First Trip to Edmonton

Sorry that this is a delayed post, I have been so busy with work and then Halloween, I haven’t had anytime to post these. I have made this into a super post where I have placed the Red Deer coffee shop we stopped at as well as the ones in Edmonton. So without any further adieu…

City Roast Coffee – Red Deer

On our way to Edmonton we decided to stop in Red Deer at a little coffee shop called City Roast. They are located on a main road through Red Deer. From the outside this little shop didn’t seem like much, but for a fact it seemed like it was going to be little.

Walking in there was only a couple tables where people where sitting reading the newspaper and talking about their plans for the day. They had many different types of coffee to try and the best part they had multiple different kinds of coffee that you could try. They had at least ten different kinds of coffee for each of the different types.

On the other hand they have a ton of different beverages that you can try for anytime of the year. That morning we had tried the Caramel Dream, a Americano, a Manchester Smog, and a Vanilla Latte.

Unfortunately we couldn’t sit and enjoy our beverages since we were on our way to Edmonton, but as we drove, we enjoyed the scenery and our beverages. We would definitely stop in and visit them again on our next trip to Edmonton.

Remedy University – Edmonton

Our first stop was a coffee shop not that far from University of Alberta’s campus called Remedy. We wanted to go to the first store location since Remedy has four locations around Edmonton.

Driving up you have to be careful because there is no parking allowed in the lot close to the shop, instead there is paid parking on the street in front. Thankfully when we drove up there was a spot not far from the crosswalk.

When you first enter this little shop you are bombarded by a wall of posters and pamphlets of everything and anything. The main floor has multiple tables and chairs with one really big table that you can share. Their upstairs has a quieter feel where students can go and study. There was not many tables up there.

Their menu has a lot of different items. Lots of drinks and a variety of different food options. They had multiple kinds of chai teas, fun fact is that they steep their chai for two days before serving it. As for their food it is primarily Indian cuisine, they had butter chicken, chicken tika, naan, and many others.

After reviewing the menu we decided that we would get a Gothic Latte, a Chai, and a Syphon coffee. As for the food we had some vegetarian samosa’s, a butter chicken wrap, and a chicken tika wrap.

The atmosphere of this coffee shop was very much how you could picture a campus coffee shop, busy with students coming and going. Since school hadn’t quite started it seemed like friends just catching up.

The Gothic Latte seemed more like a grey latte because it was not as dark as what it should have been. It seemed to lack a little flavour.  The Chai was really good, you could really tell that they steep the tea for a while to get the flavour they way they wanted it. Unlike other Chai’s where you loose the flavour half way through, this one kept the Chai flavour all the way to the last drop.  The Syphon was not good, it was not great. Other places use a very strict timing to create this precise Syphon, but here it seemed like it was rushed. The coffee was not timed in any way to make the coffee taste it’s best.

As for the food, the samosa’s were amazing, and each of the wraps were so good. They really pack a lot of flavour into each of the wraps. The wraps come with this sweet sauce that you can dip your wrap into and it really adds a sweetness to the wraps. The butter chicken wrap tasted good, the chicken tika seemed like it was lacking a little of the spice because it wasn’t very spicy at all.

Overall I would go back and visit this coffee shop again since there was so many different kinds of drinks on their menu that I would like to try.

Before we left one of us had to go to the bathroom and they are absolutely amazing. They are covered in graffiti. The female bathroom did not have as much as the male bathroom. I was so happy that we were able to get pictures of both the bathrooms and how cool the art is inside.

Iconoclast / Art of Cake – Edmonton

After driving around a couple times we finally found this very little coffee shop. It is located on a back street where only locals would know since we definitely had no idea it was down the street. It is located in a small building and next to the coffee shop there is a little bakery called The Art of Cake.

The coffee shop was very rustic with a small menu and very little seating. There was a record player that you could play the music you wanted to. It wasn’t very busy so we were able to order and get our drinks pretty quick. We ordered a London Fog, a Flat White, and a Vanilla Latte.

We took the drinks and sat in the middle between the two shops because we wanted to get some deserts from the Art of Cake. We ordered a slice of Strawberry Cheescake, some biscotti, and some mini cupcakes.

Our drinks were very good, the London Fog was very good, it had amazing flavour. The Vanilla Latte seemed to lack some vanilla flavour, it was almost all coffee and no flavour. As for the Flat White was small, smaller than most places, the flavour was very good and smooth.

The Strawberry Cheesecake was good but it was more tart than what we expected it to be. The cheesecake was light which was strange for a cheesecake. The cupcakes were delicious since we were able to try a bunch of different ones. They were very moist and delicious. The biscotti was absolutely amazing. We only have a little left still at home.

The Art of Cake got busier as we sat there, they only had a few tables inside that people could sit at. They had chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and around the perimeter of the store there was cabinets with older china in it. It was so cool.

When we returned the cups back to Iconoclast they commented that they were shocked that we didn’t get asked to move or leave of something like that because the people at The Art of Cake don’t like it when people don’t buy products from their establishment. We had ordered a ton from The Art of Cake so there should have been no reason that should happen. We were shocked that they even said anything that we would have been talked to because we wanted to sit in a mutual area.

Little Brick – Edmonton

For our final farewell to Edmonton this time we decided to head to Little Brick. This cafe is located in a nice community, so parking is difficult, all fenced in with a bunch of picnic tables outside and very few tables inside.

The location is a revamped house, so when you walk in it would have been the living room, and where we sat to eat probably was the dining room. It was well designed and they kept the rustic feel. They didn’t have a very big menu which was nice, you order what you would like and they bring it to the table for you.

It was such an amazing visual experience. There was not many tables but enough to fill on any given day. For breakfast we ordered the Eggs Benedict. We each had a different beverage, a hot chocolate, a London fog, and a Vanilla Latte.

Everything was absolutely delicious and I believe that we would go back and visit this location very soon.

Cool Beans – Red Deer

Driving home from Edmonton we stopped at a different coffee location in Red Deer, and I say location because this was not really a cafe, it was a double decker bus. It was very interesting because you could sit inside the bus on the top level because the coffee bar was on the main level. When we got there the girl who was working had told us they were closing in ten minutes, just for our reference.

After reviewing the menu, we decided on a Vanilla Bean Latte, a Cinnamon Toast Latte, and a London Fog. It was very cool that each of the drinks came in a different mug. The beverages were very good, very different, it was cool visiting a different kind of cafe.

If we were to go more in the summer I think this would be a wicked location to sit on their patio and watch people walk by on the street. It was located on one of the main streets in Red Deer so there was a lot of vehicle traffic when we were there, but during the summer I could see there being a lot of foot traffic there as well.

So that concluded our first trip to Edmonton. There was another trip we took as well that will also be posted.