See & Do in #yeg || Holiday Edition

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a good friend asking me for recommendations on what to see and do in the city over the holidays. A friend of hers will be bringing her boyfriend to Edmonton for Christmas, and she wanted my “expert” advice. I laughed when I read that part, because…expert?! Despite being born and raised in Edmonton and area (my friend is a former Edmontonian, too; now Calgarian), I hardly consider myself an expert. More suitable titles I’d be quick to claim could include city lover, fun seeker, or even cheerleader (because I’m always trying to sing our city’s praises to whoever will listen!) But I was up for the challenge and excited to share some of the things that pop into my mind when prompted with a question like this. (love ya, MT! I really enjoyed putting this together!)

Exploring the city, whether by day or night, has changed for us a little bit since becoming parents, but I tried to include spots that would appeal to all kinds of people, children in tow or not. Most of the places below are ones we have experienced and can attest to why they’re on this list, and others are here because they’re on our radar and we hope to tackle them in the near future. I know I’ve probably missed a few as well, but to fill that gap, I like to stay informed through my favourite, go-to sites like Explore Edmonton, Share Edmonton,, and Twitter.

So here it goes! I hope you like it, and please do share your favourites with me!

Image: Iconoclast Coffee via Vue Weekly

You can tell something ranks highly with me when I create a category for it all on its own! There’s something I love about incorporating a delicious and warm coffee or hot chocolate on a cold winter day, and even more so when you can make it social and meet with friends for a catch up. My picks below include places that boast an abundance of charm, a really fun atmosphere, and that showcase really cool parts of Edmonton.

Little Brick
Remedy Cafe
Coffee Bureau
Elm Cafe
District Coffee
Cafe Bicyclette

Image: Parlor Italian Kitchen & Bar via Explore Edmonton

My late night suggestions will surely differ from those coming from someone who’s evening is not dictated by a toddler (and a soon-to-be newborn in five short weeks!) 🙂 But a lot of the restaurants listed here spill over into late night spots, anyway, so it’s a win-win in my mind – great food plus a great night all around.

The Marc
Tres Carnales
North 53
The Common
Parlor Italian Kitchen & Bar
Corso 32
Three Boars
Cibo Bistro
Bar Bricco
Dovetail Deli
Farrow Sandwich

Image: skating at City Hall via Explore Edmonton

I continue to learn and get excited about really cool, outdoor activities to take in throughout the winter months. Not knowing what these friends of my friend were into, I took a more broad approach in recommending holiday activities. You could call them more winter-friendly as opposed to holiday-specific, but a fresh white blanket of snow and some twinkling lights give me the warm holiday fuzzies any day!

River Valley Adventure Co – snow shoe tours through the river valley
Sleigh shuttle in Old Strathcona – five pick up locations throughout the area
Outdoor skating – various locations
Tobogganing – fun for adults and kids alike
Skiing – Edmonton Ski Club, Rabbit Hill, Snow Valley, Sunridge Ski Area
Cross-country skiing – various locations

Hope your week is off to a great start! xo


// Posts are not sponsored and are my own opinions and experiences \\

#yeg Spotlight: District Coffee Co.

As a coffee lover, you can imagine my sadness when I discovered that I had an aversion to the fuel that keeps me going while I was pregnant with little Theodora. Especially since I enjoy discovering and trying out new, independent coffee spots, like Transcend Coffee , Remedy Cafe, or Credo. This is not a slap in the face to my old faithful, Starbucks (you’re always #1), but I get really excited at the opportunity to find and support local businesses. My excitement was heightened when I heard all of the buzz around District Coffee Co., which officially opened in early March of this year.

Located in a sweet spot between Jasper Avenue and the High Level Bridge, this is sure to receive major love from downtown dwellers and south-of-the-river folk alike. Minimalist in its decor, District Coffee Co. is the kind of place you can grab a satisfying cup of coffee while you’re on the run, or stay awhile and enjoy your smooth as velvet latte on their expansive patio (season dependent, of course).

While out running some errands a couple of weeks ago, we happily took advantage of the opportunity to test it out. Both Alex and I enjoyed a latte and indulged in some sweet treats. Chocolate chip cookie for me. Cinnamon bun for him. We were both in heaven! I haven’t had a chocolate chip cookie that good in a long time, so I suggest you run there, don’t walk. What I found really cool about District was that we were not only supporting an Edmonton business, but a Calgary one as well. District serves Phil & Sebastian Coffee, which is a Calgary-born business with five cafes throughout the city.

It will be a while before Theodora can experience the true joy and comfort of a good cup of coffee, but we fully support starting her young, one independent cafe at a time!

District Coffee Co.
#101 10011-109 Street
Edmonton, AB