In the capital of Alberta, there are a wide variety of delicious foods, cocktails, desserts, and coffee shops to check out. We'll take you on a tour of what Edmonton has to offer.
On Jasper Avenue are three Italian restaurants right beside each other opened by Canadian chef and restauranteur Daniel Costa. The first to open was Corso 32 with only 34 seats. They’re cooking up creative traditional Italian dishes such as a black truffle beef tartare and Spring Pea Ravioli. Can’t decide? Get a taste of the menu for $110 per person or taste all six pastas on the menu for $90 per person.
Bar Bricco, a 32-seat late night bar features rotating imported Italian salumi (cured meats) and cheese that’s perfect for sharing. A pasta dish not to be missed is their famous Egg Yolk Raviolo, a freshly made ravioli with runny egg yolk, floating in nutty burnt butter and showered with grana padano cheese.
The last to open was Uccellino, a modern trattoria that’s serving simple Italian food. The space is bright and the ceilings are high, this restaurant is #95 on 2019 Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants. Some dishes you must get are the melt-in-your-mouth Sicilian Anchovy & Butter Crostini, thinly shaved Beef Carpaccio and Ricotta Gnocchi. Don’t forget about dessert, their Olive Oil cake with Olive Oil Gelato will change your life.
Ace Coffee Roasters, a local coffee roaster opened a brick and mortar location over a year ago in the Ritchie area of Edmonton. Not only does this open concept industrial space has amazing coffee, they’re also selling delicious Bombolone (Italian filled donuts). They’re open Wednesday and Thursday till 2:00 p.m. and Friday through Sunday till 4:00 p.m.
Woodwork is a restaurant located in downtown Edmonton’s historic McLeod building serving wood-fire mains and barrel-aged spirits. They’re known for out of the box cocktails and you can get flights of brown liquor! Try one of their aquavit (Scandinavian distilled spirit) cocktails or one of the seven different Old Fashioneds.
If you’re in a hurry or need something to go, Farrow got you covered with their scrumptious sandwiches. Their menu is always rotating but Grick Middle is the one that always stays. It’s a simple sandwhich made well, with a runny yolk fried egg, bacon, smoked cheddar, rosemary aioli and greens. Right next door is Three Boars, opened by the same people, dishing out locally inspired small plates meant to be shared.
If you ask an Edmontonian where the best vegetarian or vegan restaurant is, Padmanadi will be the first place they have in mind. They have Indonesian, Chinese and Indian inspired dishes that will trick meat eaters. Some recommendations are the General Tao Chicken (ask for it spicy), Spicy String Beans, and Cauliflower Bites.
On the busy street of Whyte Avenue is a Canadian café, Under the High Wheel. You can skip lunch and order brunch seven days a week! This eatery is known for their delectable Belgian waffles served savoury, eggs benny style (choose from smoked salmon, buttery spinach, bacon, chicken honey sausages, bbq chicken confit, avocado, or spicy shrimp) or sweet with seasonal fruits and berries.
Listed on Buzzfeed’s list of bakeries to visit before you die (international), this patisserie is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth. You can find Duchess Bakeshop on 124 Street, one of Edmonton’s main shopping districts. Some treats worth trying are the Éclair, Macarons, Florentine cookies, and croissants. They also offer baking classes if you’re looking for things to do in the afternoon. If you’re looking for a proper meal, visit their sister restaurant Café Linnea, offering traditional French and Scandinavian cuisine.
Written by Candy Chou