This lively neighbourhood south of Edmonton’s river valley is known for its arts and theatre festivals, its historic buildings and Whyte Avenue, one of the busiest shopping and dining strips in the city.
Travel back to the mid-1900s at Junque Cellar, a subterranean vintage store bursting with retro jewelry, comic books and pop culture memorabilia. Cozy lighting and squeaky wooden floors add to the character of this eclectic shop.
Classic rock, jazz, metal—for the past 25 years, music aficionados have found it all at Blackbyrd Myoozik. Cull the independent record shop’s selection of new and used vinyl records and CDs, buy a turntable and some record sleeves or pick up tickets to a local concert.
Women’s boutique The Bamboo Ballroom strikes the right balance between brand-name Levi’s denim and MinkPink dresses and Alberta-made products such as sweaters by Calgary’s Camp Brand Goods and jewelry by Edmonton’s Hunt Amor. You can also shop for children’s apparel and home decor items, including candles and throw pillows.
Grab a bite at The Next Act Pub. Order theatrically named burgers such as The Critic, topped with bacon, smoked cheddar and house-made cola barbecue sauce, or the Cameo Burger, which changes its toppings weekly. Wash it down with a pint of local craft beer from Alley Kat Brewing Company.
Catch a new or independent flick at Princess Theatre. The oldest standing movie theatre in the city was built in 1915 and oozes nostalgic charm with its illuminated marquee, classic design and black velvet curtains. Order some popcorn and grab a seat on the upper theatre’s balcony.
Cat lovers will feel at home at Cat Cafe on Whyte, Edmonton’s first feline café. Order a “Chai Catte” or an “Ameowricano,” then sit down in the cat lounge to play with the room’s 12-plus kitties—these local rescue-shelter animals are all up for adoption.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Edmonton 60 times a day from 17 Canadian, two U.S. and one international city.