Best places to visit in Old Strathcona, Edmonton

Retro theatres, charming boutiques, historic architecture and tasty treats abound in this artsy, 100-year-old hub

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The Bamboo Ballroom, women's clothing store
The Bamboo Ballroom
Steeps Tea interior, Table, scones, jam, tea, teacup
Steeps Tea
SugarBowl, Restaurant, Tables, People in restaurant
SugarBowl

Sweet eats
SugarBowl is the perfect hangout for all seasons: On warm days the garage-style doors open to a sun-drenched patio. In winter its menu of over 100 beers and cozy interior make it a great place for a comfort food fix. Don’t miss the cinnamon buns. 10922 88th Ave.

Top shop
Whyte Avenue’s tree-lined stretch offers blocks of eye candy for window shoppers, but the Bamboo Ballroom is where it’s at to score cool Canadian labels like Cinder and Smoke and Valerie Dumaine. And the carefully curated collection makes shopping a breeze. 8206 104th St.

Warm indulgence
Steeps Tea, a western Canadian chain, brewed its first pot in Edmonton. Made with real cocoa, the Chocolate Truffle Black Tea tastes as delicious as it sounds. 11116 Whyte Ave.

Movie magic
Built in 1915, the Princess Theatre retains much of its original charm, including a draw curtain that covers the screen. Sit in the art house’s glorious balcony to watch a hot documentary or foreign film. 10337 Whyte Ave.

Southern comfort
At DaDeO, the food’s so authentic it’s hard to believe you’re 3,000 km from Cajun country. The New Orleans inspiration doesn’t stop there: Each table has its own mini jukebox, and the restaurant serves locally brewed Alley Kat chili lager, which goes perfectly with seasoned sweet potato fries. 10548A Whyte Ave.

Just for laughs
Alberta may be known for its cowboys, but it’s also the birthplace of Theatresports. Walk over to the Varscona Theatre (10329 83rd Ave.) for a late-night improv show or check out Rapid Fire Theatre (9828 101 A Ave.), which counts Castle‘s Nathan Fillion among its alumni and hosts gut-splitting shows every Friday night.

Architectural core
Stroll through this heritage area using the map on the Old Strathcona website to learn more about the century-old buildings and local landmarks like the Hub Cigar store.

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