Calgary's Top Fish Stores
Know where to go and you’ll have fresh fish or shellfish whenever you wish.
Billingsgate Seafood Market and Restaurant
Image courtesy of Billingsgate Seafood Market and Restaurant
Even though Calgary is affectionately known as Cowtown, there are places to find fresh seafood, if you know where to look. And each of the stores has something distinct, whether it’s known for selling only sustainable products, for offering recipe cards and preparation suggestions, or for having a restaurant right next door.
This market is probably the one that's the most well-known in Calgary. It was founded by Bert Malthouse in 1907 and has been selling fresh fish to Calgarians for more than 100 years now. Depending on what arrives each week and what’s in season, you can find everything from Ahi tuna to organic sturgeon to scallops and mussels. Check its website or social media pages to see what arrives fresh to Billingsgate each week. (And stop by the restaurant for chowder, oysters or fish and chips before you do your shopping.)
1941 Uxbridge Dr. N.W., 403-269-3474 and one other location, billingsgatemkt.com
Now under new management, Blu Seafood and Market sells a range of fresh, frozen and smoked fish. While the fresh fish stocked and sold depends on what’s in season, items can include Ahi tuna, cod, halibut, snapper and more. There’s also plenty of shellfish to choose from — there are even escargot to pair with your bacon wrapped scallops or langoustine tails — and ready-prepared items, like crab cakes and salmon burgers.
This is also the place to pick up extra ingredients for your seafood recipe, be it nori sheets, capers, panko or tartar sauce.
9675 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-252-2330, bluseafood.ca
This family-run business was founded in 1976 and has been located on 14th Street since 1988. While it specializes in lobster, other fresh seafood you’ll find here include salmon, mussels, clams, oyster, shrimp and scallops. There are also a few frozen products sold here. Boyd’s will print out recipes for you if you’re unsure of where to start, and if you buy more than 30 pounds of lobster, cooked or live, you’ll get a discount.
1515 14 St. S.W., 403-245-6300, boydslobstershop.ca
Calgary Co-op is dedicated to selling only sustainable seafood products. Based on SeaChoice’s recommendations, Co-op de-listed seafood that has population concerns or uses unsustainable fishing practices, and instead offers only sustainable options, including arctic char, sablefish and steelhead trout.
Various locations, calgarycoop.com
Located in the Calgary Farmers’ Market and owned by Brian Plunket, this is a boutique-style fish market. Depending on the season, Market Seafood offers a range of fresh fish, scallops and shellfish. You’ll also find ready-made dishes to take home, such as seafood mac and cheese. Shop here Thursdays through Sundays.
Calgary Farmers’ Market, 510 77 Ave. S.E., 587-318-1220, marketseafood.ca
Located just off of John Laurie Boulevard, Pelican Pier stocks both fresh and frozen seafood. There are also favourite seafood dishes sold here, like chowders and crab cakes, as well as the occasional seasonal special like shrimp and scallop skewers. Be sure to stop by the casual, family-run restaurant next door as well.
4404 14 St. N.W., 403-289-6100, pelicanpier.ca
This is the place to come if surf and turf is on the menu. It’s known for serving high-quality cuts of ethically raised beef, pork and poultry, but Second to None Meats also sells a few seafood products. Currently it’s selling salmon, scallops, shrimp, cod and halibut.
16, 1941 Uxbridge Dr. N.W., 403-282-4433 and two other locations, secondtononemeats.com