It's the first playground in Edmonton’s downtown core. The new slide, swing and balancing structure are in the R. J. W. (Dick) Mather Memorial Park. The playground joins the long-standing gazebo and it's also a favourite place for dog owners to bring their pets for playdates.
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.
Authentic full-flavour Indian cuisine served up fast-n-casual. This friendly, bright Jasper Ave spot invites you to ogle then try a variety of dishes and take your pick of where you want to dig in - at dining tables, a stylized nook, counter space or cafe tables.
Continuing the delicious tradition of his Italy-inspired Da Capo Caffé, owner Antonio Bilotta is now sharing Romano-style pizza with Edmontonians, at Al Centro.
The downtown eatery offers a cafeteria-style restaurant by day and will soon be a dining spot by night.
But no matter the time of day a great cup of coffee/espresso is always available.
Located in the Enbridge Centre just around the corner from Rice Howard Way downtown, it's the third location in the city for the locally-owned and operated coffee shop. From harvesting the beans to roasting and brewing a cuppa, Credo is committed to sustainable social practices (and great taste).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an eatery, the River City Revival House open 11am-2am every day of the week.
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 the various licensed chai bars for this Edmonton original.
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.
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.
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.