There are more shops per capita in Edmonton than in any other city in Canada. Go for it! See the West Edmonton Mall.
Downtown -- Most of the downtown shops are in a few large mall complexes; all are linked by the Pedway system, which gives pedestrians protection from summer heat and winter cold. The largest is Edmonton City Centre with 170 stores; it shares the block with the Hudson's Bay Company, and is across 102nd Avenue from Holt Renfrew department store. All of the above face 102nd Avenue, between 103rd and 100th streets.
Old Strathcona -- If you don't like mall shopping, then wandering the galleries and boutiques along Whyte Avenue (aka 82nd Ave.) may be more your style. One of the few commercial areas of Edmonton that retain historic structures, Old Strathcona is trend-central for students and bohemians. Shop for antiques, gifts, books, crystals, and crafts. Or pick up a souvenir tattoo. Be sure to stop by the Farmers Market at 103rd Street and 102nd Avenue.
High Street -- This small district, running from 102nd to 109th avenues along 124th Street, has Edmonton's greatest concentration of art galleries, housewares shops, boutiques, and bookstores. It has great restaurants, too.
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