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Where is Edmonton, Canada, and how do I get to Edmonton?
Edmonton is the second-largest city and capital of Alberta, located on the western side of Canada. It is one of two provinces that borders the famous Rocky Mountains. There is no shortage of beautiful provincial and national parks within Alberta like Banff National Park and Jasper National Park. You can access Edmonton by car or by plane from flying into the International Airport. The two major highways that lead to Edmonton are highway 16 or highway 2. The International Airport is a little way out of the city center but can be accessed via Highway 2.
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Why Should I Visit Edmonton?
There is so much to do if you are on a trip to Edmonton. The city is built around the North Saskatchewan River so that you can explore the amazing river valley. Edmonton is a great city to visit in summer and winter (view my post on the 10 best things to do in Edmonton in the winter). After all the activities you will enjoy, you are bound to be famished. Edmonton’s food scene is so vibrant, filled with incredible local flair, and there are so many places to choose from that you will not have to eat at the same place twice. I have never been exposed to a better food scene than in Edmonton. So many options for different cuisines, diet specifics, and price points. Since there are so many options, it can be daunting to choose where to go. This is why I created this guide to help you eat at the best restaurants that Edmonton has to offer and to help you take the guessing work out of where to eat. Consider this your best bucket list Edmonton food guide.
This guide will not include my favorite cafes and bakeries that deserve their own post, so stay tuned for that!
Where Should I Eat in Edmonton?
- La Patrona – Mexican
- Versatos – Pizza
- Japonais Bistro – Sushi
- OEB – Breakfast. Favorite Item: Chasing Chickens breakfast poutine
- Derose Bros Meat – Butcher and Sandwiches
- The Local Omnivore – Casual Eats
- The High Dough – Pizza
- Bianco – Italian. Favorite Item: Whipped Ricotta Appetizer
- Drunken Ox Sober Cat – Café and Steakhouse. Favorite Item: Brussel Sprouts
- Woodwork – Canadian Upscale Kitchen with Fantastic Cocktails
- Swiss 2 Go – Casual eatery. Favorite place for homemade soup and sandwich
- Soul Fried Chicken – Fried Chicken
- 97 Hotpot – Asian. Interactive hot broth cooking
- Café Bicyclette – French Eatery. Favorite Item: Breakfast Poutine
- Pampa – Interactive Brazilian BBQ
- Sugar Bowl – Casual Eats. Favorite Item: Mac & Cheese and Cinnamon Buns
- Urban Diner – Comfort Foods
- Queen Donair on 50th Street – Donair
- Modo Mio – Italian
- MEAT – Smoked Meat. Favorite Item: Brisket and Mac & Cheese
- Under the High Wheel – Comfort Food
- The Parlour Italian Kitchen – Upscale Italian
- Homefire Grill – Canadian Fare. Favorite Item: Bannock Appetizer
- Rocky Mountain Icehouse – Cocktails and Pub Fare
- Rge Rd – Farm to Table
- Corso32 – Italian
- Tres Carnales – Mexican
- The Workshop Eatery – Contemporary Cuisine. Favorite Item: Fish and Chips
- De Dutch – Dutch Inspired Brunch
- Toast Culture – Breakfast
- Farrow – Sandwiches
- Pip – Brunch. Favorite Item: Eggs Benedict
- Route 99 Diner – 50’s Inspired Diner
- Blue Plate Diner – Unique Comfort Food Inspired Diner
- Mai Vietnamese Fusion – Vietnamese Fusion in WEM. Favorite Item: Beef Stir-Fried Noodles
- Chartier – French Canadian Inspired Cuisine. Favorite Item: Breakfast Poutine
I think I could go on and on with this list, but these are some definite must-eat places in Edmonton. Whenever traveling, try to stay away from chain restaurants. Please, do it for yourself and for me. Your taste buds will thank you.