Steeps was the reason I first started loving tea! One of the first places in Edmonton to make specialty accessible to the general public, it has a very laid back vibe, an amazing selection of loose leaf teas and convenient late night hours. All of the teas are on the wall near the front for customers to smell as much as they want. Some of my favourites from Steeps are Canadian Bonfire, Market Spice and all of the delicious fruity Rooibos options! You can buy tea loose leaf or buy a pot to stay at the store, which makes it perfect if you’re looking for somewhere to hang out for a bit to study/work.
I absolutely love Remedy. Their chai is the best in the city, they have an amazing selection of delicious vegan (and non vegan) food, they are open early in the morning and late at night, their prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is great. Plus, it always smells delicious inside! In addition to their hipster Garneau location targeting the university crowd, they recently opened a downtown location which feels a little bit more formal and has less of a hippie vibe but is still delicious! One of the reasons I love Edmonton.