Planning to spend 24 hours in Edmonton soon? Here’s your guide from a somewhat ‘local-tourist’. We spend our weekends literally exploring Edmonton like it’s our weekend getaway. That means we are basically (self-proclaimed) pros on the topic and we will happily be your guides around town. We’re pretty keen on our new home, Edmonton, and you should be too. So, how’s about you book the plane ticket and I’ll plan the rest for you, deal?
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Where To Stay:
So we have clearly make it a habit of booking into hotels in Edmonton because we’ve stayed at our fair share. We’ve checked into the Fairmont Macdonald and the Westin on more than one occasion because we didn’t want to do the drive home (we live an hour from the City Centre), and we love them both! Downtown is definitely where you will want to stay so you can be near all the action.
Enjoy the view at the Fairmont Macdonald:
On our Mini Staycation at The Fairmont Macdonald, we got a room with a view of the River Valley, warmed up by the fire with winter cocktails and even made use of their extensive gym the morning before check-out! They are by far, the most luxurious option to stay in Downtown, but the hotel is also a historical gem full with old-world charm. The staff are attentive and service is impeccable. The hotel dog, Smudge, is the cutest. AND I’m pretty sure Beyonce stayed here while she was on tour and you know what they say… If it’s good enough for Queen Bey, it’s good enough for me! 😉
Stay-in at the Westin:
The Westin is another one of my favourite hotels to stay at in Downtown Edmonton with reasonable prices plus easy access to amazing restaurants — we’ve actually stayed here twice before! This hotel seems to be a go-to for business travellers, with wifi facilities included and good value for money. It’s also located in walking distance from loads of restaurants, shopping malls and public transport facilities to get around.
Where To Eat:
Edmonton is quickly becoming a foodie destination! And I’m pretty stoked about that, because if you hadn’t noticed by now, we’re total foodies! Edmonton got 3 out of the 10 Best New Restaurants Awards in Canada in 2017! We have so many restaurant options (see the best in their category here) but these are some of our favourites that we think you should try:
The Coffee You Need at Lock Stock:
Lock Stock is still our favourite coffee shop because it’s cute, cosy and serves Ace Coffee. If you’re looking for more coffee spots to try, here’s our ultimate guide to coffee-snobbing it up in YEG!
Brunching Hard at Cafe Linnea!
We’re basically part of the furniture over at Cafe Linnea. And, so of course, it’s ranked #1 on our Guide to Brunching in Edmonton for a reason. We love that their menu changes with the seasons, always giving us an option to try something new or stick to a firm favourite: their Complete Galette. In Fall, I ordered their new Galette with butternut squash, apple, bacon and brie and I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It is the breakfast that all other breakfasts want to beat — but can’t. The salmon gravlax on a pancake was also a winner!
If I have ever been sure about anything in my life, it’s that you should eat here for dinner! Just read the rave reviews here. Technically within walking distance from the hotels, Baijiu (‘Bye Joe’), located on 104th Street right across from Rogers Place, is one of our all time favourites in Downtown Edmonton. You MUST try their Brussels Sprouts — they are to die for! They also have some pretty awesome cocktails!
Cocktails at Woodwork:
We blogged about our recent Date Night at Woodwork here, and how much we loved it! It’s cute and cosy, and less than a 5 minute walk from either hotel. I hate to be the one that keeps pushing Brussels Sprouts on everyone, but they also make a mean BS side dish with bacon-goodness. Eat yo greens (with bacon)! Definitely make a reservation ahead of time!
What To Do:
Visit The Downtown Farmers Market:
The Downtown City Market on a Saturday is one of our favourite things to do in Edmonton. They’re open every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm. In winter, they’re located in the City Hall, but in summer, they’re on 104 Street. Read about our favourite local finds here.
Take A Ride on the New Funicular:
Thew new Funicular on 100 Street, just below the Fairmont Macdonald is such a cool addition to the city! We checked it out on a very cold Sunday but still loved it. Those views of the River Valley are worth it! Read about it here.
Extending Your Stay in Alberta?
If you’re making it a holiday of it and visiting other spots in Alberta, Canada, here’s some serious INSPO for you! I followed some amazing travel bloggers through Alberta on their recent visit in this blog post here. Banff and Lake Louise are definite must see! Read our travel diary — a winter wonderland! There’s also Jasper, another favourite of ours! We visited just before winter hit and got some jaw-dropping photos before sunrise at Lake Maligne. See for yourself!
Getting ready to beach it up in Mexico,
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