City guide:

Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada

(our old hometown)

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

What's the deal with Edmonton, anyway?

YOU'LL LOVE EDMONTON IF YOU'RE...

For the uninformed, Edmonton might be overlooked as a frigidly cold 'stop-over' city, before heading to the mountains (specifically, Jasper National Park), but we know better... 

Having spent the first four years of our Canadian adventure calling this city our 'home' (although, we're now living in Calgary), we've got some local tips. Lately, Edmonton has been catching the attention of top travel lists, and for good reason: the food scene is booming with award-winning restaurants and foodies are here for it (us included).

Truth be told, it's easy to be underwhelmed if you don't know where to go. But that's the point: it's a place you have to get to know. If you're visiting for a few days, that's going to be a little difficult...

That's where I come in—your personal, virtual travel agent with a no BS list of everything you need to know about one of Canada's sunniest cities, so you can make the most of your time here. Edmonton will pleasantly surprise you. 







A foodie, who is into the arts-cultural scene and loves to explore new places in Canada.







WELL, IT'S MORE THAN A STOPOVER CITY, PROMISE.

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What is Edmonton known for?

The capital of Alberta, known as Canada's 'festival city', hosts over 50 festivals annually. Well-known attractions include West Edmonton Mall and the new Royal Alberta Museum. Edmonton is also the gateway to Jasper National Park & the Canadian Rockies.






WHERE ELSE SHOULD I VISIT IN ALBERTA?

If you'd like to extend your stay, you could road-trip 3 hours or fly 45 minutes to the neighbouring Albertan city (and our new home), Calgary. You should also consider visiting Banff (5 hour drive) and Jasper National Park (4 hour drive). 





WHAT ABOUT MONEY?

Canada’s currency is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Visitors can exchange traveller’s cheques and foreign currency for Canadian funds at banks, trust companies, credit unions, ATMs, and at airport and border crossing exchange booths. Other currency is not widely accepted. 






IS IT SAFE TO VISIT?

Edmonton is safe city to walk around in most neighbourhoods, but I would avoid the LRT late at night and alone. That said, as with any big city, caution should be taken when travelling alone at night in underpopulated areas, such as alleys.





SO, HOW SHOULD I TIP?

Gratuities are seldom included on the bill in Canadian restaurants. It is customary to tip approximately 15-20% on the total bill before tax, less for poor service, more for truly exceptional service. 






HOW LONG SHOULD I VISIT FOR?

It's possible to do everything you want to within 2 days / 3 nights, so Edmonton is a good weekend getaway city. If you're travelling from a distance, consider a longer road-trip through the mountains in which case you could attempt to squeeze it all into 2 days / 1 night.





The Things To Know Before You Go:

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

There is something to do in every season so it depend's on what you enjoy. As Canada's 'festival city', you may want to coincide your visit with the most popular: the Fringe Theatre Festival (Aug 13-23), the Folk Music Festival (Aug 6-9) and the Carnival, K-Days (July 17-26). *Dates are 2020.






WHAT OTHER FESTIVALS ARE THERE?

Explore Edmonton has a full list of the festivals according to dates here. If you would prefer to visit the city in winter, there are also several winter festivals such as Silver Skate (Feb 7-17), Flying Canoe Volant (Jan 30) and Ice on Whyte (Jan 23-30).





WHEN IS YOUR FAVOURITE TIME IN THE CITY?

I love Edmonton's weather during late Spring (May) and Summer (June to August), when it's warm and the days are longer as the sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m, which means more time to explore. The city comes alive and outdoor patios spill out onto sidewalks. 






WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I VISIT IN WINTER?

Shorter days, cheaper hotel rooms, and possible -30 temps so you'll have to invest in some proper winter gear. Besides the winter festivals (see left), there are the Ice Castles; Snowshoe Tours (or rent your own here); and Segway Tours of the Legislature lit up for Christmas!






What is the weather like in Edmonton?

