1 COOKIE OCCASION
Anytime is a Cookie Occasion—this little bakeshop offers gourmet cookies made daily using all-natural ingredients, including the city’s famed Callebaut chocolate. Try the Triple Sin—a cookie masterpiece with melt-in-your-mouth hunks of dark, milk and white chocolate, 2107 – 33 Ave SW, 246-6700.
2, 3 BATTLE OF THE BRUNCHES
Cross-street rivals, Belmont and Nellies are popular diners featuring brunch and lunch faves like corn-beef hash, eggs Benedict and old-style cheeseburgers. Lineups are often out the door on weekend mornings, but if you enjoy classic diner-style fare, they’re both worth the wait. Belmont: 1, 2008 – 33 Ave SW, 242-6782; Nellies In the Loop: 2015 – 33 Ave SW, 802-2174.
4 HOOKAH ME UP
A new addition to the neighbourhood, Narah is a stylish lounge and hookah bar. The Middle Eastern tradition of smoking tobacco through water pipes takes on flair, with multiple flavours of tobacco (e.g. white grape, cherry, kiwi) and a broad dining menu that includes falafels, shrimp skewers and pita pizzas, 2139 – 33 Ave SW, 258-1609.
5 GLOBETROTTING STYLES
Wanderlust Trading Co. is the place to go to find that unique gift or add dimension to your wardrobe. They source clothing, jewellery and handicrafts from around the world, 109, 2205 – 33 Ave SW, 240-1150.
6 READING TIME
Monkeyshines Children’s Books is one of those perfect little places: bright, colourful and full of books, arranged from ones to read aloud to your little babe, to the best in youth fiction. They also carry a selection of unique toys, 113, 2215 – 33 Ave SW, 240-1723.
7 COLOURFUL ACCESSORIES
Located on 33 Avenue, Doo-Dads is an accessory store that’s worth checking out. Owner Dale O’Quinn sources watches, jewellery and other accessories with distinctive and eye-catching designs, all lovingly arranged in trays by colour, 2133 – 33 Ave SW, 240-3033.
8 COFFEE IN A HOUSE
Located in a sprawling 1960s bungalow with wooden floors and homey décor, Kaffa House is a local gem. Pick a room and while away an afternoon sipping lattes while munching on a homemade cookie or biscotti, 2138 – 33 Ave SW, 240-9133.—Andrew Mah