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How to Treat Yo-Self in Edmonton

by Alyssa Ott

Think the end of December is the only time for gluttony and pure relaxation? Think again my friends! The back-to-reality that is the new year can be a bit of a downer, so I declare a new time of celebration: Me-Time March! Did she just dedicate a whole month to indulgence? Why yes I did. Shake off those end-of-winter blues, and leave your responsibilities behind by treating yourself with these step-by-step fancy must-do’s in Edmonton.

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Step 1: Get ultra relaxed

You can’t fully enjoy your much needed me-time until you’re 100% zen. I highly recommend floating all your problems away at Modern Gravity, which specializes in flotation & sensory deprivation therapy. This spa is also a great choice if you aren’t a fan of small spaces, because you get your own little room, rather than a tank. Water not your thing? Go for a massage at Wellness on Whyte. Don't like being touched? Choose a sunny day, put on a great playlist and make your way through Edmonton's expansive river valley trails, for some seriously chill wandering.

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Step 2: Be a little extra for a day

Pick something a little luxurious, that you wouldn’t normally do, and schedule it in. Maybe it’s a hot shave from Barber Ha or spending a night at The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald while ordering loads of room service. Or maybe you stop in at Duchess Bake Shop, order a box of macarons and eat them all yourself. Whatever it is, treat yo-self!

Step 3: Get yourself some new duds

Nothing makes you feel more confident than a new outfit. This time, allow yourself to splurge a little, even if it’s on one item only. The trick? No chain stores allowed! Hit up some local boutiques on 104 Street, Whyte Avenue or 124 Street and I promise you’ll leave happy. Some of my favourite stops include: Workhall, Poppy Barley and The Helm.

Step 4: Brunch like your life depends on it.

Brunch is my favourite meal. It’s non-committal, delicious, and you can show up looking as tired as you really are. Most great brunch spots in Edmonton operate from 10 am to the early afternoon (some even all day) so you can sleep in and then slowly wake up over an eggs benny and mimosas. My favourite spots include: The Next Act, Cafe Linnea, District and Daravara.

Check out even more brunch recommendations here.

Step 5: Sip and sip some more

Edmonton’s cocktail scene is OFF THE CHARTS. From Baijiu to BÜNDOK, Bar Clementine to Pip — the options seem almost endless. In town for a Me-Time March weekend? Definitely make sure to stop in at one (or all) of the above and order an inventive cocktail crafted by one of Edmonton's world-renowned mixologists.

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Step 6: Have a royal night out

Did you know that Opera started out solely being performed for royalty and their courts? Lucky for us modern folks, it didn't stay this way. Catching some traditional, but classy, entertainment is a great way to make yourself feel royal this month, and there are plenty operatic, orchestral and dance performances to choose from around town. The Edmonton Opera, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (lead by Alex Prior) and the Alberta Ballet are all housed in the heart of the city, so you can make a night out of it with cocktails and a show.

Step 7: Act like you own the city

If you’re feeling like the sky’s the limit, nothing says fancy with a capital F more than a tour of the city from way up in the air! See Edmonton’s ever-expanding skyline from a helicopter or a plane and feel like a real rock star. It's a bird, it's a plane— it's you, living your best, fanciest life!