If you had only 24 hours in Edmonton, what can you do? I had to travel to Edmonton for work with a one night stay. Rather than watching TV and room service at the hotel, you can go out and explore! I didn’t want to feel dreaded because I am on a work trip. Maybe for you too. Are you in town because of a layover, you have have a couple hours before your next flight? Maybe you are passing by Edmonton on your road trip? Here are some places and eats you can try out!
852 Hong Kong Cafe. Located at 3040 Calgary Trail NW (403) 440-1328. There’s more than just fast food and food court. I know you may be in a rush, but Hong Kong Cafe takes care of this need while you can still enjoy a quality meal. From traditional barbecue roast to modern bubble tea drinks, they have a variety and a ton to offer.
You cannot miss their popular green onion pancake. This is a signature dish to Edmonton’s Asian restaurants.
North Land Race Track. Located at 7410 Borden park RD NW (780) 471-8174. I thought like casinos only adults were allowed in. Instead, this place was full of families! It felt more like a carnival. There were food stand at every corner and lots of sitting to enjoy the view. Patios were lined along the tracks.
I was here because this is where my work meeting took place. Although I knew nothing about horse betting and I don’t like gambling, I had a great time! Horse betting does not have to be serious. You can bet a minimum of $2 on a game, each game takes about 15-20 minutes. You don’t have to stay for the entire time. People may come and go as they wish.
This is definitely a place to hang out for an hour or two. Horse betting season are hold during the summer times. Somewhat bitter sweet, the bitter part is North land tracks will be closing down after this season because they are moving. The sweet part is the tracks will be reopen by spring 2019 renamed The Century Mile Track located by the airport!
Downtown Delta Hotel. Located at 209 4 Ave SE (403) 266-1980. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown in the hudson’s bay shopping mall. Amazing location. If you are here in Edmonton for a show or game then this is a good choice. The hotel is a few minutes walk from the new arena – Roger’s place, opened in 2016. Next to the hotel you also got the new casino.
The room was very clean and spacious. For the price of about $150- 200. I highly recommmend this hotel. They had amenities like free wifi service and fitness centre. Pet owners – I am happy to tell you pets are welcome here! I am always in support for business who care about animals 🙂
Heads up! Some room window looks right into the mall and only a few meters across other guest rooms. If you prefe privacy, better shut your curtains.
Chinatown Thanh Thanh Viet. Located at 10718 101 ST NW (780) 426-5068. Located On the edge of chinatown, about 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Another great place for a quick grab. Vietnamese ice dripping ice coffee is a must to have! Bue Bo Hue / beef noodle soup is delicious!
Whtye Ave/ Farmer’s Market. Located at 82 Ave NW. From local craft to fresh produce, there is so much you can find at the farmer’s market. I suggest you visit here before lunch because a lot of food vendors offer sample for tasting. You do want to try out everything 🙂
Tips: If you are visiting on a Saturday, use the free parking next to the farmer’s market on Gateway Boulevard.
White Avenue, also known as Old Strathcona, is a district full of character. You will find yourself strolling down a street made of beautiful old trees, historical buildings, local shops, and tons of cafe and restaurants. Sit yourself on the patio, grab a snack and order your favourite drink, now relax and enjoy!
South Edmonton Common. Located at 1978 99 St NW (547) 756 6400. This is how you categorize this place – Eat, Live, Eat, and Fashion. Seriously, this place got everything. It is an area made of strip mall of outlet shops, and also bigger stores like Marshalls and Ikea. If you need grocery shopping, you got superstore. If you are feeling for some play time, you got REC room or chuck e. cheese for kids. There is a Cineplex theater too. If you need to eat, there are over 20 cafes and restaurants to choose from.
My few favourite stores are Nike and Gap outlet. That day after I done my shopping, I grabbed pizza and a drink at Famoso.
Tip: Famoso’s strawberry mojito is very delicious and refreshing. If you order virgin, you get one free refill. What a deal!
The drive back to my hometown Calgary is about 3 hours. Although time was short here in Edmonton, it was well used. This was my itinerary. There are so much to do in Edmonton – check out the Edmonton tourism official site here – https://exploreedmonton.com/
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