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Your Back to School Shopping Checklist

Gillian Thomson Edmonton
by Gillian Thomson

It’s almost September, which means everyone is flocking to Edmonton for back to school shopping!

Of course, West Edmonton Mall is a one-stop shop with the equivalent of 48 city blocks of shopping, dining, and entertainment. West Edmonton Mall is home to many stores you can’t find elsewhere in the city including Anthropologie and Simons. But there are many other great shopping destinations in Edmonton to add to your itinerary.

If you’re looking to hit lots of shops while staying indoors (and spend less time circling for a parking spot), Kingsway Mall and Southgate Centre offer a variety of tempting options. For a breath of fresh air between stores, weave in and out of South Edmonton Common’s numerous shops, including many discounted outlets like J.Crew and Nike Factory Store.

No one likes to see their favourite shirt being worn by three other people. For unique clothing and accessories that your friends won’t find anywhere else, pop into Edmonton’s locally owned shops in three bustling districts:

Old Strathcona

Whyte Avenue in Old Strathcona is very popular amongst the independent dressers. With styles covering all walks of life, the stores on and around Whyte Avenue have something for everyone.

Favourite Old Strathcona Edmonton Originals

  • Gravity Pope has two stores in Old Strathcona: one full of shoes and leather goods, the other with clothing and accessories.
  • Bamboo Ballroom carries a lot of brands you can’t find elsewhere in Edmonton.
  • Poppy Barley will measure you for custom fit boots that can be delivered to your doorstep in about 8 weeks.
  • Stop at Vivid Print for something new to hang on your wall.

124 Street

124 Street offers plenty of artisan shops and boutiques. All the wandering between stores is sure to build up an appetite. Luckily, you’re amongst some of the best independent restaurants in Edmonton.

Favourite 124th Street Edmonton Originals

4th Street Promenade

4th Street Promenade and the surrounding historic warehouse district is home to more great locally owned shops. If you’re there on Saturday, visit City Market, Edmonton’s original open air farmers’ market.

Favourite 4th Street Promenade Edmonton Originals

  • For guys who like to step up their fashion game, check out The Helm.
  • Steps from 104th Street: Stylus downtown is an Edmonton Original with fine pens, notebooks and office supplies you can’t wait to pull out of a backpack.
  • Stop at Credo Cafe and Jacek Chocolate Couture for some tasty shopping fuel.

For a break from shopping while you’re in town, take a look around Explore Edmonton for activities to make the most of your last August weekend.