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Edmonton's core.

Residents and visitors to the city centre can spend their time at art galleries, live entertainment venues, a performance or festival on Churchill Square, attend a class at any number of post-secondary institutions, shop local at the downtown Saturday Farmers’ Market or enjoy a delicious meal at one of many cafes and restaurants. Soon the business district will welcome the new Royal Alberta Museum as well as Rogers Place, home to the city’s NHL team, the Edmonton Oilers. Supported by multiple LRT stations, the young and professional population continues to grow, embracing apartment and condo living in the heart of the city.

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The Whyte Ave Italian-style espresso bar has popped up across the river. The second location of the coffee stop is only temporary though. A permanent home is getting set up in the same building, just down the hall. When it opens later in 2018, the pizza bar and cafe, Al Centro, will continue Da Capo's tradition of serving up menu items true in flavour, style and presentation to the European experience.

The public art, Turbulent, by Vancouver-based artist Jill Anholt, creates a viewpoint of the river valley complete with seating. It's made of thin, bright blue ribbons of metal combined with concrete benches. The seats are inspired by the waters of the North Saskatchewan River which they over look.

An airy cafe/restaurant boasting imaginative vegan and vegetarian sweets and entrees, with teas for what ails you.

A coffee shop by day, a pub by night.

Take a 48-second ride up (or down) the river valley on the Funicular.

It's free and open to pedestrians, mobility aids, wheelchairs, bikes and strollers.

The self-operated elevator is open between 7 am and 9 pm, everyday.

A corner coffee shop open for business types in the daytime and coffee dates on evenings and weekends.

A downtown craft brewery with a tasting room and gathering space.

A grocery, deli, bakery and cafe serving up foods made from farm fresh ingredients. It's a favourite lunch spot and coffee meetings for downtown workers.

A clothing boutique and studio, opened by Edmonton designer Nicole Campre. The storefront is also where the locally designed garments are manufactured inside an in-house production studio.

The Edmonton Chinese Garden, located in Louise McKinney Park - just southeast of the Shaw Conference Centre. It's a 1.25-hectare landscaped garden showcasing authentic Chinese architecture and sculptures.

An Entrance Gate was added in 2017, opening officially in mid-September.

Parkland in the heart of the city, complete with public art and an enclosed off-leash dog park.

The park named in honour of Alex Decoteau - the first Aboriginal Police Officer in Canada when he joined the Edmonton Police Service in 1909.

Highlighted with yellow accents this bright, spacious cafe adds locally-roasted coffee and baked goods to the east edge of downtown.

A sleek restaurant specializing in wine and italian cuisine, along 104 Street.

With just 12 seats, the modern restaurant crafts and serves a single sitting of regional, seasonal cuisine, nightly.

Highly designed restaurant with modern Canadian Surf n' Turf on the menu. The locally-owned Edmonton restaurant is part of the eatery family including Farrow Sandwiches & Coffee along with Three Boars Eatery.

CLOSED PERMANENTLY A casual 30-seat wine bar with a small, locally-sourced menu paired with big windows pouring in natural light off of Jasper Avenue.

Tropical island-inspired fare - with big helpings of fish. Poke (pronounced POH-k) is a Hawaiian word meaning 'cut' or 'slice'. This casual joint jams on the classic poké bowl, traditionally made with marinated and cubed ahi tuna, served over rice.

An airy coffee shop tucked in the lower level of the historic 1903 French Second Empire mansion in downtown Edmonton.

Go head-to-head with pals over a board game and a cup of coffee (or pint of beer). Pay the $5 entry fee, grab a table and take your pick of more than 250 games at the downtown gaming space.

A pocket park along Edmonton's whimsical 104 Street named in honour of the city's first openly gay politician and hard-working community advocate, Michael Phair.

A 20,000+ seat indoor arena opened in Fall 2016. Home to the NHL hockey team, The Edmonton Oilers, a practice arena for community teams and a venue for large-scale concerts and productions.

A thrift shop with pre-loved clothing, household goods and toys along with new and second-hand furniture. Run by the Edmonton Emergency Relief Services.

The headquarters for the Edmonton Police Service which has 1400+ police officers and 500 civilian members.

