Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona has been named one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods. Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful exuberance to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest neighbourhoods. Once the commercial core of the separate city of Strathcona, the area is now Edmonton’s main arts and entertainment district as well as a local shopping hub for local residents and students at the nearby University of Alberta. A good proportion of Edmonton’s theatres and live-performance venues are also located in the area.
Shopping Recommendations: The Briefing Room, Foosh, Gravity Pope, Bamboo Ballroom, Lucid Lifestyle, Lush, Mars & Venus, Nightshade Corsets, Rowena, Sanctuary Curio Shoppe
Vintage/Consignment Recommendations: Divine Decadence, Junque Cellar, Old Strathcona Mall, Red Pony
Food Recommendations: Block 1912, Cafe Mosaics (V), Chianti’s Italian, Da-de-o’s Diner, Famoso Pizzeria, Farrow Sandwiches, Friends & Neighbors Cafe (V), Funky Pickle Pizza, Furusato Japanese, Julio’s Barrio, La Poutine, La Shish, Langano Skies Ethiopean, Maki Maki Japanese, MKT Beer Market, Noorish (V), Orgin India, Phobulous, Pressd Sandwiches, Steel Wheels Pizzeria, Tasty Toms, Vons Steakhouse
Pub Recommendations: The Black Dog, The Buckingham, Empress Ale House, Filthy McNasty, Meat, The Next Act, Pourhouse Bistro, Tavern
A sophisticated neighbourhood in the heart of Edmonton that offers an urban atmosphere in which you can admire the arts, fine food, and unique boutiques. Aspiring to be a distinguished destination to live, work and play, 4th Street Promenade, as its often called, is becoming one of the most exciting areas in Edmonton. Once you arrive, you’ll want to stay and enjoy quality time. The best time to hit up this area is Saturday early afternoon while the farmers market is going on!
Shopping Recommendations: The Helm, High Grade Clothing, Jacek Chocolate Couture, Sweet Carousel Corsetry (by appt), Workhall Studio
Vintage/Consignment Recommendations: Swish Vintage (101 street)
Food Recommendations: Blue Plate Diner, The Burg, Edmonton City Market, Dauphine Bakery, DeVine Wines, Earths General Store, Tzin
If you want fashion, no matter your style, shop our boutiques and independent retailers, including giftware, home décor and the finest salons and spas. If you wish to dine on the street – you will find a tasteful selection of new and well-established restaurants offering everything from casual comfort food to fine dining cuisine. If you desire endless inspiration through art and design, we are home to 12 of Edmonton’s finest galleries and the Gallery Walk, the first of its kind in Canada formed in 1986. The Gallery Walk is two formal unguided walks held in the spring and fall of each year to promote art and artists of merit, focusing especially on work by Canadian artists. 124 Street is also home to the Theatre Network – Live at the Roxy which hosts many alternative theatre experiences including Nextfest, Edmonton’s multidisciplinary arts festival.
Shopping Recommendations: Black and Bold, Lux Beauty, Nightshade Corsets, Redemption Boutique, Thread Hill
Vintage/Consignment Recommendations: Vespucci
Food Recommendations: 124 Street Grand Market, Back Home Fish & Chips, Cafe Tiramisu, Chocolatiere Bernard Callebeut, Clever Rabbit, Duchess Bake Shop, Glenora Bistro, Koutouki, Remedy, Smokehouse BBQ, Urban Diner
West Edmonton Mall is the Mt. Everest of indoor entertainment, shopping, and attractions in North America. Part adventure park entertainment complex, shopping and dining destination, the Mall spans the equivalent of 48 city blocks. Check out the World Waterpark, home to the world’s largest indoor wave pool. Later, climb aboard a full-size pirate ship, or ice skate beneath the stars under a glass dome. If you’re in a shopping mood, there are over 800 shops and services. Afterward, check out the casino, movie theatres, mini golf courses, and Sea Life Cavern. Hungry after riding a Galaxyland roller coaster for the fourth time? Stroll down New Orleans-themed Bourbon street for some fine dining, then take in a live show. Or hit Chinatown or Little Europa.
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