When it comes to dining, our city is renowned for its homegrown chefs who seek out locally grown, farm-fresh Alberta meat and produce to create regional dishes that bring home the trophies in international competition. If you’re packing a cosmopolitan appetite, then savour tasty ethnic entrees — including Japanese, French, Italian, Indian, German and Asian specialties, to name but a few — as well as vegan, fusion and specialty cuisine.
Up for a shopping spree? The pulse of downtown shopping radiates from Edmonton City Centre, which offers more than 170 stores and services in a hip, upscale shopping environment. Its pedways direct you to many more shopping options, as well. A quick hop across the North Saskatchewan River to the south and you’ll find Whyte (82nd) Avenue, an eclectic, bustling strip in Old Strathcona. Here is a bohemian world of cafes, pubs, restaurants, live music and more than 300 shops selling everything from clothing and accessories to one-of-a-kind gifts and books. Walking tours through this historic district also afford an opportunity to visit the famous Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. Just west of downtown, the 124th Street area serves up the Gallery Walk district where a cluster of galleries exhibit fine art in a neighbourhood rich with charming specialty shops, fashion boutiques and fabulous eateries. Nearby, the Royal Alberta Museum plays host to captivating travelling exhibits as well as its own permanent displays including the Syncrude Gallery of Aboriginal Culture — one of North America’s most expansive exhibitions on Aboriginal peoples. West Edmonton Mall — offers an astounding 800-plus stores and services, upwards of 100 dining establishments as well as nine world-class attractions that include the world’s largest indoor wave pool and an indoor amusement park. Thanks for visiting and enjoy your stay!