A YEG Valentine’s To Remember

Make this year extra special by taking your Valentine to one of these romantic spots that are serving amazing menus for the special occasion!

Hardware Grill 

Hardware Grill
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  • Menu: 3 course Valentine’s menu for $125/person (including tax and gratuity).
  • Location: 9698 Jasper Ave
  • Reservations

Wildflower Grill

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  • Menu: 5 course Valentines menu (with options) for $85/person
  • Location: 10009 – 107 Street NW
  • Reservations

Tzin Wine & Tapas

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  • Menu: 4 course Valentine’s prix-fixe menu for $50/person.
  • Location: 10115 – 104 Street
  • Reservations


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  • Menu: 3 course set-menu for $55/person.
  • Location: multiple locations (Southside, Downtown, St Albert)
  • Reservations

Vaticano Cucina

Vaticano Cucino
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  • Menu: 3 course menu + 375 ml bottle of Prosecco per couple
  • Location: 10310 45 Ave NW
  • Reservations

Violino Gastronomia Italiana

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  • Menu: 5 course choice menu for $109/person
  • Location: 10133 125 Street NW
  • Reservations

Ampersand 27

Ampersand 27
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  • Menu: 3 course Valentine’s menu for $50/person and optional wine pairing for $27
  • Location: 10612 – 82 (Whyte) Ave
  • Reservations

Revel Bistro

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  • Menu: Valentine set menu for $60/person and can add roses to table upon request
  • Location: 9802 Jasper Ave NW
  • Reservations


5 Magical Castles To Explore In Edmonton

Sure, Europe has its fair share of castles, but did you know Edmonton is home to its own unique ensemble of castle(ish) architecture? Below we list 5 magical Edmonton castles you need to explore!

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald
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Completed in 1915, this ’Chateau’ style hotel was one of many that followed the railway stretching across the country that some refer to as ‘Castles of the North’. Pretend to be a prince or princess for a day, and be sure to check out the hotel’s incredible patio.

The Prince of Wales Armouries

Prince of Wales Armouries
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This century old drill hall was once used for military training. Today, it houses the City of Edmonton Archives, and deserves a visit from your inner history buff.

Ice Castle

Ice Castle
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Elsa may have done it first, but this incredible ice castle in Hawrelak Park has put Edmonton on the map. When winter comes, will you be sitting on the icy throne?

The Molson Beer Castle

Molson Beer Castle
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Who’s never dreamed of living in a beer castle? This historic Edmonton landmark has been given a new lease on life as part of the blooming Brewery District.

Fort Edmonton

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Sure it’s made from wood, but its got all the markings of a great castle. Explore the buildings, walkways and towers behind the soaring walls of this impressive stronghold.



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

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

Seorak Teppan & Bar

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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

Scoop n Roll
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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!?


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


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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

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


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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.


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


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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

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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!


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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!

Instagrammable YEG

Looking for gorgeous, unique photos you can only get in Edmonton? There are so many beautiful places to explore and share with your friends.

Make it your goal to snap a pic at each of the below!

Muttart Conservatory

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The Mutart Conservatory sits next to the river valley and offers great views of downtown. Its stunning architecture is filled with interesting plant life from a variety of ecosystems!


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The Legislature overlooks the North Saskatchewan River in all its majesty. On the Leg grounds you’ll find gardens and fountains all ready for photo taking!

River Valley

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Edmonton is well known for the enormous amounts of green space. Nothing beats the incredible river valley which spans over 40 kilometers of prime photo taking opportunities.


High Level Bridge

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Crossing the North Saskatchewan river, the High Level Bridge provides incredible views of the river valley, the sky line, and lights up at night for gorgeous evening shots.

Art Gallery

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The Alberta Art Gallery is a masterpiece itself, inside and out! The architecture of this downtown structure makes for amazing photos.

Whyte Ave

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Whyte Ave is a vibrant street filled with local shops, restaurants, and photo op locations! Here you’ll find grafitti walls, historic buildings, and treats that are Instagram worthy.

Fort Edmonton Park

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Head out to Fort Edmonton Park to explore the largest living history museum in Canada. There are over 150 hectares to explore and makes for a beautiful setting for photos in all seasons.

Dawson Bridge

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This brilliantly blue bridge crosses the North Saskatchewan river and is surrounded by parks. Make this a go-to location for capturing Edmonton’s dramatic summer skies.

University of Alberta

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The University of Alberta boasts a campus filled with historic buildings and incredible landscapes. You don’t need to be a student to tour this amazing space!

Hotel Macdonald

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Hotel Macdonald is the historical, castle-like Fairmont hotel that overlooks the Edmonton River Valley in downtown. The hotel and grounds are filled with epic photo taking opportunities.

Ice District

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The Ice District is the area adjacent to the new hockey arena, Rogers Place. During the hockey season, this is the place to be to grab some selfies with your fellow fans!

City Hall

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City Hall is not just for municipal political decision making. Located at Sir Winston Churchill Square, this popular Edmonton destination has water fountains to cool you down on a hot summer day or to freeze over and make for a great skating rink in the winter months.

End of the World

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End of The World provides possibly one of the greatest views of the Edmonton River Valleys. For years this has been a hush-hush location that was considered out of bounds but now the City of Edmonton will be developing the area as an official viewpoint. For notes on development, see here.


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