If you're looking to switch things up in the kitchen and try out a new cuisine, Calgary has premium spots to pick up all the ingredients you'll need. Whether you're after Asian flavours or Italian spices, there is a place to buy everything.
T&T Supermarket is the ultimate 90’s baby and the international food store we can’t live without. Whether you’re an expertise in Asian flavours, a wannabe hotpot chef, or a curious Calgarian, T&T is worth the trip. With flavours from China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Taiwan, they’ll have every spice and vegetable on your grocery list and will make all your foodie dreams come true.
You don’t always need a recipe to enjoy T&T – it’s a great spot to check out as a unique weekend activity. Try the pastries from Beijing, and egg rolls from Taiwan which are guaranteed to give you the true Canadian-Asian experience. Not a foodie? Buy a bonsai tree from the produce section, or dabble in some ancient Chinese medicine with a new type of tea.
It gets even better. T&T has a glorious supply of makeup and skincare that carries all the must- have Korean products Cosmo told you to buy. If you have no idea where to start, check out the beauty section on their website for daily beauty tips, sun care recommendations, and articles on how to kick the winter blues.
Runner Up One: Italian Centre Shop
If you’re looking for the true Italian experience, head to the Italian Centre Shop for all things Italy. From pizza dough to olive oil and an abundance of ingredients, this international food store has it all. Their deli boasts naturally raised meats that taste phenomenal, and are made without all the added stuff we aren’t supposed to eat. After shopping, step into Spinelli Bar Italia and enjoy the loud but comforting atmosphere over an authentic coffee and pizza.
Runner Up Two: Lina’s Italian Market
Anyone who has ever made pizza at home knows that Lina’s is where it’s at. The olive oil selection puts Costco to shame, and the pasta aisle will have you dreaming of your Mom’s spaghetti. Lina’s is sure to be your one-stop shop for Italian night. If your mouth is watering after five minutes, you’re not alone! Head to the Market & Cappuccino Bar for an Instagram-worthy sandwich, and an Italian soda straight from your Nonna’s fridge.
Written By: Alexandra Philps
Alexandra is a marketing and graphic design professional by day, and a blog writer, barre instructor, and YYC influencer by night. After graduating from McGill University with a degree in economics, marketing and English literature, Alex moved back to Calgary and has since been traveling, eating, shopping, and Instagramming her way through the city. If she’s not researching the latest health, beauty, or fashion trend, you can find her at the dog park with her pooch, Ireland.