I can’t believe this past weekend was the very first time we visited the Downtown City Market — after a whole year and a half of living here — but it could just be our new favourite outdoor market in Edmonton. If you haven’t yet checked it out, you really should. They boast all the best local foodie favourites (check out our list below), fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers as well as DIY and crafts! More than that, it’s a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning strolling around with friends.
It’s been voted the best Market in Edmonton and back in 2014, it was voted the best Farmer’s Market in the world! (See article here).
They’re open 9am to 3pm every Saturday, so you can still get a morning snooze-in. Plus, they’re open YEAR ROUND! They do have to migrate indoors to the City Hall during the winter (between October & May) because no one wants to be strolling outside in minus 30, but you can still visit the market and shop up a storm. So if I were you, I would add to this to your list of things to do in the winter too!
If you’re unsure where to find them, check out their website here. If you’d rather have someone else showing you around the foodie stores, this Edmonton Food Tour is a good option and starts with a brunch!
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My Favourite Finds:
While I do admit, the majority of the below are gluten-free indulgences, there are also two healthier options that balance the yummy things out — right?
#1: Moonshine Doughnuts
I was on a diet. I was kidding myself in thinking that I wouldn’t have tried all the yummy food I spotted at the Market. I did fail, every diet rule on this short visit to the Market. And it all started when I spotted these – gluten-free even! We grabbed a box of doughnuts (for $10) so quick that we didn’t even really take note of the flavours. BUT after trying them all (yup, all of them), I would say that creamed coconut is my favourite!
By the way, these doughnuts are so famous that everywhere we went in the city sporting this teeny box on our arm, people asked what today’s flavours were. Talk about causing a stir! These guys are also the creators of Doughnut Party, which we visited a few weeks ago here. Now, I just wish they’d bring the gluten-free doughnuts over there to that party too ;).
#2: Boocha’s Kombucha
This is my favourite tasting kombucha so far – the peach one is my favourite! But they also have blueberry and cherry flavours. Do try it next time you’re at the Market. It’s also packed full of probiotics so it’s healthy too.
#3: Bloom Cookie Co.
The only thing we tried from Bloom Cookie Co, was the gluten-free option and my word, was it heavenly. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. Go get that Black Forest Macaroon. This chewy and rich coconut macaroon is stuffed with tart cranberries and dark chocolate. Those flavours were spot on!
#4: KB & Co.
So this is cheating. Kind of. Because this one merely happens to feature on the street, not specifically in the Market. But it’s one of my favourite places in the city and with summer coming up, it will probably be yours too. They make my favourite smoothies in the city and I’m there far too often! All their food is plant-based so it’s also the perfect options for vegans or vegetarians.
#5: Meat Street Pies
On our way out, Craig grabbed a lamb pie from the Meat St Pies Food Truck. If only they made gluten-free ones, I would have definitely grabbed one too. Craig said it was amazing! They do, however, have a quiche of the day on offer that is usually gluten-free.
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