Best Summer Treats in Edmonton
Linda Hoang is a food and travel blogger based in the Edmonton area. She’s always on the hunt for delicious eats and loves exploring cities through food. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival and Instagrammable Wall Photo Walks. Follow Linda on Twitter, Instagram or her blog.
Beat the Heat!
If you’re looking for sweet treats to beat the heat in Edmonton, there are no shortage of options! The city is home to some of the best locally-owned restaurants and food trucks sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. As you’re planning your Edmonton adventures this summer, consider trying one of these delectable drinks and desserts.
1. Strawberry Shaved Ice Bingsu from HanJan
2. O-Matcha Ice Blended Drink from Tsujiri
Summer treats in Edmonton got an upgrade when the 158-year-old matcha tea brand Tsujiri, originating from Kyoto, Japan, opened here in 2018. Nearly all Tsujiri's green tea and latte options can come cold. I gravitate towards the O-Matcha Ice Blended to beat the heat. You can also get matcha vanilla floats, soft serve ice cream, shaved ice, parfaits and pastries here. Just perfect.
3. Soft Serve Ice cream from Yelo'd Ice Cream & Bake Shoppe
4. Cheesecake Tea Cup from Swiss 2 Go
I can’t even with the cuteness that is the cheesecake teacup dessert from Swiss 2 Go. This cute little sandwich shop located in east Edmonton also specializes in freshly baked goods including the most unique cheesecake you’ll find in the city. These desserts feature cheesecake in the shape of a teacup, complete with pretzel handle. Flavour varieties include everything from Hazelnut Almond Cheesecake to Hawaiian Mermaid Cheesecake (using fresh pineapple), a Strawberry Rhubarb Cheesecake and more! It’s decadent, delicious and most definitely Instagrammable.
5. Gelato from Block 1912
6. Waffle Ice Cream from Cacao 70
Indulge in chocolate and ice cream this summer at Cacao 70 Sweet House. They put it best: ‘crunch, sip, slurp, and savour your way to a state of chocolate’. Here you’ll find upside-down ice cream cones aesthetically smashed atop waffles drizzled in chocolate, topped with whipped cream and fruit. These waffles are just....wow.
7. Scoop N Roll
8. Dole Whip from Yeh! Frozen Yogurt & Cafe
You don’t have to go to Disney to get your pineapple Dole Whip fix. Yeh! Frozen Yogurt & Cafe stand, just outside the main food court in West Edmonton Mall, sells this tart, non-dairy, frozen pineapple soft serve complete with Dole branding and all (so, it’s probably legit). Grabbing Dole Whip is the perfect cold complement to the air conditioning as you explore North America’s shopping and entertainment centre.
9. Bubble Tea from Presotea in Kingsway Mall
There’s been a resurgence of bubble tea shops in the city, and one of my favourites is locally-owned Presotea in Kingsway Mall which sets itself apart by pressing each cup to order with tea leaves. This results in a super fresh and flavourful drink. Try the Blush (passionfruit and strawberry) or the aptly named Summer Fruit Tea.
10. Lemon Curd Blueberry Ice Cream at Made by Marcus
11. Bubble Waffle from Bubble Cream
A bubble waffle cone is the perfect portable summer treat! In Edmonton, you can get this egg-based waffle—a tasty and popular dessert street food in Hong Kong—at Bubble Cream Food Truck during the summer months. The waffle is filled with ice cream, fruits, Pocky (a flavoured stick cookie), and topped with unlimited finishings including drizzles, sprinkles, whipped cream and icing sugar. I recommend one of every finishing.