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Calgary's other 17th Avenue

If you live in Calgary, chances are that you are familiar with 17th Ave SW. It’s the long strip of businesses stretching from the west side of the elbow river near the Repsol Sport Centre and ends at approximately 37th street SW. 17th avenue is home to a plethora of “always changing” businesses.

What some may not know is that the continuation of 17th avenue SE begins on the east side of the Bow river and is known as International Avenue. This avenue is known as Calgary’s culinary and cultural capital, in which it offers a world of variety of food and specialty shops.

Given the wide range of offerings that national avenue provides, it goes without saying that international avenue is home to Calgary’s first and only world food tour. These tours have happened since 1997 and deliver a range of culinary masterpieces from the Caribbean, Portugal, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, African countries, as well as Latin America.

It doesn’t stop there, International avenue is not only a treat for the taste buds, but is also a treat for the ears. International avenue helps set the pace for Calgary’s live performance scene. One can find themselves getting up on some beats that range anywhere from punk and classic rock to Bluegrass and Afrobeat.

So next time you find yourself thinking of things to do in Calgary, look to international avenues, the scene, sights, and sounds will surely delight your senses.


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