As a former local of Edmonton, having moved into the city about five years ago from the countryside, I have a pretty good grasp on what’s good with this winter city. We have a gorgeous river valley, some pretty pyramids, and if you come over the summer you’ll find yourself in a pool of festivals and street markets to choose from. Edmonton has its perks of either cold or warm weather but be warned, sometimes it can get to -36! Bring your parka haha.
Here are some of my favourite things to do in Edmonton:
Where To Stay
Aaron and I have stayed at a few hotels in Edmonton. I love having a staycation and these places are the perfect place to spend a few nights in Edmonton.
The Matrix – Aaron and I have stayed here a few times. It’s our home away from home. The rooms are modest with chic décor. On evenings you are invited to a wine and cheese pairing which is obviously one of my favourite parts. Breakfast is also included which is amazing because you don’t have to worry about breakfast. I really love that the breakfast isn’t just cereals and toast – they put some thought into their guests experience.
Hotel Macdonald – One of the most iconic buildings in the Hotel Macdonald. Near the River Valley you can situate yourself right in Edmonton’s core. The rooms are classic and remind me of a rustic escape in England or France. There is a lovely garden you can walk out on to get a gorgeous private view of the River Valley.
The Union Bank Inn – Such a cute boutique! For an intimate stay look no further than this old hotel right near the heart of Edmonton. Wine and cheese is included every night of your stay (ummm yessss) and an ale cart breakfast is also included. Rooms scream boutique and are very unique to the cookie cutter hotels you normally stayed in.
Where To Eat
Guys.. If there’s one thing I love most about Edmonton it’s the food. As your local guide and die hard foodie you can’t go wrong with any of these places. As you guys know I am a vegetarian, have been for over 10 years, so everything listed is vegetarian/vegan friendly. PS. I wrote a whole post on the best food in Edmonton here!
Breakfast/Brunch – New York Bagel Café has the best bagels and benedict’s, probably my favourite brunching treat. Their their prices are steep but it’s really good if you want a treat. Café Mosaics has great vegetarian and vegan brunch, their mystery burger is my favourite. Urban Diner is the perfect hangover cure, their unlimited coffee and veggie benedict is exactly what you’ll need to beat a hangover.
Lunch/Dinner – Daravara has the bestttt garlic fries ever. Dawaat looks underwhelming from the outside but it’s the best Indian Buffet in town. Italian Parlour is the only places you need to go to get a great pizza. Mikado is Japanese and has my favourite bento box. Zinc and The Marc are probably my favourite fancy restaurant’s. Julio’s has the BEST Mexican food in town, trust me, get their enchiladas. Remedy Café has the best Indian wraps ever. I go here once a week, if I was on my death bed and someone asked me what I wanted I would probably say their vegan chicken chana wrap.
Cafes/Bakeries – Cafe Bicyclette has the most amazing chocolate croissants which is not suprising because you’ll find them in the French Quarters. Duchess is the best bakery in Edmonton, they remind me of Laduree with all of the French inspired pastries. District Café is one of my newest favourites, their scones are unreal. Transcend is a great place to grab a waffle and a coffee.
Cocktails/Tapa Style – Baijiu is the best place in Edmonton to get a cocktail. Their drinks are so quirky and their theme is ‘Shanghai chic.’ All their food is shareable – you can get things like pineapple buns, black bean brussel sprouts, tofu bao (amazing..) and lot’s of other goodies. Bodega is another great place to grab some wine and eat Spanish inspired tapas including personal favs like patatas bravas. Red Star is another great place to hang out with some wine but their food is pretty lacklustre.
What To Do
There isn’t a wholeeeee lot to do in Edmonton besides eat. We like food. But for some activities to fill your time check out these:
Muttart – This is an amazing place open all year round where you can view the different botanical gardens indoors. It’s $12 to get in and there are 3 pyramids you can check out.
Scrathcona Farmers Market – Every Saturday the best of Edmonton gets together to buy organic and locally made food. Some favourites are Moonshine donuts and Thio’s hummus.
Eat – Refer to above or check out the complete foodies guide to Edmonton! 😉
Hope you guys liked this little glimpse into where I live. Where are you guys from?
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