Edmonton Coffee Scene

It’s that time of year when all you want to do is get cozy and hug a warm beverage to shake off the chill from outside.

Luckily for Edmontonians, there are a ton of awesome cafes to choose from to warm you up! Here’s some of our top picks!

Coffee Bureau

Coffee Bureau
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While this quaint coffee shop might be small (10 seats), it makes up for it in high quality drinks! The friendly baristas consistently make great espressos, amazing chai lattes, and silky smooth hot chocolates. This shop makes a great grab-and-go cup of joe for local coffee enthusiasts.

Location: 10505 Jasper Ave

Credo Coffee

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At Credo Coffee, their mission is to serve each coffee with the highest possible standard of quality and taste. Not only is their coffee exceptional but they have created cozy spaces for people to relax, connect, and sip their favourite warm beverages.

Locations: Credo 104 (10134-104 st), Credo 124 (10350-124 St), Credo Rice Howard Way (10062-101A St)

Elm Cafe

Elm Cafe
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The ever-changing menu at Elm Cafe boasts awesome flavours from local products. This tiny space is best for grab-and-go but also serves up some of the city’s best sandwiches!

Location: 10140 117 St NW

Lock Stock Coffee

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This beautiful coffee shop serves up delicious espresso drinks in a cozy space with ample seating, making for a great destination to plug away at your laptop or chat with friends. If you’re looking for a mean cup of coffee and some tasty food, this a great place to check out!

Location: 10534 Jasper Ave

Cafe Bicyclette

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With one of the city’s only year-round outdoor patios, Cafe Bicyclette serves incredible coffee that you can enjoy during all seasons. With 3 wood-burning fireplaces, you can cozy up with a delicious coffee and a comfy blanket any time of the year!

Location: 8627 91 St

The Woodrack Cafe

The Woodrack Cafe
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This boho-chique coffee shop’s mission is to keep things simple with consistent high quality coffee, service, and baked goods. Its beautiful interior has lots of space to warm up with your favourite drink and get cozy in your new home away from home!

Location: Unit 101 7603 109st

Cafe Rista

Cafe Rista
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Cafe Rista uses only the freshest coffee beans to make some of the best lattes and drip coffee in town. The space is small but well utilized for you to relax and enjoy a hot drink with someone special.

Location: 14213 103 Ave NW

The Nook Cafe

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The Nook Cafe has a simple philosophy: “eat. drink. be cozy.”. And they’ve done just that! This cozy space with bright yellow accents is incredibly inviting. Paired with incredible coffee and awesome goodies, this coffee shop is a favourite among locals.

Location: 10153 97 St NW

Barking Buffalo

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This coffee shop was created by 3 local friends and has become a smash hit in the Edmonton coffee scene. Not only will you find incredible coffee, but this cafe also sells locally made clothing and goods!

Location: 10842 124 St

Bogani Cafe

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Bogani Cafe is a hidden gem on the southside that serves great coffee, a huge selection of teas, and really delicious food. It also boasts a big, open space which is ideal for studying, group projects, or enjoying the evening with some friends.

Location: 2023 111 St NW

For serious coffee lovers, we highly recommend checking out the Yeg Coffee blog to keep updated on the coffee community in Edmonton!

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YEG’s Majestic Ice Castle is Back!

While you’re likely experiencing the cold Winter blues, that frigid air brings with it a bit of magic.

Thanks to our northerly cold temperatures, Edmontonians are lucky enough to get to experience the beauty of the Ice Castle.

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Opening on January 5th,  visitors can step into a real-life fairy tale and explore the thoroughfares of the icy citadel for themselves. Located in the beautifully scenic Hawrelak Park, you can pretend to be Elsa (or Olaf) and live out Frozen for a day.

Tickets for the Ice Castle are now on sale and can be purchased through Ice Castle’s website. Simply select the date and time for your arrival, bundle up warmly and get ready for a magical day of wintery exploration.

Ice Castle
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YEG Puts the “Fun” in Funicular!

The City of Edmonton is investing in one of our greatest natural resources: the river valley. Development is finally complete and the Funicular is now open for riders!

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The funicular connects the river trail system to the upper platform found near the Hotel MacDonald. This platform boasts stunning views of the gorgeous river valley.

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While it makes for great Instagram shots, the new funicular is only one piece of a much larger Edmonton project designed to enhance our stunning river valley! The city is investing in additional ways to make for easier access to the river valley, such as upgrading trails and new boat launches.

