Open every Saturday all year (8am ~ 3pm), the Old Farmer's Market is a great place to walk around. Even if you don't plan to buy anything, the sights, smells and local crafts are great.
If the weather is nice, the booths will flow outdoors into the pedestrian walkways. And the occasional food stall and possibly street performer will be outside too.
What to buy: Natural organic produce is readily at hand. The types of produce are also much more varied than you would find at the grocery. For example in the photo, you can see 'funky broccoli' that looks like it has spikes and horns.
There are also honeys, jams and homemade spreads.
There are several meats which are not standard in the grocery store too, like bison, elk and venison.
If food is not on your shopping list, there are local artisans selling their creations.
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It's a chain store...along the line of Best Buy (in the States). Actually, think Best Buy did bought them out. HAHAHAH.
Anyway, though A&B does have it's deals, I find that Future Shop is pretty consistent with its sales and well, its hours of operation isn't as "picky" as A&B.
What to buy: DVD's, CD's, you name 'em, they got it.
What to pay: You can pay as little as $15.00 for a DVD (Best seller types).
One of the hippest shoe stores in Edmonton. Some might say this store is overrated but sometimes, you can find quite a bargain here. You'll find anything from Docs to Fluevogs to BCBC and Kenneth Cole.
What to buy: Mainly shoes and some clothing lines (Betsy Johnson for e.g) and other accessories.
What to pay: Expect to pay quite a bit cause most of the shoes in stock here are hard to find in other places or other general shoe stores in the city. A pair of good shoe could run you about $150+ CDN.
I think it's something along the line of Pottery Barn (US) but it's not as big (chain wise). Think it's based in Vancouver but you can find anything from bed sheets to that funky looking leopard print chair.
What to pay: Trinkets ranging from $2-$5 to some cool and comfy leather chair for $1500.
Two different shops side-by-side that are equally fabulous. Woman's Boutique has unique hard-to-find clothing and accessories. Cloud 9 Pyjama's not only sells pj's and loungewear but decadent bath products as well.
For a good shopping experience - one that involves getting out of the car to walk around, and if nothing more, to window shop - there are 4 'districts' that I would recommend.
Whyte Ave / Old Strathcona - Without a doubt the best pedestrian strip in the city. Lots of cool shops that tend to lean to the left, but has something for everyone.
Downtown - Classy, haut couture, swanky, pricey.. you get the picture. That's what downtown is known for, but there are many other 'regular' shops too, for the rest of us.
124 Street - This place is not quite popular just yet, but it is getting there. From Jasper Ave all the way to about 110 Ave, there are lots of interesting cafes, shops, restaurants, galleries, etc. The south end of the street borders one of the richest neighbourhoods in Edmonton, the north end of the street borders one of the poorest. The middle is a moderate concentration of office buildlings. The diversity it offers is in itself worth checking out.
The final shopping district is West Edmonton Mall. Ok, obviously not an answer you were expecting, but this place is so big that it probably has its own postal code or two.
Whyte Avenue is actually a street full of wonderful shops. It's mostly known to locals, so it's not so terribly touristy. It's not very busy, and although there are some brand name stores, there are also lots of individually owned stores full of priceless items. Actually, they do have a price, and it's almost always very reasonable. You can probably bet that anything you buy out there won't be back home, and you can bet good money that it's a good deal. No matter what you're looking for, you'll probably find it on Whyte Avenue.
What to pay: On Whyte Avenue prices are usually similar to yard sale prices. Belly button rings that are typically 40 or 50 dollars can be found for 10 and other jewellary is cheap as well. Clothes at individually owned stores is incredibly low in price and is typically the same at name brand stores. Books are cheaper and all souvenirs are at local prices. So you won't get sucked in by a over priced, extremely fragile boggle to stare at broken back at your hotel room.
This place has cool kitsch, with everything retro, including furniture, dishes, clothing, records and even books.
Threads galore for the funky urban crowd...or for those who just want to crash the party and look the part.
What to buy: Clothing lines ranges from Mavi, Vibe, Snug, Luscious, Lithium, and more.