Central Edmonton refers to the most urban, dense, and oldest area of Edmonton. The area is best known as the location of the Downtown Core.


The following neighborhoods are a part of Central Edmonton:

Edmonton downtown map
Density is quite high in the Government Core and Oliver. As you can see there's a lot of medium density office buildings and high density condo buildings all west of 105 St. NW.
Oliver map
  • Little Italy is (95 Street between 105 and 110 Ave) a beautiful Italian neighborhood radiating the core of Edmonton. Coming here expect a influx of Italian immigrants/people and shops for all Italian foods of quality. Definitely great.
  • Chinatown is on 97th Street between 105 and 111 Ave NW. and is a vibrant Chinese Community. Coming here (especially in the summer) expect to feel in a small Chinese city with beautiful Chinese fruits, small outdoor markets, fantastic food stores, absolutely fantastic restaurants, and much much more. See Chinatown in the stay safe section.

Get in

Central Edmonton is the most walkable area of the city. The neighborhoods are more pedestrian-friendly than those in the outlying suburbs and are easy to navigate due to the proximity of amenities and mass transit options.

For Central Edmonton, transit is divine. One can choose from:


Alberta Legislature building at dusk
Main building of the TELUS World of Science, which houses an Imax theatre and planetarium.
Buildings of the Royal Alberta Museum, located just west of downtown.

Central Edmonton has the most stuff to do, by far in Edmonton's area. From a thriving arts' district to architectural gems-it has it all!

Skyline views

Panorama of Edmonton's skyline taken on a fall day showing the decommissioned EPCOR's Rossdale Power Plant and the Walterdale Bridge.

Some of these listings are in different districts. Their listings are in here because the views are of central and pertain to the article. At the end of the listings that are not in this district there are links to that district.


Edmonton's architecture is fairly ripe for its size. It has an excellent amount of modern architecture and the old buildings stick out like a sore thumb - in a good way. One can stroll 101 Street from Jasper to 103A Avenue and see many of Edmonton's skyscrapers. The most iconic, Manulife Place, built in '83 is a stunning modern structure and is Edmonton's tallest. It uses elegant glass and minimalist details. Adjoining Manulife is the wonderful Commerce Place, which is another modern gem with neat shapes and nice glass. 104th Street in the downtown is home to some fabulous pre-WWII warehouses that make a nice walk. Whyte Avenue is home to an array of cool pieces of architecture, that give it that small prairietown vibe. The Coronation Park is also a cool spot. It has the Edmonton Planetarium which is now closed, but is an interesting Mid cen Modern building for sure. Then there is the TELUS World of Science Edmonton, which has another planetarium of the Mid 1900s. The Peter Hemmingway Pool has excellent curves and beautiful glass you'd be surprised it was built before the advent of the quick and easy modern computer. The Alberta Legislature is a beauty too. One of Edmonton's finest historical structures with all the cornices and everything that make historical buildings great. Adjacent to it is the Leg Annex which is the first curtain wall building in Canada, and while it may not look the greatest, it is something to marvel in architectural history. 100th Street in the downtown is pretty cool as well, with a few interesting historic buildings, then go further north to Churchill Square, and the beauty of the surrounding buildings come to you. The Grant MacEwan Downtown Campus also offers some architectural merit. Even the recent expansion, Robbins Health Centre uses fine glass and everything. The University of Alberta Campus is also nice. It has a wide variety of architecture and buildings from smokestacks to hotels to hospitals to classrooms to residences. It has some cool old buildings like the Rutherford House and some new gems like Mazankowski Institute on 83rd Ave. Either way, I think you'll find Edmonton has some nice architecture, you just have to look beyond the obvious stuff.



Spectator sports


Major Festivals

Due to Northlands Park, Churchill Square and numerous spots downtown, Central Edmonton is the festival centre of the city!


There is plenty of good shopping in Central Edmonton:

  • 124th Street (between Jasper and 111 Avenue). This part is divided into:
  • Block to Shop(124 between Jasper and 102 Ave NW). This area is home to a nice concentration of woman's boutiques. Most of these cater to professional women and are quite stylish and lead in brands and price range (some with cheap prices). Some of the stores also carry menswear. There are also a few restaurants.
  • Gallery 124 (124 between 102 and 104 Ave). This area isn't just full of galleries of neat art, it also has some nice stores. Cute little furniture destinations and outdoor wear places line this section, as well as a lot of hair salons and a few boutiques.
  • 124th North (124 between 104 and 111 ave). This transitional area is growing very fast. In one part, it has high end, good stores that cater to a varied range of people. Then, there is still the stuff from before this place had interest in boutiques, interior designers, cafés, and restaurants. It hosts interior design places that are high end and some nice clothing shops for all kinds of people. It also has a lot of gift stores and small restaurants.
  • High Street (102nd Avenue NW between 124 and 127 St NW). This area is host to neat café's and cute restaurants with top notch quality. It also has small gift stores, most notably, Notables. There are also a few furniture places and little pastry stops that are worth stopping at.
  • 124 and Jasper (Jasper Avenue between 123 and 124 St NW). This area is home to the "Gallery Walk" which is totally different from shopping, unless, of course, you are interested in buying artwork. It also has a few neat little stores.
The buzzing 104th Street City Market on a nice Saturday.



The Central area has the broadest cuisine selection in Edmonton. Chinatown has authentic Chinese restaurants and grocers, as well as Vietnamese and other Asian vendors. A few blocks north in Little Italy are Italian restaurants, groceries, and the best bakery. The downtown core offers many options from classic Continental cuisine to Portuguese to Tex Mex to Italian to burger joints. Jasper West has a couple of nice Italian and North American restaurants.

Specialty groceries

Coffee, Smoothies, and snacks





Liquor stores

Bars, Clubs, and Pubs





Edmonton's fanciest and most expensive hotels fill up quickly due to a current lack of 4 and 5 star hotels. Consider booking up to six weeks in advance to get the best choice.

Stay safe

Where to avoid


At times, mostly downtown, especially during winter, on the weekdays after 6PM or in quiet areas, you may have people ask you for money. They are rarely aggressive. If you are under 19, you will rarely be asked. There are two approaches:



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