When it’s time to pick up something new, don’t just head to the usual department stores. Instead, spend some time browsing some of the unique shops found all over the city. Edmonton has stores that will surprise and delight, so what are you waiting for?
1. The Makers Keep
The Makers Keep celebrates the strong entrepreneurial and maker spirit in Edmonton by creating a place for local makers to showcase their products under one roof. The stores are filled with one-of-a-kind designs you won’t find anywhere else, from clothing to jewelry to home decor.
Address: multiple locations
2. Carol’s Quality Sweets Ltd.
When it’s time for a sweet treat, it’s time to visit Carol’s. A family-owned and operated candy store, it’s been in business for over 27 years. Whether it’s handmade chocolates or imported sweets you won’t find anywhere else in town, you’ll feel like a kid in the proverbial candy store.
Address: 12519 102 Ave NW
3. The Wildbird General Store
Edmonton has a great local bird population all year round, and The Wildbird General Store helps you get to know your feathered neighbours. Voted Edmonton’s number one gift shop, they offer locally-crafted bird feeders and houses, binoculars and scopes, bird seed, guide books, and more.
Address: 4712 99 St
4. Happy Harbour Comics
At 4,600 square feet, Happy Harbour is more like a pop culture clubhouse than a comic store. But don’t worry – they have the comic scene covered. Browse the largest selection of comics in Edmonton, plus back issues, toys, posters, games, and so much more.
Address: 10729 104 Ave
5. River City Games One of Edmonton’s best-known stores for board games, puzzles, billiards, and more, River City Games has a reputation for hard-to-find games and supplies at great prices. Sure, you’ll find the classics, like Monopoly and Risk, but you’ll probably stumble across boxes you’ll have never heard of – and will soon be itching to try.
Address: multiple locations
6. When Pigs Fly
Ask anyone for a quirky shop to visit, and you’ll probably hear all about When Pigs Fly. It’s practically a landmark. Full of whimsical gifts like teeny coffee cups, gurgle pots, figurines, and more, you’ll find all kinds of souvenirs and gifts inside.
Address: 10470 82 Ave
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7. Parcel + Prose
Parcel + Prose is passionate about all things paper, and it won’t be long until you are, too. Greeting cards, wrapping paper, stationary, and locally-made gifts revolving around a theme of paper and language are all available in store – perfect for sending a gift to someone and showing you care.
Address: 10524 124 St NW
8. Junque Cellar
Junque Cellar is known for eclectic collectables – you never know what unique item you’ll find when you walk through the door. From antique furniture to retro cultural highlights, you’ll soon discover that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
Address: 10442 82 Ave
It’s all about beads at Beaden! Pick through a wide selection of stones, beads, silver, and other do-it-yourself materials for anyone wanting to try their hand at making jewellery. Not sure you want to take that step? You can also choose from a great selection of already made pieces or custom order a design.
Address: 1438-8882 170 St NW
10. The Seven Eighty
Edmonton born and raised, the owners of The Seven Eighty create a line of products that show off their hometown pride and let you do the same. Calling themselves a “lameass lowbudget local store,” they’re all about what makes Edmonton unique.
Address: West Edmonton Mall & Londonderry Mall
11. Hideout Distro
Hideout Distro (pronounced diss-tro), is a general store full of Canadian-made brands and products from designers, musicians, and creators. Find unique prints, indie band music, clothing, ceramics, and so much more. Note that there are limitations for accessibility with steps in the store, but the parking is free for two hours.
Address: 12407 108 Ave NW
12. Little Plant Shop Have you ever been to a houseplant boutique? Little Plant Shop is just that. They offer a wide range of exotic plants, helping you bring a little greenery inside your home. You can also find terrarium supplies, living art arrangements, living frames, and botanical jewellery!
Address: 8116 Gateway Blvd
13. Rocket Fizz
It’s easy to spend hours in Rocket Fizz. They proudly specialize in “the weird, wonderful, sweet, and different.” Flavours of pop include calssics like rootbeer and unique – and strange – like cotton candy and buttered popcorn. With over 80 flavours of saltwater taffy and vintage memorabilia, it’s quite the store!
Address: 10544B 82 Ave NW
14. The Prints and the Paper
The Prints and the Paper aims to provide an alternative to online shopping through curating a shop full of unique items and a personal touch. Discover graphic art prints, books, cards, tote bags, graphic tees, and, well, all kinds of cool stuff when you walk through the doors.
Address: 10725 124 St
15. Tix on the Square
Tix on the Square is more than a gift shop, though it is full of distinctive and unique gifts. Created by the Edmonton Arts Council, they provide local artists with a place to showcase their wares in a retail space. But, it’s also a hub for info and tickets for local events, theatre, dance, and music. Find out what’s going on in all areas of the Edmonton arts scene.
Address: 99310 102 Ave