In June, summer temperatures range between 20°C to 30°C with up to 17 hours of daylight per day. In the winter, with typical temperatures ranging between -5°C to -15°C. Snowfall can happen as early as November and as late as March.






WHAT CAN I EXPECT IF I VISIT IN SUMMER?

Although hotels are more expensive, Edmonton's city comes alive and outdoor patios spill out onto sidewalks. Visit outdoor farmer's markets; explore the U of A Botanic Garden; walk along the River Valley. 





The Things To Know Before You Go:

HOW DO YOU GET TO EDMONTON?

If you’re arriving by air, you’ll be flying into Edmonton International Airport (YEG), located in Leduc just 30 minutes from Downtown Edmonton. If you have an early flight out, you might want to stay at the airport hotel





HOW EASY IS IT TO GET AROUND?

If walking isn't your thing, you can use the Edmonton Transit (bus and LRT) or Uber. The light rail transit (LRT) provides fast and convenient service to 15 stops around the city. You can pay per trip or get a day pass.




TRANSPORT TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT?

You can book transport with SkyShuttle into Downtown Edmonton for $18 per adult and $10 per child. The Route 747 bus service from the airport to Century Park Station (where you can also catch the LRT). You can also use a taxi, or Uber, estimated $40-50 per trip.






OTHER WAYS OF GETTING AROUND?

A current popular form of getting around the city is the electric scooter rentals, which you can book through the Lime or Bird apps. You can also rent a bike or take a segway tour with River Valley Adventure Company.





IS THE CITY WALKABLE?

Once Downtown, most things are within walking distance except for the U of A Botanic Garden and the West Edmonton Mall. You can find information about our neighbourhood guides and walking tours for Downtown; 124th Street and the Old Strathcona area. 






SHOULD WE RENT A CAR?

I would if you're comfortable driving in Canada. 





The Things To Know Before You Go:

What is Edmonton known for?

The capital of Alberta, known as Canada's 'festival city', hosts over 50 festivals annually. Well-known attractions include West Edmonton Mall and the new Royal Alberta Museum. Edmonton is also the gateway to Jasper National Park & the Canadian Rockies.






WHERE ELSE SHOULD I VISIT IN ALBERTA?

If you'd like to extend your stay, you could road-trip 3 hours or fly 45 minutes to the neighbouring Albertan city (and our new home), Calgary. You should also consider visiting Banff (5 hour drive) and Jasper National Park (4 hour drive). 





WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT?

There is something to do in every season so it depend's on what you enjoy. Edmonton's weather is the best during the late Spring (May) and Summer (June to August), when it's warm and the days are longer because the sun doesn’t set until 10 p.m, which means more time to explore. 






ACE COFFEE ROASTERS

Edmonton's food scene is killing it right now and everyone's noticing, so you must make time to try out some of our local favourites. We've started off by ranking our top 5 for each meal of the day, but we also share our favourites according to area and budget. Just click the filters accordingly. 





What is the weather like in Edmonton?

In June, summer temperatures range between 20°C to 30°C with up to 17 hours of daylight per day. In the winter, with typical temperatures ranging between -5°C to -15°C. Snowfall can happen as early as November and as late as March.






ACE COFFEE ROASTERS

Edmonton's food scene is killing it right now and everyone's noticing, so you must make time to try out some of our local favourites. We've started off by ranking our top 5 for each meal of the day, but we also share our favourites according to area and budget. Just click the filters accordingly. 





The Things To Know Before You Go:

BOTANIC GARDEN

RIVER VALLEY

IG WALLS WALK

THE LEGISLATURE

THE MUTTART

THE RIVER BOAT

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For SUMMER

COFFEE SHOPS

RIVER VALLEY WALKS

IG WALLS WALK

DAY TRIP: JASPER

THE MUTTART

THE RIVER BOAT

We've created a list of our favourite things to do during winter

OUR FAVOURITE WINTER ACTIVITIES!

