Navigate the city’s outstanding food scene like a pro. Locals have been craving these favourites for years, so why not stop in to give your taste buds a treat.
This European café located in the Historic Hulbert Block Building (built in 1912, hence the café’s name) is a Whyte Avenue destination. Known and loved for its classic coffees, Ganache Hot Chocolate, and Lavender Fog (all of which can be made with boozy add-ons), it’s also a great spot to meet up with friends for a bite before strolling the Old Strathcona streets. Whatever you order, be sure to leave room for a slice of house-made dessert, like their decadent chocolate cake, layered tortes, or a scoop or three of gelato.
|| 10361-82 Ave. (Whyte Avenue)
Over the last 70 years, the Sugarbowl has been many things: a burger place, a coffeehouse, a bohemian café, and the full-service bistro and neighbourhood pub that people flock to today. Boasting a selection of more than 160 craft beers and 15 rotating taps, this pub serves tasty food in a lively atmosphere. Arrive early to nab a table on the patio during hot summer months, or enjoy the exposed brick walls and artwork in the cozy interior. Open till midnight for those with late-night cravings.
|| 10922-88 Ave.
BLUE WILLOW RESTAURANT
Blue Willow has been “the” place for Chinese food in Edmonton since 1958. Though much of the menu reflects a traditional Cantonese style of cooking, some dishes are prepared in a Szechuan style, which has a spicy kick that adventurous diners love. The best way to eat here is with friends or family so that you can share one of the Deluxe Dinners, which comes with an array of amazing dishes, such as butterfly shrimp, barbequed pork loin, classic chicken chow mein, and beef with pea pods.
|| 11107-103 Ave.
One of the first Japanese restaurants to open in Alberta, Mikado has some of the freshest sashimi in the city. The quality of food is top-notch here, with ingredients flown in weekly from all over the world, including from the largest fish market in Tsukiji, Japan. Also imported from Japan are their genuine robata grills, specially designed to keep everything juicy and tender. The extensive menu is perfect for traditionalists, vegetarians, and gluten-free diets.
|| 10350-109 St.; 9942- 170 St.; & South Edmonton Common, 1903-98 St.
CONTINENTAL TREAT FINE BISTRO
It’s hard to imagine Whyte Avenue without Continental Treat. Even harder to imagine is that this modern Eastern European, Germanic restaurant is now nearly 40 years old! And though its menu is as innovative and delicious as always, it’s now also gluten-free. Traditional favourites include Sauerkraut & Wild Mushroom Pierogis, Escargot à la Bourguignonne, Hungarian Goulash, and classic Chicken Stroganoff sautéed with mushrooms and green peppers simmered in a tomato cream sauce.
|| 10560-82 Ave. (Whyte Avenue)
These classic Italian restaurants are a part of a larger family, including the upscale Bistecca Italian Steakhouse and Wine Bar, the Caffè Sorrentino, and the contemporary Buco Pizzeria+Vino. The Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group has been serving unique but complex dishes since 1986, but two of the most popular and delicious are the Cannelloni dish and the Butternut Squash Ravioli, with a spicy garam masala cream reduction and ricotta cheese.
|| 10844-95 St.
This tiny restaurant in Garneau prides itself on serving the poutine of your dreams, made from hand-cut, twice-fried potatoes, cheese curds brought in from Quebec, and your choice of three types of piping-hot gravy. Twists on the classic Canadian comfort food include The Garden with sautéed onions, mushrooms, and green peas, and the Edgy Veggie with faux ground beef, jalapenos, tomatoes, sour cream, and green onions. Vegan, vegetarian, and GF options available.
|| 8720-109 St.
MANDOLIN BOOKS & COFFEE CO.
This 15-year-old hybrid café and used bookstore is located in and owned by residents of the historic Highlands district. Browse books from local publishers and authors, check out the displays of local artwork, and get cozy with a slice of Mandolin’s best-selling Red Velvet Cake and a cup of coffee from Edmonton’s own Catfish Coffee Roasters.
|| 6419-112 Ave.