5 Best Places to Shop in Chinatown
Get your fill of beautiful home decor, musical instruments and delicious baking at these must-visit businesses in Chinatown
Housewares at Hing Wah Imports are just one of several reasons to visit Calgary’s vibrant Chinatown
Photograph by Kait Kucy
Chinatown isn’t just a great neighbourhood to pick up fresh produce and tasty take-out; there are also plenty of wonderful little shops tucked away carrying swoon-worthy lifestyle items for excellent prices. Grab a bubble tea and take a wander through these five shops you’ve got to stop at.
Golden Music Shop
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A great selection of musical instruments awaits you at Golden Music.
Where else can you buy gorgeous musical instruments right in the downtown core? Pop into Golden Music, a newer shop to the area, where you will find ice cream coloured Fender guitars (starting at $79) and acoustic stringed instruments of all kinds. They also offer rentals so you can try out the whole garage band thing before you commit whole-heartedly.
Golden Music Shop, 103, 233 Centre St. S.W., 587-955-9229, goldenmusicshop.com
Hing Wah Imports
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These pastel notebooks will inspire you to get creative.
Hing Wah Imports is one of the busiest shops on Centre Street; packed with people visiting the in-store post office or picking up a beautiful teapot, this little shop is full of gems. Looking to furnish your kitchen cabinets on a budget? Hing Wah’s endless shelves of beautiful blue and white dishes will bring a sophisticated elegance to your next dinner party. The best part? They range in price from $1 to $6 each.
Browsing through their stationary and art supply selection will find you these retro pastel notebooks that are too cute to pass up. At only $3 for all four colours, your exquisite note-taking will be taken to the next level.
Hing Wah Imports, 312 Centre St. S.E., 403-264-1542
Quickly Premium Bubble Tea
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One of the most recent players on the local bubble-tea scene, Quickly is quickly becoming a favourite.
One of the best things about Chinatown is that there is seriously good bubble tea on every block. Stop into Quickly, a newly opened Bubble Tea shop just on the edge of the Centre Street Bridge for their Mango Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls. Quickly’s modern-retro diner decor is the perfect place for a meeting of the minds as you slurp pearls.
Quickly Premium Bubble Tea, 10, 110 2 Ave. S.E., 403-719-6084
The New Gallery
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This artist-run gallery will make you think you’re in New York City – but, rest assured, you’re in Calgary’s vibrant Chinatown.
One of Calgary’s only artist-run galleries has set up shop amongst the herbal remedy shops and dim sum restaurants. The New Gallery’s hip location is a great spot to visit pre or post lunch in Chinatown. While you can’t actually buy any of the art on display, you can however purchase TNG publications and become a member of the gallery by donating an annual fee ($10 to $500) which offers you plenty of sweet discounts around town.
The New Gallery, 208 Centre St. S.E., 403-233-2399, thenewgallery.org
St. Laurent Cake House
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One look at the buttery goodness of St. Laurent Cake House will have your mouth watering.
And lastly, as you head on your way, stop into the delicious-smelling St. Laurent Cake House for insanely good baked goods like steamed pork buns ($1.30) and coconut pineapple cakes ($1.50). The perfect way to cater a brunch or your next house party, you can’t beat the taste or the price of these finely made pastries.
St. Laurent Cake House, 303 Centre St. S.W., 403-262-1168
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