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BOTANIC GARDEN

RIVER VALLEY

IG WALLS WALK

THE LEGISLATURE

THE MUTTART

THE RIVER BOAT

For SUMMER >

These Are The Things To Do in Edmonton:

SUMMER • WINTER • FREE • BUDGET • AREA

What to Wear According to Edmonton's Weather & Seasons

From May to June, the sun is shining, Edmonton's weather is warmer, and the city feels busier. July & August is officially summer & high-tourist season. It's also when the city is host to several different festivals (although many have been cancelled for 2020).

You must pack: comfortable walking shoes, casual comfortable clothes & a lightweight jacket (I usually take my denim jacket with me everywhere, which I think suits the Edmonton-alternative-style and goes with almost everything).  Find more looks & packing lists here.

For SUMMER >

From September to October, the sun is shining, it's warmer outside, and the city feels busier. July & August is officially summer & high-tourist season. It's actually my favourite time of the year to travel most places. 

You must pack: jeans, a cute turtleneck or sweater and a lightweight puffer jacket like this one

For FALL >

From November to March, the sun is shining, it's warmer outside, and the city feels busier. July & August is officially summer & high-tourist season. We've been in August which is a busy month for events including the Pride Parade and & the Celebration of Light. 

You must pack: comfortable walking shoes preferably waterproof or rain-boots, casual comfortable clothes, a lightweight hooded rain-jacket & an umbrella (although some high-end hotels have some on hand for you).

For WINTER >

Spring arrives early in February or March,

You must pack: comfortable walking shoes preferably waterproof or rain-boots, casual comfortable clothes, a lightweight rain-jacket & an umbrella (although some high-end hotels have some on hand for you).

For SPRING >

SUMMER         FALL          WINTER          SPRING

BOOK WITH THE COMPANIES WE TRUST:

CHECK HOTEL AVAILABILITY IN EDMONTON:

Booking.com

Element (B + Eco-friendly)

Coast Plaza

Courtyard Marriott

Metterra Hotel

Doubletree by Hilton 

Crash Hotel

Fairmont Macdonald

Union Bank Inn (B)

Renaissance Airport (Leduc)

Home 2 Suites by Hilton

Westin Downtown

JW Marriott Ice District

Airbnb Apartments

Fantasyland (West Ed Mall)

Matrix Hotel (B)

$$:

$:

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Where Should We Stay in Edmonton?

BUDGET • AREA • RATING • BUDGET

The best area to stay in is the Downtown area, along or close to Jasper Avenue. Edmonton doesn’t have the best hotel scene, but the Union Bank Inn (more traditional) and Matrix Hotel (more contemporary) are solid options for those looking for small hotels with character.  

If you’re looking for something grand Downtown, the Fairmont Macdonald — the place that looks like a castle overlooking the river valley — is your best bet. If you're looking for something new, luxurious and modern, the new Marriott in the Ice District Downtown is perfect for you. (We haven't been yet, but we can't wait to try it out).

Alternatively, you can also stay in Old Strathcona, on or near Whyte Avenue. Metterra or Varscona are good options located on Whyte Avenue.



Cafe Linnea 🍳☕️

Pip 🍳🥑🥓☕️

The Moth Cafe 🥞🍓

Biera 🍺

El Cortez 🌮

Bundok

Uccellino 🍝

Tzin Wine Bar 🍷

Sabor 🍤

Canteen 🍳🥞

Farrow

Rostizado

OEB 🍳🥪🥑🥓

MEAT 🥩🍗🍖🍟🍺

Bundok 🥡 🥢

LUNCH:

BREAKFAST:

DINNER:

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What To Eat in Edmonton

Edmonton's foodie scene is booming, so you must make time to try out some of our local favourites. We've started off by ranking our top 5 for each meal of the day, but we also share our favourites according to area and budget. Just click the filters accordingly. 




