BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING IN EDMONTON SOUTHSIDE
Always exciting and fun, back to school is almost here and it’s time to get prepared with a shopping trip! If you don’t know where to start, we’re here to the rescue with an overview of shopping options in Edmonton Southside – an area of the city loaded with different kinds of stores from the usual big brands to some small local treasures where you can outfit the kids (and treat yourself!). Let’s go!
If you’re interested in the usual complement of shopping options, the Southside has them. In fact, you could spend 2 or 3 full days visiting our selections alone! Our top picks are: Southgate Centre, South Edmonton Common, Premium Outlet Collection and Costco.
Conveniently located right off the Whitemud west of Calgary Trail, Southgate Centre has been a fixture in Edmonton since it opened in 1970. Although known as a fashion-focused mall, it has a range of options to fit your needs. Everything from clothing to school supplies, health & beauty, footwear and accessories are available in this medium-sized mall.
A little further south off Calgary Trail is the large power centre known as South Edmonton Common. Entertainment and dining are big attractions here with the Rec Room, Cineplex, Earl’s, Joey’s, and a plethora of fast food options. Interspersed is a huge selection of clothing stores such as Old Navy, Mark’s, Levi’s and H&M, along with factory stores for Nike and Adidas.
Hop on the QE2 south and head towards the airport for your next stop – Premium Outlet Collection. Opened in 2018, it is Edmonton’s only outlet mall and has a rich mix of different factory stores like Old Navy, Banana Republic, Guess, Lids and Ralph Lauren.
Right across from Premium Outlet is Costco! If your home city doesn’t have one, it’s a great time to stock up. The Nisku Costco is typically less busy than ones in other parts of Edmonton and given the convenient location, you’ll be able to maximize your time.
Looking for a Southside shopping experience for back to school that’s more local and authentic? Here are our picks that are a bit different from the usual…
Travel along the Henday heading west and exit at Rabbit Hill Road to reach Currents of Windermere. Currents, like South Edmonton Common, is an open-air power centre where you’ll find entertainment, dining and fashion among other offerings and services.
Got a teen heading back to classes? Stop in at Legit Kicks for sporty/casual streetwear. Brands they carry include Vans, The North Face, Obey and KuwallaTee. If you are into hoodies and sweats, Legit Kicks is the legit right place to start your journey.
Also in Currents is Jilly’s Boutique, the quintessential gift shop with fashion accessories to children’s items, stationary and more. The range of items have been carefully curated and displayed – creating an overwhelming craving to buy pretty much everything! It’s a fabulous place to pick up stylish school supplies for older children or those off to university and maybe a gift for yourself… on second thought, definitely get a gift for yourself. Because you deserve one, and that’s that!
Our final recommendation is located in Lendrum Shopping Centre which is still in the south, quite near to Southgate Centre.
If you have younger children (3 to 8 years old) and prefer to outfit them in premium clothing items, Honor Baby and Child is for you. This exceptionally beautiful shop is exactly the kind of place that Instagram was created to profile… Muted colours, tasteful accessories, quality materials and design, all from higher-end children’s brands – it is simply dreamy. Feel like you need a coffee or a treat while you’re there? They have a small coffee bar, Krew Café, located inside.
Edmonton’s Southside is a big place, but we’ve chosen a few hotels (below) that are central to most of the attractions listed here.
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Hotels within 4 kilometers: