. Try their beef short ribs braised with red curry, or their coconut crepe with poached pear.