The Oliver neighborhood is booming. New shops, restaurants, and bars are popping up every month. If you’re thinking of moving to Oliver, now is the best time to check out the area. Here’s our guide to the greatest day in Oliver, from the perfect morning coffee shop to an elegant evening meal.
Edmonton is an amazing city for coffee lovers, and the Oliver area is no exception. There are a handful of great coffee shops just a quick walk or bike ride away from anywhere in the neighborhood. Start your morning at BRU Coffee and Beer House, which serves up two of everyone’s favorite things under one roof. And they do both extremely well. They also serve up breakfast, (all day on Tuesday!) paninis, and classy snacks like prosciutto and melon.
For a simpler coffee run, Iconoclast Coffee on 105 Ave NW serves up perfect espressos and lattes in a cozy environment. Grab a cup here before heading to brunch.
In the Oliver neighborhood, you won’t have to stray too far from home for an incredible weekend brunch. If you wake up late on a Sunday and want someone else to do the dishes, you’ve got choices.
Canteen is one of our favorites for a decadent brunch. They serve up crispy pork belly, chicken and waffles, and so much more. It’s the perfect meal after a late night. For something a little different, Tiramisu Bistro gives brunch an Italian spin. Their menu includes a killer salmon benedict on a brioche bun, and several kinds of brunch pizza.
Daravara is a pub that’s known for its weekend brunch. You won’t find a full menu online, and they don’t Instagram all of their dishes, but the reviews speak for themselves. Edmonton residents are enamored with their greasy brunch, full of the best bacon you’ll find in town, biscuits and gravy, and much more.
What to do:
There’s so much good food in Oliver that you’ll probably want to walk some of it off. Along the North Saskatchewan River, there are tons of trails for a stroll through Victoria Park. As we inch closer to winter, the Victoria Skating Oval will start to come alive with skaters of all ages and skill levels. You can’t rent skates at the Oval, but several shops around Edmonton will rent them out.
For shopping, you’re just a quick drive or hop on public transport away from Edmonton City Centre. There’s everything from jewelry to clothing and shoe stores spread over several stories. It’s a great place to stroll through when the weather is less than pleasant.
Dinner with a date:
Following an afternoon of ice skating, a hearty dinner will be in order. There are tons of inexpensive, delicious restaurants in Oliver. But if you’re looking for something a little nicer, here are our two favorites.
Normand’s on Jasper serves up classic French cuisine in an elegant setting. Their specialties are wild game and seafood. The roast duck with port wine demi glace is knock your socks off delicious. And if you’re a seafood fan, come on a Monday. You can try four different servings of mussels in four different sauces for just $23. They also have a broad dessert and dessert wine selection including chocolate fondue, cheese plates, and sticky date pudding, so you can end your dinner on the perfect note.
This past Monday we had the pleasure of participating in a @cookitraw pop-up hosted by our friends @rge_rd. Pictured above is the third course, prepared by @cookitraw's Alessandro Porcelli. To pair with dessert, Sebastian served our Margarito Herrera filter from Honduras on @the_chemex. And as if this doesn't already sound amazing — Roy Oh (@anjurestaurant) and Brayden Kozak (@three_boars) were a part of this collaborative meal too! To view a beautiful photo essay by Vanessa (@ningstagram) our Wholesale Account Manager, follow the link in our profile.
RGE RD is another Oliver restaurant that pushes the limits on creativity with food. Plus, nearly all of their ingredients are sources from local farms. They’re known to make elegant plates out of the strangest ingredients, and even have a daily offering called “Questionable Bits” with no description other than “utilizing the whole animal”. For the adventurous foodie, it’s the perfect place to try something new.
After spending a full day in the Oliver neighborhood, we guarantee you’ll fall in love. If you’re thinking of making the move, we’d love to show you how wonderful living in Oliver can be. We’re now pre-leasing apartments of all sizes in our pet-friendly community. Give us a call at 780-851-3907 to find out more!