Coffee and Pokémon Go: Lapras and lattes in Edmonton

It’s no doubt that Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Whether you want to be the very best, play for nostalgia (looking at you, 90s kid) or find the game a great way to be physically active, one thing is true: you’ll want to catch ‘em all! Here are some of the best Pokémon hotspots in Edmonton. That being said, please play responsibly and pay attention to your surroundings! [Image credit: Pokémon Go]

Three Bananas Cafe

1
9918 102 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 5H7

Stop by this cafe in the heart of Churchill Square, which also happens to be a Pokéstop and Gym hotspot! Serving Intelligentsia Fresh Roasted Coffee, you can fuel up before venturing around Churchill and City Hall to catch, hatch and battle. Oh, and Churchill also happens to be the site of various summer events. You’ll want to check this one out.

Good Earth Coffee House & Bakery

2
A-8623 112 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1K8

The University of Alberta campus is arguably the best spot to play Pokémon Go in Edmonton, partly due to the sheer volume of Pokéstops in the area and the abundance of “lures,” an in-game item attracting Pokémon to players. Want to catch a rare Pokémon? The U of A campus is likely your best bet. Head to Good Earth Cafe to grab a latte before you snag a Pikachu!

Leva

3
11053 86th Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0X1

Leva Cafe is another establishment within walking distance to the University of Alberta campus. Serving fresh roasted Ace Coffee, you’ll be sure to get your “Electabuzz” before your adventure. After all, to catch them is your real quest.

District Café and Bakery

4
101-10011 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

The Alberta Legislature grounds are another Edmonton Pokémon hotspot. Whether you’re working in a nearby office or trekking Downtown purely to play Pokémon, stop by the District Cafe and Bakery for a refreshment before you tackle the grounds. On hot days, the combination of an iced beverage with the wading pools at the Legislature grounds will keep you calm and cool for maximum poke-productivity.

Old Strathcona Farmers Market

5
10310 83 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5C3

Looking for a Saturday Pokémon Go spot? Look no further than the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market. Weekend coffee ritual? Check. Grocery shopping? Check. Play Pokémon Go at nearby King Edward Park? Check. That’s a win, win, win!

Da Capo Cio Bianca

6
104-8135 102 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4A4

Another Whyte Avenue hotspot is DaCapo Caffe. Indulge in an Italian-style espresso and meander along this popular street that spans 7.2 km. Just think – walking the avenue one-way will hatch almost 1.5 Pokémon!

West Edmonton Mall

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1755-8882 170 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2

This one-stop-shop behemoth is guaranteed to meet all your wants. Want to grab a drink and play Pokémon? Shop and play? Skate and play? Swim and play? Sea lion and play? The combinations and permutations are quite literally endless.

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