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Shopping Junkies

Edmonton is a shopping paradise and there is no shortage of places to give your wallet a run for its money.

WEM

West Edmonton Mall is the shopping mecca of the city with over 800 shops and services, and there is no better place to find every type of store under one roof. From brand name chains to one-of-a-kind boutiques spanning the equivalent of 48 city blocks, you best come prepared wearing a comfortable pair of shoes accompanied with a shop ‘til you drop state of mind. Here you’ll find one of the only Simons, one of Canada’s leading fashion retailers. During your shopping break, don’t forget to check out some of the amazing attractions such as Galaxyland, the world’s largest indoor amusement park, or the World Waterpark, with 17 waterslides and features.

Mammoth Malls

For a more laid back shopping experience, be sure to check out some of our other well equipped malls. Kingsway Mall is home to dozens of boutique and specialty shops including Aritzia, Lululemon Athletica, Fossil, Pandora, and Sephora. Southgate Centre hosts over 165 stores and its recent expansion makes it one of the top shopping destinations in Edmonton. Stop by the only Crate and Barrel in the city for some trendy and stylish home essentials. City Centre Mall is located in the heart of downtown and is easily accessible by car, bus, and LRT. Their two-story Atmosphere is top notch and if you love movies, be sure to head to Landmark Cinemas as their lineups are rarely long. Are you starting to miss the thought of Mother Nature with all this mall talk but aren’t quite ready to give shopping up yet? Head over to South Edmonton Common for some open-air retail therapy where you can find a ton of great discounted outlets, including Nike, GAP, J. Crew, Adidas, and Banana Republic.

Old Strathcona

For a whole different shopping experience, cruise over to the 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. 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, and Bamboo Ballroom, a fashion-forward clothing joint specializing in local and North American brands. Not only is Whyte Avenue perfect for discovering unique local boutiques, one-of-a-kind art galleries and music stores, it’s also unbeatable for people watching. Be sure to grab a drink at one of the trendy cafes or pubs and sit back, relax, and enjoy being surrounded by bustling shoppers. The Next Act Pub’s patio is a great place to catch some rays in the summer. The city’s celebrated arts and cultural community makes its home here, as well as some of Edmonton’s longest running festivals such as Ice on Whyte and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. 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.

104 Street

4th Street Promenade and the surrounding historic warehouse district are home to more great locally owned shops. Located in the heart of downtown, some noteworthy places to check out include Evoolution, where you can find premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, The Helm, an upscale menswear spot, and a local coffee shop favourite, Credo, for a break between stores. The area also hosts the Neon Sign Museum, the first of its kind in Canada. This outdoor museum features a collection of historic signs that tell a story of Edmonton’s neon past. If you find yourself in the 104th Street area during a Saturday in the summer, weave through City Market Downtown, an open air farmers’ market that has been an integral part of Edmonton’s downtown for more than a century. Named Best Farmers’ Market in 2013 by National Geographic Traveler, the market is known for its friendly, open atmosphere and quality products. When summer starts to cool off and autumn hits, City Hall is home to the market for the remainder of the year.

124 Street

Last but not least on the shopping list is 124 Street. This charming area is home to antique stores, fashion boutiques, indie coffee houses, and fabulous eateries. Have a sweet tooth? Stop by Cookie Love for some fresh baked cookies or Duchess Bake Shop for unreal French pastries (the macarons are to die for!). After energy levels are back up, check out Shades of Grey Boutique for some edgy brand name finds for women or Red Ribbon for stylish clothing and accessories for both men and women. Did we forget to mention that you can also find 13 of Edmonton’s finest art galleries in the 124 Street area? Not only that, the wide-ranging group of galleries collaborate to offer a Gallery Walk twice a year. Beginning in 1986 and the first of its kind in Canada, the Gallery Walk was formed to promote both art and artists of merit within our community. Keep your eyes peeled for the great outdoor murals as you weave your way in and out of the galleries. How can we end this shopping list without mentioning another farmers market? The 124 Grand Market is relatively new to the city but does not disappoint. Running every Thursday night from May to October, you’ll find fresh local food, live music, interactive art installations, and food trucks to boot!

Wherever you and your shopping legs decide to wander, we hope you enjoy exploring and filling that bag to the brim.