As Edmonton’s dining scene continues to grow, so does its patio game. Make the most of long summer hours by dining alfresco on a patio with river valley views, in the backyard of a local heritage home or on one of the few patios open year-round (yes, even during the winter).
Home to one of Edmonton’s only winter patios, Café Bicyclette is also a great place to visit in the summer. Adorned with strings of lights, potted plants and a few umbrellas for some shade, this French restaurant in the city’s French Quarter knows how to make the best of any season. Order the croque monsieur at lunch or visit during the evening for a plate of mussels and fries. The poutine, which can be topped with bacon, smoked meat or chicken and peas, is available day or night.
Equipped with bright red stools, strings of lights, heaters, umbrellas and its own bar, the rooftop patio at Craft Beer Market checks all the boxes for a great alfresco dining experience. But it’s the views of downtown Edmonton that take this patio to the next level. The Calgary-based restaurant chain has more than 100 draft beers to choose from, ranging from wheat ales and saisons to stouts. Pair your favourite beer with some Baja fish tacos, Big Rock beer can chicken or the huge 20 Napkin Burger, which comes topped with an additional mini burger.
You won’t find a patio in the city with a better view of the stunning river valley than at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald. Surrounded by Chateauesque architecture, flower gardens and lush greenery, the hotel patio is the perfect spot to watch the flowing North Saskatchewan River in the distance. Settle in with a basil and ginger mojito from The Confederation Lounge while dining on an Alberta beef burger or a charcuterie board. When you’ve had your fill, wander the picturesque grounds to take in the full splendour of this stately, well-situated building, which was originally built in 1915.
Tucked inside a red brick heritage house in the Riverdale neighbourhood, Little Brick’s casual, cozy vibe will make you feel as comfortable as you would dining in your own backyard. The café and general store hybrid has a wood patio with tables and chairs, plus there are tables and picnic tables set up on the partly tiled back lawn. Grab a seat outside to enjoy potted French toast, Pine Haven bacon and eggs or a braised beef sandwich for brunch, then head inside the house to shop for local products in the general store. This summer, you can also stop by for barbecue nights on Thursdays.
You know it’s officially summer in Edmonton when the staff at Sugarbowl raise the restaurant’s two front garage doors, which open up to a rustic patio that’s prime for people watching. Located in the Garneau neighbourhood, this local hangout is a popular brunch spot thanks to its large, doughy cinnamon buns and plates of chicken and waffles. In the evening, expect to see groups of friends sitting around the patio’s wooden tables while enjoying a glass of one of the 200-plus local and international craft beers available here.
What’s New at the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
The Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is the largest fringe festival in North America. It attracts thousands of spectators who come to watch more than 200 theatre productions throughout the city. This year (Aug. 17 to 27, 2017), there’s a magical new theme, more shows than ever and new spots to eat near the festival grounds.
Where to Eat in Edmonton
Whether you’re craving a contemporary Italian meal or a fresh, handmade pastry, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés and bakeries to choose from in Edmonton. While some eateries like Corso 32 are beloved favourites that have been around for years, others like Grandin Fish ‘N’ Chips are newcomers to the city’s dining scene and are already leaving a mark.
Why You Should Go to These Neighbourhoods in Toronto, L.A., Edmonton and London
Spend time exploring these recently revitalized neighbourhoods. Sip at brewpubs and cocktail bars in Toronto's Riverside, play at a retro bowling alley in L.A.'s Highland Park, see a hockey game in Edmonton's Ice District or shop at multicultural markets in London's Hackney.