Edmonton is always fantastic, no matter where you decide to explore. But with an area of over 680 square kilometres, it can be hard to figure out where to set up your home base. Here are just a few of the distinctive neighbourhoods that will have you living like a local in no time.
Where to Stay when You are Visiting Edmonton
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Spend time in the core of the Capital City. Staying in Downtown Edmonton means staying close to attractions, shopping, fine dining, and more – experience the downtown vibe for yourself.
• Rogers Place There’s always something going on at Rogers Place from Oilers home games to the top concerts coming to town.
Address: 10220 104 Ave NW
• The Legislative Assembly Grounds is one of the most picturesque spots in the city – the marble building is iconic, and the sprawling grounds with fountains are breathtaking.
Address: 10800 97 Avenue NW
• Edmonton City Centre Mall is the place to find unique shops and high-end boutiques in the core of the city so you can get all your shopping done in one place.
Address: 10025 102 A Ave
• Royal Alberta Museum shares Alberta’s stories by showcasing artifacts you won’t find anywhere else, from a woolly mammoth skeleton to Indigenous artifacts.
Address: 9810 103A Ave NW
• The Art Gallery of Alberta is a world-renowned facility with over 6,000 pieces in the permanent collection, as well as rotating exhibitions.
Address: 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Old Strathcona/Whyte Ave
You can’t go wrong with spending time in Old Strathcona. One of the most famous neighbourhoods in Edmonton, it offers a mixture of boutique and souvenir shopping, live entertainment, and incredible local dining. Plus, some of the city’s memorable festivals take place on Whyte – from Ice on Whyte to Art Walk.
• Walterdale Theatre is one of Western Canada’s oldest independent theatre groups, providing the opportunity to take in local talent.
Address: 10322 83 Ave
• Block 1912 welcomes visitors with a cozy atmosphere and delicious food (the gelato alone will have you coming back again and again) – they even have live jazz on Monday evenings.
Address: 10361 82 Ave
Address: 10310 83 Ave
• Travel back down memory lane at Old Strathcona Antique Mall: Western Canada’s largest antique mall with over 120 vendors selling everything from miniature dolls to tools.
Address: 10323 78 Ave
• Beercade is the place where you can get craft beers and vintage arcade games – perfect for a night out with the crew.
Address: 10544 82 Ave
West Edmonton has some of the city’s most famous attractions, making it perfect for whatever kind of vacation you’re looking for and no matter who you’re travelling with.
• West Edmonton Mall is largest shopping and entertainment centre, but it is more than just a mall – you’ll find shopping, fine dining, an amusement park, ice rink, waterpark, aquarium, mini golf, and so much more.
Address: 8882 170 St NW
• Mayfield Dinner Theatre is one of the city’s premiere theatre-going experiences, with their famous buffet and five-star performances.
Address: 16615 109 Ave NW
• Sweet Pea Cafe & Playhouse is a cafe like no other – a plant-based menu and an incredible play space for the kids, so you can feed their tummies and their imaginations.
Address: 14238 85 Ave
• Jubilations Dinner Theatre gives you the chance to enjoy a four-course meal as you watch professional actors put a fun spin on pop culture with plays and parodies.
Address: 2061 8882 170 St
• Guru Restaurant is your place for fine Indian cuisine, focusing on traditional dishes, but adding in an Asian flair – you have to try their butter chicken.
Address: 17021 100 Ave
You’ll find Edmonton’s French Quarter in the midst of the Francophone district – and you’ll find a “joie de vivre” you won’t find elsewhere. There’s a strong sense of community in this neighbourhood that makes it stand out.
• Cafe Bicyclette provides award-winning, authentic French atmosphere and dining that can’t be beat – especially the outdoor patio that’s open year round (don’t worry, the fireplace will keep you warm).
Address: 04-8627 91 St
• Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre
on the edge of the Quarter, offers over 100 stores and restaurants, from boutique stores to music and art shopping.
Address: 8330 82 Ave
• Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub
You may not expect to find traditional Irish pub fare in the French Quarter, but that’s exactly what Duggan’s Boundary Irish Pub offers.
Address: 9013 88 Avenue
• Earth’s General Store
makes it easy to not only shop local, but to shop with conservation and sustainability in mind, with a focus on fresh, fair trade, and organic goods.
Address: 9605 82 Ave
• Mill Creek Cafe
is a cozy and comfortable cafe where you can unwind, visit with friends, and get a tasty treat to round off the day.
Address: 9562 82 Ave
Edmonton’s historic Highlands district celebrates the city’s history and the sense of community that grew out of that. Discover why this neighbourhood has people returning again and again.
• Majesty and Friends brings local and Canadian-made goods into the neighbourhood, making it easy to find unique and unforgettable treasures to take home with you.
Address: 6421 112 Ave NW
• Borden Natural Swimming Pool: may only be open during the summer, but this outdoor pool is worth the wait, since it is Canada’s first man-made natural pool.
Address: 7615 Borden Park Rod
• Mandolin Books & Coffee Company
is a favourite of many locals – locally-roasted coffee and second hand books are both found in store, plus the back deck is a perfect sun trap when the weather’s nice.
Address: 6419 112 Ave
• Highlands Golf Club
makes it easy to sneak in a round of golf in a gorgeous setting; in the winter, check out the simulator.
Address: 6603 Ada Boulevard
is your shop for “delicious and wonderful things,” including speciality and unique candy from around the world.
Address: 6510 112 Ave
Ritchie Market puts a priority on walkability, community, and inclusivity, making it the perfect place to get to know the locals and experience Edmonton the same way they do.
• Biera is an award-wining restaurant with a menu full of unique sharing plates, fine beer, and a cheese bar full of new tastes and suggested parings.
Address: Ritchie Market 9570 76 Avenue NW
• The Blind Enthusiasm Brewery focuses on brewing with passion, making a variety of lagers, ales, fermented sour ales, and barrel-aged beer so anyone can find their next drink.
Address: 9570 76 Ave NW
• Transcend Coffee + Roastery is the perfect place to grab a cup of joe to kick off the day or a fresh-baked treat to relax at the end of the day and catch up with friends.
Address: 9570 76 Ave NW
• Kind Ice Cream is one of the newer residents of Ritchie Market, but they quickly made a name for themselves with small-batch ice cream handcrafted using on the best ingredients.
Address: 9551 76 Ave
• Strathcona Spirits & Distillery is Edmonton’s first ever distillery, and the smallest one in North America, but their vodka and gin are legendary; take a tour to see how it’s done.
Address: 10122 81 Ave