Which Shops are the Best in Chinatown?

Posted by Justin Havre on Friday, May 24th, 2019 at 9:31am.

Exploring the Shopping Options in Chinatown CalgaryEverybody loves the Chinatown neighbourhood. They have great produce and delicious take-out, but most people don't know about their excellent shops. They have shops carrying lifestyle items at a great deal. Whether you're looking for home décor, musical instruments or baking, Chinatown has it. Here are the best shops in the neighbourhood.

Quickly Premium Bubble Tea

10 110 2nd Avenue S.E.

One of the top favourite things to do in Chinatown is grab a bubble tea from the Quickly Premium Bubble Tea shop. A new location just opened at the edge of the Centre Street Bridge. Try the Mango Milk Tea with Tapioca Pearls at the new shop. You'll love the modern-retro décor inside.

St. Laurent Cake House

303 Centre Street S.W.

For baked goods, try St. Laurent Cake House on Centre Street. It smells so good inside thanks to the steamed pork buns and coconut pineapple cakes. They are under $2 and many people buy in bulk for their next brunch or house party.

The New Gallery

208 Centre St. S.E Calgary

When you love art, you'll love The New Gallery in the middle of Chinatown. Take a break before or after lunch and browse the eclectic artwork in this artist owned and run gallery. The gallery started in 1975, and has been showcasing all types of art made by local artists ever since. Attached to the gallery is The New Gallery Press, where they have a retail store of art objects, printed materials and books created by the artists over the years. It's a charitable art gallery, and designed to support artists every step of their career. From exhibition space to residencies and community collaborations, this space is a hub for artists throughout the Calgary area. The contemporary art center is comprised of a main store front in the heart of Chinatown, and 15+ window shallow vitrine in a widely used pedestrian walk space.

Hing Wah Imports

312 Centre St. S.E.

Hing Wah Imports in Chinatown is a very busy store. People can be seen in there regularly for the post office or shopping for home décor. They have beautiful teapots, kitchen furniture and dishes. Their prices are fantastic at $1-6 for dishes. Spend only $3 on art supplies and stationary. You can't beat the deals at Hing Wah on Centre Street.

Before you go, be sure to check out the artist-run gallery on Centre Street. You can't buy anything but you can purchase The New Gallery's publications and become a member. Chinatown really has so much to offer.

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