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A Weekend in the Heart of Edmonton Downtown, Part 2


Last week on our downtown itinerary, we profiled The Moth Café, Art Gallery of Alberta, Royal Alberta Museum and Macarons and Goodies French bakery.  Today, we jump right back in where we left off by continuing with the delights of downtown.

A good breakfast is necessary to start off the day but, with so many wonderful spots, it can be hard to choose.  We recommend trying some authentic Dutch pannekoek at De Dutch on Jasper Avenue.  De Dutch was started in Vancouver by an immigrant from the Netherlands and while there are many B.C. locations, the Jasper Avenue spot is an Alberta first (and only!).  And what’s a pannekoek?  A large almost pancake, almost crepe with sweet or savoury toppings.  One pannekoek, please!

About 10 minutes walk away is the Edmonton Downtown Farmer’s Market, and if supporting local artisans is a favourite activity, then this is the right place for you.  Located on 97 Street NW near 103a Street, vendors are plentiful – fresh produce, meat, handcrafts, coffee, and sweets number among the stalls.  What are some of our favourites?  Glad you asked.

Bouquet of Crochet makes an adorable selection of crocheted stuffed animals!  A peek at their Facebook page shows the cute creatures they have created from a sloth, to bunnies, to little octopuses.  Give one as a gift for a new baby (it’s sure to become an heirloom item) or gift one to yourself for the sole purpose of putting a smile on your face.  

Bubbles and Bliss Soap Co. is another fave and “bliss” really does say it all.  Locally made, artisan soaps, lip balms, and scrubs scented with essential oils are available and, not only do they smell heavenly, they have a luxurious texture that also pampers your skin.  Falling Leaves, Peony, Juicy Watermelon are some of the scents offered and for us PSL lovers… yes, there is even a Pumpkin Coffee scented soap bar to add to your pumpkin-y obsession.  

Even though you had a big breakfast, you’re going to want a snack or dinner later, which is where our next favourite comes in – Meat Street Pies.  You can follow your nose to their stall at the market as the smell of baking pastry wafts in the air on the second floor of the market.  Classics like Steak & Kidney and Chicken Pot Pie are available (just two of many, many items) but if you prefer a non-meat option, you can choose from fruit pies, the Samosa Vegan Pie or the Potato, Cheese and Onion Pasty.


In addition to local market shopping, downtown is also home to more than one mall to peruse big brand shops and food courts.  The premier mall is Kingsway.  Located at the corner of 109 Street and Kingsway, the mall has been recently renovated in a chic modern style with wide promenades and high ceilings.  Admittedly, you won’t find many local shops among its tenants, but you will find all those favourites like Hudson’s Bay, HomeSense, and others.  If you are visiting from a smaller city outside Edmonton, this is the ideal choice for picking up new wardrobe items, stocking up on beauty brands and fresh home fashions.

There are so many attractions to visit in downtown that you simply cannot fit them into one day.  You’ll need to plan an overnight mini-break and we can help with that!  Below are hotel options which are close to everything you want to see, plus you can choose one of the current deals to add extra value to your getaway.

Hotels within 4 kilometers:

Westin Edmonton

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Relax and unwind at The Westin Edmonton. Situated in the heart of downtown and connected to the Shaw Conference Center, The Westin Edmonton is only a few steps from the best shopping, dining, arts and entertainment Edmonton has to offer.


Sandman Signature Edmonton Downtown

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Delicate crystal chandeliers, warm colours of Italian marble and granite, soft luxury Persian carpets, unique French Provincial styled furnishings and specially trained service professionals all welcome you at the Sandman Signature Edmonton Downtown.


Edmonton Inn & Conference Centre

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Formerly known as the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre, this newly re-branded hotel is iconically Edmonton. Rich in history, the Edmonton Inn was a landmark in Edmonton as one of the premiere hotels and destinations for travelers and locals alike.


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Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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