Duchess 🥐🍪🍰🎂☕️

District Bakery  🍳🍪☕️

Doughnut Party  🍩

Made by Marcus 🍦

Yelo'd Ice Cream 🍦

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Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





Cafe Linnea 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

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Closed Mon-Tues. 




Named Avenue Edmonton Magazine’s Best Brunch 2020, the intimate 28-seat restaurant is our second favourite brunch spot serving elevated comfort food. TIP: Pip gets really busy so join the waitlist for a table in advance. They serve our favourite local coffee, Ace, too!





Pip

🍳 🍹 🏆
☕️

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Brunch 9am - 3pm
Dinner 4pm til late




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

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Closed Mon-Tues. 




Named Best Brunch in 2019, if you want to try out this local favourite, you MUST make a reso beforehand! The Huevos Canteenos is gluten-free; the Dutch baby pancake is vegetarian, but the rest of the menu is mostly meaty. 





Canteen

🍳 🥞 🏆

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HOURS?

Weekend Brunch Only. 10am - 2pm.




OEB, which stands for Over Easy Breakfast, was established in 2009 in Calgary, but you can find locations in most Canadian cities including Vancouver. The breakfast emporium has 70 different dishes from crepes, to bennies, to omelettes to the Canadian national dish: poutines — there's really something for everyone! 





OEB

🍳 🇨🇦

ORDER?

Anything your heart desires!




HOURS?

8am - 2pm, daily.




Winner of 'Best Overall Edmonton Restaurant 2020' and Canada's 100 Best #61, this local eatery has an open-concept brewery vibe to. It is located in Ritchie Market — a must-visit, home to a boutique Duchess and Transcend Coffee.  Biera presents a twist on the classic food and wine pairing, proposing creative dishes meant to be paired with freshly brewed beer





Biera

🍺 🏆

ORDER?

Anything + 🍺, obvs.




HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




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Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




The French bakery is an Edmonton institution that was named #4 on Buzzfeed’s list of 23 bakeries to eat at before you die, which called it “Arguably the best bakery in Canada.” Little Duchess, which is a smaller version of the 124th store, is located in Ritchie Market, like Biera.  





Duchess Bake Shop

🥐

ORDER?

Anything, but I love their Macarons! 




HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




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Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





District Cafe & Bakery

 🍳 🍪 ☕️

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




Seasonal French inspired cuisine that is made with locally-sourced seasonal ingredients including best sourdough in the city! The restaurant is bright with a patio in the summer. TIP: Be sure to get there early on weekends as you cannot reserve a table. They also make incredible cronuts. Every now and then they are closed for their High Tea service, so check their social media. 





The Moth Cafe 

🍳 🏆 🇫🇷

ORDER?

HOURS?

Closed Mon-Tues. 




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The Most Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton, Alberta

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Do you know how Instagrammable Edmonton really is? Have you explored all the Instagrammable Spots in Edmonton? If not, here’s a list of locations to take a photo and up your Instagram Game, including a list of Instagrammable Cafes and Walls around the city!

Since Calgary is only three hours away, add it to your visit. 

OTHER CITY GUIDES

Here is where you can describe your feature or maybe even provide a link to the feature.

TOURISM & LOCAL WEBSITES

If you're looking for more tips for your visit to Edmonton, check out our Pinterest board with some of the top articles and best local images. 

PINTEREST

We usually research a destination by searching Instagram using relevant hashtags; checking local tourism websites and finding local bloggers to follow. Here are the best resources for Edmonton:

Additional Resources

Linda (@Lindork) is our go-to local expert. She hosts the annual @YEGCatFest😸& #IGWallsOfYEG 📸

LOCAL BLOGGERS

The Travel Alberta Tourism website along with the Explore Edmonton Tourism website are both great local resources. 

TOURISM & LOCAL WEBSITES

 For Edmonton, you’ll want to search hashtags like #YEG#ExploreEdmonton or follow Edmonton's Tourism Account.

INSTAGRAM