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1st time visiting, need recs for where to stay, food, etmt,

Hi!

We will be visiting Edmonton for the very first time this Summer and could really use some LOCAL KNOWLEDGE! We're a young couple coming in for a wedding and have no idea where to begin.

We would love your help and input in the following areas...

*What neighborhood you recommend to stay in and visit

*Should we rent a car? What is public transportation like?

*What areas to avoid

*Best places to eat

*High End

*Local spots

*Foodie places

*Farmers' Markets

*Only in Edmonton

*Etc.

*MUST SEE places and things to do

More about us- Late 20s and Early 30s that love to experience new places and people. We LOVE to take in local culture, especially food and shopping. We enjoy cheap, divey places and clever, high-end places. Really, we're up for anything and would really appreciate your help!

Thanks so much!!!

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31. Re: 1st time visiting, need recs for where to stay, food, etmt,

I hate to say it, being a born and bred Edmontonian, but Edmonton does not have any truly great restaurants. Not when compared to Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, or even Calgary. I have had some amazing meals in Edmonton, but no single restaurant has exhibited any kind of consistency.

If you wanted to be a bit safe, I'd suggest the chain restaurants. Some of the better ones, like Joey's, Moxies, and Earl's, are reasonably good, far more consistent than the really high-end local places, and great value. Many of their locations are trying to give a high-end experience, including fireplaces and sitting areas in their washrooms, for example. The other consideration is that, while us locals would consider these "chain" restaurants, as they are all across Western Canada, they will be new to you. They also have crazy diverse menus, so no matter what each person in your group wants, they can probably find something to suit.

Outside of these recommendations, I would submit Hundred Bar & Kitchen, Packrat Louie's, Wild Flower Grill, Jack's Grill, PiccoLino's, and Characters, have been pretty good lately. Delux Burger-Bar (142 st or WEM loc.s) is pretty good for a drink and a burger.

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32. Re: 1st time visiting, need recs for where to stay, food, etmt,

Sorry, WEM = West Edmonton Mall.

For unique shopping, though, you'd probably enjoy Whyte Avenue better. Gravity Pope (shoes and clothing) would be more inline with something you'd find on Melrose Ave. (a la Melrose Heights area). There are more trendy stores, coffee shops and restaurants in this area.

If you like jazz, and you like "gritty", you can try The Yardbird Suite or Blues on Whyte (uber gritty!). All in that same Whyte Avenue area.

Cheers!

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