Edmonton (or better known as yeg; our beautifully crafted airport code) has been my home for the last year and a half. As a child I always felt like I would spend a part of my life in Edmonton. I dreamt of going to the University of Alberta like my mother did, but my path led me to Calgary for my undergrad shortly after high school.
But, life is funny like that.
We tend to end up where we need to be at the exact moment in life we are meant to experience it.
Edmonton is an adventure. And I am so thankful that I’ve gotten the opportunity to pursue my graduate degree here AND live in a bustling city that has an amazing coffee culture and dedication to their hockey team. I have loved my time here to explore, as well as to deepen friendships and close the chapter of my life with the permanent marker label that says “student”.
Here are some of my favourite things in Edmonton. Some of my favourite stores, restaurants, parts, and pieces. I would love to hear about what you love in Edmonton, or even just the city you currently live in. Exploring your city has the ability to unlock incredible potential in your quality of life.
Wee Book Inn
I am a lover of bookstores, and there is no way that I could leave Wee Book Inn off this list. I am partial to the Whyte Ave store, but both locations hold a plethora of used books with good prices. The fact that the store stays open until midnight most days of the weeks tells me that people are coming back to books being “cool”, and I really like that. I have my usual sections I love to bee-line to, but it is often when I spend time running my fingers along each books’ spine that I find something special and take it home with me. I will surely miss this bookstore.
Sattva Yoga Studio
KB & CO
Square 1 Coffee
I am disappointed in myself that I didn’t discover this place sooner. Yeg Coffee Week introduced me to a list of new places and this one caught my eye enough to make the drive. This place is a hidden gem in Edmonton. And I feel like I can’t necessarily pinpoint why I love this place so much. It has plug-ins, parking, free lemon water from mason jars… but this coffee shop is special on so many different levels. I highly suggest you check out this place (and the sandwich of the day!)
Let me know some of your favourite spots in Edmonton – I plan to come back and explore on a regular basis.
**All photos by the lovely Hannah Brooks; hannahbrooksphotography.com **