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Shopping in Edmonton: Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona

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by Edmonton Tourism Team

For a whole different shopping experience than the typical mall or power centre, cruise over to the eclectic Old Strathcona district. Anchored by the funky, bohemian spirit of Whyte Avenue, historic buildings blend with youthful energy to make Old Strathcona one of Edmonton’s trendiest areas.

Matching the historical vibe of the neighbourhood, the Old Strathcona Antique Mall is a huge shop with dozens of booths full of antiques and collectibles. If vintage clothing tickles your fancy, check out Divine Decadence or Junque Cellar. For music lovers, spend time sifting through Blackbyrd Myoozik’s collection of vinyls and CDs. While you’re there, you can buy tickets to some of the coolest gigs in town.

Pop into Gravitypope, a footwear boutique selling some of the most unique kicks in town, or their sister store, Gravitypope Tailored Goods, for high end clothing and accessories for both men and women. Bamboo Ballroom is a favoured fashion-forward clothing joint specializing in local and North American brands. Other favourites for all the female shoppers include Noul and Workhall.

For the guys, Frank & Oak is a menswear store with something unique to offer... a barbershop! Sneak in a beard trim between fittings. Derks has been the go-to place for formal wear since 1939, and they have a great selection of business attire too. Old Strathcona has another store you won't find in a typical mall - a mens underwear store. The Briefing Room is dedicated to men with a huge selection of underwear, loungewear and accessories.

Poppy Barley is an online retailer of custom made-to-measure boots and shoes, and their only retail showroom in the world is on Whyte Avenue. You can see and touch the shoes in person at their headquarters where they measure you before making your custom shoes and mailing them to you. If you’re lucky enough to have standard sized feet and you can’t wait to wear them, they have a small selection of common sizes and styles that you can walk out of the showroom in.

Don’t forget to check out the year-round Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market which rotates a roster of nearly 300 vendors throughout the year. Running every Saturday, you’ll find only locally produced, handmade goods. It’s inevitable that you’ll work up an appetite weaving through the crowds, so grab a snack at Toast Kitchen. All food items are made from market and locally sourced seasonal ingredients, and believe us when we say you won’t regret your decision to eat there.

While you're in the area, stop in at Vivid Print, where you'll find Edmonton inspired illustrations and provincial archive photos that make for a uniquely Edmonton souvenir.