From an indoor farmers market, to the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, to 100-year-old architecture that remains intact, Edmonton's Old Strathcona District is as fascinating as it is diverse. For a fine dining experience, try the locally popular Continental Treat. For visitors looking for rare finds, antiques and random souvenirs, be sure to stop by The Junque Cellar. The more time you spend here, the more discoveries you will make.
Open only on Saturdays, the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market is a must-visit destination of the city. Filled with local produce, souvenirs and other articles that are essentially from Edmonton, this farmer's market has been delighting visitors since 1893. More than 100 vendors come here to showcase their offerings and all of their products pass stringent scrutiny before they are displayed for sale. From freshly baked goodies, artisanal cheeses, ethnic foods, seasonal items, tea and coffee as well as home decor articles, Old Strathcona Farmers' Market offers a wide variety of goods. The price points are reasonable and they justify the quality of products.
Edmonton Arts Council presents a unique box-office and gift shop that encourages local talents of the city. A great way to support local communities, this non-profit organization provides an easy platform to book your spot at the latest local event and festival in town. In an attempt to promote local artisans, the store also houses some unique items and memorabilia for sale. Catering to all budgets, the charming shop offers ideal gifts and souvenirs, perfect for every occasion. Located just around Sir Winston Churchill Square, visit the Tix on the Square to show your support to the community.
This mall is a top Alberta attraction and one of the largest shopping centers in North America and the world. Measuring 5.3 million square feet, the mall has more than 800 stores and services, 100 eating establishments, 26 cinema theaters, a spa, and a Las Vegas-style casino. There are also theme park attractions of varying types including the Galaxyland amusement park, World Waterpark, Sea Lions' Rock & Sea Life Caverns, Proffesor Wem's Adventure Golf, and the Ice Palace public skating rink.
True beauty is born of nature and comes from within; from a place of happiness and well-being, of health and balance. Kolya's signature spa treatments invite you to shed the restrains of the urban jungle and reconnect with nature. The spa uses only natural, organic and biodynamic products that nourish the body and enliven the soul. Kolya is especially well-known for unique and signature treatments like The Lotus with its use of organic essential oils, and the Earth & Flowers which combines the benefits of a mud mask and hydrating facial. Other spa services include sugaring for men and women, and make-up consultations. All of the fabulous products used in these treatments are available for purchase at the Kolya boutique. Special classes and seminars are often organized as well. Bookings are accepted up to 3 months in advance and fill up quickly so be sure to plan ahead.
Open all year, City Market Downtown is a popular local market in Edmonton. Situated in the heart of the city, this outdoor market is known for the fresh local produce sold by the farmers. With a quality products on sale, the market sees thousands of locals and tourists on a regular basis. The market operates every Saturday and is situated in the open until thanksgiving, after which it is located in the City Hall. You can buy the freshest produce, fine-quality meat, wines, bread and bakery products. The market also has vendors selling handicrafts and jewelry made by local artisans.
At lunchtime, Sunterra Market, located in Commerce Place, is positively hopping. Popular with downtown business folks, who are looking for a quick and a healthy midday meal, this unique eatery is really a fresh food market, so the menus change daily. Each counter feature's its own specialty, including pasta, sandwiches and salads. There is a coffee bar and a pastry counter as well, and you can even do a little shopping from their unique selection of grocery items. Tables are sprinkled in the mall area adjacent to the market.
Commerce Place, as the name suggests, is an office complex located in the bustling Downtown area of Edmonton. However, the shopaholics need not lose hope, as it is also a retail complex and there are a few designer stores like Escada located within this complex. This complex also houses a food court. Coffee lovers can enjoy their beverage at Starbucks. Internet addicts can stay online as this building has WiFi network within it. This 27 story building is very conveniently located just two minutes away from Central Station.
This diverse shop is located in the Manulife Place Shopping Centre, which is located in the center of Edmonton's downtown district. The store sells top quality women's lingerie from Christine's of Vancouver, and imports exclusive bras, nightgowns, nylons, teddies, panties and slippers from France and Belgium. You will find something that is suited to every taste and every budget. So go ahead and spoil yourself at Night Owl Imports.
If you have a yen for a really special dress, and you have the budget to go with it, check out Plaza Escada Ladies Wear on Edmonton's fashionable downtown Jasper Avenue. Exclusive dress imports from Germany are the store's specialty, along with a wide range of shoes, perfume, purses, belts and handbags. If you need to look good in a casual or sporting style, you can find those types of clothes here too.
Sweet Lollapalooza is a must visit for chocolate epicureans. This shop specializes in handcrafted sweet treats and artisan confections. It features a great variety, including chocolates infused with inventive flavors and of unique styles. Sample a few on display and pack a box for your personal indulgence or one that will make a memorable gift.
The labels are exclusive and the prices are reasonable at Blu's. Top brands are available from around the world including Armani, Laurel, Basler, Zanella, Ellen Tracy, Anne Klein, and Tahari. In addition, Blu's has its own quality brand called Made-in-Canada. Blu's can be found within the Manulife Place Shopping Centre, which is right in the center of Edmonton's downtown district. It is a Mecca for the downtown businesswoman who wants to dress to perfection.