Explore Downtown - 17th Avenue

#ExploreDowntownYYC 17th Ave Business Improvement Area

The 17th Ave Business Improvement Area (BIA) is committed to preserving the diverse and energetic character of the area's business community. We advocate for public safety and revitalize public spaces. We implement placemaking initiatives and collaborate with city departments to enhance economic well-being and attract new businesses. We aim to foster a thriving and inclusive environment for all.

Food and drinks

Grab a coffee to go at MIK (Made in Korea). Here you can find unique drink offerings that are popular in Korea. For a sit-down brunch try the newly opened, The Sweatered Hen. Their menu highlights the best of seasonal ingredients, ensuring every dish is delicious.

Mhyers Deli, known for serving Montreal smoked meat, is a comfort food staple. Need something to go? Niko’s Pizza, is one of Calgary's favourites for authentic Greek pizza.

Olea is a Mediterranean-inspired spot with a beautiful interior. They feature a chef-driven menu and handcrafted cocktails.

Buon Giorno Ristorante Italiano has been a go-to for over 30 years. With a newly opened space, they are ready to serve you your favourite Italian classics.

Featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Heaven Artisan GF Cuisine offers up gluten-free Venezuelan cuisine.

Biscettes Cookie Co., a brand-new bakery in Calgary, serves up giant cookies. There's nothing better than a giant chocolate chip cookie after a delicious meal on 17th Ave SW!

Events and culture

Summer on 17th festivities are back for a third year. The FREE programming and entertainment have been completely revamped and will take place one weekend each month. Outdoor movies, live bands, and so much more will be taking place in Tomkins Park and throughout the corridor.  

Shopping and services

The Flea. is a community-driven thrift shop featuring local vendors where you can find vintage and Y2K clothing. 

Peaseblossoms Flowers, located in the historic Brigden Block (c. 1912), provides products that are local, fair trade, unique and unusual.

Rhythm Ride Spin Studio isvwhere visual art, music, technology and fitness come together. They'll motivate you no matter where you are on your fitness journey.

Public Art and outdoor spaces

Established in 1915, 17th Avenue is home to Tomkins Park. Nestled among the retail shops and restaurants, Tomkins Park features benches and a gazebo to enjoy the mature trees and beautifully maintained landscaping.

BUMP Murals on 17th Ave - 17th Ave SW is home to 17 spectacular BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project) murals. These murals are part of a community-led, artist-focused initiative that reimagines public spaces.

Getting around

Driving and parking

Check out the newest feature on Calgary Parking's MyParking app.

The Local Deals feature in the app will connect you with exclusive local deals from businesses you know and love! The feature unlocks coupon codes that you can use at your favourite participating YYC businesses. There are also several public parking lots in the area, and street parking is free on Sundays, holidays, and weekdays after 6 p.m.

Public transit

You can access 17th Ave with Calgary’s Public Transit system. For more information on Calgary city buses or the CTrain, including schedules, maps, passes and fares, visit Calgary Transit.

Walking, biking, scootering

Calgary is home to an extensive network of bike lanes, pathways and cycle tracks, many of which run through its downtown core with access to 17th Ave.

Once at 17th Ave, most shops and restaurants are accessible by walking or wheeling. Alternatively, you can rent a Bird or Neuron e-scooter. Make sure you download the app in advance and familiarize yourself with applicable laws, road rules and City by-laws.

We encourage you to safely explore 17th Avenue and recommend you check ahead with restaurants and shops to ensure they are open and to learn what safety precautions are required before you go. To find out more about 17th Avenue’s shops, services, and restaurants, visit their neighbourhood page.