The original location for this locally-owned cafe with the craft of coffee at its heart. Focusing on responsibly and freshly sourced products, they serve Intelligentsia Direct Trade™ coffee and bake up muffins, cookies, cake and granola bars all throughout the day.

The town square of Edmonton. The massive, paved, tree-lined gathering place hosts events year-round including the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, the New Year's Celebration, The Works Art & Design Festival, Taste of Edmonton plus more. The City of Edmonton is committed to enlivening the site with fitness classes, light saber training, break dancing and other programs for all ages.

A stand-up bar serving simple Italian food paired with an exclusively Italian wine list.

A family-owned and operated shoe store that’s been finding the right fit for Edmontonians for more than three decades. The shop offers footwear for men, women and kids as well as shoe repairs.

Meticulously curated by owner Anna McDonough, the women’s clothing shop carries fashion creations from Paris to Japan. The shop provides Edmontonians with leading-edge labels and emerging designers.

Studying the physiology of chocolate, mastering techniques and developing recipes JACEK’s unique boutique style chocolate collection is continuously evolving. Run by and named after local artisan chocolatier, Jacqueline Jacek (née LaBerge) the purveyor of edible creations has been treating Edmontonians since 2009.

Every week sun or snow, the City Market offers Edmontonians a welcome place to find farm-fresh produce, locally raised meats, fresh bread as well as handcrafted jewellery, art and clothing. During the winter season (October-May) the market is housed in City Hall while during the summer season (May-Thanksgiving) the market can be found on the quaint 104 Street between Jasper Ave to 103 Avenue.

A collection of shop and studio spaces showcasing homegrown artists, designers and artisans. The flexible rental spaces has short to long-term tenants, enabling local entrepreneurs a chance to try out their ideas. Current tenants include Clo's General Leather Co., MINBID One Art Gallery & Shop and The Skinny.

A specially curated collection of modern and classic design pieces, one-of-a kind found objects, stationary, jewelry and flowers. An artful shop, founded and operated by couple, Peter Turner and Wendy Lahti since 1982.

An extensive showcase of Alberta Craft Council artists' creativity including contemporary designs to time-honoured techniques and disciplines. Find pieces crafted out of indigenous wood, wools produced on Alberta ranches, clay from local deposits and modern polymers.

A lifestyle store carrying local, handmade, high quality home goods, accessories, clothing and gifts.

An independent bookstore around since 1975 committed to supporting Canadian authors and hosting a variety of readings and literary events.

The largest comic retailer in Western Canada with close to 5000 sq/ft of new comics, back issues, toys, posters and games.

A welcome nature retreat amongst downtown office buildings. Beaver Hills House Park provides a pond where you can leap between stones as well as grassy hills, park benches, picnic tables and public art to capture your imagination.

A once forgotten and overgrown bridge is now enlivened with flowers and vegetables. The LIVINGbridge is an urban garden located atop the abandoned 97 Street rail bridge in downtown Edmonton where volunteers tend the garden plots.

A homage to Edmonton’s past when neon signs once lined busy streets --- that's before a bylaw prohibited them. The more than a dozen neon signs have been restored and installed along 104 Street. You can see them lit up nightly.

An innovative place for the learners of all ages. Patrons can borrow books, music, movies from the massive collection as well as access many services and programs. The Makerspace provides technology and guidance to make books, films, record podcasts, make animations and more. The Outreach Program, staffed by registered social workers, helps clients find social support and much needed assistance.

*It's in a temporary location at Enterprise Square while the original location is renovated

An performing arts centre with exceptional acoustics, hosting rock bands, TED Talks, comedians, school concerts and choirs. The 1700 seat auditorium houses the Davis Concert Organ and is home to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Pro Coro Canada.

The Citadel Theatre complex boosts five performance spaces for a wide-range of entertainment experiences. Beyond the stage, the Citadel fosters the love of performance through their Academy which includes The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program, the Young Companies, The Eldon and Anne Foote Theatre School and the Play Development program.

The AGA presents an ongoing series of contemporary and historical exhibitions from across Canada and the world, in five gallery spaces. Attend the AGA free-of-charge on the last Thursday of every month, courtesy of Servus Credit Union. Classes and public programming related to the exhibitions are available for children, school groups, families and adults.

