5 Cool Spots to Check Out by 40th Avenue and 3A Street N.E. in Calgary

Visit this northeast area to rent eye-catching inflatables, grab a bite at one of the best brunch spots in the city and more.

Illustration by Jarett Sitter

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If you’re ever in need of a giant inflatable cowboy, dinosaur or sky dancer (those tall tubular characters that wave their arms around), you’ll find it here. Business owner Jay Gatela says most of his clientele rent his eye-catching inflatables for commercial purposes (like clearout sales), though he does see the odd personal rental for birthdays and other occasions.

 

BikeBike

Formerly located in Inglewood, this “everyday adventure outfitter” and retailer of products for the cycling lifestyle moved into its current space last summer. The shop offers gravel bikes, commuter bikes, cargo bikes and folding bikes, with e-bike options across the board. It also stocks accessories, clothing, bikepacking/touring gear and anything else you need to enjoy life on two wheels.

 

Queens Breakfast Cocktails

Consistently called out as being one of the best brunch spots in Calgary, Queens serves up luxurious croques, croissant Benedicts and other early day favourites like waffles. It’s also known for boozy concoctions that range from classics like the Vesper, to more inventive creations like the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a blend of raspberry-infused vodka with lychee liqueur and rose tea syrup.

 

Anderwerks Motorrad Spezialist

As the name might suggest, this is a shop where aficionados of vintage German-engineered motorcycles will find themselves in good company. Around since 1997, the shop, founded by David Anderson, specializes in servicing BMW motorcycles, and also takes on projects such as custom sidecar additions.

 

Franca’s

This charming family-run Italian restaurant is operated by Calabria natives Franca Flaviano and her husband, Mario. The menu revolves around classics like an antipasto of homemade Calabrese-style sausage served in tomato sauce; pasta and secondo dishes and pizzas. There’s also a dolcé (dessert) of “secret recipe” limoncello tiramisu.

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