Live directly on walkable Whyte Ave, considered one of Canada’s five best shopping neighbourhoods and indisputably Edmonton’s sweet spot for culture and nightlife. Step out and walk to a range of great bistros, bakeries, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and pubs—no need for a designated driver. With galleries, theatres, and festivals in all seasons, a simple stroll becomes your evening entertainment. And when you crave nature, the River Valley is a couple of minutes away.
That new noodle nook or coffee shop everyone’s talking about? It’s almost always in Old Strathcona. Restaurants, bakeries, and bars populate virtually every block of Whyte Ave and its adjoining side streets. From classic taverns and authentic pizzerias to gastropubs and artisanal ice cream shops, your biggest challenge will be deciding where to have dinner. Not to mention breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and dessert.
Edmonton’s independent spirit is alive and well in Old Strathcona. Browse fashion-forward boutiques and stylish shoe shops. Discover vintage finds, vinyl gems, collectibles, and that perfect accessory for your living room or dining table. When shopping for gifts or unique finds, you’ll never have to leave your neighbourhood. And if it’s time to stock your pantry, the Old Strathcona’s Farmer's Market, supermarkets, and organic shops have got you covered.
Heritage red brick architecture mixes it up with a trendy, edgy arts scene. From the performing arts to visual expression, this is Edmonton’s cultural district. Theatre companies, cinemas, and independent galleries abound. There are a number of live music venues, from the Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre to blues bars to corners where talented buskers entertain the crowds. Our world-famous Fringe Festival has inspired a year-round events calendar celebrating fashion, public art, and street performances, including Art Walk on Whyte and more.
You’ll love the active vibe of Old Strathcona, from its legendary walkability to the fresh fare at the Farmers' Market. Public transit and a network of bike routes are at your doorstep. The River Valley’s trail network is within a 7-minute walk or 2-minute bike ride —yours to enjoy in all seasons. From flat, paved pathways to more challenging trails, it invites you to lace up your runners, mount your bike, or step into snowshoes and breathe in the beauty.