If you’re the type of person who shows up at the airport *just* before your plane boards and are thinking maybe you don’t need that stress in your life anymore (lol because who does!!), here’s something to help shift your airport / travel mindset:
Your vacation actually starts at the airport!
And sometimes it’s about the journey AND the destination. 😉
Shop, Dine, Relax! You can do all of those things right at YEG (Edmonton International Airport), with more than 40 shops and restaurants to explore (many of them you can enjoy after security)! Stress less and get your vacation started early!
Also save on parking with my jetSet Parking code below AND keep scrolling to enter a giveaway for a chance to win $100 YEG Bucks (can be redeemed at any shop / restaurant at the airport).
Note: I partnered with the Edmonton International Airport on this post!
Here’s Six Stops to Make at the YEG (Edmonton International Airport) Before Your Next Flight!
Listed in alphabetical order
A Flight of Wine & Spirits
The YEG Edmonton International Airport is home to A Flight of Wine & Spirits, which carries very rare Japanese whiskeys, luxury bottles, wines and spirits you really can’t find at other liquor stores. Owner Garry—who is super passionate about his work—invites you to browse the collection of bourbon, scotch, whiskey, cognac, and more—and take away something you’ve likely never tried before. Be sure to check out his collectables cabinet with luxury drinks dating back decades and some totalling thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars (six figures!)
- A Flight of Wine is located near Gate 52
- Learn more about A Flight of Wine & Spirits
From the Sorrentino’s Restaurant Group, Caffe Sorrentino is an ‘express’ version of the popular Sorrentino’s Italian restaurants offering some signature Sorrentino’s specials, fresh-made in-house panini (ask for it heated up!), locally-made pastries (the pistachio croissants are excellent), salads, milkshakes, and premium Lavazza coffee (Italy’s favourite!) The airport location also carries Edmonton favourite Battista’s Calzones. Great as a grab and go or take a seat and relax.
- Cafe Sorrentino is located near Gate 66
- Learn more about Caffe Sorrentino
Only a handful of Chili’s exist in Alberta and one of them is at YEG (Edmonton International Airport)! This is usually our airport go-to, for drinks (margaritas anyone?! They’re shaken 25 times to perfection!) A full breakfast menu (for those early morning flights). A kids menu to satisfy the little ones. And a great Fajitas platter (choose 1, 2, or 3 proteins for your plate!) Something you may not realize is that travellers at the airport are now allowed to drink (alcohol!) anywhere in the terminal after security! So you can grab a drink to take to your gate while you wait to board. (I wasn’t kidding when I said your vacation starts at the airport!)
- Chili’s is located near Gate 52
- Learn more about Chili’s
Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre
The Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre is part of the airport’s reconciliation journey, where you’ll find information about Indigenous history and culture in interactive ways. Don’t miss the light-up Alberta map of Treaties, First Nations, and Metis Regional Zones along with teachings about the stars, and take a moment to appreciate the thoughtful and intentional art and design of the space—including the ceiling design depicting the Northern Lights.
Along with the educational aspects, this area also includes a storefront showcasing authentic Indigenous-made products curated by the Indigenous Box. The retail section features traditional and contemporary products, with all proceeds going directly to Indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs! You also don’t need to buy and carry on with you—they have a convenient online catalogue you can access and order/ship to your home for a treat once you get home after your trip too!
- The Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre is located near Gate 64
- Learn more about the Indigenous Interpretive and Retail Centre
If you’re not eating on vacation, you’re probably shopping, right? And if your vacation starts at the airport, well math suggests that you should probably pick up a few things at the airport to take with you on your trip, right?! Sounds right to me! Pop into Lole/Outdoor Edmonton to pick up some quality lifestyle and activewear, clothing and accessories for outdoor adventures, vacay workouts, and everyday living.
We do our best but inevitably we forget to bring things for our vacation and when that happens, Flight Stop is there to save the day with all sorts of items designed to make your life, flight, and vacation more convenient. Also: snacks! And more grab and go food options. Flight Stop can make all the difference in a stress-free start to your vacation.
- Flight Stop is located at Central Hall and near Gate 54
- Learn more about Flight Stop
Those are just six of more than 40 shopping and dining options available at YEG Edmonton International Airport to help get your vacation started early!
Be sure to browse the rest of the options and plan to arrive a little earlier to give yourself time to explore and enjoy.
Also, save room on your carry-on in anticipation of the gifts and grab-and-go items you might discover in the terminal.
PLUS: SAVE ON PARKING!
Be sure to take advantage of my parking code LINDORK20 for 20% off jetSet parking lots. Book by November 30, 2023 for travel by January 12, 2024.
jetSet Parking is proudly locally owned and operated, offering convenient, low price airport parking to meet every traveller’s budget. They provide complimentary shuttle service between the terminal and parking lot that is available at all times. jetSet is a parking partner to the YEG Edmonton International Airport.
** YEG BUCKS GIVEAWAY! **
I’m giving away $100 YEG Bucks—which can be redeemed at any shop / restaurant the YEG Edmonton International Airport.
- Simply leave a comment on this blog post letting me know if you’re an “arrive at the airport early” or “just in the nick of time” kind of traveller.
- Note the BLOG COMMENT is a mandatory entry!
- For bonus entries, check my Instagram and Facebook posts for entry information.
That’s it! I’ll randomly select a winner from entries received by Oct. 20.
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Disclosure: this post is sponsored by YEG (Edmonton International Airport). This does not impact opinions or views stated in this post. I think the Edmonton International Airport and its shops + restaurants are awesome and I am all for getting your vacation started early!!
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