CLOSED INDEFINITELY A sports bar meets live music venue. Committed to supporting the local and national music scene, the venue hosts music nearly every night of the week. Patrons can enjoy the music, a pint and classic tavern fare while keeping tabs on the score of the big game.

A private, live music venue hosting local, national and international acts. To get around city bylaws, all attendees must be members (a yearly membership costs $5). The lower level of the establishment is The Brixx Bar & Grill for more intimate shows. Attendees don't require memberships for entry.

A stylish pub with lots of beers on tap and solid djs picking the music.

Get your karaoke fix downtown at this no-frills joint, with draft brews and bar fare on offer.

An artist-run centre committed to exploring and showcasing the boundaries of contemporary art. Attend one of the many visual art exhibition openings throughout the year, artist talks, workshops and their Summer Patio party series.

Run by two generations of the Zenari family, the restaurant serves up fresh wholesome meals with Italian flair. Pull up a chair in the deli or sip a spirit at the wine bar.

Based around wood-fired cooking and barrel-aged spirits, the contemporary kitchen creates dishes featuring seasonal ingredients, paired with unique cocktails.

Bringing Mexican-style street food to the Edmonton with locally sourced ingredients. The casual (and usually bustling) food joint doesn't have any nachos or burritos, just the authentic flavours of México.

The place for some of Edmonton's best chai, the cafe is known for putting a twist on traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes while accommodating food sensitivities and diet restrictions. The Jasper Ave locale is one of five licensed chai bars for this Edmonton original.

Watch chefs in the open kitchen prepare traditional Vietnamese food including pho, vermicelli and rice bowls to curried meats. You can take a seat in the restaurant or grab 'n' go via their counter-service.

Part of local chef Nate Box’s family of cafes and restaurants, District Coffee is distinct as it caters to the downtown crowd. Customers of the newly expanded cafe and bakery are treated to from-scratch baking and salt caramels along with Calgary-roasted Phil & Sebastian coffee.

An intimate 34-seat restaurant interpreting traditional Italian dishes with local and seasonal ingredients.

An Edmonton institution since 1942, this old fashioned diner serves up affordable, generous portions and vintage charm. Bring cash, they don't accept plastic!

Owners and couple Kris and Peter enjoy coffee so much they decided to serve up the coffee Monday through Saturday. The love of local is at the heart of the Bureau’s business, brewing local roasters ACE Coffee Roasters blend.

A cheese boutique, cafe and bistro wine bar tucked into 104 Street.

A 30-seat establishment modeled after eateries in Italy known as "spuntini bars" where patrons enjoy tapas and a couple of glasses of wine. Not a dinner spot, Bar Bricco is a place to unwind after work or finish off an evening out.

Part of the network of University of Alberta campuses, Enterprise Square is home to the institution's Alumni Relations, Faculty of Extension, Museums and Collections School of Business and more. The building also houses commercial tenants including Citytv/OMNI and TEC Edmonton.

The publicly funded community college with diploma programs, upgrading courses, English as a Second Language instruction, Open Studies as well as Fire and Safety Training.

The post-secondary educational institution offering more than 65 programs.

A community centre with a wide range of recreational programs and services for all ages. The downtown facility has a fitness centre, swimming pool, gymnasium, indoor playground and day care.

A school for students who want to upgrade and complete their high school diploma. Students aged 17 to 20 have access to a full-range of diploma courses scheduled on 10 or 20-week timetables.

MacEwan University's School of Continuing Education is open to the public to enroll in non-credit sources from bookkeeping, to website developing, painting and cooking. The campus is also home to the Conservatory of Music, where music lessons and performances happen year-round in the 50+ private music studios and four recital halls.

MacEwan University's School of Continuing Education is open to the public to enroll in non-credit sources from bookkeeping, to website developing, painting and cooking. The campus is also home to the Conservatory of Music, where music lessons and performances happen year-round in the 50+ private music studios and four recital halls.

MacEwan University's School of Continuing Education is open to the public to enroll in non-credit sources from bookkeeping, to website developing, painting and cooking. The campus is also home to the Conservatory of Music, where music lessons and performances happen year-round in the 50+ private music studios and four recital halls.