Eating Out (Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, and Fast Food)

A plate at a local cafe near campus

On and Around Campus

There are many options if you want to eat out on UAlberta's north (main) campus or if you need to get something quickly. You can find most fast food options on the north campus in SUB (students' union building) or HUB mall and on the main floor and basement of CAB (central academic building). Certain larger buildings around campus (such as CCIS) feature coffee shops.

If you're looking for other options, there are many restaurants and cafes clustered around the north end of 109th street (just to the east of campus), as well as on Whyte (82nd) Avenue, a popular dining and shopping area in Edmonton.

Using your ONEcard

Every University of Alberta student has a ONE Card, which you can load with money and use at campus businesses. Read more about your ONEcard. Be aware, however, that not all campus businesses accept the ONEcard as a payment method.

Around Edmonton

Edmonton has a great variety of restaurants, with hundreds of options offering many types of cuisine at varying price points. There is a great selection of restaurants downtown Edmonton, which is only a few minutes away from the UAlberta north (main) campus using the LRT (subway). There are also many options in Old Strathcona and Garneau, the neighbourhoods adjacent to north campus.

View a grocery map of international food resources


When Canadians eat out, a tip is always left, as a matter of course; the amount is usually between 10% and 20%, with most people leaving around 15%. Not leaving a tip is seen as a sign that the customer was strongly dissatisfied with the food or service. When you go out with large groups (generally six or more people), an 18% gratuity (tip) is automatically added to your bill.

You are not expected to leave a tip for fast food or coffee shops (although at coffee shops, many people put a small number of coins in the "tip jar)." If you have food (such as pizza) delivered, a tip of around $5 is generally given to the person delivering the food.

Shopping for Groceries

The Old Strathcona Farmers' Market

The T&T Supermarket - Specializing in Chinese and other Asian foods

Grocery Stores

It is possible to meet most of your grocery requirements by shopping at supermarkets, large grocery stores selling food and household items, pharmaceuticals and more. Supermarkets near campus - Safeway: 10930-82 Avenue; Save-on-Foods: 10368-78 Avenue; Sobeys: 8225-112 Street.

Farmers' Markets

Edmonton's farmers' markets are a great source of fresh produce, locally made goods, meat, and dairy products. While you can find farmers' markets all around Edmonton, the easiest ones to access from UAlberta's main campus (and the largest) are those in Old Strathcona (10310 83rd Avenue) and Downtown (10305 – 97 Street).

Food from Home and Other Cultures

There are many specialty food stores in the city where you can obtain particular types of food - meat markets, bakeries, delicatessens (delis), seafood shops, natural food stores, produce stores, ethnic food shops, and farmers' markets. There are many ethnic specialty grocery stores located downtown (between 95 and 97 Streets, along Jasper Avenue, and 111 Avenue), Millwoods, and across Edmonton — use Google Maps to find one close to you.

Campus Food Bank

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Campus Food Bank is a confidential service that provides short-term food relief to those on campus experiencing food insecurity. It is a registered charity that distributes healthy, wholesome food hampers based on Canada's Food Guide to members of the University of Alberta community in financial distress.

WECAN Food Basket Society

WECAN Food Basket Society is a charitable non-profit organization that believes everyone has the right to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. WECAN purchases bulk meat and produce for individuals to purchase and pick up from depots across Edmonton. With a low monthly fee, you will receive three types of fruit, three types of vegetables and two or three types of freshly frozen meat.

Canadian Food

Poutine - A Quebecois Canadian classic

Nanaimo bars - a very popular dessert in Canada

Canadian food is highly varied, and many Canadians eat a great variety of different dishes. There is no single "Canadian cuisine," and the great variety of restaurants and supermarkets in most Canadian cities cater to tastes from around the world.

If you're looking to try something that is uniquely "Canadian," here are some ideas:

  • Poutine: From Quebec, this filling dish is made of french fries, cheese curds, and light gravy
  • Butter Tarts: An Ontario and Eastern Canadian classic, these sweet tarts made of butter, sugar, and eggs are a popular snack in many areas of the country
  • Pierogis: Originating in Eastern Europe (Poland, Ukraine, and Russia), these potato and cheese dumplings are enjoyed across the prairie provinces, which saw heavy Eastern European immigration during the last century
  • Salmon Jerky: Created by indigenous peoples on the west coast, this is a tasty and highly nutritious snack
  • Nanaimo Bars: This dessert comes from the Vancouver Island city of Nanaimo and consists of chocolate and custard layers
  • Flapper Pie: A classic prairie dessert made with meringue (whipped eggwhite) and custard
  • Montreal Smoked Meat: Smoked, spiced brisket originating in Montreal is popular across Canada; it is most often served in a sandwich
  • Jiggs Dinner: A favourite in Newfoundland, this dinner is boiled salt beef with cabbage and root vegetables.
  • Bannock and Stew: this dish is popular with indigenous people across western Canada; it is meat stew served with bannock (fried bread). Aboriginal Services often offers stew and bannock as one of their community meals.

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