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Check out more details on the full project here.

5 Fun, Unique Ways to Stay Fit in YEG

If you’re bored of the same ol’ gym routine, think about trying some of these other activities to keep in shape!

Archery Tag

Archery Tag
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Finally Edmonton has opened an Archery Tag gym. This high energy sport mixes dodgeball with archery and will leave you sweating!

Where: Magna Ludus

How Much: $25/person

POUND Fitness

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This fitness class lets you rock out while getting seriously fit! Great option for music lovers and those looking to try something different.

Find an upcoming class near you

Rock Climbing

Vertically Inclined
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Rock climbing adds adrenaline and fun to a tough workout. Rock climbing is a full body workout that combines strength and cardio!

Where: Vertically Inclined – 8523 Argyll Road

How Much: $30/person

Dog-Human Bootcamp

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Now you can combine your workout with burning off some of your dog’s energy in this dog-human bootcamp. Make deeper connections with your pooch while you both go through circuits and drills to keep you both fit!

Where: Top Dog Fitness (lots of locations available)

How Much: $20/person

Aerial Fitness

Aerial Fitness
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Get fit while feeling like Spiderman! Workshops here teach you how to fly while engaging your core and working on your upper-body strength!

Where: Circo Fit – 11346 – 119 St

How Much: $20/person

 

 

Top Instagram Worthy YEG Food

Fellow foodies know the value of that perfect Instagram pic of something delicious. It’s unique, beautiful, and, of course, oh so tasty! Be the envy of your friends, family and followers by visiting some of these today!

Edmonton’s food game is strong! Here’s our top picks, in no particular order:

Doughnut Party

Doughnut Party
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This newly branded doughnut shop has the cutest logo and top notch doughnuts!

LEVA Cappuccino Bar

LEVA
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A go-to spot for breakfast, this cafe also boasts fantastic pizza, fresh gelato, and perfect coffee.

Seorak Teppan & Bar

Seorak
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Edmonton’s go-to spot for pressed sushi. This stuff melts in your mouth! Make sure to leave room for dessert!

Seoul Fried Chicken

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If you haven’t had SFC yet, you are missing out! I could eat fried chicken every day of the week!

Scoop n’ Roll Creamery

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It’s definitely worth the wait to snag some awesome handmade ice cream that’s rolled for your photo delight. Grab some avocado ice cream while it’s still hot out!

Prairie Noodle Shop

Prairie Noodle Shop
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Is there anything more beautiful than a photo of a bowl of ramen just moments before you slurp it all down!?

RE:GRUB

Regrub Love
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New to the Edmonton food scene, RE:GRUB specializes in mouthwatering burgers and sky high shakes!

MEAT

MEAT
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MEAT specializes in… well… Meat! Great spot for taking drool worthy photos for your fellow carnivores.

Flirt Cupcakes

Flirt Cupcakes
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This Edmonton local cupcake shop creates unique masterpieces that are almost too pretty to eat! Almost…

Bar Bricco

Bar Bricco
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This upscale restaurant serves artful plates that are hyper-photogenic!

Julio’s Barrio

Julio's
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Julio’s is famous for their giant bull dog drinks, awesome Mexican food, and fun vibe on Whyte.

Rostizado

Rostizado
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These modern Mexican dishes couldn’t be more beautiful. Or delicious!

Ono Poke

Ono Poke
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The poke craze has finally hit Edmonton. These dishes inspired from Hawaii are filled with flavorful seafood and fresh vegetables make for vibrant and gorgeous photos.

Remedy

Remedy
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Remedy not only serves beautiful hot beverages but also tasty food that’s sourced locally!

Biera

Biera
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Blind Enthusiasm, a new local brewery, just opened their restaurant in the Richie Market that is absolutely gorgeous and serves equally stunning food!

Duchess Bake Shop

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No Surprise that Duchess made this list. Duchess is pretty much universally known as the go-to bakery for high quality pastries.

Izakaya Tomo

Izakaya Tomo
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Here you’ll find Japanese tapas that are both incredible and unique!

Bar Clementine

Clemintine
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This fine establishment is known for having some of the best cocktails in all of Edmonton. And they’re oh so pretty!

Baiju

Baiju
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One of the few places in Yeg where you can bao down! I like to think bao roughly translates to bites of deliciousness!

Cafe Linnea

Cafe Linnea
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This cafe serves up beautiful brunch, dinners and exquisite high teas!