Discover the gorgeous city of Edmonton, Alberta.
Our editor-in-chief visits Edmonton for the first time.
Style at Home editor-in-chief Erin McLaughlin visits Alberta's capital for the first time - and resolves it won't be her last.
Day 1: One of Edmonton’s best calling cards is its stunning , so stay at the ideally located and request a room with a river-valley view. Arrive in time to watch the sunset from the hotel’s patio, which over-looks the largest urban parkway in North America. Those four iconic glass pyramids tucked amid the trees belong to the , a botanical garden definitely worth visiting. Take a three-minute walk along downtown’s rapidly gentrifying Jasper Avenue to get to the über-casual . It’s widely regarded as one of the best Mexican restaurants in Canada, and for good reason. The owners keep the main menu simple (just tacos, tortas and quesadillas) and impress with fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with ordering any item, but the chunky guacamole and homemade tortilla chips are not to be overlooked. End your evening with a drink at – this hip place serves wood-fired fare and finely made cocktails.
Day 2: Start your morning with a satisfying latte at before spending an hour or two at the hopping outdoor farmers’ market, . Option No.1: Head over to the trendy Strathcona neighbourhood and stroll along its famed Whyte Avenue. Make sure to stop by (above), a shop featuring gorgeous handcrafted bespoke footwear, as well as atelier for interesting cast-concrete objets d’art (book an appointment in advance). Dine at , a vegetarian hot spot with cool Arabian-style decor, for organic plant-based eats (squeeze in a yoga session at its studio if you want the full nourishing experience).
Option No.2: Hit up Edmonton’s vibrant shopping district on 124 Street and explore decor shops, such as , and pretty boutiques like , where you can customize your own eco-friendly perfume. Sustain all your shopping efforts with coffee and cake at the world-class . The limited edition croissant is a new favourite (it’s filled with raspberry rose gelée and finished with a lychee glaze and dried raspberries). Then, head right next door to Duchess Provisions, where you’ll find gourmet ingredients, cookbooks and kitchen tools, including cookie cutters in nearly every shape you can imagine. If you happen to visit during the – August 4 to 7 – spend the afternoon at beautiful Gallagher Park and take in a couple of shows. Or soak up the carnival-like atmosphere and theatrical performances at the (August 11 to 26). Back at the hotel, have a power nap before strolling to the intimate Italian restaurant for dinner (make reservations at least a month in advance). The freshly made goat ricotta comes highly recommended – it’s so creamy it borders on divine.
Day 3: Spend the day exploring the much-adored , or if you’ve exhausted your shopping muscles, try a floral or craft workshop at .
What to pack: Take only the essentials - you'll be loading your luggage with these Edmonton finds.
- Trendy tee: Cotton t-shirt, , $30.
- Bold bling: 14-karat gold-plated Trina necklace, , $98.
- Skin saver: Face & body sunscreen with SPF 31, , $22.
- Fab footwear: The Two Point Five boots in Desert Tan, , from $350.
- Sexy shades: Sam sunglasses in Tokyo Tortoise, , $155.
- Cool arm candy: Fringe Bucket bag, , $575.