Stephen Avenue Walk

#7 in Best Things To Do in Calgary
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Key Info

Eighth Avenue S.W. from First Street S.E. to Fourth Street S.W

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Entertainment and Nightlife, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9

scorecard

  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Food Scene
  • 3.5Atmosphere

Occupying three blocks of downtown's 8th Avenue, the Stephen Avenue Walk is one of the city's most popular shopping venues. This pedestrian-only shopping area – also dubbed a National Historic District – is lined with trendy stores, delectable restaurants and even several nightclubs. This downtown stretch is also the place to go for avid culture hounds; street performers, local artists and even festivals are often found here. Business travelers will likely make several stops here as the street is home to the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre and the Hyatt Regency Calgary and the Calgary Marriott Hotel.

Recent visitors loved the hustle and bustle of the area and praised the variety of restaurants and shops.

The Stephen Avenue Walk welcomes shoppers every day, although store and restaurant hours vary depending on the day. You don't have to pay to peruse, but you might want to keep a couple dollars (or loonies) on hand in case something strikes your fancy.

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