This welcoming community grocery store attracts people of all religious and cultural backgrounds, including those who observe Ramadan. Since owner Yousef Traya fasts himself, the market is a good place to find fresh dates and other iftar-worthy items.
1104 1 Ave. N.E., 403-269-2381, bridgelandmarket.com
With a vast selection of halal meats and other ingredients used in Indian and Pakistani cooking, this store also features a take-out counter in the back serving up curries, biryani and desserts.
4774 Westwinds Dr. N.E., 511, 403-275-2414, calgaryproduce.ca
Green Cedar’s Food Mart
An International Avenue mainstay, this neighbourhood grocer caters to a number of cultural backgrounds with imported spices, tea and other foodstuffs from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa, as well as an array of halal meats and other deli items.
4710 17 Ave. S.E., 403-235-9983
Both a shawarma shop and a small market, the Jimmy’s location in the northwest is open until 10 p.m. (8 p.m. on Sundays), making it perfect for those looking for quick iftar takeout. The shop also sells Middle Eastern spices and ingredients like rosewater.
1401 20 Ave. N.W., 403-289-1400, jimmysdonair.ca
Specializing in items of interest to Calgary’s East African community, the Nile Supermarket is also home to a bakery, serving up Somali specialties like hearty stews and malawah, a sweet pancake.
4002 17 Ave. S.E., 403-244-1909, nilesupermarket.ca
Village Pita Bakery
This Mediterranean bakery has been around for 48 years. It sells made-to-order pitas and desserts and has a market with imported pantry items. It’s also where Mayor Naheed Nenshi goes on Eid to get pita pies for his office.
255 28 St. S.E., 403-272-0330