1. Award-Winning Restaurants
No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it on Whyte – from The Next Act’s (8224 104 St) award-winning burgers to the winner of The Golden Fork’s Best Charcuterie at Ampersand 27.
2. Unique Shopping Opportunities
Find stores you won’t see anywhere else! Blackbyrd Myoozik (10442 82 Ave; blackbyrd.ca) is Alberta’s leading independent retailer of import music, The Plaid Giraffe (10340 82 Ave) is home to unique Canadian-made accessories, and When Pigs Fly (10470 82 Ave) is the iconic Whyte gift shop.
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Ya’ll remember these? Porcelain tea figurines! A little nostalgia for this Thursday #tbt I have fond memories of playing with my grandmother’s collection as a kid. @pikaandbear (a rad Saskatchewan based company) put nostalgia on a necklace. It’s like being a kid again with a little bit of joy dangling from around your neck! 🐧🦉🐕🐈🐇🦔 #plaidgiraffeyeg #whyteave #shoplocal #supportlocal
3. Thrift Shops
Whyte Ave shopping doesn’t have to break the bank. Red Pony (9940 82 Ave; redpony.ca) specializes in consignment of high quality, independent brands, while find an antique treasure from years past at the Junque Cellar (10442 82 Ave Bsmt).
4. Out-Of-The-Box Activities
Mix things up and do something different! Head to Beercade (10544 82 Ave; beercade.ca) for craft beer and retro video games, or escape the traps at Exit Escape Room (10543 82 Ave; e-exit.ca).
5. Blues on Whyte Block Party
You can always experience great blues music at the Cunningham, but when the summer’s Block Party rolls around, they close the street, hit the stage, and play all day and all night long!
6. Princess Theatre
The two-screen art house theatre showcases (10337 82 Ave) the best of Historic Old Strathcona. Check the schedule online before you go to see what’s playing, either new release or classic flick.
No matter your style, you’ll find it on Whyte. The Buckingham (10439 82 Ave; thebuckingham.ca) has vegan street food and a live music dance floor, Black Dog Freehouse (10425 82 Ave; blackdog.ca) offers a “wooftop” patio overlooking the avenue, and Have Mercy Southern Table & Bar (8232 Gateway Blvd) brings southern fare and craft cocktails in an at-home atmosphere.
8. Edmonton International Fringe Festival
This internationally-renowned festival, held mid August, showcases the talent both on the stage and in the streets as plays, one-acts, and skits tell stories in fascinating ways.
9. Art Walk
Spanning a 4 km stretch on July 5-7, 500 visual artists take to Whyte Ave to showcase their paintings, drawings, sculpture, and more with creativity that will blow you away. Spend the time to take in the live demos, too!
10. Delicious Desserts
After all that walking, you deserve a treat. Get a scoop (or two) of Filipino and Asian-inspired flavours at Yelo’d Ice Cream & Bake Shoppe (10152A 82 Ave; yelod.ca) or have your cake and eat it, too, at the award-winning Sugared and Spiced Baked Goods (Rear – 10334 82 Ave; sugaredandspiced.ca)
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What’s ready to go this weekend? 💜Ice cream cakes 💜Ube Cheesecake 💜16 different flavours in pints 💜Ube and Pandan Cake donuts 💜Fresh baked cookies 💜Ube marshmallows and Rice crispies Come on down. Eating ice cream in the cold is one of the most Edmontonian things you can do!
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Article by: Sarah Chestnutt