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Top Choice Historic Site in Edmonton

Fort Edmonton Park

The riverside reconstruction of Hudson's Bay Company's log fort gives you a glimpse into life in a trading post in the 1840s, right down to the smell of tanned hides. To reach it, pass by a 1920s midway and farm, an…
Top Choice Bakery in Edmonton

Duchess Bake Shop

Duchess is a destination. You'd cross town to eat here – barefoot in snow if necessary. Feeling like it dropped straight from France, complete with Louis XV–style chairs, the Duchess' French-press coffee and huge ar…
Top Choice Gallery in Edmonton

Art Gallery of Alberta

With the opening of this maverick art gallery in 2010, Edmonton at last gained a modern signature building to counter the ubiquitous boxy skyscrapers with a giant glass-and-metal space helmet. Its collection compris…
Top Choice Cafe in Edmonton

Block 1912

A regal attempt at a genuine Torinese coffee bar, this inviting place allows you to recline on European-style sofas and armchairs and enjoy your coffee, beer or wine beneath twinkly lights. Grab a snack or something…
Top Choice Canadian in Edmonton

Packrat Louie Kitchen & Bar

Tucked off Whyte Ave in a converted brick building, Louie's is truly gourmet. Mains like black-olive-crusted cod, housemade chorizo fritters, or pork tenderloin with spätzle and wild mushroom wine sauce have graced …
Top Choice Food in Edmonton

Old Strathcona Farmers Market

Since it began in 1983, the market's motto has been 'We Make it! We Bake it! We Grow it! We Sell it!' Inside the city's old bus garage, it offers everything from organic food to arts and crafts, and hosts some 130 v…
Coffee in Edmonton

Transcend Coffee

In a city where cafes producing their own microroasted coffee beans are few, Transcend should be treated like gold dust. Expert baristas on first-name terms with their Guatemalan farmer-producers concoct cups of the…
Theater in Edmonton

Edmonton International Fringe Festival

The ultimate Edmonton experience is an 11-day program of live alternative theater on outdoor stages, in the parks, and in small theaters and venues. It's second in size only to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Many sh…
Vegetarian in Edmonton

Blue Plate Diner

In one of the redbrick buildings in Edmonton's warehouse district, this vegetarian-biased diner serves healthy food in hearty portions. And there's style too. Cool colored lighting and exposed brickwork mean you can…
Brewery in Edmonton

Yellowhead Brewery

First things first. This isn't a pub. It's a tasting room next door to a brewery where you can sup on Yellowhead's one and only offering: Yellowhead amber ale – a light, not unpleasant lager, brewed in the big vats …