Travelling with teens can be trying for any parent—but it doesn’t have to be. On your next trip to Alberta’s capital, work in some time to hit some boutiques and retail outlets that your adolescents will love. It’s easy to shop in Edmonton with teens: just follow our list below to find the best spots for cool t-shirts, shoes, games and more.
#1 PLACE FOR TEENS TO SHOP IN EDMONTON
West Edmonton Mall
This is the first place that springs to mind when most people think “shop in Edmonton.” There are hours of entertainment to be found at North America’s largest mall, and it comes in all forms: shopping, restaurants, sports, cinema, and sea lions. No matter what teens are looking for — whether it’s the latest electronic gadget or cool new footwear — they can find it in one of West Edmonton Mall’s 800 shops. When they’re done hitting the stores, they can check out the giant Cineplex Odeon and IMAX theatre, ride on one of the thrilling water slides at World Waterpark, check out a concert at the Edmonton Events Centre, or play a round of glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.
• West Edmonton Mall, 8882-170 St., 780-444-5200, wem.ca
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#2 PLACE FOR TEENS TO SHOP IN EDMONTON
82nd Avenue, known as Whyte Avenue to locals, has the liveliest shops in Edmonton. The avenue is pedestrian friendly, making it easy to navigate between a variety of stores that sell trendy fashions, footwear, music, instruments, antiques, stationary, books, comics and more. Familiar chains like Lululemon and Chapters have shops on this strip, along with locally owned boutiques that carry high-quality, unique brands. Teens will love the vintage shops here, considered among the best in Edmonton.
• Whyte Avenue, 100 st. to 112 St. along 82 Ave.
#3 PLACE FOR TEENS TO SHOP IN EDMONTON
South Edmonton Common
This retail and entertainment centre sprawls over 320 acres and has a some of the most popular shops in Edmonton, including outlet stores and popular chains like H&M, Hockey Life, and Triple Flip. The only Ikea store in Edmonton is situated here, for teens looking for cool-yet-inexpensive items for their rooms or dorms. Trendy restaurants like Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Famoso and Fat Burger provide places to recharge and refresh with familiar fare and a cool, casual vibe. A large Cineplex Odeon theatre shows the latest new releases for when teens need a break from shopping.
• South Edmonton Common, 23 Ave. and Parsons Road, 780-424-8008, southedmontoncommon.com
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#4 PLACE FOR TEENS TO SHOP IN EDMONTON
Edmonton City Centre
This downtown Edmonton mall has 170 shops and services, including The Bay department store, Empire Theatres, and a variety of popular chain stores. Teenage girls in particular will love the large selection of ladieswear retailers, like Bellissima, Ardene and Mayfair Shoes.
• Edmonton City Centre, 102-103 Ave. & 100-103 St., 780-426-8444, edmontoncitycentre.com
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#5 PLACE FR TEENS TO SHOP IN EDMONTON
The district around 124th Street is lively and modern, and contains some of the most trendy boutique shops in Edmonton. Teens can find specialty clothing and accessories at retailers like G-Life, Miss Boss Handbags and Red Ribbon, or relax in one of the many bakeries or cafés lining the street. This area is pedestrian friendly and shoppers can easily walk between stores.
• 124th Street & Area District, 124 St. & 102 – 111 Ave., 780-413-6503, 124street.ca