For anyone who doesn't really know Edmonton, the city can seem like a wintery location with only that enormous famous mall to provide entertainment. However, as anyone who actually knows the city will tell you, this is not the case at all. Edmonton may be well known as the threshold of northern oil and diamond work, but it has also evolved into a thriving educational and cultural centre.
One of the greatest areas of interest in Edmonton is Old Strathcona. This bustling area is full of dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities. This 5 block district was the second historic designated area in Alberta, and as such, offers great charm and character to the city. Many of the businesses in this locale are locally owned and operated, so they are a great choice for Edmontonians who are striving to support local small businesses.
The Strathcona area has a wide selection of cafes and restaurants for the food lover in all of us, from casual and quick fare to locally grown gourmet delights. Old Strathcona offers residents and visitors over 100 dining options, most of which are independently owned. If you prefer to purchase raw ingredients to cook at home, check out the fantastic Old Strathcona Farmers Market where you can buy a wide range of artisan foods, locally grown food, and charming craft items.
If you are in the market for some local Edmonton live entertainment, Old Strathcona is the place to be. The district has a great selection of live music venues that offer up a range of performers including local artists and international artists. If theatre is more to your liking, then you'll be pleased to know that this area is home to at least 10 different live theatre groups that offer a provocative selection of entertainment. Whether you are interested in stand up comedy, improv sports, classic plays, or locally written stories, Old Strathcona has something for you. As home to the second largest Fringe Festival in the world, it's obvious that Edmonton really knows how to entertain!