Shopping Malls and Centers

Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Edmonton's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like West Edmonton Mall or Airport - Yxd. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.


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This tribute to extravagance is almost overwhelming in scale and spectacle. The mall shelters more than 800 stores and over 110 restaurants, but that's just the beginning. There's also a wave pool, a roller coaster, amusement park, a lake, ice skating rink, dolphin lagoon, bungee jump, and a replica of Columbus' "Santa Maria" – all under one roof. You could literally spend days lulled by shopping and entertainment. The mall was built in four phases, and that's the way they suggest you tackle the edifice. If you need to occupy the time of kids, adults and seniors, cart everyone here and give them free rein. Just don't forget to establish a meeting time and place later on!

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Independent shops characterize this district, and you'll find a range of eclectic merchandise along its streets. Home furnishings, quaint book shops, and stylish clothing can be found, along with a host of other specialty shops. If the weather's nice and you're in the mood to browse, this is a great place to do it. You're likely to find great souvenirs or even something unusual for yourself.

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Completed in 1983, this is Edmonton's tallest building. Its 36 floors house mainly offices, but there are also 3 restaurants and 22 shops including Holt Renfrew, Blues Women's Wear, Birks, and Night Owl Imports.

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This huge shopping center is closing in on one million square feet of retail space and is still growing. Many large chain stores can be found here, including Michaels, Pier 1 and Wal-Mart. It doesn't have a lot of independent, unique stores that give a city its local flavor, but if you're looking for well-known businesses where you can return something once you get home (just in case), this complex is a good bet.

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Certainly one of the city's hippest addresses, this area is the main drag for Old Strathcona, an historic neighborhood that surrounds Whyte Avenue. It encompasses a host of trendy shops, restaurants and cafes, and is an ideal place to browse on warm days or to hang out when you've got time to spare. Fashionable clothing boutiques are prominent along the street, as are gift shops with funky, unique goods. You'll even find antique shops, book stores and specialty shops galore. If you've made the run of downtown's attractions, this should be your next destination, and if you want to go out, it's a great place to start. Don't miss this one.

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Although it's not one of the city's largest shopping centers, this downtown venue is convenient for business people and has a host of terrific shops. Women, in particular, will enjoy the stylish fashions at Plaza Escada, which carries the Escada line so popular with celebrities. For men, there's Sam Abouhassan, a shop which stocks beautiful garments, impeccably tailored and crafted. At Diamori, you'll find stunning jewelry of gold, platinum and diamonds, along with a selection of Rolex watches. In addition, Commerce Place hosts restaurants, quick food stands and a number of specialty shops.

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This large mall, located in the midst of downtown, boasts four levels of shopping. It's clean, well-maintained and well-lit. Plus, it's incredibly busy, frequented by a lunchtime crowd who come to eat, browse and take care of personal business. High-quality shops of all sorts are available, including book, gift, clothing, jewelry and health and beauty. There are also drycleaners, banks, dentists, movie theaters and tailors. A number of restaurants and fast food places allow you to pick up something quick to eat. Business travelers find this a great place for accompanying spouses to wander while they attend conferences and business meetings. The mall is also connected by pedway to ManuLife Place.

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This large airy mall is a popular destination for those who like to hit one place and get all their shopping done. Located on the city's south end, the complex has a mix of chain stores and independent venues. Among the recognizable names are Gap, Eddie Bauer, Sears and The Bay. A branch of the public library is housed in the mall as well, although local teens frequent the shops and food court more than they do the stacks.

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Since opening in the 1970s, Londonderry has been the primary shopping mall for northern Edmonton. It's one of the brightest and most attractive in the region, with over 150 shops and services. Anchored by The Bay, Save-On-Foods, Sport Chek Supercentre, and Army & Navy, the mall has a number of international chains, but local independent retailers also feature prominently, selling everything from greeting cards to ladies fashions.

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With 235 stores and anchors like Zellers, The Bay and Sears, Kingsway is a shopper's paradise. You'll find all the popular chains here (Gap, Disney Store, Gymboree, American Eagle Outfitters, Payless Shoe Source), plus more than 20 eateries and a plethora of services, from hair styling to dental offices. The mall boasts numerous independent shops as well, including one devoted solely to Edmonton Oilers paraphernalia.

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